Want a fun Santa Monica private party venue? The festive dining experience at Upper West is now available for private parties, celebrations and business meetings. Upper West is the perfect Santa Monica private party venue to host any of your corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners and more.
We offer three different options for private parties depending on the number of people attending.

1. The front room accommodates 42 people seated and 50 people buffet/ cocktail style.
2. The main dining room accommodates 90 people seated and 120 people buffet/ cocktail style.
3. The entire restaurant accommodates 140 people seated and 170 people buffet/ cocktail style.

Pre-fix menus are available in addition to customized menus to fit your needs and budget.
Our professional staff looks forward to catering to your every need to ensure your upcoming private party event is a complete success. We will happily provide accommodations for tailored services and items, including flower arrangements and audio-visual equipment. Please call or visit our Santa Monica restaurant for more details.

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 I wanted to thank you very much for hosting us yesterday. It was a great event, superior food, excellent server, and fantastic accommodation. We had a great time!

I really appreciate what you did for us last evening. 
Please send my big thank you to the server last night, didn’t catch his name. Wonderful!

~Jenny Activision

Thank you very much for all your help with my mom’s birthday party on Saturday. Service was fantastic, food was delicious, and everyone had a great time! Maria was incredibly helpful and I really enjoyed working with her.

We look forward to working with you again in the future, and will definitely come back for dinner and drinks soon!





We had an amazing engagement party at your beautiful restaurant! The food was outstanding!  All our guests enjoyed the evening and I am sure that they will go back to the restaurant as dining guests in the near future.  We all wanted to say  THANK YOU VERY MUCH for accommodating all our special requests on that important evening in both of our families lives and for making it memorable beautiful and delicious!!With appreciation

Larisa and Elizabeth

Betsy and I both wanted to thank you for helping to make Wildwood’s holiday party so wonderful. We noticed and appreciated that you went out of your way to make sure everything was perfect. The restaurant looked beautiful, the food was delicious and plentiful, and everyone enjoyed the cocktails and had a great time. Thank you for making it a truly special evening for all of our faculty and staff.
Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season! I’ll be in touch soon about next year’s party.
With warm regards and appreciation,
Wildwood School

Came here with a party of 18 people for my birthday. Fast service, friendly staff, food came out quickly. Would recommend hosting parties and events here.

Christine P

I just wanted to reach out and say thank you so much for our wedding dinner this last weekend. Everybody LOVED the food and we were all well taken care of! It was a great night and we will definitely be back!

Thanks again for all the extra little things that you guys helped with too. 

Lauren and Brian ️

We went to our Christmas Party here last night and just want to say “WOW”Everything was top notch from the bartenders, food, service! Everything was excellent!   The food was all delicious including the desserts! Yum!

Thank you Upper West, we will be back!!

Stephanie H

We just had a private 65 person event there. The servers were perfect and everyone loved the food! The manager was so nice, I can’t believe he did not charge us for the last minute no-shows. I have never seen a venue do that.

Nikki S.

We had a great experience at The Upper West. Fred and the rest of his staff did a great job working with my wife and me to create a beautiful intimate wedding experience in the private room. They have great attention to detail and immaculate service. Fred was gracious enough to meet with us in person to plan, as well as exchange emails and phone calls. He made it very easy. Also, the food was beyond reproach–truly exceptional. I highly recommend The Upper West for any private event. The next time I’m in LA, I can’t wait to return for dinner with my wife.

Kevin S.

This place has the best customer service I have ever experienced. We came here for a friend’s birthday dinner and the owner was so accommodating to our large party.

My sister and I had shared the Blackened Salmon and it was amazing! It had tons of flavor and it was perfectly cooked. They were so kind to have split the dish for us before having it bought to the table. We had also tried the roasted sweet corn as well and that was delicious. The corn had the perfect balance of sweetness and savory taste.

As we came near to the end of our dinner, the owner came over with a giant plate of dessert for the Birthday boy! Enough for the whole party to share! We were so pleased with the food and service. I will definitely be back with my family soon to try all the other delicious item their menu.

Vickie H

Last night we celebrated my very active mother’s 90th birthday. We were 20 family and friends, and we are so glad that we chose the Upper West as our venue!

Everything was amazing! When we walked in, The staff was right there for us, so we ordered drinks, which were delicious. I especially enjoyed my vesper martini, with its touch of orange!

Our coordinator, Fred Eli, had already made sure that the beautiful front room was done to perfection, with lovely personal touches on the menus at each place, the lovely linens and candles on the table, and the fun addition of “Singin’ In The Rain” on the wall (silently) as we enjoyed our time at the restaurant. Of course, we added our own touches with flowers, which just added to the upscale, welcoming ambiance. The incredible attention to detail and service by the staff, in particular the fabulous and indefatigable Maria, saw to every need promptly, and with great smiles.

And then the food…Wow! Every guest was blown away by the flavors and expertise in our meals.The appetizers were beautifully passed by the staff, and included a flatbread, crab cakes, and small ahi tuna tacos stacks. After sitting down, our entree choices were Blackened Salmon, Flat-Iron Steak, or a chicken dish called Tawook, which seemed to include an Eastern Indian flair. All were perfectly prepared with lovely sides, and tasted amazing.

All-in-all it was a perfect party, and the Upper West made me, my sister-in-law, and my brother look like the best hostesses and host ever!

Thank you Fred, and your great team.

Jen C

I had my daughter’s graduation party at The Upper West and honestly, it could not have been better. Fred was my first impression of the restaurant and he is wonderful. I called and emailed with questions and always received a prompt and courteous response. The food was so delicious that each and every person made it a point to tell me that they loved the food and restaurant and were all planning to come back to try everything else. The service was fabulous throughout the celebration. Everyone that worked there had a smile and genuinely wanted to make sure that we were taken care of. Everything that we ordered was cooked to perfection with amazing flavor.

Michael M

I planned a surprise party for my partner bday and this place was totally amazing and super professional. They provided me a private room and even if it was super busy the server paid a lot of attention to us.

They have parking valet for 7$.

Food is amazing, I recommend to try the tacos tuna. Portion are a little small but quality is high.

This place is perfect for private party or business party.

Maria I

Just recently went to a party at this location I fell in love with the venue! It’s a prefect place for larger parties or events in a great location! It was easy to find and parking wasn’t horrible. If you need space for a big event definitely consider this place!

Sarah D

We took over the restaurant last night for our wedding party. The things that matter most when you are celebrating is to be able to relax and enjoy your own party and feel the great energy and see the enjoyment and smiles on the faces of your friends and family. We achieved all of that because, the owner Fred who was fantastic to work with from beginning to end and stayed for the evening to oversee everything, the totally flawless service of the entire staff, everything ran to schedule and the compliments that are pouring in today from all of the guests as to the incredible, most superb food and a fun night which is what one hopes for and why we wanted to write this review. Thank you to everyone at Upper West.

Elaina H

This restaurant has earned my business for good. We had our wedding dinner at this restaurant and it was a seamless experience from beginning to end. I had the privilege of meeting our coordinator (Fred) who was perfectly accommodating to our needs and wants for our big day. We throughly enjoyed the personalized wedding menus and everyone raved about their food! I also cannot begin to say enough wonderful things about the staff that night that catered to our party. Every one of them was sweet, sincere, polite, and accommodating to my whole party. I am looking forward to having more group gatherings at this beautiful restaurant.

Bridgette J

Ok so this is the deal! I had a birthday party for my daughter who turned 13. Her and her friends are total foodies; even one is a Chef so I knew Pizza wasn’t going to do. I chose Upper West because of the great “food” reviews and when I visited the ambiance was beautiful. Worked with Fred to make all the arrangements. It turned out to be a party of 17 with adults and it was absolutely fantastic! The food, the ambiance, the service! Even the chef Nikk Shipp stopped by our table to wish my daughter a Happy Birthday and had a chat with our wizard chef! It was so cool. I would give them more stars if I could. Excellent food, Fred was great and the service too!!!!!

Liz S.

We came here for our company’s holiday party and it really was the perfect venue. We had the private room reserved with a cocktail hour and buffet-style dinner.

The private room was great–We had about 25 people and it was very spacious. We also had our own private waiter who was very attentive and brought us all cocktail refills in a speedy manner (which at an office party is key) My favorite cocktail was a blackberry mojito. I think their mojito selection changes per the season, but this was delicious, perfectly mixed, and not too sweet.

For food we had asparagus, mac and cheese, a salmon dish, and a chicken dish. Is it wrong to say that the mac and cheese was my favorite? This is gourmet mac and cheese at its finest… the kind where you eat it all and there’s a pile of grease at the bottom, but combined with multiple fine cheeses, it’s probably one of the best things you’ve ever eaten. I would highly recommend it

If you’re looking for a place that has a private room, I would highly recommend Upper West. I would love to come back try out more of the menu in a normal dining setting as well.

Amy T.

Had my rehearsal dinner here a while back and it went really well! We had the little room up front that’s enclosed by glass and has windows open to the street. We did seated buffet. It was just a bit too small for 35-40 people and there wasn’t enough seating at first, but we asked them to bring in some more tables and chairs and it worked out great. The service was fantastic… took all our drink orders, brought out a few extra items/dessert we ordered… we ate all the delicious appetizers and asked for some more, and they brought out some more… just well done. All the appetizer stuff was awesome..vegetable flatbread, hummus&chips, chicken salad, ahi tuna crisps, the burrata caprese, kale salad, etc etc. The two “meatier” items: sliders and chicken tawook were pretty good too, but not as good as the appetizer type dishes. The owner, Fred? came in and congratulated us and made sure everything was going well. The only minor negative thing about it is when you close all the doors and windows (so we could do some speeches), it gets really hot in there… but it was a really hot day in general… I’d gladly come back here for either an event or just a normal meal. Thanks upper west!

Adam I.

We had our rehearsal dinner in the private room at the Upper West last fall, and I highly recommend it to others. The food was amazing.. Many of our guests commented on how great it was, and I know they were not just saying it to be polite. The price is competitive,especially in light of how good the food is, and they let you project a DVD of any movie you’d like on the wall and print out menus with your picture on it for all of your guests. Very classy place.

Iggy S