Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Saying I do. From Bridal Showers to Wedding Rehearsal Dinners, let our private dining team take care of your special day.

Rehearsal Dinner

Celebrate with family and close friends the day before the big day at Upper West Santa Monica. Our private dining rooms, menu options, and atmosphere can all be customized.

Day-After Wedding Brunch

After party all night. Host your post-wedding brunch at Upper West. Our private dining packages are affordable and tasteful.

Bridal Shower

Plan your bride-to-be’s perfect bridal shower at Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica. Let our private dining staff handle all the details from small bites to decorations and sweet treats.

Wedding Reception

Upper West is the perfect location to host your Wedding Reception. Dine and Dance the night away with a fully-stocked bar, unique entrees, and elegantly decorated restaurant. Our private dining staff will take care of every detail from the first Dance to the last toast.

Engagement Party

Celebrate your engagement at Upper West Santa Monica in our private dining spaces.
Get the Party started with unique menus prepared by our executive Chef Nick Shipp, a fantastic selection of wines, craft beers, and cocktails.

What People Are Saying

Yelp Review,
What a fabulous restaurant! Fred and staff went above and beyond for our daughter’s engagement party. The venue had the perfect private room with romantic ambiance. Our party of 30 were pleasantly surprised by the speed of our food coming out and the delicious flavors presented. Everyone had a great time.
Vikki S.

Hi Fred,
I hope you’re doing well! I wanted to share our deep appreciation and gratitude for your help to make our wedding celebration on August so special and memorable. Our family and friends loved everything from the incredible service, delicious food/drinks, and beautiful private dining space. Thank you for making the night so special for us.

Hello Fred,
I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated the lovely rehearsal dinner you helped us with last month! The food was wonderful and your wine pairings worked so well. The room was just the right size for an intimate evening and the conversations flowed! I cannot tell you how many people remarked on how good the food was and how great the service was! We were very pleased by the event.

Thank you and your staff so very much!

B R & J E

Hey Fred.
Friday night was truly perfect. Everyone loved the food. Your staff was very friendly and attentive. The room was set up beautifully. We’d love to host another event at Upper West in the future. Thanks for all your help. We really appreciate you and the whole team

I’m eternally grateful for the service you provided for my entire family and friends. The food was truly incredible, the service was immaculate, seriously such a strong team, and your leadership is genuine. I cannot thank you enough for the experience you created for us. I’ll never forget it. It was all perfect.


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.

Sarah D

You guys were perfect. Your service is off the charts good! And the food was delicious.
Thanks for being a part of my wedding.

Hi Fred,
We want to thank you and your staff ever so much for our wedding experience at Upper West. It was the perfect venue for our amazing day! We were so happy with food, as always, and the attention of yourself and all the staff that day was just so on point. The feedback from our guests was fantastic. They raved about the food, thought the restaurant was just beautiful, and the service wonderful. It was truly a great day for us. Cheers to you!

“Organized a post-engagement celebration for my sister and her fiancé. Worked with Fred via e-mail and he deserves 5-stars for his service along. Was such a breeze to work with even on somewhat short notice and for 13+ people!

Fred added in an extra touch for our dinner and printed our menus in color with pictures of the engaged couple at the top. Really was just a wonderful way to start off my first experience here. I arrived a bit earlier than the guests and was prepared to wait a bit as it was a busy Saturday night but NO , Fred and the team had everything set up and ready to go. The table was beautiful, with the menus looking amazing.

Each of our guests loved their meal- each app, main and dessert was loved. My sister even commented she’d come back just for dessert alone. Even with a large table, all servers were great about taking drink orders and handling them in context of a large restaurant that was busy with a few big groups.

ABSOLUTELY will recommend this place to any and all who will listen. Given what a great experience I had, I plan to use them for all future business meals and events we

-Kristie L.

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. 

Elaina H

We’ve gone to Upper West multiple times for dinner and it’s always been great. That’s why we also selected them as our venue for our Wedding rehearsal dinner.
The food was delicious, the service also very fast and attentive (for a large group of 25 guests).
Working with Fred, the manager, was also a highlight. From the outset he was extremely friendly, informative, and helpful in making this a personal event for us.  We were able to run a slideshow in the private room in the front area, and he also printed customizable menus for us. The overall cost was also very affordable.
We will definitely be coming back to Upper West for years to come, and would also not hesitate to recommend as a venue for private party

Iggy S.

When my fiance and I decided to arrange an engagement dinner, we knew it had to be hosted at Upper West.
I worked directly with Fred, who was incredibly accommodating and responsive. He helped me develop a custom dinner menu with all of my favorite Upper West dishes, including the crazy good lamb nachitos. Fred had a special menu printed, which featured a photo of me and fiance. My guests “ooh and ahh’ed” upon seeing the menu, and it was a sign they were in for an amazing evening.
We were seated in the smaller dining room up front which was slightly quieter and had a more intimate vibe. The service throughout the night was top notch and our waitress was very attentive (I wish I remembered her name!). My guests were seriously impressed with the food from start to finish. The appetizer trio was beautifully plated and everyone enjoyed their entree selection and dessert.
As the evening came to a close, the restaurant sent over a round of ginger cosmo shots to toast to our engagement. Very classy, indeed! One of my guests had been ordering non-alcoholic beverages. Our waitress remembered this detail and brought him a shot of cranberry juice along with the cosmo shots, so he could take part in the celebration. It’s the small touches like these, that elevate a dining experience from good to great.
Thank you to the entire Upper West team for helping us throw a memorable engagement dinner. It was a perfect evening

Kristin W

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!

Easter E

We had our wedding welcome dinner at The Upper West. Fred, the owner, was extremely easy to work with and very accommodating. The appetizers were plentiful, including mini veggie burgers, ahi tuna crispy tacos, mini hamburgers, and grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. The buffet dinner was better than any buffet we had ever had. We thoroughly enjoyed the flatiron steak, chicken tawook and blackened salmon. The desserts were beyond delicious, including carrot cake and maple syrup bread pudding to die for. The wait staff was extremely friendly and courteous. If we could give The Upper West more than 5 stars we would, it was that good!

Sarah A.

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.

Kevin S

So I don’t even know where to start with how awesome this place was and the owner is a gem! We threw an engagement party here for my business partner and it couldn’t have been more enjoyable.  As a restauranteur, I truly appreciate when an owner goes above and beyond to accommodate and this was one of the most exceptional experiences I have ever had at a restaurant.  Everyone in my party loved the food, the ambiance was great and the physical location is dope!
Anyway I could go on and on but suffice to say this place rocks, Fred is awesome, the staff are rockstars and all I can say is thanks again!!!!

Charles L

We just had a private 65person 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

Nikki S

The rehearsal dinner was terrific. Everyone raved about the food, the service was great, and the ambiance was perfect. You were a pleasure to work with and made everything so easy. Thank you.
We will all be back on our next trip to LA.
With all best wishes for the new year,


I made a reservation for 15 of us for our wedding dinner! The service was outstanding. I had the blackened salmon and it was one of the best dish I ever had! Definitely I will be coming back

Elena C

Thank you for helping us create such a special moment in our lives. The wedding was great, the guest raved about the menu. Thank you, to you and Nick for that. The staff was awesome! The Upper West will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Thank you for your attention to detail to fit our needs.

Emma and Ron

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