With a constantly changing menu, Upper West boasts of Chef Nick Shipp’s eclectic individualistic dishes that tickle the palate with unique ingredients from all around the world. The restaurant reflects an uncompromising approach to modern American cuisine that knows no bounds coupled with exceptional customer service.
This restaurant has it all!
Once home to Flints, Santa Monica Bar and Grill, Alligator Lounge and the 310 Lounge, Upper West features a full-service 27-foot bar, a sophisticated wine collection and a long list of tantalizing specialty cocktails – it evokes the feel of a TriBeCa loft with 28-foot ceilings and an urban yet rustic décor. In addition to the chicly lit extended bar with high-tops, couches and dining room, it offers regular seating in an 800-sqaure-foot patio.
For your convenience, we offer valet parking to our restaurant guests.
Meet Executive Chef Nicholas Shipp
LOS ANGELES, CA – Making it as a chef in a city rich in diverse cuisine as this one is not easy. But 31-year-old Nicholas Shipp is quietly earning his keep. With a wealth of culinary experience Shipp has brought an enticing, well-blended mix of tastes, aromas and flavors to Santa Monica restaurant “Upper West,” where he serves as Executive Chef. Shipp’s menu offers any discriminating palate with innovative twists on contemporary American cuisine.
Hailing from Forth Worth, Texas, the “Funkytown” native began his cooking career at the early age of 15, working part-time for several high-end restaurants in the greater Fort Worth/Dallas metropolis, all while playing drums in a local rock band. As his skills developed and his passion for fine cuisine grew, Shipp found himself devoting more time to the kitchen, forgoing a potential career in music for a formal education at the Culinary Institute of Dallas.
Shipp eventually ventured out to Los Angeles to broaden his cooking endeavors where he soon became immersed in L.A.’s famed Wolfgang Puck franchise. For 2 years, he strengthened his cooking chops working the governor’s ball, award shows and private celebrity parties and weddings just to name a few. And the hard work paid off. After his departure from the Puck franchise he became the Executive Chef of Pete’s Café in Downtown where he developed his palate for modern American/Global cuisine. Now, he’s brought his emerging reputation to the kitchen at “Upper West.”
Nicholas Shipp’s passion for food has granted him the task of assembling an expert staff that shares his vision and taste and has allowed him to create an ever changing superb menu that will exceed every customer’s expectation.