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Upstairs 2 - Los Angeles, CA

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Best

This review is going to be not just for the restaurant, but for an entire experience that my wife and I had here when we decided to have the reception for our wedding at Upstairs ...

Worst

As fans of the Wine House we had high expectations for this place. It was very disappointing. We called to make a reservation and were told they couldn't take us until 8:45. ...

Food 3 Service 0 12/3/2009

This was arguably some of the worst service I've ever received. There were three chipped glasses served. The food was fair but the service soured the experience considerably. It was obvious that paying the corkage fee only made bringing wine permissible to the staff. They demonstrated their disdain by ignoring us and by serving food meant to be paired with red wine before the bottle of white wine was finished. Also, while the prices seem reasonable, the portions are small. And when you realize that you are not paying for the atmosphere, you are left wondering what is with the hype? Pros: relatively inexpensive tapas Cons: Terribly service, lack of innovation and atmosphere more

Food 3 Service 0 12/3/2009

This was arguably some of the worst service I've ever received. There were three chipped glasses served. The food was fair but the service soured the experience considerably. It was obvious that paying the corkage fee only made bringing wine permissible to the staff. They demonstrated their disdain by ignoring us and by serving food meant to be paired with red wine before the bottle of white wine was finished. Also, while the prices seem reasonable, the portions are small. And when you realize that you are not paying for the atmosphere, you are left wondering what is with the hype? Pros: relatively inexpensive tapas Cons: Terribly service, lack of innovation and atmosphere more

Fun Wine Tasting Experience, Mediocre Food 2/2/2009

Because it's randomly located on the edge of the 405 near Sepulveda, you feel like you've come across a hidden gem. They have a fairly extensive wine menu, and they give you cute little coaster-type papers to remember which brands of wine you've tasted. The menu is decent- tapas, and the chef delivers complimentary taster dishes as well. I had no issues with the service, and in fact have gone to this restaurant twice, albeit accidentally. Overall, though, it's just so-so. Worth checking out... But kind of like a "renter" more than a "theater-worthy". Pros: Great wine menu more

Fun Wine Tasting Experience, Mediocre Food 2/2/2009

Because it's randomly located on the edge of the 405 near Sepulveda, you feel like you've come across a hidden gem. They have a fairly extensive wine menu, and they give you cute little coaster-type papers to remember which brands of wine you've tasted. The menu is decent- tapas, and the chef delivers complimentary taster dishes as well. I had no issues with the service, and in fact have gone to this restaurant twice, albeit accidentally. Overall, though, it's just so-so. Worth checking out... But kind of like a ""renter"" more than a ""theater-worthy"". Pros: Great wine menu more

Good value for a nice evening out 2/29/2008

For my husband's birthday I wanted to go somewhere we hadn't tried before, and I love small plates and wine (prefer whites), so Upstairs 2 fit the bill perfectly. Indeed, there was a long list of wines by the glass and a wide variety of hot & cold tapas. You could even order small (2.5 oz) glasses of wine. It was hard to choose. We split 5 tapas between us and that was about right. Granted, we also ate quite a bit of delicious bread dipped in olive oil. My only complaint was that the tomato sauce with the swiss-chard-tofu ravioli was WAY too salty. (Don't worry, carnivores, you can't taste the tofu.) Service was professional and helpful without being overbearing, and the pacing of the courses was neither too rushed nor too slow. When the bill came--wow-- I wouldn't have mind splurging for a special occasion dinner but it was only $60 total including 2 glasses of wine! On a Thursday night the place wasn't totally full, but it's probably easier to make a reservation. The tables are rather close together so it's not exactly an intimate dining experience, but it's comfortable enough. Pros: service, variety of choices, wines by the glass Cons: tables very close together more

Good value for a nice evening out 2/29/2008

For my husband's birthday I wanted to go somewhere we hadn't tried before, and I love small plates and wine (prefer whites), so Upstairs 2 fit the bill perfectly. Indeed, there was a long list of wines by the glass and a wide variety of hot & cold tapas. You could even order small (2.5 oz) glasses of wine. It was hard to choose. We split 5 tapas between us and that was about right. Granted, we also ate quite a bit of delicious bread dipped in olive oil. My only complaint was that the tomato sauce with the swiss-chard-tofu ravioli was WAY too salty. (Don't worry, carnivores, you can't taste the tofu.) Service was professional and helpful without being overbearing, and the pacing of the courses was neither too rushed nor too slow. When the bill came--wow-- I wouldn't have mind splurging for a special occasion dinner but it was only $60 total including 2 glasses of wine! Pros: service, variety of choices, wines by the glass Cons: tables very close together more

Great gourmet cuisine for intimate experience or for larger parties 11/29/2007

This review is going to be not just for the restaurant, but for an entire experience that my wife and I had here when we decided to have the reception for our wedding at Upstairs 2. more

Great gourmet cuisine for intimate experience or for larger parties 11/29/2007

This review is going to be not just for the restaurant, but for an entire experience that my wife and I had here when we decided to have the reception for our wedding at Upstairs 2. First the restaurant: the food is excellent, creative, fun. The wine selection is among the best you will find in Los Angeles. The service is outstanding and the atmosphere is both aesthetically pleasing and inviting. My wife is French, and she raved about the food, the wine and the service. She is demanding, so this says a lot. The real reason I am writing this review, however, is because of the absolutely amazing experience that my wife and I had using Upstairs 2 as a reception for our wedding. It is important to underscore not just how happy we were with the result--the food, the setting, the service--but also, the entire process and chef Todd Barrie's impeccable professionalism from the first meeting to the event itself. Todd Barrie is not just an amazing chef, but an extremely congenial person. He met with us multiple times long before the wedding, maintained contact with us up until the reception, discussed with us the different options, gave us samples of food and wine, and was incredibly responsive to our desires and (sometimes unorthodox) ideas. The price was very reasonable considering the all-around excellence. The entire staff at Upstairs 2 was friendly, helpful, and unpretentious. A miracle in Los Angeles. If you have any sort of event that you would like to plan for 50-60 people, this venue is ideal. The food was just as outstanding for 50 people as it was during our other experiences at Upstairs 2. So for an evening out or for a larger party, I recommend Chef Todd Barrie enthusiastically. more

very chill, not snooty at all and the food is... 10/17/2007

very chill, not snooty at all and the food is truly worldclass. also, expect not to spend too much money.... more

very chill, not snooty at all and the food is... 10/17/2007

very chill, not snooty at all and the food is truly worldclass. also, expect not to spend too much money.... more

very chill, not snooty at all and the food is... 10/17/2007

jolg92 Provided by Partner
very chill, not snooty at all and the food is truly worldclass. also, expect not to spend too much money. for 3 of us and some restraint, the bill ... more

good wines, ok food 12/1/2006

my girlfriends and i tried out this westside wine and tapas place. the ambience is nice and cozy. it is good for small groups to share the small plates. we particularly enjoyed the crabcakes although it was not spectacular. the shrimp and rice was good -- all my friends loved the black rice, i thought it was too hard. the red pork with cabbage was sweet with a bit of an asian flavor. the prosciutto was not very good -- i thought it was too dry... the flourless chocolate cake was pretty good and the pudding was ok. on the plus side, we enjoyed all the wines we sampled. the service was great -- they were helpful and friendly and made good wine suggestions. more

good wines, ok food 12/1/2006

my girlfriends and i tried out this westside wine and tapas place. the ambience is nice and cozy. it is good for small groups to share the small plates. we particularly enjoyed the crabcakes although it was not spectacular. the shrimp and rice was good -- all my friends loved the black rice, i thought it was too hard. the red pork with cabbage was sweet with a bit of an asian flavor. the prosciutto was not very good -- i thought it was too dry... the flourless chocolate cake was pretty good and the pudding was ok. on the plus side, we enjoyed all the wines we sampled. the service was great -- they were helpful and friendly and made good wine suggestions. more

Great Concept 11/30/2006

I really enjoy the ability to try a myriad selection of wines and small plates here - the wines are, for the most part, good and the food is generally good - nothing extraordinary but enjoyable. my friends and i tried almost everything on the menu and the standouts were the shrimp on black rice, the crab cakes, the scallop on lemon risotto and the flat breads ... we were disappointed in the proscuitto which was quite tough and veiny. i would definitly return to try more wines, etc. but i agree with some of the other reviewers in that this cannot compare with aoc, but is a cheaper alternative. ambience is ok. service was also pretty good, but not particularly special. Pros: Good selection of wines and tapas more

Great Concept 11/30/2006

I really enjoy the ability to try a myriad selection of wines and small plates here - the wines are, for the most part, good and the food is generally good - nothing extraordinary but enjoyable. my friends and i tried almost everything on the menu and the standouts were the shrimp on black rice, the crab cakes, the scallop on lemon risotto and the flat breads ... we were disappointed in the proscuitto which was quite tough and veiny. i would definitly return to try more wines, etc. but i agree with some of the other reviewers in that this cannot compare with aoc, but is a cheaper alternative. ambience is ok. service was also pretty good, but not particularly special. Pros: Good selection of wines and tapas more

WONDERFUL SMALL BUT INTIMATE WINE BAR AND TAPAS RESTAURANT! HIDDEN GEM! 9/21/2006

Myou wouldnt know it from seeing the outside...its upstairs from a huge wine warehouse...but its a beautifully decorated little restaurant with only about 10 tables....the owner is kind of s snooty fruity guy but the little tapas are fantastic and VERY well priced..starting at just 4 or 5 bucks and upwards.the great thing is you can buy the wine and taste it by carafe, glass, or even half glassits fun and they have a great selection.this is a wonderful little intimate place to share some wine and little snacks of foodportions are small but I need to lose weight anyways! The only thing is the crowd is much older than other hip placesaverage age is probably 40-50. but still a great little place. Pros: food, wine, price Cons: snooty owner, small space, view of the 405 more

Fabulous, relaxed wine bar 9/21/2006

I just went for the first time last night, and loved it! The food was excellent (order the venison, and the white corn salad), the wines were interesting, and the bill was reasonable. The staff was really nice, helpful, and knowledgeable. The decor is definitely a bit lacking, but overall it's a great alternative to some of the other west side wine bars, especially if you want a quieter evening and more high-end wines. more

Fabulous, relaxed wine bar 9/21/2006

I just went for the first time last night, and loved it! The food was excellent (order the venison, and the white corn salad), the wines were interesting, and the bill was reasonable. The staff was really nice, helpful, and knowledgeable. The decor is definitely a bit lacking, but overall it's a great alternative to some of the other west side wine bars, especially if you want a quieter evening and more high-end wines. more

WONDERFUL SMALL BUT INTIMATE WINE BAR AND TAPAS RESTAURANT! HIDDEN GEM! 9/21/2006

Myou wouldnt know it from seeing the outside...its upstairs from a huge wine warehouse...but its a beautifully decorated little restaurant with only about 10 tables....the owner is kind of s snooty fruity guy but the little tapas are fantastic and VERY well priced..starting at just 4 or 5 bucks and upwards.the great thing is you can buy the wine and taste it by carafe, glass, or even half glassits fun and they have a great selection.this is a wonderful little intimate place to share some wine and little snacks of foodportions are small but I need to lose weight anyways! The only thing is the crowd is much older than other hip placesaverage age is probably 40-50. but still a great little place. Pros: food, wine, price Cons: snooty owner, small space, view of the 405 more

Forgettable food, over-priced wine, obnoxious staff, lame crowd 8/20/2006

As fans of the Wine House we had high expectations for this place. It was very disappointing. We called to make a reservation and were told they couldn't take us until 8:45. We showed up at 7:30 and the place was empty. The dining room was poorly decorated and cramped, so we sat at the bar. The food was average. We had some good cheese and a decent duck salad and pasta boulliabaise. My "five peppercorn rib eye" on the other hand was mostly fat and lacking in flavor. The sauce wasn't good either. The wines were okay. I had a decent pinot and both the rose and sauvignon blanc my girlfriend ordered were fine. I asked the extremely obnoxious sommelier (who made stupid, faux-self-depricating remarks to underscore just how MUCH really GREAT wine he personally had tasted...great pal, that's your job) how the Amarone was and he suggested instead an Ojai grenache as a pairing for my rib eye. That seemed like an odd pairing with steak, but I decided to try it. 2.5 ounces of grenache was $12. This stuff sells for $30 a bottle downstairs. Furthermore, it wasn't very good. And when the bartender asked me if I liked it and I said no, she told me I was actually wrong and that it was very good. So why ask me, then? So we spent $120 to drink the equivalent of 2 1/2 glasses of wine and eat a couple appitizers. I was still hungry when we left but decided I'd rather go home and boil some pasta. Atmosphere was remiscent of a Holiday Inn conference room. Crowd was stuffy, old and pretentious. I'd say the highlight of our meal was listening in as the woman next to us struggled to describe the type of Syrah she enjoys, using a mind-boggling array of completely ambiguous terms (if you must know, she likes it "juicy, but not too ripe, but really, like, California-y"). AOC is a bit of a scene but it's far, far superior to Upstairs in every respect. Cons: Food, staff, price more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Upstairs from one of L.A.'s largest wine stores, the light and airy dining room has a country club feel with its Beachwood-beam ceiling and upholstered booths with bentwood...

  • 7/26/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Wed 05:30 PM-10:00 PM;Thu 05:30 PM-10:00 PM;Fri 05:30 PM-11:00 PM;Sat 05:30 PM-11:00 PM
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    American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    West LA, West Los Angeles
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