Checked out Upper West Friday night. Beautiful remodel, I hope that they can beat the curse of the location.
Ate at the bar, made happy hour so got a great $6 cucumber martini. Tasty and generously sized.
Fried calamari from bar menu were good - crisp, good-sized portion sitting on top of some sort of too-sweet marinara sauce. By 2nd martini, was able to ignore the sweetness.
My friend and I shared a spinach salad and sea bass. Disappointing. Salad had too much vinegar and the sea bass tasted old and undercooked. It takes real talent to make undercooked fish taste both rubbery and dry. The mashed potatoes the fish sat on were tasty but for $22 for the plate - ouch.
The kicker was, they don't serve bread? We asked for it and the bartender said they didn't have that but they had potato chips. ??? Okay... the chips were great but a little weird to be eating with an entree.
I live pretty close so I could see going back for drinks and appies but will probably not order from the main menu again.
3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404