Upland

4.7
2354 reviews
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Contemporary American
Built around a California-style culinary philosophy that takes heavy cues from the seasons, Upland balances a familiar rusticity with a smart global approach, all enhanced with a New Yorker’s eye for detail. The restaurant offers an artful array of starters, entrees and sides, each plate accented with chef Justin Smillie’s enticing and urbane touch. The wine program, overseen by beverage manager Chantelle Pabros, matches the excitement coming out of Upland’s open kitchen, with a worldly 500-bottle list and a clever by-the-glass selection that’s remarkably food-friendly.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.1

Universally appealing, consistently excellent, and one of our favorite places in all of NYC.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Hostesses were rude, we had a 9pm reservation they sat us at 9:40pm. Our server was lovely.

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AC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been quite a few times but had the best experience so far on Saturday night. The staff was incredibly kind and attentive. Everyone at the table was raving about the beef tartar and loved their entrees. Someone in our party of five was roughly 35 minutes late, but we were able to have a delicious drink at the bar and sat a little early until the fifth person arrived. Will be returning soon and recommending to all friends and visitors to the city!

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m
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

my parents arent the most frequent of "fine diners", but this was a special occasion and we went in early for dinner (530 reservation) to avoid noise (and to avoid being a bother during "peak" dinner hour). I was really disappointed with how gracelessly the waitress handled my mom's request for a peach cocktail. yes, she went a little rogue/off menu, but it's not like she ordered a jager bomb. waitress basically stormed off and left us to google a cocktail recipe on our smartphones then communicate it to the bartender. from there on out, we were treated as imbeciles. The food was pretty good (my wife and I had been previously and I frequently dine in the area for work) and the ambiance is great, but I won't be returning or recommending this place to anyone.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Labne cheesecake was amazing !

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UW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

We would have liked to stay for dessert but there was a big lag between courses and the dinner plates sat empty for a long time before being given dessert coffee menus and we had a show to get to.

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife’s food was great. My food was alright. The beef tartare was stunning and the spaghetti with seafood was fantastic.

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GH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The decor, vibe, fun and newness is all great at Uplands. Tried the roast chicken soup which was delicious, don’t have the wraps as thee are many gorgeous things on menu!! Enjoy.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I was disappointed only by the hostess who, on a night of poor weather in nyc, wasn't going to honor our reservation after e arrived a few minutes late to an empty dining room.

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OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were shown to a nice corner table and drinks service was prompt. But thereafter there were mistakes - we were sent the food sequentially rather than all together and were given the wrong bill. Server nice but dim. Food excellent.

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AL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience. Server did an excellent job guiding us in how we ordered. Portions were more than ample. Look forward to dining there again!

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for a business lunch with colleagues. We've been here before, and this experience was excellent as well. Three in our party had pizza, and all enjoyed. Mine was the kale&sausage - wow, excellent! Even after we finished, nobody rushed us out. Ambiance is great. Wouldn't change a thing.

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MG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely atmosphere, delicious food.
Recommend for any occasion!

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RL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Not happy with no changes policy. Brunch was mediocre

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LC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We often eat at Upland. The atmosphere is great and the food is good. It may be super busy with a long wait or really empty. We usually make a reservation because it's unpredictable.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and great vibes! Loved this place!

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SG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal there. Everything was absolutely delicious. The address is Park Ave South, but the entrance is actually on 26th St.

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y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best, business lunch spot in the neighborhood.
Dinner is great too.

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NY
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful meal and dining experience. The slight over salting of the entrees was noted but not objected to. While the hard shiny wall and ceiling surfaces tend to reflect rather than diminish ambient noise, during the non dinner hours the room sound is tolerable. However, post work drinking and dining conversation makes it more noticeable than a excellent meal should endure. Still at the top of my list of places to go.

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J
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I was coming back for third or forth time. We were initially seated at a table I didn’t like. Because the restaurant was very busy, when I asked to switch tables, I was prepared to be met with at best ambivalence;however, we were moved immediately and with great grace and a spirit of accommodation—just simply with a great attitude towards good service. The food was excellent as usual.

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MM
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

but air con too strong, I was freezing during dinner

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed with the food quality. Green gem salad had too much dressing - was sour. Cacio e pepe was mediocre. Skirt steak was way too salty and had to send it back. Overall food was pretty disappointing, especially for the price point. Nice ambience but I would not return here for dinner.

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GS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! The servers were on top of it and the food was absolutely delicious. Get the branzino to split and the cacio e pepe!!

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambiance is beautiful, service is excellent, drinks are good, food is just OK.

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DR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was especially attentive. Food fab. Decor lovely. Enjoyed so much. We will be back.

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ST
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never, ever disappointed. We visit N.Y 4 to five times a year and go to Upland at least twice every trip. We now ask for our favorite server, Sarah.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner here and the server was top notch and helped us with the great selections of food.

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WT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really excellent food, great service. Only negative was the noise.

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Chewy tough sinewy lamb, mostly inedible and dry hen of the woods, no flavour. Great gem salad tho

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for wife

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GT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around- not to be missed!

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N
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We ate at upland in March and our dinner was so outstanding we couldn’t wait to book a table on our next trip. Menu was totally different (changes all the time) and this time both of our entrees were mediocre. Shrimp mushy in shrimp and crispy rice. My husbands duck entree swamped in brown liquid must have been chefs night out.
If you go-order something else and don’t order the cheesecake either.

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FS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went cuz we heard they have good burgers but apparently they only serve those at lunch 😕 So we changed gears and tried other things in the menu and it was decent i’d like to try the burgers tho...

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my husbands first time at Upland and we HAD to try the famous burger- it did not disappoint! The restaurant was beautiful and service was great. We will certainly go again next time we’re in town.

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C
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance; tasty food; good service; a place one wants to go back to again and again.

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g
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food. We enjoyed every course.
Cioppino w Korean spices, mushroom, gem salad, duck wings/legs all excellent. Great presentations for each course.
Service was somewhat indifferent. Had troubles getting wait staff attention before and after food was served.
Beautiful room, great music.

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OM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On our second meal at Upland everything was as good our previous experience. Service was professional and unobtrusive, the vibe just energetic enough to be fun, but still we could engage in a pleasant conversation without raising our voices and disturbing others. The food was excellent, especially the hanger steak which was outstanding. The only quibbles were the salads which were soggy with too much dressing and the fact that several of the dishes we ordered were over salted.

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t
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hands down one of the best burgers in NYC. Personal top 3. Their take on the in-n-out burger is unreal - especially with avocado as an added bonus. Slightly on the expensive end @ $24, but it also comes with a side of fries - well worth it! Highly recommend it!

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S
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated promptly when we arrived. Service was excellent like the food and reasonably priced wine. Good experience.

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