Upland

4.7
2156 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.

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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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Albacore tuna crudo was terrible - way too much parsley. The pizza was soggy and not enjoyable.

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JF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch spot! Not on loud for business meeting. The food is exceptional and the service was spot on!

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was pretty rude when we first got there. Not welcoming at all especially for our first time going there. We were a party of three waiting for one more who was almost there and we asked if we could sit and order drinks while we wait. Our table was ready but she made a huge stink about it before finally letting us sit. The food was amazing and our waitress was very informed about the menu. She did have a hard time telling us what the most popular items were and ending up basically saying that everything on the menu was good. Overall the atmosphere was lovely and the food was delicious.

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

Ambiance and personality of the space was great. Everything we ordered was delicious. Service was attentive yet not overbearing. Would definitely go again!

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking forward to our reservations for over 2 weeks, and I do have to say, it was WELL worth the wait. Our server was so delightful, gave great recommendations, and was very attentive to our needs of wine. I appreciated the ambiance of the restaurant too! The seating was amazing, not too close to one another and the upholstery was very comfortable. We spent close to 3 hours having fun and picking different things on the menu. Highly recommend for a date night!!

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BR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is spectacular and the service is prompt. The only problem is that it's always crowded and noisy. But I continue to go back there because it's so damn good.

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TA
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t go wrong here!

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N
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very good. Nice decore and ambiance Despite being busy they did not rush us.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I’ve been to many Starr restaurants and Philly and decided to stop by while in NY. Unfortunately this did not live up to my prior great experiences. Had to wait almost ten minutes for the waiter to give us water, the food was lackluster, and the wine came after I was done with my dinner. Definitely disappointing and not worth the prices.

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NC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Upland. However, the portions are simply too big. They really need to scale back. Everything is so delicious.

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s
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a fine restaurant with a diversity of well prepared food and service with a smile. I highly recommend for dates , family or business lunches and dinners .

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f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am still thinking of the delicious meal that I had a few days ago at Upland, what a wonderful place! Loved it!

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

Food was very good. Ambiance not too stuffy. I recommend the sausage kale pizza.

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R
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great looking place, open, effective lighting, and appealing Saturday brunch buzz. Place was packed, but we were shown to our table without delay. Service was excellent, though wait for 1st course flatbread a little lengthy. Reasonable prices, interesting and accessible menu. Would definitely return and would recommend highly.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upland continues to set the bar for brunch. All 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed our dishes and can’t wait to return.

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b
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great service from Sophy; good beverages and phenomenal LaFrieda burger. Sssoooo noisy though.

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MC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very disappointed in the food and service
I had visited before and enjoyed it
I wanted to go back again but was not impressed
Food was fair, expensive and service was inconsistent

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The food was no where near the quality that I would expect of a Michelin star restaurant. All dishes were grossly over seasoned to the point that you could barely taste the what was under it.

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots. Especially for lunch bc the burger isn’t on the dinner menu. This place is always consistent, aesthetically beautiful, service is always on point. Must haves - crispy duck wings, sasauge and kale pizza, gem salad and or Caesar, bucatini, and the burger!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

This is a trendy place to eat what is essentially overpriced bar food.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Except for being seated in the ‘tourist section’ near the door on a cold wintry day, lovely place to land after just arriving to NYC by train. Nice that we could easily check our small overnight bags with our coats. Great service, charming decor, delicious fresh straight forward menu, can’t wait to go back

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfy but special. All dishes were simple and the flavors of each component came through

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Waiter could not have been more rude. In addition, the manager barely made an apology for the waiter’s behavior. Not to mention the food, which was ok at best.

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f
New York Area
336 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, great venue. Energic staff, professional. Food supurb.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Smoked duck was amazing, pasta done perfect, sauces outstanding.

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FR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. We were seated right away at a great table! We were there on late side of brunch but the menu incorporated both breakfast and lunch items. It was warm and cozy with the perfect amount of activity. The kale pizza was incredible.

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LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great experience at Upland. I found our waiter to be slightly pretentious (eg. when you ask for hashbrowns on the side, don't say "we don't have hashbrowns," instead say "did you mean the side of potatoes?" and i also would prefer they seat incomplete parties. we would have ordered drinks at our seats and given our waiter more $ instead of being uncomfortable at a crowded bar not ordering drinks on principle. Otherwise, DELICIOUS food. I'll be back.

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OA
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We wanted to try a weekend brunch, the place was completely full, the people were professional and friendly enough and the food was very good. I loved the apple cinnamon desert

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went to Upland for a date night. Service was great, food was delicious. We ordered the Cesar, Tuna Crudo, Lamb and Scallops and loved all of it! So yummy. I would definitely recommend Upland for a date night!

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, good service . I ordered the porchetta sandwich which was very tough and fatty. Others in my party really enjoyed their choices . Server was very efficient and courteous.

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MO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was tasty enough and our waitress was very nice. Sadly, the kitchen seems to struggle getting the food out on time. We ended up canceling our last dish as it took too long to arrive and I ate all the bread waiting for it. I don't think we will return.

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TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner! We had a fabulous server and sommelier too. Every suggestion was terrific. Their signature ciappino was delicious and authentic We will definitely return.

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MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. We eat there often and are never disappointed. The Gem salad is one of our favorites.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I thought the salmon entree was noticeably small portion. Also the wine by the glass special was a noticeably small pour.

I am a repeat guest at upland. Perhaps this was an aberration.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is awesome. Don't miss out on the estrella pasta or the five lettuce caesar salad. Service was a little awkward at times but certainly didn't take away from a 5 star dining experience.

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s
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband for his birthday - it was excellent. The service was perfection.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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AG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice selection of entrees for brunch and noise level that allows you to hear your friends. Overall every time I have been here it has been a pleasant experience with very good service.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good and the salad was fresh.
The Margarita pizza was perfect and the salad had fresh basil. The bread was very tasty.

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JD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Rushed meal service, otherwise great.

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