Upland

4.7
2204 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Love the restaurant but the table was not suitable for 7 pax.

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S
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upland is always a treat. Very good and friendly service and the food
is wonderful. The physical space is so fresh and airy-looking. Fun!

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WH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frequent visitor to Upland and it never disappoints. Great place in all respects.

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NJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. They are doing it all right, from the greeting at the door to the service and then the amazing food, you cannot help but leave happy.

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o
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent and service is amazing. Quickly becoming one of the favorite places to eat in the city

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AP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The two young ladies that we encountered at the hostess podium upon arrival were less than friendly. Otherwise the wait staff and food were excellent. We will be back though- despite the grumpy hostesses.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my parents was fantastic. The staff took their time to filet the roasted branzino we ordered and it was well worth the wait. Thanks for a great time!

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FV
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything at Upland was great except for the noise level. It was simply deafening. All the surfaces are hard and reflect the sound. Everyone has to scream to be heard over the background noise. My wife's throat was sore the next morning from her having to shout. There is a simple engineering fix. The decibel level reading from my iPhone app read 95 db. Come on, Upland, do something to preserve the hearing of your customers. It won't cost much.

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TL
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a great lunch with my girls friends, we shared the falafels (crispy outside and delicious), a margherita and a cacio e Pepe (perfectly al dente and well balanced). Then a wonderful espresso macchiato, cookies basket and cheesecake really tasty. The service was attentive and nice. I will for sure come back

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WC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. The food is exceptional from a wonderful menu. The staff is friendly and professional. It’s a happy, lively space. Can’t wait to return

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G
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Brunch with a girlfriend on a Sunday on our way to a play. Enjoyed the simple menu and excellent service.

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VJ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! We arrive early for our reservation and were seated almost right away.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upland is great for group dinners (3 or more people). You can't go wrong here.

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R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! The food was top notch; portions were generous and shareable. We could actually enjoy a conversation without shouting. Would absolutely go back!!

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G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with cool decor and varied menu. The brunch salmon dish with brown rice was tasty, but the salmon was undercooked, similar to a smoked salmon texture with only light searing on the surface.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the atmosphere, the service and the food - everything was fantastic!

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AT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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LD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I celebrated at Upland and had an amazing time. The cocktails were amazing, food was delicious and a shout out to our server who was so great.

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PF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Fried Chicken Sandwich with avocado mash was excellent for lunch. Very tasty!

The staff was professional, courteous and responsive. I appreciated their well-groomed appearances, from host- to wait staff.

It gets a bit too loud in there for a business lunch.

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous service, fabulous food. Service was very good though I would like to see the hosts being friendlier and smiling a little surly. The noise level is quite high.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was a fun night with a good vibe going. The food was dead on delicious. Waitress & hostesses were very nice. Sometimes the staff can be unfriendly or unpleasant here. The bartender had a attitude and was quite sarcastic I was surprised they were completely out of Anjou tequila

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YB
London
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go-to for lunch meetings. Always great! Upscale yet comfortable. Nice lunch menu. Service never disappoints.

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JA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so pleased with the restaurant we plan to return with more family.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and drinks always top notch. This time we felt rushed, dinner was served within an hour of arriving at the restaurant. We had ordered appetizers etc.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

made a reservation but still had to wait like 20 mins ... was clear that no table was set aside for us

portions are TINY

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LG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved our breakfast here. Comfortable restaurant, energetic atmosphere. Tortilla and eggs was great and we loved the sprouts on the chicken sandwich. My opinion, you should eat here.

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JW
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We felt very rushed as they were trying to turn the table over. Otherwise, enjoyed the food and ambience!

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YR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This place was cute but there is so much good food in the area this would not be my first choice.

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l
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upland is always a stellar experience and food is phenomenal as usual!!

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LJ
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

creative cuisine served in a well designed space.......professional and convivial staff
all contributed with a unique and delicious lunch
looking forward to my next visit

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KL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had to make the dinner reservation weeks in advance...and now i understand why. Food was excellent. We tried the caesar salad -- how different could a salad be...very different and possibly the most delicious dressing i've ever had. We also tried the crispy mushroom, very good, the pappardelle and the scallops. Everything was superb.

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JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, perfect service and fun atmosphere. My husband recommended this restaurant and it was truly a great experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, friendly staff

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful fresh food.

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FC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, great ambiance, and delicious food. The portions of the appetizers and mains were also very sensible. Having visited for both brunch and dinner, I prefer the atmosphere and noise level of dinner. I would recommend scheduling an earlier/later dinner (after 8:30 pm) for a quicker/intimate meal. Highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

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FL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for Brunch. The salmon bowl was really quite good. Good sized portion and tasty. If you get the side of salad greens know that it’s enough for 3-4 people. I found the vinaigrette a bit on the sharp side. Porcetta was good. Chicken sandwich was tender but hand some cartilage in it and the fries could have been warmer. Coffee was ok but not spectacular. Got overcharged on one of the sides (only realized after I paid) Friendly and attentive service. Nice atmosphere and decor. Clean bathrooms. A good fun place for brunch with decent food.

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AD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and cocktails! Portions were large enough and priced very fairly for the quality.

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JK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Cocktails were delicious. Went for brunch, a lot of families around us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, courteous staff, great environment.

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