Rooftop restaurants are the ultimate trend for a casual lunch, an epic sunset with cocktails during happy hour, or the most romantic dinner date. Pick one and add Los Angeles as a backdrop, how exciting does that sound?
In a city nestled between the sea and the mountains, it’s no surprise that restaurants with spectacular views, whether on the beach or on the rooftop, are in no short supply. And if you can have both? L.A. is as versatile as your state of mind. There’s no shortage of choices for those who are thirsty, hungry, or just want to enjoy the view.
Élephante | Santa Monica
Élephante is a beach house in Santa Monica and the restaurant terrace offers postcard-worthy views of the palm-fringed seafront, without the clubby atmosphere typical of venues closer to the sea. The airy rooftop restaurant feels like a chic living room – except it serves pizza, cacio e pepe and gemelli with octopus and crab.
71 Above | Los Angeles
71Above offers a delicious feast of poached oysters, agnolotti, steak tartare and scallops. With unparalleled 360° views, this is the place to be if you want to enjoy a very special occasion. You’ll find this rooftop restaurant 71 stories up in the U.S. Bank Tower. Try the bar to snag a seat overlooking the sunset, and lookout for a few tables crowded right up against the edge of the windows.
Mama Shelter | Hollywood
The main restaurant at this boutique hotel in Hollywood is on the ground floor, but if you are meeting someone Mama Shelter, it’s probably on the rooftop terrace, where first come, first served. There are plenty of hotels in Hollywood now, but none are as colorful and laid-back as Mama‘s – and that vibe carries over to the menu, with comfort food like adobo wings, zucchini flower arancini and the Le Royale Burger on a Hawaiian bun.
Castaway | Burbank
Views of the valley are clearly underrated, and this rooftop restaurant in the Burbank hills certainly has the best of them. After a recent renovation, the country club vibe has been swapped for a fresher ambiance with steaks, whole fried fish, and impressive charcuterie plates. How about a dinner date at this spot? The golden hour suits you just fine, Castaway!
One last tip: the patio with unobstructed views of the entire San Fernando Valley is the perfect spot!
Nobu | Malibu
If you are looking for the perfect place to watch the sunset, look no further! Nobu Malibu is known for its excellent sushi prepared by Chef Nobu Matsushia and also for its romantic and picturesque rooftop restaurant on the beach. The interior is also elegant and perfect for colder evenings.
Pilot | Los Angeles
The best of Mediterranean cuisine, especially seafood, is on the menu at this rooftop restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. Pilot is located on the only crooked block of Broadway, so the rooftop bar looks directly down on the street’s canyon of glowing theater marquees.
Perch | Los Angeles
For a long time, Perch was the only rooftop restaurant and bar in Downtown Los Angeles. Now there are many other options, but this one is arguably the greenest and coziest place to be. The lower level spans two floors and has a romantic interior and a narrow patio where you can enjoy steak frites and bread pudding, while the open-air rooftop terrace offers the same menu. From almost every seat you have a perfect view of the skyscrapers around Pershing Square as well as the gothic crown of Title Guarantee Building.