After much initial rumor and lots of beautiful detail work inside, it looks like 71Above will indeed be ready to serve as of July 15. Once it comes online, the skyscraper-topping, 360-degree restaurant will immediately help to crown Downtown as a resurgent place for destination dining.
Owner Emil Eyvazoff, chef Vartan Abgaryan, and GM Alex Hasbany have worked tirelessly to bring 71Above to life, while not losing the none-too-subtle detail work that makes a place like this so special. There’s high-tech glass wrapping the entire restaurant, a beautifully modern kitchen, and a strong culinary team that includes pastry chef Gregory Baumgartner, sommeliers Reggie Narito and Catherine Morel, and bartender Darwin Manahan.
Otherwise, the plan is to let 71Above shine as the city jewel it already is, high atop the ruckus of Downtown and with open views to the ocean, mountains and beyond. The LA Times recently managed a dynamic 360-degree photo atop the US Bank Tower that should give guests a peek into what they’ll be able to see once they take their seat starting July 15.
What’s more, 71Above’s integrated TOCK reservation system will allow guests to choose the physical table they’d like to sit at, which means guests can pick and choose the view they want. There are also a couple of seats that directly overlook the intimidating new glass Skyslide that hangs off the side of the tower.
Beginning next week, guests should be able to start making reservations for the multi-course dinners Abgaryan is putting together. There will also be more casual bar service, as well as lunchtime dining down the line. Until then, use the LA Times photo tool to start thinking about which side of the world you want to look out on while you dine.