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Merois’s dining room at Pendry West Hollywood.
Wolfgang Puck’s Merois
Wonho Frank Lee

18 Restaurants With Amazing Views in Los Angeles

Beautiful vistas that come with delicious food and drink

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Wolfgang Puck’s Merois
| Wonho Frank Lee

Los Angeles is long on sunshine and stunning views, from the mountains to the Downtown skyline to the seemingly endless ocean. Restaurants are naturally drawn to the vistas that LA presents, meaning diners have the opportunity to enjoy cocktails, bar snacks, and serious meals while surveying the city from hundreds of feet off the ground — or from right at wave level. Here new are some of greater LA’s restaurants and bars for soaking in the views, from the Valley to Long Beach.

Added: LA Cha Cha Cha, Cabra, Merois, Sant’Olina, Strand House, Tony’s on the Pier, Proud Bird

Removed: Saddle Peak Lodge, Mastro’s Ocean Club, The Penthouse, Odyssey Restaurant, EP & LP, WP24, Broken Shaker, Perch, Margot

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Geoffrey's

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This ritzy spot in Malibu has often been a celebration mainstay for Westsiders and well-heeled Malibu denizens. The fare isn't particularly focused (or affordable), but with top-notch service and great views, it's hard to complain.

Geoffrey’s
Geoffrey’s

Nobu Malibu

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Nobu Malibu caters to the rich and famous in everything from its contemporary design to its panoramic ocean views. The ultra sleek restaurant sits right on top of gently lapping waves that are illuminated in the evening, adding to the stunning ambiance that stands up well to its gorgeous clientele.

Nobu Malibu
Nobu Malibu
Nobu

Elephante

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Santa Monica’s Elephante reveals itself like a slow gift, taking diners from an unassuming entrance at street level to a serene destination for hip kids to catch the Santa Monica ocean views. The elevated views match the lively atmosphere inside, making Elephante one of the hottest tickets in town.

View of ocean and palm trees from a rooftop restaurant in Santa Monica.
Elephante
Elephante [Official photo]

The Lobster

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The Lobster is a pierside staple, the kind of ocean-adjacent seafood restaurant that feels at once familiar and personal. Pulling together a menu from longtime LA chef Govind Armstrong, this is the spot to bring the family for a lobster-focused feast.

The Lobster’s New Look in Santa Monica
The Lobster, Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee

Sant'olina

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The rooftops of Beverly Hills are visible from just about every seat at Sant’Olina, though the focus should also rightfully be on the food. From dips and starters to bourekas and big meats, Sant’Olina is a place to eat well and enjoy the horizon.

Marinated feta cubes in a blended bowl of more feta from overhead.
Marinated feta from Sant’Olina.
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The Strand House

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The Strand House is a finer dining staple not just for Manhattan Beach, but for the entire South Bay. Situated right along the namesake strand, this is the spot for date night views of surf and sunset, alongside some of the area’s most thoughtful food from chef Craig Hopson.

A two-story restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The Strand House, Manhattan Beach
The Strand House

Tony's on the Pier

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Casual classics define the longtime Tony’s on the Pier, a staple waterfront option for quieter Redondo Beach. Catch the surf as it breaks directly below the restaurant, all while noshing on steaks, pastas, and stiff drinks.

A long view of a waterside restaurant atop a pier with sightlines to surf beyond.
Tony’s on the Pier
Tony’s on the Pier

The Proud Bird

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Diners can snack their way through a variety of options at the Proud Bird on Aviation Boulevard, making it ideal for travelers with time to kill and locals wanting to broaden their horizons. The real reason to eat here, though, is the access to the LAX runways, making it possible for diners to snap up-close shots of descending planes every couple of minutes.

Wolfgang Puck’s Merois offers some of the best city views on this list, thanks to its hillside-hugging location along the Sunset Strip. Better still, the restaurant doesn’t shy away from upscale touches and the usual Puck penchant for big flavors and California flair.

Merois’s dining room at Pendry West Hollywood.
A row of windows at Merois
Wonho Frank Lee

Yamashiro Hollywood

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Yamashiro is the place to go for views across all of Hollywood and the greater LA basin. On clear nights diners can score sushi, noodles, dumplings, and more while watching far-off planes land at LAX or the glittering lights of Downtown.

Yamashiro Hollywood
Yamashiro, Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee

Mama Shelter

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Few restaurants offer such direct sight lines of the iconic Hollywood sign as Mama Shelter, the hotel rooftop that is a local meeting spot for after-work libations and snacks that linger late into the night.

Mama Shelter
Mama Shelter

Castaway

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Burbank’s Castaway is the best bet for Valley views. Tucked atop a hillside that sweeps over the San Fernando Valley, this is the place to bring family, a date, or anyone else — and all without leaving the SFV.

Castaway restaurant in Burbank, California.
Castaway
Castaway

La Boucherie

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Sky-high steakhouses don’t get much prettier than La Boucherie at the InterContinental. This Downtown power player spot sports some of the city’s best (and biggest) views alongside prime cuts of meat and an extensive wine list.

An evening view out a window from a steakhouse inside an office building.
La Boucherie
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For some, the views on the plate may match the views from the roof at Cabra. Here Chicago chef Stephanie Izard crafts Peruvian dishes with a California sensibility, meaning bold flavors and bright colors across snacks, composed share plates, and cocktails. The endless looks at the Downtown skyline certainly help, too.

A Peruvian-inspired brunch spread at Cabra in Downtown.
Cabra
Cabra

71Above

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Downtown’s most notorious luxury restaurant may well be 71Above, the 71st-floor eatery inside the US Bank Tower building. Not only is the entire building iconic, but the restaurant itself is turning out some of the area’s best tasting menus.

LA Cha Cha Chá

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The Downtown skyline seems almost in reach from the rooftop restaurant LA Cha Cha Chá in the Arts District. Here, a Mexico City restaurant group turns out reliable dinnertime Mexican fare while music plays, lights sway, and some of the city’s coolest people congregate over cocktails.

Cha Cha Chá patio in the Arts District, Los Angeles, California.
String lights and rooftop seating
Wonho Frank Lee

Ballast Point Brewing Long Beach

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It’s easy to understand why this waterfront brewery and restaurant has become a Long Beach go-to. With craft brews and extensive seaside views, the weekend crowds arrive in droves.

A brewery with outdoor seating overlooking the sunset in Long Beach, California.
Ballast Point
Ballast Point

Top of the Notch

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Top of the Notch, located along the path to soaring Mt. Baldy, is a unique option for dining with a view in Southern California. For most, the restaurant journey actually begins at a ski lift that takes people straight up to the stone patio itself, and from there it’s on to breakfast sandwiches, simple salads, and endless looks over greater Los Angeles.

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Geoffrey's

Geoffrey’s
Geoffrey’s

This ritzy spot in Malibu has often been a celebration mainstay for Westsiders and well-heeled Malibu denizens. The fare isn't particularly focused (or affordable), but with top-notch service and great views, it's hard to complain.

Geoffrey’s
Geoffrey’s

Nobu Malibu

Nobu Malibu
Nobu Malibu
Nobu

Nobu Malibu caters to the rich and famous in everything from its contemporary design to its panoramic ocean views. The ultra sleek restaurant sits right on top of gently lapping waves that are illuminated in the evening, adding to the stunning ambiance that stands up well to its gorgeous clientele.

Nobu Malibu
Nobu Malibu
Nobu

Elephante

View of ocean and palm trees from a rooftop restaurant in Santa Monica.
Elephante
Elephante [Official photo]

Santa Monica’s Elephante reveals itself like a slow gift, taking diners from an unassuming entrance at street level to a serene destination for hip kids to catch the Santa Monica ocean views. The elevated views match the lively atmosphere inside, making Elephante one of the hottest tickets in town.

View of ocean and palm trees from a rooftop restaurant in Santa Monica.
Elephante
Elephante [Official photo]

The Lobster

The Lobster’s New Look in Santa Monica
The Lobster, Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee

The Lobster is a pierside staple, the kind of ocean-adjacent seafood restaurant that feels at once familiar and personal. Pulling together a menu from longtime LA chef Govind Armstrong, this is the spot to bring the family for a lobster-focused feast.

The Lobster’s New Look in Santa Monica
The Lobster, Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee

Sant'olina

Marinated feta cubes in a blended bowl of more feta from overhead.
Marinated feta from Sant’Olina.
Kathryn Ballay

The rooftops of Beverly Hills are visible from just about every seat at Sant’Olina, though the focus should also rightfully be on the food. From dips and starters to bourekas and big meats, Sant’Olina is a place to eat well and enjoy the horizon.

Marinated feta cubes in a blended bowl of more feta from overhead.
Marinated feta from Sant’Olina.
Kathryn Ballay

The Strand House

A two-story restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The Strand House, Manhattan Beach
The Strand House

The Strand House is a finer dining staple not just for Manhattan Beach, but for the entire South Bay. Situated right along the namesake strand, this is the spot for date night views of surf and sunset, alongside some of the area’s most thoughtful food from chef Craig Hopson.

A two-story restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The Strand House, Manhattan Beach
The Strand House

Tony's on the Pier

A long view of a waterside restaurant atop a pier with sightlines to surf beyond.
Tony’s on the Pier
Tony’s on the Pier

Casual classics define the longtime Tony’s on the Pier, a staple waterfront option for quieter Redondo Beach. Catch the surf as it breaks directly below the restaurant, all while noshing on steaks, pastas, and stiff drinks.

A long view of a waterside restaurant atop a pier with sightlines to surf beyond.
Tony’s on the Pier
Tony’s on the Pier

The Proud Bird

Diners can snack their way through a variety of options at the Proud Bird on Aviation Boulevard, making it ideal for travelers with time to kill and locals wanting to broaden their horizons. The real reason to eat here, though, is the access to the LAX runways, making it possible for diners to snap up-close shots of descending planes every couple of minutes.

Merois

Merois’s dining room at Pendry West Hollywood.
A row of windows at Merois
Wonho Frank Lee

Wolfgang Puck’s Merois offers some of the best city views on this list, thanks to its hillside-hugging location along the Sunset Strip. Better still, the restaurant doesn’t shy away from upscale touches and the usual Puck penchant for big flavors and California flair.

Merois’s dining room at Pendry West Hollywood.
A row of windows at Merois
Wonho Frank Lee

Yamashiro Hollywood

Yamashiro Hollywood
Yamashiro, Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee

Yamashiro is the place to go for views across all of Hollywood and the greater LA basin. On clear nights diners can score sushi, noodles, dumplings, and more while watching far-off planes land at LAX or the glittering lights of Downtown.

Yamashiro Hollywood
Yamashiro, Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee

Mama Shelter

Mama Shelter
Mama Shelter

Few restaurants offer such direct sight lines of the iconic Hollywood sign as Mama Shelter, the hotel rooftop that is a local meeting spot for after-work libations and snacks that linger late into the night.

Mama Shelter
Mama Shelter

Castaway

Castaway restaurant in Burbank, California.
Castaway
Castaway

Burbank’s Castaway is the best bet for Valley views. Tucked atop a hillside that sweeps over the San Fernando Valley, this is the place to bring family, a date, or anyone else — and all without leaving the SFV.

Castaway restaurant in Burbank, California.
Castaway
Castaway

La Boucherie