Los Angeles is long on sunshine and jaw-dropping views, from the soaring mountains to the Downtown skyline to the endless ocean. Restaurants are naturally drawn to the vistas presented by the Pacific Ocean and landscapes, 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 directly at wave level. This natural beauty has an added bonus for those seeking out date night, or on a less crowded non-weekend meal. Here now, are restaurants and bars for soaking in the views in Greater Los Angeles, from the Valley to Downtown, and all the way to Malibu.Read More
19 Romantic Restaurants With Incredible Views in Los Angeles
Beautiful vistas that come with delicious food and drink
This ritzy spot in Malibu has been a celebration mainstay for Westsiders and well-heeled Malibu denizens for decades. The fare isn't particularly focused (or affordable), but with top-notch service and great views, it's hard to complain.
Nobu Malibu caters to the rich and famous — and those hoping to catch a glimpse of them — 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 ambience that stands up well to its gorgeous clientele.
Santa Monica’s Elephante reveals itself like a slow gift, taking diners from an unassuming entrance at street level to a serene destination to catch the Santa Monica ocean views. The elevated views match the lively atmosphere inside, making Elephante one of the hottest tickets in town.
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.
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.
E.P. & L.P.
Arguably one of West Hollywood’s best views, E.P. & L.P.’s rooftop remains a draw for locals and visitors alike. In the cooler months, there’s a see-through tent to help keep things warm, but the views still stun with bar bites and cocktails.
Mother Tongue Restaurant
On the fifth floor above the 75,000-square-foot fitness club Heimat is Mother Tongue. Centrally located on La Brea south of Santa Monica Boulevard, Michael Mina’s restaurant has gorgeous views while servicing crowds centered on specific dietary needs, including keto, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan dishes.
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.
Few restaurants offer such direct sightlines of the iconic Hollywood sign as Mama Shelter, the rooftop hotel that doubles as a local meeting spot for after-work libations, and snacks that linger late into the night.
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After sampling chef Monty Kulodrovic’s food at Grandmaster Recorders, take the elevator to the top floor. Once the rooftop bell dings, the doors open to reveal a stunning view of the Hollywood skyline, complete with the Hollywood sign and Capitol Records.
Last October, Chef Marcel Vigneron opened his Hollywood restaurant in Aster Club and Hotel. It’s on the rooftop where he preps dishes like grilled prawn with spicy sesame aioli, bone-in rib-eye; and a chitarra lemon pasta with turmeric, tom kha cream, and tomatoes to go with the Hollywood skyline view.
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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.
Sky-high steakhouses don’t get any more beautiful 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.
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.
Downtown’s most notorious luxury restaurant may well be 71 Above, 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.
José Andrés opened a handful of restaurants in the Conrad Los Angeles, including Agua Viva. The rooftop restaurant menu includes shared plates of coconut ceviche, do-it-yourself salmon handrolls, a ribeye burger, and plenty of drinks. The views capture Downtown and the San Gabriel Mountains.
LA Cha Cha Chá
LA Cha Cha Chá offers a rare eastern glimpse of the DTLA skyline. 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 on the second-floor rooftop.
Ballast Point Brewing Long Beach
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.
Top of the Notch
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.