10 LA Rooftops Ideal for a Summer Afternoon

Ocean, City or Pool Views? Take Your Pick.

Los Angeles is known for its aesthetically appealing decor, immaculate views and cultural dining experiences. Why not have all those great things in one place? With our year-round pleasant temperatures, take advantage of the best rooftop dining locations LA has to offer. So break out your shades and clink your glasses with friends as you take in your surroundings in the sky. Best Rooftops Los Angeles

Best Rooftops Los Angeles

1 | Pendry West Hollywood

Must-Order: Pepino’s Revenge

Made With: El Tesoro Blanco Tequila, cucumber, basil, lime

Situated perfectly on Sunset Blvd right in the heart of Weho, the rooftop pool at the Pendry West Hollywood manages to transport you to a tropical paradise, all while giving you mindblowing urban views. The airy setting is topped off with coral and blue lounge chairs along with umbrellas that invite you to sit back and sip on something fruity and refreshing while you take in the city sights.

Location: West Hollywood 

Best Rooftops Los Angeles

2 | Santolina

Must-Order: Marinated Feta

Made With: Garlic, chile flakes, pickled fresno, olive oil, herbs

With a vibrant, Mediterranean-inspired menu and an outdoor aesthetic to match, Santolina at the Beverly Hilton serves up tasty treats and even better vibes. The open-air rooftop showcases stunning views of the Hollywood Hills and uses the timeless Mediterranean color palette of blue, white and beige to set the scene as you indulge in their quality cuisine. From the hummus to the yellowtail crudo, no dish will disappoint.

Location: Beverly Hills

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3 | Elephante

Must-Order: Twenty-Nine Palms

Made With: Nosotros Reposado, lime, pineapple, amaro, toasted coconut

Elephante is the ultimate Instagram-worthy rooftop. From frequent celebrity sightings to stunning ocean views, this beachy yet contemporary restaurant boasts being one of the most coveted and popular restaurants in Santa Monica. Thanks to its successful designer, Nicholas Mathers, the beautiful atmosphere at Elephante will inspire you to live your best life full of luxury and leisure.

Location: Santa Monica 

 

4 | Margot

Must-Order: Hamachi Crudo

Made With: Calabrian Chili Kosho, radish

Margot’s rooftop patio in Culver City offers guests the opportunity to dine in bliss as they enjoy fresh, market-driven ingredients and a 360-degree view of the city. The atmosphere is both modern and inviting, providing a wonderful setting for you to enjoy some Mediterranean-inspired tapas and drinks. They even have special vegan dinner and brunch menus specifically for those who follow a plant-based diet.

Location: Culver City

5 | Pilot

Must-Order: Nautical Mile

Made With: Gin, elderflower tonic, basil, mint

If you’re looking for some stellar views of downtown Los Angeles, Pilot is a hip restaurant and bar that will have your jaw dropping. Located right on top of The Hoxton hotel, Pilot is the perfect destination for sipping on a craft cocktail as you look out onto a sea of sky-high buildings and watch the hustle and bustle of the city below. Also, if you’re into seafood, Pilot is known for having some of the most stunning displays and freshest fish in the area!

Location: Downtown Los Angeles 

Best Rooftops Los Angeles

6 | E.P. & L.P.

Must-Order: Where Love Lives

Made With: El Silencio Mezcal, damiana, passionfruit, guava, Thai chili, lime

Located on the corner of La Cienega Blvd in one of the most exclusive areas of West Hollywood, E.P. & L.P. is the type of place where people go to see and be seen. With breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills, E.P. & L.P. truly provides the quintessential LA experience. 

Location: West Hollywood

 

7 | Broken Shaker at Freehand Los Angeles

Must-Order: Hibiscus Bliss

Made With: Grey Goose peach and rosemary essence, martini fiero, fennel syrup, lemon and grapefruit juice, topped with June Shine hibiscus kombucha

With a crystal-clear pool sitting right near the bar, Broken Shaker transports you from the heart of downtown LA to a tiki bar in Hawaii within a matter of minutes. Don’t miss out on their vibrant craft cocktails that are infused with homemade elixirs!

Location: Downtown Los Angeles

 

8 | Mama Shelter

Must-Order: Mama’s Meatballs

Served With: Parmesan and garlic toast

Mama Shelter is a European hotel chain that made big news when it opened its colorful and unique rooftop restaurant in Hollywood. With endless games and places to lounge, Mama Shelter is the ideal spot for a large group or celebration!

Location: Hollywood

 

9 | Terra at Eataly

Must-Order: Chef’s Selection 

Made With: Italian cured meats and cheeses 

With a classic wood-burning grill and expansive views of Los Angeles, Terra at Eataly in Century City serves up some of the best and most authentic Italian food in all of Los Angeles. Make sure to shop around Eataly after your meal for some scrumptious Italian treats, like cheeses, meats and wines.

Location: Century City

Best Rooftops Los Angeles

10 | Spire 73

Must-Order: Truffle Parmesan Fries

Named the highest open-air bar in the entire western hemisphere, Spire 73 takes LA’s rooftop scene to new heights. A bar-raiser indeed! Spire 73 is located atop the Intercontinental Hotel, and the sleek space is breathtaking. The bar’s menu includes signature cocktails and Asian-inspired culinary masterpieces. On top of the 73rd floor, the bar’s decor includes stone fire pits and cabanas, adding a touch of privacy to your night.

Location: Downtown Los Angeles

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