Nothing quite tops off a great meal better than a spectacular view. There’s just something about the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean or the twinkling of city lights that sets the perfect tone for a light lunch or an evening out. The organic ambiance of a breathtaking sight truly enhances one’s dining experience and adds a touch of sophistication to any date or casual outing. Here are Los Angeles restaurants worth seeking out, even if it’s only just to take in the beautiful views.
One of LA's hottest dining destinations, 71Above is the highest restaurant west of the Mississippi. Featuring elevated modern American cuisine by Chef Javier Lopez, 71Above boasts spectacular ocean views from Malibu to Laguna Hills, along with the Los Angeles basin and the surrounding mountain ranges.
Cafe at the End of the Universe - Griffith Observatory
See the city from one of L.A.’s most breathtaking vantage points, the Griffith Park Observatory, and follow it with an experience at the on-site Café at the End of the Universe. Located between the Gunther Depths of Space Exhibit Hall and the Gottlieb Transit Corridor, the café tucks its guests away somewhere quite special. Legendary chef Wolfgang Puck will have you licking your lips with satisfaction after nibbling on a tasty dessert and sipping a cool summery refresher. The views of L.A. await you when you take a stroll around the observatory after your meal.
Soak in Santa Monica’s sultry rays at Catch, a seafood restaurant located in Hotel Casa Del Mar. This spot specializes in sushi and simply grilled fish. Catch knows the basics of succulent seafood and what better way to enjoy the smooth flavors of the raw bar offerings than here, with the Pacific Ocean in the background? Escape into the sunset views over your glass of sake.
Adorned with antiques from across the U.S., Eveleigh on the Sunset Strip offers farm-to-table dishes inspired by Old World European and American country cooking. With fresh daily specials, each guest will have their taste buds delighted as they clink glasses and breathe in the fresh air of the ever-romantic outdoor setting. Sit comfortably under perfectly dim lighting while you dine and take in the stellar city views on the patio.
Geoffrey’s in Malibu is what happens when a beachside New American restaurant serving seafood is done right. Daydream over the panoramic ocean views and multimillion-dollar homes as you dive into their fantastic brunch options. You may even brush shoulders with some of Hollywood’s elite, who have dined at Geoffrey’s for the better part of three decades – adding to its charm, class and effortless appeal.
An elegant steakhouse with a French twist, La Boucherie is perched on the 71st floor of the spectacular Intercontinental Downtown Los Angeles, which occupies 37 floors of Wilshire Grand, the tallest building west of Chicago. La Boucherie features discreet, intimate private dining and "Starlight" VIP booths with floor-to-ceiling privacy screens that offer panoramic views of the L.A. skyline. Globally sourced and seasonally updated, the menu features reimagined French classics, premium steaks and fresh seafood, all prepared with the finest ingredients. The dining experience is enhanced by a cheese atelier, charcuterie cave and an extensive, curated wine list featuring 1,200 international and American wines.
Feast over flickering Downtown lights at LA Prime Steakhouse high above South Figueroa Street. Located in the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, LA Prime gives its guests a gorgeous view from 35 stories up. Treat yourself to a culinary adventure filled with mouth-watering prime rib or lobster bisque. No matter who you're with – friend, partner or family member – your experience will be enhanced by the city views and romantic flair that LA Prime has in store for you.
There’s nothing quite like a day spent on the Santa Monica Pier, taking in the fresh ocean air, vibrant sights and the scent of freshly caught seafood. Located at the historic pier’s entrance, The Lobster offers unparalleled views and delectable seafood dishes to its hungry guests. Relax your day away in this 1923 establishment, known as one of LA’s most romantic restaurants. After dinner, hit the beach for a sunset stroll. You’ll be dipping your toes in the water just minutes after you leave the table - that’s a perk that just can’t be beat!
Imagine a dining experience so delightful you’ll be pinching yourself as if it were a dream. Mar’sel at Terranea Resort, a stunning restaurant overlooking the Pacific, is just that. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing evening or an afternoon of reflection looking out over the sandy shore, nothing beats the seasonally rotating menu and extensive wine list at mar’sel. Grab a cozy seat at the fire pit and start daydreaming.
One of LA’s most acclaimed restaurants, Nobu Malibu certainly lives up to the hype for a number of reasons. Offering the freshest fare, like Ribeye with Truffle Butter Sauce and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, Nobu treats its eaters with blindingly beautiful ocean views from every seat. You’ll be swept away by the simple elegance of the setting and will want to get your hands on all the dishes you can. Reservations are essential - oceanfront tables are highly coveted and fill up fast.
The Penthouse at The Huntley
Santa Monica’s Penthouse at the Huntley sits 18 stories above SoCal’s gorgeous coastline. The Penthouse gives a 360-degree view over the coastal cliffs and straight out where the sky meets the water’s edge. Treat yourself like a celebrity for a night with creative cocktails and contemporary dishes. After all, you’re living the Penthouse lifestyle.
Elevated above Downtown LA’s bright skyline, Perch is a French-inspired rooftop bistro offering the perfect backdrop to a relaxing dinner. Perch knows fine food - favorite dishes include the Boeuf Bordelaise, Pan Roasted Salmon and Loup de Mer with Israeli Cous-Cous Caviar. Top your night off with a serving of White Chocolate Bread Pudding to warm your soul and your experience. It’s no wonder why Perch keeps it regulars around–they’re doing it all right, from setting to service.
The Restaurant at The Getty Center
A great day is made better with three things: being outdoors, a stunning view and a tasty meal. The Restaurant at the Getty Center treats guests to all of that. With indoor and outdoor dining areas and a full menu of sandwiches, salads and pizzas, this spot offers fabulous views of the Santa Monica Mountains to compliment your meal choice. Plus, after your bite to eat, you can get your art on and explore the famed museum with even more appreciation than before.
The Strand House
The Strand House in Manhattan Beach overlooks the Pacific and offers its diners a “modern heirloom” of traditional dishes. With produce hand-selected from local farms and drinks like the Sunset Cocktail and classic Bloody Mary, The Strand House’s magical setting gives you a reason to enjoy the simple things in life. Hit the beach today, you’re in Los Angeles after all!
Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant
Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant floats 21 stories above Downtown L.A.'s Financial District. Get whisked away by Japanese-influenced entrees and signature cocktails before moving outside onto the patio, where you’ll be surrounded by other high rise buildings. Takami’s clean design will enhance the elegance of your dining experience as you get lost in the flavors of every bite.
West Restaurant & Lounge
A striking view compliments the perfect meal. West Restaurant perched atop Hotel Angeleno celebrates the good life with mouthwatering dishes, myriad drink options, and a remarkable cityscape. Whether it’s the Chipotle-Rubbed Ribeye, Moroccan Pink Snapper or the Crispy Tofu Stir Fry, West is sure to appeal to a wide range of palates. Chat with friends over a glass of local wine and look out over the City of Angels. You deserve it.
First-time visitors to the family-owned Whiskey Red’s are stunned by the unobstructed views of Marina del Rey’s open waters from the restaurant’s ideal spot in Fisherman’s Village. There are fire pits, patios and complimentary parking to complete your experience. You might even see some regulars docking their boats alongside to grab a bite. No matter how you get here, plan to stay awhile to enjoy some of the freshest seafood in LA.
Boasting spectacular city views, stunning architecture and tranquil gardens, Yamashiro has beckoned guests to its magical, romantic setting above Hollywood Boulevard since 1914, when it was built as a private estate. Today the restored "Mountain Palace" is renowned for its Asian fusion cuisine, numerous movie and TV appearances, and is a popular venue for weddings and special events.