Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles

Find the very best LA venues to enjoy the pleasant al fresco climate, combined with tasty food and smashing views.

January 13, 2022
Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles
Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a great rooftop city, a lot thanks to the climate being warm and pleasant all year round. This means you can find plenty of great rooftop restaurants LA, for some really elevated lunches and dinners.

The Los Angeles rooftop restaurants can be found all over the city, from Venice Beach and Santa Monica to Downtown and Hollywood.

The style of the restaurants vary a lot as well. Fine dining, relaxed atmosphere and sunset dinners. Los Angeles has it all.

Here’s our list of the 8 best rooftop restaurants in LA. A list made by the world’s leading rooftop experts. Enjoy!

1. LA Cha Cha Chá

Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles - LA Cha Cha Chá
Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles - LA Cha Cha Chá | Photocredit: https://chachacha.la/

Located in the Arts District of downtown, LA Cha Cha Chá brings all the vibes from the Terraza Cha Cha Chá in Mexico City to the heart of Los Angeles.

The tropical 11,600-square-foot-rooftop feels like Acapulco or Palm Springs among the concrete, filled with cacti, palm trees, and moody string lights. And views over the LA skyline.

Up here you can enjoy a wide range of Mexican favorites, from 'Botanas' like tostada and ceviche, to 'Principales' like the Lengua en Salsa Verde (Waguy Beef Tounge, purslane, tostada crumble). There is (of course) also a tasty selection of tacos.

Complementing the food is a wide selection of wines, and the rooftop bar serves plenty of classic cocktails sparkled with mezcal and tequila.

Filled with vibes and flavours, LA Cha Cha Chá is the obvious rooftop restaurant for a visit to Mexico, without having to make the travels south.

LA CHA CHA CHÁ

812 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tue-Sun: 5pm-10pm

Mexican

Main: ~$40 / Tacos: ~$8

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2. Mama Shelter's Rooftop

Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles - Mama Shelter's Rooftop
Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles - Mama Shelter | Photocredit: www.mamashelter.com

Considered "much more than just a simple rooftop", Mama Shelter is an ideal location for those looking for delicious food and a vibrant atmosphere.

Overlooking the Hollywood sign and the Los Angeles skyline, Mama Shelter is known for its Californian cuisine, homemade dishes, and top-notch lunches.

The decor is fun and colorful, with large lounge sofas, regular tables, and a general patio ambiance that makes a visit to this restaurant one to remember.

As for drinks, you can enjoy a variety of beers and wines –both international and Californian– as well as creative signature cocktails, like "Mama's Own Mule Bar".

Most dishes served are large enough to share, which makes Mama Shelter a fantastic choice for an extended visit with friends or after-work drinks.

MAMA SHELTER'S ROOFTOP

6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Daily lunch / dinner & weekend brunch

Classic American

Á la carte: $19 - $33 per dish

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3. Catch LA

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Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles - Catch LA | Photocredit: www.catchrestaurants.com

Located above the buzzing streets of the West Hollywood design district, on the corner of Melrose & San Vicente, CATCH LA is the west coast outpost of the famous New York restaurant with the same name - CATCH.

A well known and globally influenced seafood restaurant, with locations in New York, Dubai and Playa del Carmen, CATCH is a popular shop for food and beverage experiences, providing something for everyone both during daytime to dining, nightlife and events.

With its signature open kitchen and breathtaking views of downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills, CATCH is one of the best rooftops in California when speaking of food, service and atmoshpere. This 340 seat retractable rooftop haven invites all guests with great seafood like sushi and Asian influences of most dishes.

With a focus on the food CATCH LA keeps it fresh, incorporating local and sustainable ingredients wherever possible as it cultivates a menu mix of Catch classics like the Catch Roll, Truffle Sashimi, Wagyu on a Rock and Cantonese Lobster with inspired renditions of Vegan and Gluten Free additions.

CATCH LA

8715 Melrose Avenue West Hollywood CA 90069

Dinner: Daily 6pm–11pm / Brunch: Sat & Sun 11am–2:30pm

Asian / Sustainability / Fresh

Main: ~$35 / Sushi Roll: ~$24

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4. Merois

Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles - Merois
Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles - Merois | Photocredit: www.pendry.com

Merois is perched on top of the superb Pendry West Hollywood, taking LA fine dining to new heights.

Created by legendary LA chef Wolfgang Puck, this beautiful rooftop restaurant floats high above Sunset Boulevard, offering both indoor and outdoor seating with panoramic views over the Los Angeles skyline.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, the rooftop menu spotlights Chef Wolfgang Puck’s eye for the sophisticated subtleties of Japanese, Southeast Asian and French/California cuisine. Tempting mains are complemented with Sushi and Raw Bar.

Contemporary and sophisticated, Merois is on the expensive side, but it offers a LA rooftop dining experience hard to match.

MEROIS

8430 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Daily Lunch & Dinner

Asian fusion

Main: ~$40 / Sushi: ~$28

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5. The Rooftop by JG

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Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles - The Rooftop by JG | Photocredit: www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com/

The Rooftop by JG offers one of the largest terraces in LA. And not at all only about size, it also serves a beautiful garden setting and some amazing views over Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

Set on top of the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the rooftop restaurant comes with an equally upscale and stylish vibe.

Settle down in one of the comfy lounge sofas or by a dining table and enjoy contemporary American and Asian dishes created by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

The food is served daily as lunch and dinner, and on weekends also as rooftop brunch. Apart from top class food, the rooftop bar also serves a wide selection of crafted signature cocktails, crafted brews, champagne and wines.

Equipped with heaters and blankets, the rooftop restaurant is available year round. A bit on the pricey side, so a perfect destination to celebrate a special occasion or to really impress a date.

THE ROOFTOP BY JG

9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Mon-Fri: 11am-10pm / Sat-Sun: 10am-10pm

American / Asian

Main: ~$35

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6. Perch

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Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles - Perch | Photocredit: www.perchla.com

Perch is one of LA's most popular bar and bistro, and with good reason.

Offering magical views of downtown LA, as well as a relaxing atmosphere and delicious French-inspired food, Perch is an ideal choice for those looking to enjoy a filling brunch, dinner and refreshing drinks with a view.

Perch is split into two different floors, with the restaurant, bar, and lounge located on the lower level, and the rooftop terrace one floor up.

The restaurant has a French bistro atmosphere to it, with classic furniture, lush plants, and both inside and outside seating.

Here you can enjoy an everyday dinner menu between 5-11pm, including Steak Frites, Bouillabaisse and Pan Roasted Salmon. On weekends between 10am-4pm, tasty food is also served as rooftop brunch.

The rooftop terrace is a drink-only area and offers sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles, and access to Californian beers and wines, as well as expertly mixed cocktails.

Prices are reasonable, the dress code is upscale casual, and while walk-ins are welcome, reservations are encouraged.

PERCH

448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Daily for dinner, weekends also brunch

French / Small bites

Main: ~$28

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7. Terra at Eataly L.A.

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Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles - Terra at Eataly L.A. | Photocredit: www.eataly.com/

Found on top of the Century City Westfield Mall, pretty much in between Hollywood and Santa Monica, Terra is the rooftop of the Italian market and eatery called Eataly.

Eataly can be found at several US cities, and is also home to several restaurants. But the lush and charming Terra rooftop restaurant might very well be the best of them all.

Inspired by earth, gin, and fire, the indoor / outdoor venue centers around a wood-burning Italian grill. Up here you can enjoy Italian flavours as both lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Pasta, Insalate, small things, dishes to share and more filling grills, the Terra menu is truly impressive. It also includes refreshing botanical cocktails, premium Italian wines and American craft brews.

The bright rooftop terrace offers panoramic views over the Hollywood Hills, and with a friendly and relaxing it is a great LA rooftop restaurant for both a sunny lunch and a romantic evening.

TERRA

Eataly Westfield 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Roof, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Mon-Fri: Lunch & Dinner / Sat-Sun: Brunch & Dinner

Italian

Pasta: ~$25 / Grill: ~$35

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8. Moonshadows

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Rooftop restaurants Los Angeles - Moonshadows | Photocredit: https://moonshadowsmalibu.com/

Technically more of a cliffside restaurant than a rooftop restaurant, but for dining with Pacific Ocean views, Moonshadows in Malibu is pretty hard to beat.

Set right on the Malibu beach, Moonshadows offers seating inside by the large panoramic windows, or out on the open air sundeck. Wherever you sit, you will be face-on with panoramics over the majestic ocean.

The restaurant serves a mix of seafood and signature dishes with Asian fusion, Italian and American influences, available as weekday lunch, weekend brunch and daily dinner.

Perfect for casual dining with ocean views, pretty much anytime. The outdoor terrace and Blue Lounge Bar is also a highly popular spot for sunset cocktails and weekend vibes with live DJ's.

MOONSHADOWS

20356 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Mon-Fri: Lunch & Dinner / Sat-Sun: Brunch & Dinner

Seafood / New American

Main: ~$35

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