Unless you count that time in April when you had to scare a raccoon away from your chimney, you probably haven’t spent much time on rooftops lately. So pull up a (likely very brightly colored chair), order a spritz, and get ready for some views: Here are 13 rooftop bars and restaurants open right now, from Downtown LA and Hollywood to the Strip and Santa Monica.
We know you’ve been wondering where you can go tonight to drink gin and tonics while watching trains go by. OK, maybe that’s just us, but Margot is still a great place to hang out. This Culver City rooftop spot on top of the Platform - basically at eye level with the elevated Culver Metro station - is back open for dinner. The Mediterranean food is pretty good, the cocktails are excellent, and plus… those trains. Reserve here.
Pilot is the rooftop restaurant at Downtown LA’s Hoxton Hotel. They’ve got an open-air dining room where they serve pizzas, pasta, cocktails, and wine, and even have a really solid late-night menu featuring shared antipasto plates, shrimp cocktail, and more. Reserve here.
The Ace Hotel in DTLA has one of biggest rooftops in the city - and they’re back open with an all-day menu including tacos, charcuterie, and other small plates that are ideal to go along with their cocktail list. There’s also a pool up there, though we suspect no one’s going to be getting in any time soon. Then again, this is the Ace ... Reservation only.
If you’re looking for a place in Weho with excellent views, rooftop spot Harriet’s has reopened on the Sunset Strip. The food and cocktails are decent, but what you’re really doing there is checking out what kind of view you’d have from a $3 million house in the Hills. Call for reservations - (424) 281-1860.
Hollywood’s Mama Shelter is one of the most fun rooftops in the city - they’ve got great cocktails, a solid wine list, and a surprisingly bearable rooftop brunch crowd. Keep in mind that capacity is limited, and they don’t take reservations.
There aren’t a lot of rooftops on the Westside where we like to spend our time, but High Lounge is the exception to that rule. This spot above the Hotel Erwin has lots of private places to sit with your partner or a small group - especially now with distancing rules in effect - and standard bar fare like pizza slices, grilled chicken sandwiches, and burgers. Also (and we almost hate to mention this), they’ve got weekend bottomless mimosas. Do what you will with that information. Reservations here.
Perch in Downtown LA has two separate patios on the 15th and 16th floors of a building overlooking Pershing Square, where you can sit amidst fire pits, listen to jazz, and eat dinner from their French-leaning menu. They’re requiring that every guest orders an entree, so make sure you show up hungry enough for a steak frites or chicken supreme plate. Reservations can be made here.
Broken Shaker in Downtown LA has everything you want in a rooftop: Great views, a pool to stare at, and some really excellent cocktails. The food menu is a bit all over the place, but if you get the crispy, twice-fried chicken wings, you won’t be disappointed. Plus, what you’re really there for are the tiki-themed drinks, especially the Sunsetland - guava, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, with your choice of booze.
This Westside spot is one of the most popular around. Right by the Promenade in Santa Monica, Elephante draws a serious crowd of aspiring TikTok celebrities. But it’s also got one of the best views in Santa Monica, plus, one big secret: The pizzas here are seriously good. Reservations here.
Weho spot Catch is open, if you’re looking to hang out both on a rooftop and underneath a giant tree. They’ve got their normal menu, which means sushi rolls and filet mignon skewers, along with lots of vegan options. Reservations available on their website.
Eataly’s rooftop bar and restaurant Terra is open for Italian patio dining on top of the Westfield Century City. They’re serving a huge menu that has some pretty excellent handmade pastas and wood-grilled Italian classics, like branzino, slow-grilled eggplant, and prime beef with parmesan. Reservations required.
Rooftop By JG
The Rooftop By JG is back open at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. Focus on the cocktails - we like the ginger margarita - which are ideal for drinking next to a pool and pretending the world isn’t on fire.
Popular Weho spot EP & LP is open again with an all-new menu, a Southeast Asian-inspired selection of small plates that are all $8-$15, like salt-and-pepper calamari, crab curry buns, and twice-cooked BBQ pork belly. They’ve also added plexiglass barriers, making the whole situation here a lot more low-key than it was before.