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Margot

310 643 5853

8820 Washington Blvd

Culver City, CA 90232

You have friends in town who insist that every drink they have comes with a view. Instead of bars filled with tourist and/or minors, go to Margot in Culver City. This rooftop restaurant at Platform is a good place to start your evening partly because it has a great view of West LA and the sunset beyond, and mostly because it has fantastic cocktails. Each one looks like it was personally crafted by a florist. You’re not going to be blown away by the food, but everyone will find something they’ll like, especially if you stick with the pastas.

Margot is the ideal destination for a Westside date night with views. It’s on the roof of Platform in Culver City, so you should try to times your reservation with the sunset. You’ll both walk away happy if you focus on the shared plates and the pastas. The cocktails come garnished with pretty flowers, and there’s something about drinking them next to a fire that makes it really easy for someone to convince themselves that they like you.

Most Westside rooftop spots involve people that spend more time getting the perfect not-candid candid than actually eating, which is why we get excited when one opens up that doesn’t make us sad inside. Margot is a rooftop restaurant with particularly interesting views (you can watch the trains at Culver Junction) and food you’ll want to eat. They serve an Italian-ish menu involving lots of pasta and seafood, and while it’s a bit pricey, the food is very solid. We recommend going for drinks (they have great cocktails) and some small plates around sunset, that way, you can watch the sun go down while you eat agnolotti.

Margot is the kind of all-purpose outdoor restaurant we wish there were more of in LA. It’s on the roof of Platform in Culver City, and has a huge outdoor patio where you can fit tables for parties of 10-plus pretty much any night of the week. They’ve got crowd-friendly food that everyone will be happy with - like crudos, pastas, and salads - and fantastic gin and tonics that everyone will be even happier with. The portions aren’t very big, so prepare to order multiples of everything.

Given that most of LA’s rooftop bars are soul-crushing hellholes filled with selfie-taking post-grad binge-drinkers, Margot’s fantastic space in Culver City feels that much more invaluable. Or at least a bit more refined. Located on top of the Platform development, Margot is just as much of a restaurant as it is a bar. And while the food is solid, we love it most as a place to lounge, sip some incredibly strong gin and tonics, and watch the sunset.

Margot is a coastal-Mediterranean restaurant on the roof of Platform in Culver City that has great (and romantic) views of the ocean at sunset. Show up a bit before your reservation to get some cocktails by the fire pits outside, then for dinner, stick with the crudos and shared plates, like stuffed peppers and focaccia with ’nduja. The Platform is also a nice place for a post-meal walk and a bit of shopping, if you’re into that kind of thing.

This rooftop spot at Platform in Culver City works hard to convince you that you’re going to hate it before you even get there - first, you walk through a pristine outdoor mall that (we think) exclusively sells fancy soaps, and then you take an elevator up to the dining room with a bunch of people going to SoulCycle. But once you finally arrive at Margot, you’ll realize the same thing we did - that this is a perfectly pleasant patio. There’s plenty of space to sit around, some nice views, good cocktails, and a solid menu of small plates like Iberian ham, crudo, and pan con tomate.

There’s a reason that Margot is so popular - it’s one of the best places on the Westside to catch a sunset. It’s on the roof of Culver City’s Platform complex, and has excellent views of the adjacent train junction (if you’re into that kind of thing). There’s also a solid menu of crudo and tapas, but you’re really here for the gin and tonics - because they’re fantastic. On weekend nights, the crowd can start to feel a little bit like the line to get into 1Oak, so we recommend coming after work or for lunch.

Just like that time someone told us they saw Tom Cruise at Vons, when we heard Margot offered free valet, we didn’t believe it (Tom seems like more of an Erewhon guy) - but it’s true. The rooftop restaurant at the Platform validates your parking, though maybe it’s not such a smart idea to drive, because in addition to some good pasta, this Culver City spot has some of the best cocktails on the Westside.

Culver City has a lot of offices, but not a lot of places for the people that work in those offices to drink outside afterward. Margot, the rooftop restaurant at Platform, has plenty of space, firepits, and some of the best cocktails around. It’s the ideal place for a catch-up meal with friends after work, or an early-in-the-game date when you really want this person to think you have good taste. There are also fantastic views of the ocean at sunset and the trains pulling into Culver Junction.

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