City to Sea: L.A.’s Best Restaurants With a View

Los Angeles is home to some of the most innovative and decadent restaurants in the world. From the skyscrapers of Downtown to the relaxing beaches of Malibu this “must experience” tour of the most spectacular restaurants with breathtaking views will make you fall in love with these L.A. dining destinations from city to sea.

This intimate and stylish French bistro located Downtown offers outdoor fire pits and live music to go with sweeping views of Pershing Square. With inspired cuisine by Chef Gerardo Benitez, this restaurant and lounge is the perfect place to share with friends, plan a date, and dine among the skyscrapers. If you’re looking for an unforgettable appetizer, try their poutine fries.

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
What better way to start your Lakers, Kings, or concert extravaganza than dinner with a birds-eye view of the action. Located at LA Live on the 24th floor of the Ritz Carlton, WP24 by Wolfgang Puck will lure you in with its decadent decor and indulgent Asian fusion cuisine. A short walk away from a night of adventures, this spot is perfect for its Downtown location as a place to scan the nightlife from above. Try the chicken ‘Dan Dan’ dumplings.

The Roof on Wilshire
When it comes to dining in the city of Los Angeles, this West Hollywood gem provides uninterrupted views of the Hollywood Hills as your dining backdrop and an open air dining experience beside the hotel pool. Try their tuna tartar, and pair it with The Mulberry from the specialty cocktail menu.

This secret garden located in the Hollywood Hills will make you feel as if you have left the country and entered another era. The setting is so authentic that this destination has doubled as Japan in Hollywood movies, including Memoirs of a Geisha and Kill Bill. With a name that means “Mountain Palace” and a rich history to go with it’s breathtaking décor, the executive Chef Brock Kleweno has cultivated an incredible menu of both Californian and Asian fare for the palettes of his devotees. From sushi to gourmet chicken, there is something for everyone.

Located on the ever popular Sunset Strip, Herringbone is the latest addition to the Mondrian Hotel. The cuisine is a contemporary menu focused heavily on seafood and complemented by craft cocktails. With indoor and outdoor dining choices, take advantage of a perfect night in Los Angeles and enjoy the exceptional views from this restaurant.

Soho House
Known as a celebrity hotspot for the entertainment industry, this stunning members-only restaurant started in 1995 in London for top members of the film community. With a superb menu and some of the best cocktails in the city, this location occupies the top two floors of 9200 Sunset Blvd, giving you superb views of West Hollywood and beyond.

The Restaurant at The Getty
Moving towards the westside, our next restaurant can be found at The Getty, and what better way to experience the sights than by pairing it with lunch or dinner. Elevated with floor to ceiling windows that provide an unobstructed view of Los Angeles, on a clear day you can see from Downtown to the oceanfront. The menu here changes seasonally and reservations are recommended due to its popularity, and for those wanting to enjoy a more casual atmosphere can always try the Garden Terrace Café. The Getty also has designated picnic areas where you can either pre-order a box lunch picnic or bring your own.  

Nestled on a cliff off the PCH in Malibu, this mellow beach hangout has an exquisite view of the sunset while the waves crash nearby. With stiff cocktails and quality menu options, visitors can either commit to a full dinner or visit the Blue Lounge, which is located on the outdoor sundeck and at night hosts live DJs with the best way to accompany your evening. Most notable at the Blue Lounge is the Sunday social for those eager to hit the scene.

The Penthouse at The Huntley
Located atop the The Huntley hotel in downtown Santa Monica, the Penthouse restaurant delivers stunning views of the oceanfront. Brunch is the ideal time to make a reservation and treat yourself to the experience, so try their ricotta pancakes and order a mimosa to start your day on a perfect note. If you arrive with a large group, you can ask for one of their cabana style dining tables and feel like you’re dining at a private retreat. Small lounge areas for anyone looking to grab a cocktail or appetizer are the ideal setting for an intimate date night.

Coast & Living Room
Coast at Shutters on the beach was designed with the kind of casual luxury only the New England area can provide. Out-of-towners are frequent visitors to this east coast transplant that boasts a wonderful seafood menu and a weekly local farmer’s market dinner special. For $32 you can sample a three course meal made entirely of local ingredients at the Coast Beach Cafe and Bar. The Living Room at Shutters on the Beach is one of the most relaxing venues to enjoy the beach sights of Santa Monica and the heated lobby terrace brings you even closer to the ocean. Don’t forget to try their lobster roll.

Mar’sel at Terranea Resort
Located in the Terranea resort in Palos Verdes, this is the perfect restaurant and lounge to watch the moon kiss the ocean goodnight. Bringing you all the romance of a Mediterranean getaway, this seaside restaurant is an experience worth having. Along with their charcuterie board, the banana pudding is so enticing that you might consider ordering two. While watching the waves rolling in, Mar’sel serves fresh seafood caught the same day and even has their own herb garden.