Rooftop Dining in Los Angeles

Rooftop Dining
What is better than living in a lively, bright, and mesmerizing city?  How about enjoying an exquisite meal on a rooftop overlooking that city? Well Los Angeles contains both of these elements-- fine dining  and glamorous views that stretch far beyond the sparkling lights and  out to the Pacific Ocean. It is a wonderful way to spend an evening; the cool California air accompanied by a spectacle of city lights and bustling night life. These restaurants are wonderful for a romantic date, or an upscale meet up with friends to enjoy some fancy cocktails and lose yourself in conversation.

The Standard- Poolside

Trendy, sophisticated, and home to LA’s spotlight clientele. This upscale West Hollywood establishment has a reputation for always being open and having delicious food paired with stellar nightlife. While enjoying the views from the rooftop patio, you will dine on Modern American fare like the delicious Salmon Crudo, Tomato and Goat Cheese Bruschetta, and a bold summer barbeque menu featuring a Grilled Burger with Rosemary Steak Sauce as well as a Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad. After you have enjoyed the food and the sunset, you can head downstairs to The Standard's signature Purple Lounge to enjoy some exotic cocktails and an upbeat atmosphere.

Cafe Santorini

When you are looking for a romantic rooftop getaway, Pasadena’s Cafe Santorini is the place to go. This Mediterranean getaway offers up breathtaking views and a polished staff that serves exquisite platters of culinary perfection. Traditional appetizers like Stuffed Grape Leaves or incredible Manilla Clams with sausage, leeks, and sweet vermouth offers bright, aromatic flavors that will prepare your palette for the delights to come. The signature Santorini Pizza is a beautiful pie with Mediterranean sausage, tomatoes, goat cheese and fresh mint. Other traditional dishes include elegant Porcini Risotto, Santorini Lamb Souvlaki, and Grilled Chicken Kebabs, each containing flavors and aromas unique to Mediterranean cooking. Excellence is a standard and Santorini will not disappoint.

Saddle Peak Lodge

Tucked away in beautiful Calabasas, Saddle Peak Lodge will feel like an exciting and delicious vacation. At Saddle Peak diners are able to indulge on fresh game paired with masterful culinary techniques and methods. The decor is that of an upscale hunting lodge that is truly unique, transcending any preconceived notions as you walk through the door. The fare is seasonal and local—the chefs choose produce that is fresh and in season as well as game that is raised naturally.  This combination makes for the most delicious and unique dishes. Start your culinary adventure with a bright Farmers Market Salad, or the Seared Foie Gras with organic apples, brioche and duck gastrique. For entrees, a stunning Trio of New Zealand Lamb, Chilean Sea Bass with Miso Sake Glaze, New Zealand Elk with Celery Root in addition to the Chef’s Wild Game Trio is offered. Saddle Peak elevates your dining experience by using ingredients fresh from the earth!

Moonshadow’s    

Nothing is better than enjoying fresh delicious food while overlooking the ocean. Moonshadow’s has been a Malibu staple since Chef Andrea Bullo decided to meld his classical Italian style with America’s avant-garde style of cooking, and Southern California is glad he did. Moonshadow’s hip, eclectic atmosphere and friendly staff is no match for its outstanding menu that includes local ingredients at their peak of freshness. Indulge on briny and creamy Oysters on the Half Shell with Ponzu Mignonette, Sweet Main Lobster Caesar with Applewood Bacon and Foccacia Croutons, or try one of their fantastic seafood entrees like the Grilled Fresh Hawaiian Albacore with Mango, Carrot, Rock Shrimp, and House made Potato Gnocchi. Moonshadow’s is a genuine treat with tasty food, spectacular views, and a fun exciting vibe.

So the next time the night air is cool and you are feeling hungry for some gourmet food and lively atmosphere try any one of these Los Angeles establishments. No matter the occasion these restaurants will fit the bill-- cultured, sophisticated, and elegantly nonchalant they are fitting for every type of person and affair. Between the city lights and decadently prepared cuisine you are sure to have an amazing and exciting evening.

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