Nothing quite tops off a great meal better than a spectacular view. There’s just something about the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean or the twinkling of city lights that sets the perfect tone for a light lunch or an evening out. The organic ambiance of a breathtaking sight truly enhances one’s dining experience and adds a touch of sophistication to any date or casual outing.
Here are some Los Angeles restaurants worth seeking out, even if it’s only just to take in the beautiful views.
One of L.A.’s hottest new dining destinations, 71Above is the highest restaurant west of the Mississippi. Featuring elevated modern American cuisine by Chef Vartan Abgaryan, 71Above boasts spectacular ocean views from Malibu to Laguna Hills, along with the Los Angeles basin and the surrounding mountain ranges.
Soak in Santa Monica’s sultry rays at Catch, a seafood restaurant located in Hotel Casa Del Mar. This spot specialises in sushi and simply grilled fish. Catch knows the basics of succulent seafood and what better way to enjoy the smooth flavours of the raw bar offerings than here, with the Pacific Ocean in the background? Escape into the sunset views over your glass of sake.
Adorned with priceless antiques from across the US, Eveleigh on Sunset offers farm-to-table dishes inspired by Old World European and American country cooking. With fresh daily specials, each guest will have their taste buds delighted as they clink glasses and breathe in the fresh air of the ever-romantic outdoor setting. Sit comfortably under perfectly dim lighting while you dine and take in the stellar city views on the patio.
Geoffrey’s in Malibu is what happens when a beachside New American restaurant serving seafood is done right. Daydream over the panoramic ocean views and multimillion-dollar homes as you dive into their fantastic brunch options. You may even brush shoulders with some of Hollywood’s elite, who have dined at Geoffrey’s for the better part of three decades – adding to its charm, class and effortless appeal.
Imagine a dining experience so delightful you’ll be pinching yourself as if it were a dream. Mar’sel at the Terranea Resort, a stunning restaurant overlooking the Pacific, is just that. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing evening or an afternoon of reflection looking out over the sandy shore, nothing beats the seasonally rotating menu and extensive wine list at mar’sel. Grab a cozy seat at the fire pit and start daydreaming.
The Strand House in Manhattan Beach overlooks the Pacific and offers its diners a “modern heirloom” of traditional dishes. With produce hand-selected from local farms, and drinks like the Sunset Cocktail and classic Bloody Mary, The Strand House’s magical setting gives you a reason to enjoy the simple things in life. Hit the beach today, you’re in Los Angeles after all!
Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles offers modern Chinese cuisine and panoramic views from 24 stories up. This restaurant’s sleek interior will have you feeling very well treated as you peruse their menu of delicious Asian dishes, including Chili “Dan Dan” Dumplings, “Szechuan Style” Steak Au Poivre and Singapore Style Chili Prawns.
Lead image: WP24 by Wolfgang Puck