Top Orange County Restaurants with Rooftop Dining

The Inn at Laguna beach

The Inn at Laguna Beach offers dining from Las Brisas on its Pacific Terrace

From upscale to casual, dine alongside ocean views, sunsets and skylines. See our roundup of top rooftop dining at these Orange County restaurants.

By Laura Okey

The Inn at Laguna Beach
Soak up the sunshine and sweeping views of Main Beach while indulging on fare from local seafood destination, Las Brisas. Choose items from an abbreviated menu and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on the Pacific Terrace. Some of Las Brisas’ featured dishes include its house guacamole, la asada (all natural certified Angus New York strip steak with fresh herbs, white rice and fresh veggies) and the salmon a la parrilla (grilled fresh Chinook king salmon, sauteed vegetables, roasted fingerling potatoes and grapefruit beurre blanc). Cocktails, beer and wine are also available on site. Sip on specialty drinks such as a mai tai or other seasonal offerings. The Inn at Laguna Beach is a boutique hotel perched just above the bluffs with a staircase leading you directly to the sand. 211 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 800.544.4479.

Treehouse Lounge

The Treehouse Lounge at PASÉA offers comfortable seating, ocean views and cozy fire pits

Tanners and the Treehouse Lounge
Dine on fresh, Southern California cuisine with stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the Pacific Ocean at Tanners, located inside the new PASÉA Hotel & Spa. Watch the culinary team prepare your meal at the restaurant’s wood-fired inferno grill in an exhibition kitchen encased in glass. For a rooftop dining experience, head upstairs to the Treehouse Lounge—a chic rooftop patio bar serving specialty cocktails handcrafted by an award-winning mixologist. 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 877.382.0840.


New Laguna Beach restaurant, Skyloft, offers live music entertainment

Laguna Beach’s newest weekend destination features panoramic views of Laguna Beach on the restaurant’s third-floor rooftop deck, alongside nightly live music and an all-new California coastal-inspired menu. New Executive Chef Art Ortiz has created a selection of inventive dishes reminiscent of an upscale beach picnic. The menu features local seafood and smokehouse dishes that utilize an in-house smoker. Highlights include the original stuffed avocado—a lightly fried avocado filled with crawfish tails, pickled peppers and cucumbers and drizzled with homemade cajun aoili. New to the live music lineup is Country Sunday—starting at 4 p.m. various local and international acts will perform. 422 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1550.


The Fifth

Enjoy Disneyland lights and fireworks while dining at The Fifth

The Fifth
Swap your panoramic ocean views for the lights and fireworks of Disneyland at brand new rooftop restaurant, The Fifth, located atop hotel Grand Legacy at the Park. The only rooftop dining option available in Anaheim, The Fifth offers an assortment of artisan crafted dishes for sharing and craft cocktails to enjoy alongside beautiful views of the Anaheim skyline. 1650 S Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.772.0899.


The Rooftop Lounge Laguna Beach

The Rooftop Lounge Laguna Beach is located on top of La Casa del Camino hotel

The Rooftop Lounge Laguna Beach
Take a front row seat for a spectacular sunset and one of the best happy hours in town. Sip on a signature fresh fruit mojito and a jaw-dropping panoramic ocean view while sampling small bites and California casual cuisine. Located atop La Casa del Camino hotel, The Rooftop Lounge continues to be a staple in the Laguna Beach dining scene. Happy hour, from 3-5 p.m. Monday through Friday features half-priced mojitos, beer, wine and well drinks. 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 855.990.0282.


Enjoy rooftop dining in a pet-friendly setting at Mozambique

Savor the flavors of sub-Saharan African cuisine on three levels of dining. Relax on a romantic patio or capture the picturesque beauty of Laguna Beach on the Veranda rooftop deck. Menu highlights include peri-peri prawns, samosas with Mozambique chutney, Moroccan-style Chilean sea bass, curries and wood-fired steaks. Enjoy live music throughout the week such as reggae Sundays, blues Wednesdays and pop Thursdays. The garden patio and veranda rooftop are pet friendly! 1740 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.7777.

Blue Beet

Sip on cocktails on The Blue Beet’s third-story patio

The Blue Beet
For a much more casual and laid back rooftop experience, head to The Blue Beet in Newport Beach. Located on the Newport Peninsula, dance to live music on the weekends and sip cocktails from the third story patio. Dine on steaks, seafood and burgers or stop by the late night taco window on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy 33 percent off appetizers as well as discounts on selected drinks during happy hour M-W 4-7 p.m. and Th-F 3-7 p.m. 107 21st Place Newport Beach, 949.675.2338.

The Deck on Laguna Beach specializes in fresh seafood and creative cocktails

The Deck on Laguna Beach specializes in fresh seafood and creative cocktails

The Deck on Laguna Beach
With the Pacific Ocean as its backdrop, The Deck on Laguna Beach specializes in fresh seafood and creative cocktails served beach side. Sip on creatively crafted artisan libations presented with an original twist. The ambiance is relaxed and casual and features ocean-to-table favorites such as oysters, Hawaiian big eye tuna tartare, Laguna cioppino and more.  627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6700.


Lighthouse Bayview Cafe is set over the harbor in Marina Park

Lighthouse Bayview Cafe
Enjoy happy hour at Lighthouse Bayview Café with gorgeous sunset views and specially priced hors d’oeuvres and libations. Located in Marina Park on the Balboa Peninsula, the lighthouse-designed restaurant offers “rooftop” seating with gorgeous views of the harbor. The brand new happy hour menu features items like delicately savory whitefish street tacos, hot wings, chowder tots, super-soft pretzels and more. Sip along with wine, bloody marys or cold draft beer.  Happy hour M-F 3-6 p.m. Marina Park, 1600 West Balboa Blvd., 949.933.1001.