Top Rooftop Restaurants and Lounges in Los Angeles

ace hotel downtown los angeles
Upstairs at ACE Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

This summer, hit these five top Los Angeles rooftop restaurants and lounges.

WP24 Rooftop Patio
It’s no secret that WP24 is one of the best spots in L.A. to dine over panoramic views of the city. Now, they’re raising the bar by two floors. For the first time in it’s five year history, the Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles is opening its 26th floor rooftop terrace to the public every Friday and Saturday night through Sept. 5, 2015. Secure a pre-confirmed reservation to enjoy a selection of Asian-inspired, a la carte small bites and seasonal cocktails (with ingredients from the rooftop’s herb and fruit garden) and live jazz tunes—all over sweeping city views. WP24 Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine John Lechleidner dishes out small plates such as roasted Kurobuta pork banh mi with pickled vegetables, cilantro and chilies; red snapper ceviche with aji amarillo, citrus, basil and cilantro; and grilled prawns with coconut sticky rice, pickled vegetables and red curry. 6-10 p.m.  Make reservations through WP24. Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824.

Upstairs at Ace Hotel
The pool-adjacent restaurant and bar atop Ace Hotel downtown offers fresh cocktails and global twists on California cuisine along with a gorgeous view of the L.A. skyline. Head up to the elevator for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch to feast on fare like burrata and arugula salad or the Moroccan spiced chicken press sandwich. Upstairs holds events every night of the week, including book release parties, live bands, pop-up shops and other happenings like Tannins & Tans, a wine-tasting program held on July 29, Aug. 12 and Aug. 26. Tannins & Tans will feature independent winemakers and wine talents, including the creator of Hoxie Spritzers and the producer of the Oeno label. Tastings are $5-$10; see website for times/details. Daily 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 929 S. Broadway, L.A., 213.623.3233.

WP24 cocktail
Pele Pomegranate cocktail with Beefeater gin, Pama, cucumber and mint at WP24.

Rooftop West at The London West Hollywood
Seeing the L.A. skyline perched above West Hollywood is magnificent any time of day, and now you can enjoy spectacular views over lunch, dinner or “London Hour” from the rooftop of the London West Hollywood. Overlook the hustle and bustle of the city over the London burger or avocado toast tartine, or take in a gorgeous L.A. sunset over cocktails and the spicy beef crudo from Rooftop West, the new restaurant located on the hotel’s tenth floor rooftop. You can snack on delicious appetizers or shareable options. Executive Chef Anthony Keene has created a summer menu with offerings such as grilled stone fruits with ricotta salata and the lamb ribs with tiki masala. Balance the heat of an L.A. summer evenings with favorites drinks like the pina colada and the mango margarita or fresh Clover juice. And for rosé lovers, a selection of sparkling and still rosé wines-by-the-glass are available from $9 during Rose All Day on Wednesdays 11 a.m.-11 p.m (pro tip: Guests who share “#RoseAllDay at @TheLondonWeho” on social media will receive their first glass complimentary). L (daily), D (M-Su). 1020 North San Vicente Blvd, 310.358.7788.

E.P. & L.P.
If the unparalleled rooftop views don’t immediately hook you, the Asian fare from award-winning Executive Chef Louis Tikaram, and cocktails from Beverage Director Alex Straus definitely will. The multilevel space is comprised of E.P., a second-level dining room, L.P. rooftop bar and Frankie’s private bar also on the roof. At E.P., dine in the light of floor-to-ceiling windows on contemporary Southeast Asian food ranging from small plates to larger family-style offerings like Lou Dogg’s Crispy Skin Chicken, a half Mary’s chicken with black vinegar, chili and lemon; Wood-Grilled Fijian Tuna, with green mango, roasted coconut, Thai basil and chili; and Chiang Mai Larb, spiced salmon, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf and Vietnamese mint. Begin and end your night on the L.P. rooftop over sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, a street food menu and crafted cocktails. If you want to be even more low-key saunter to the south end where you’ll find Frankie’s Private Bar, a few daybeds and cocktails that come in copper pineapples. (photo by Cory Critser) 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.855.9955.

Perch, the 15th-16th floor indoor-outdoor bistro and lounge showcases sweeping views of Pershing Square and downtown’s skyscrapers. With food and décor inspired by France, Perch’s 15th floor dining room serves dinner and weekend brunch with offerings such as the seasonal fruit platter, smoked salmon Benedict and steak frites. Elegantly decorated with hanging leaves and light-strung trees in the evenings, Perch hosts DJs, jazz music groups and other entertainment. Keep warm by the fire pits while you gaze out onto the glittering lights of L.A. on Perch’s 16th floor lounge where you can toast your evening over a glass of wine or a cocktail. 448 South Hill St., L.A., 213.802.1770.

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