Where to Find the 12 Best Scenic Views in LA

Published On 08/17/2016 Published On 08/17/2016
Nobu Malibu
Nobu | Henry Hargreaves
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles
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High Rooftop Lounge
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1. Nobu Malibu 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

For sushi and celebrity sightings in LA, there's Katsuya. For sushi, celebrity sightings, and beachfront views, there's Nobu Malibu. From master chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro, the PCH outpost of the worldwide brand has been delivering consistently A-list Japanese fusion food since 1999. Expect Matsuhisa's signatures -- black cod miso and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño -- as well as Malibu specials like ribeye with truffle butter sauce. The space feels more like a resort than a restaurant thanks to an open patio with lounge seating, bonzai trees, and views of the Malibu Pier.

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2. Malibu Family Wines 32111 mulholland highway, Los Angeles, CA 91364

The winding, lush, green landscape of this vineyard and tasting room just off Mulholland is a picture-perfect backdrop for a day of lounging around with a glass of wine on a picnic blanket on the grass or under the shade of one its many umbrella-covered tables. With prices in mid-range (this isn't the stuff college kids drink), the vast selection of Malibu wines vary in both type and dry or sweetness. It's a very popular spot for big bachelorette parties and weddings, but a reservation will get you in with no fuss.

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3. E.P. & L.P. 603 N LA Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

It's a bit hard to discern which is which at this two-for-one West Hollywood spot. Downstairs is E.P., an Asian restaurant that combines Thai cooking with Chinese, Fijian, and Vietnamese elements. Meanwhile, L.P. is the upstairs patio bar serving up street food small bites and killer cocktails surrounded by stunning views of the Hollywood Hills.

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4. The Strand House 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The Strand House is a Manhattan Beach-based eatery, drawing crowds of LA's affluent with four floors of patio dining, with a menu from the team behind Grace and Gjelina. The food is veggie- and seafood-centric, there are thin-crust pizzas, charcuterie plates, and protein-heavy entrees like spiced New Zealand lamb rack and prime beef filet that are perfectly complemented by fire-roasted baby root vegetables, a glass of Napa Valley Cabernet, and a stunning view of the sprawling beach down below.

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5. Perch 448 S Hill, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This bar-centric restaurant from the Must guys is so laden with foliage and lounge chairs, it's like a rooftop version of Disney's Tiki Room; and if that's not enough to get you in there, Perch also has French grub like rabbit rillette with braised plums, candied kumquat & vanilla shallot marmalade; pork confit cassoulet with pork belly & cracklings; and the three-mini-club platter called "Duck, Duck, Goose."

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6. High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin 1697 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Rooftop bars are far and few between in Venice -- as in, there are barely any -- which is why High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin literally stands above the rest. A 10min walk from Abbot Kinney, the Pacific Ave spot offers unbeatable views of the beach and downtown, especially at sunset. The cocktail-focused menu includes bottle service for the high-rollers, and there are a few small bites to complement the drinks.

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7. 71Above 633 W 5TH STREET, Los Angeles, CA

Prepare yourself for some sweeping LA views at 71Above, a posh DTLA restaurant whose name alludes to its sky-high location 71 floors above ground. If you can take your eyes off the lights twinkling over the city, you’ll want to focus on the elegant three-course menu featuring upscale and seasonal dishes. As for cocktails, expect classy house-made concoctions in the swanky lounge area.

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8. Skyslide 633 W 5th St Ste 840, Los Angeles, CA 90071

In 2016, OUE Skyspace atop Financial District's U.S. Bank Tower created an utterly insane new way to view Los Angeles from 1000 feet -- the Skyslide. It's exactly what you think and fear it is: A completely transparent, 45-foot glass slide attached to the side of the building that takes you from the 70th floor down to the 69th. If you're brave enough to push your focus to what's right underneath you, you'll get a perspective of Downtown LA unlike any other.