LA Cha Cha Cha
LA Cha Cha Chá is a Mexico City transplant in the heart of LA’s Arts District that also happens to have one of the best views in town. This modern cabana-like rooftop has us feeling like we’re lounging in a bustling Tulum bar, even as we take in the DTLA skyline with a great mezcal cocktail in hand. But mezcal negronis aside, LA Cha Cha Chá’s vibrant atmosphere makes it perfect for groups where everyone can sample both individual and shared plates. The menu includes fresh seafood tostadas, like the Tostada Monumental with grilled octopus tossed with cherry tomatoes, habanero chiles, and a creamy cilantro aioli to cool down the heat. Entrees like the Charcoal-Grilled Fish, tender Carnitas, and Braised Lamb Shank are great for family-style dining and constructing some DIY tacos with the kitchen’s fresh corn tortillas. For more after-hour fun, check out the interior La Barra, which features an expanded list of cocktails and casual bites.
How to book: Walk-ins accepted, but reservations are strongly encouraged, especially on Fridays & Saturdays.
Another LA sibling to a Mexico City original, this expansive rooftop spot’s menu is centered around classic Mexican staples as well as chef Paco Moran’s family recipes, with added influence from the California coast. Tostadas feature fresh seafood like Baja California-sourced bluefin tuna and Mayan octopus, while a ceviche showcases cured shrimp plated with refreshing cucumber and bright beets. Notable mains include the Pescado Cha Cha Cha, with charcoal-grilled Huanchinango, and a vegetarian Pipian Rojo Con Col with a red pipian sauce, red cabbage, and epazote rice. On the interior, you’ll find the lively La Barra, a late-night option with an expanded list of cocktails and a truncated food menu.
Mexico City’s favorite terrace restaurant recently launched its DTLA iteration, complete with an 11,600-square-foot-rooftop that features cacti, palm trees, and moody string lights that make the surrounding Arts District feel like a tropical beach destination. The food menu features Mexican favorites—tacos, tostadas, ceviche, carnitas, and more—while the cocktail list peppers classic drinks with mezcal and tequila, resulting in unique concoctions like the Oaxacan Zombie, with mezcal, aged and overproof tequila, falernum, grenadine, and mint.
A neon green sign in the shape of a lime draws diners to this expansive, 11,600-square foot rooftop oasis that acts as a sister restaurant to the popular Mexico City terrazza by the same name. Mexico City-born and longtime LA transplant Alejandro Guzman (Sqirl, Eggslut) helms a menu of classic Mexican dishes and well-guarded family recipes, drawing from California sensibilities along the way and resulting in shareable dishes like charcoal-grilled huachinango with charred lettuce, and a NY strip steak with charred tomato, spring onion, and cactus that’s drizzled with a red wine salsa. With cozy booth seating and fanned palms that act as barriers between tables, it’s easy to feel like you’ve been treated to a private dining experience at an all-inclusive Baja resort.
How to book: online. Walk-ins welcome.
This expansive downtown rooftop has some serious Mexico City inspiration—but with a sister restaurant in CDMX, how could it not? The lush plants and Instagram-worthy decor of this restaurant would be worth a visit alone. Add to-die-for ceviche and cocktails like the mezcal-based Oaxacan Zombie and you’ve got the kind of place it’s worth putting in the extra work for one of their highly-in-demand tables. As if that wasn’t enough, Cha Cha Cha recently opened the speakeasy-inspired La Barra, an interior bar with extended hours, a separate alleyway entrance (look for the illuminated lime), and different drink and food menus.
How to book: Reservations recommended. Book here.