There are a lot of things to love about California, but the year-round (mostly) dry and sunny weather might be its best asset because it means you can enjoy a meal and a cocktail al fresco in almost any season.
French cuisine and stunning L.A. views—who could ask for more? Well, in case you could, you’ll be happy to learn that there are also fireplaces and fire pits at this hot spot in the event of an unusually cool SoCal evening. Don’t miss bistro classics like bouillabaisse and boeuf bordelaise.
George’s at the Cove (La Jolla)
George’s has been widely touted as one of the best restaurants in San Diego, and Fodor’s Choice named it one of the “World’s Top 10 restaurants.” While there are three levels, all offering a slightly different experience, you’ll want to grab a table at Ocean Terrace for a rooftop meal to remember. Chef Trey Foshee’s New American dishes include red wine-braised short rib, crispy duck leg confit, and grilled Faroe Islands salmon.
Its namesake really says it all: The View, located at the top of the Marriott Marquis Hotel, is the perfect place to take in the beautiful sights of San Francisco. It’s all about hand-crafted cocktails and small plates like poke, flatbread, cheese, and charcuterie.
On top of The Sawyer hotel, this upscale rooftop bar has a curated selection of cocktails and gourmet grub like truffle popcorn, burrata, and asparagus salad, and pork belly bao buns. The indoor-outdoor space also offers VIP bottle service.
The Rooftop by JG (Beverly Hills)
Feeling fancy? Head to the 12th floor of the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills for a perfectly posh lunch or dinner. Sip a spiced pineapple Mai Tai or a bergamot lavender lemonade before enjoying seared red snapper or tomahawk steak.
Skyloft (Laguna Beach)
There’s a little something for everyone at Skyloft—delicious barbecue and seafood, signature drinks, and of course, an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean and Laguna Beach. You’ll also find live music nightly and brunch on the weekends.