Party Earth Review High above Wilshire Boulevard, the canary-yellow umbrellas of chic lounge and restaurant The Roof on Wilshire beckon to the throngs below, giving rise to one of this glitz-happy town’s most oft-asked questions: “How can... ... read full review
The Wilshire Hotel
6317 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
M–Th, Su 7am–11pm, F–Sa 7am–1am
Kitchen closes at 11pm daily
BEVERLY GROVE, LOS ANGELES –
High above Wilshire Boulevard, the canary-yellow umbrellas of chic lounge and restaurant The Roof on Wilshire beckon to the throngs below, giving rise to one of this glitz-happy town’s most oft-asked questions:
“How can I get up there?!”
Actually, it’s pretty easy – a simple elevator ride from the lobby of the boutique Hotel Wilshire will transport just about anyone straight to the top.
Those anyones usually take the form of gussied-up sophisticates and urban trendsetters, who settle in at the wooden tables or the cushy, cabana-like booths that surround the venue’s focal point: a crystal-blue wading pool perpetually stocked with bikini-clad girls sipping daiquiris.
Older business execs tend to dominate the midweek lunch crowd, but they give way to hip professionals who gather to watch the sun go down over $6 margaritas ordered from the aptly named Sunset Menu.
Once the dinner crowd disperses on Friday and Saturday nights, the space becomes standing room only when swaths of in-the-know twenty-somethings in strapless dresses and lightweight blazers gather around the sunken fire pit with their Bourbon Smashes as funky beats add a soundtrack to the glittering view.
Despite the upscale ambiance, the prices are still reasonable. Lunch options barely top $14 and brunch attracts a mélange of trust-funders and adventurous groups of friends with $22 bottomless mimosas and the powerfully alluring pancake lasagna.
It’s not the most exclusive game in town, but for anyone with high expectations or lofty aspirations, The Roof on Wilshire is a beautiful –and tasty – place to start climbing.
Groups of girls on a fun night out, trendy young professionals, trust fund kids, sunset catchers, dapper hotel guests, older business types on a working lunch, and anyone who wants to drink in a view with a few drinks, early 20s to mid-30s.
Loungey international tunes during the day, and more energetic funky beats at night.
Full menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner created by the same chef behind the well regarded Foundry restaurant. Items include New American dishes like crispy pork belly, seared tuna, risotto, and fish specials. Breakfast and brunch menu includes egg dishes and the signature pancake lasagna.
Sunset Menu daily 3–6pm.
Brunch menu $7–$18, appetizers $9–$14, breakfast $4–$12, lunch entrées $8–$18, dinner entrées $14–$27.
Beer $8+, wine $8–$14/glass or $30–$80/bottle, cocktails $6–$12. Valet $4 with hotel validation before 8pm, $8 with hotel validation after 8pm.
Outdoorsy socialite: sundresses, platform heels, linen blazers, summer pastels, board shorts, bikinis, polo shirts, Toms.
Saturday nights to groove on the rooftop with a solid crowd and Sunday mornings and afternoons for brunch cocktails in the sun.
Red Medicine (8400 Wilshire Boulevard) is a swanky Vietnamese restaurant open till 2am whose drinks menu includes many obscure and intricate cocktails.