The Roof on Wilshire

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The Roof on Wilshire The Roof on Wilshire in Central Los Angeles is a swanky hotel rooftop with beautiful views, a beautiful crowd, & easy prices. Aim high in LA with Party Earth. Los Angeles United States 34.063891 -118.365967
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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

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 7am–11pm, F–Sa 7am–1am
    Kitchen closes at 11pm daily

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Roof on Wilshire Review

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The Roof on Wilshire in Central Los Angeles is a swanky hotel rooftop with beautiful views, a beautiful crowd, & easy prices. Aim high in LA with Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Adriana:

Reservations are a breeze to make online. Be sure to ask to sit in one of the cabanas for a great view and the comfiest seat in the house.

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Loungey international tunes during the day, and more energetic funky beats at night.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

    Reservations accepted.

    Sunset Menu daily 3–6pm.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Outdoorsy socialite: sundresses, platform heels, linen blazers, summer pastels, board shorts, bikinis, polo shirts, Toms.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Saturday nights to groove on the rooftop with a solid crowd and Sunday mornings and afternoons for brunch cocktails in the sun.

  • Close By

    Red Medicine (8400 Wilshire Boulevard) is a swanky Vietnamese restaurant open till 2am whose drinks menu includes many obscure and intricate cocktails.

The Roof on Wilshire User Reviews

Average rating:
Great view and exeptional service
Shannon D. May 30, 2013
This morning I took my boyfriend to The Roof as a surprise brunch date. I had been there twice before, but he hadn't at all. We had an absolutely lovely brunch - partially because the weather was perfect, partially because the food we ordered was fantastic, and partially because our server - NIKKI - was wonderful. We ordered the spring veggie quiche, the waffle benedict, and the parfait. Not a bite was left on the plates. The waffle benedict was perfectly balanced in terms of flavor and texture, and the parfait was so fresh and delicious - both dishes went above and beyond our expectations. (The quiche was great too) Nikki's service was also excellent. Just as I finished my iced coffe and thought to myself "hmm, it'd be great to get some more", she placed a fresh one down right in front of me. Anticipating like that really goes a long way. We will definitely be coming back and will ask to be seated in Nikki's section again if possible.
Great view and service
Jasmit N. Mar 26, 2013
A friend was recently visiting from out of town and I wanted her to have the L.A. experience. The Roof on Wilshire proved to have a great ambiance with exceptional service. The food was pretty good, although I'd say only the Grilled Cheese sandwich was very memorable. Our group did not order drinks, but I've heard great things about them. Our server, Everett, went above and beyond and made our experience a great one. This is a place I need to experience again so I can get a better feeling about what I thought about it. Next time I will go order the drinks and try more of their food to get the full experience of it.
If the view was a meal, you'd be satisfied- but it's not.
Carina C. Mar 7, 2013
I've been here once and haven't had the stomach to go back. The view is gorgeous, ambience is awesome but the service is terrible and the food very average. I ordered a fruit plate which looked and tasted like the fruits were from an old box at Ralphs. The pancakes which arrived 45 minutes later were below average - I don't know how it's possible to go wrong with pancakes but it happened. The whipped cream was warm and pancakes soggy. It's such a pity because it's not expensive and such a nice option for a sunday brunch. There's always a wait so remember to make a reservation. If this place improves the food - can someone please inform me, I'll make the trip.
It's slowly getting better...
Jenny J. Oct 2, 2012
Really wanted to love this place, but uh, just can't yet. I've been here maybe 10 times? I know, you're thinking why the hell are you going there if it sucks? The view is great, there's just so many times I can eat/drink at Varsity, and it's sadly the only fancy place that's walking distance from my work. I can be lazy. Drinks are good here, but that's again if you can get your drink...there's been a few times where I would get my entree before my drink, but then again, there's been time where I'm waiting for my sandwich or salad for an hour. The service is inconsistent, and the food can be inconsistent as well. Don't get the pork belly sandwich--it's a slab of slimy fat. Gross. Get it right, please.
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