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Top 20 Restaurants with the Best Rooftops

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Tessa ZuluagaAuthor

Experience dining with a view with our list of the top 20 restaurants with the best rooftop terraces. From skyline views to al fresco dining, these restaurants offer the perfect combination of delicious food and picturesque surroundings. Whether you're looking for a romantic night out or a casual lunch with friends, these rooftop hotspots are sure to impress. 

So grab a seat, take in the views, and savor every bite at these must-visit restaurants. 

Here are the top 20 restaurants with the best rooftops:

  1. TAKODA - Washington, DC

  2. Azotea Cantina - Atlanta, GA

  3. Merois - Los Angeles, CA

  4. The Twelve Thirty Club - Nashville, TN

  5. Élephante - Santa Monica, CA

  6. Westlight - Brooklyn, NY

  7. Vaso - Dublin, OH

  8. Cindy’s - Chicago, IL

  9. Zona De Cuba - Bronx, NY

  10. Citrus Club - Charleston, SC

  11. Juvia - Miami Beach, FL

  12. Colada Shop - Washington, DC

  13. Departure - Portland, OR

  14. Hotel Clermont Rooftop - Atlanta, GA

  15. Castaway - Burbank, CA

  16. L.A. Jackson - Nashville, TN

  17. B&B Butchers & Restaurant - Houston, TX

  18. Black Sheep Restaurant - Jacksonville, FL

  19. Assembly - Philadelphia, PA

  20. Skyloft - Laguna Beach, CA

TAKODA - Washington, DC

TAKODA Restaurant & Beer Garden is an American-style restaurant and rooftop bar in the heart of Shaw. Known for its wide array of draft beer, classic industrial aesthetic, and lively atmosphere, TAKODA has quickly made a name for itself as a D.C. destination since it opened in 2016.


Azotea Cantina - Atlanta, GA

Azotea Cantina is a modern, Mexico City-inspired restaurant that is the first of its kind in Atlanta. The menu features simple, yet delicious, chef-forward food, fresh margaritas, and handcrafted cocktails. Guests visit Azotea Cantina not only for the fresh food but also for the open air and view from their rooftop.


Merois - Los Angeles, CA

Merois is located on the rooftop of Pendry West Hollywood, taking dining to new heights with stunning views of Los Angeles from high above Sunset Boulevard. Merois celebrates the open-air allure of the city with a menu that spotlights sophisticated subtleties of Japanese, Southeast Asian, and French/California cuisine.


The Twelve Thirty Club - Nashville, TN

The Twelve Thirty Club has a rooftop bar that overlooks all of Broadway and the whole Music City below. The rooftop menu includes appetizers, handheld foods, and mouthwatering cocktails. Guests come here to revel in the elevated vibes and enjoy the company of friends all night long.

 

Élephante - Santa Monica, CA

Channeling the spirit and cuisine of coastal southern Italy, Élephante aims to transport guests from Los Angeles to the Southern Mediterranean with stunning ocean views and dramatic sunsets. The three bars on the property offer a variety of delicious, hand-crafted cocktails inspired by the flavors of Italy, as well as an extensive wine list.

 

Westlight - Brooklyn, NY

Westlight is a 22nd-floor rooftop bar from Chef Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality Group featuring sweeping views of New York City from atop The William Vale hotel in Williamsburg. The bar presents a dynamic menu of original and classic cocktails, while the food menu of small plates are inspired by global street food.


Vaso - Dublin, OH

Located on the rooftop of the AC Dublin, Vaso offers a unique Spanish-style tapas menu and panoramic views of the Scioto River and Historical Downtown Dublin. Vaso invites guests to unwind and enjoy the sunset with a savory plate and a handcrafted cocktail.


Cindy’s - Chicago, IL

Cindy’s Rooftop Restaurant and open-air terrace offer panoramic views of Millennium Park, Lake Michigan, and The Art Institute of Chicago. This restaurant serves up seasonally rotating, family-style comfort food, biodynamic wines, and award-winning cocktails with large format apothecaries.

 

Zona De Cuba - Bronx, NY

Zona De Cuba is a South Bronx Cuban restaurant that provides guests with a bright, tropical vibe. This restaurant serves up both brunch and dinner with Cuban specialties like sancocheamela con gallina. Guests come here for the rooftop views and vibrant nightlife scene.

 

Citrus Club - Charleston, SC

The Citrus Club sits on The Dewberry Hotel’s 8th-floor terrace overlooking downtown Charleston. This restaurant is home to a whimsical rooftop bar featuring citrus-inspired cocktails and fresh bites.

 

Juvia - Miami Beach, FL

Named after the indigenous Brazilian nut tree that nourishes Brazil, Juvia sits at the rooftop of the Herzog & de Meuron 1111 Lincoln Road building. Much like the restaurant's design, the menu embraces the gorgeous bounty of nature with the finest ingredients sourced locally and globally.


Colada Shop - Washington, DC

Colada Shop brings people together by transporting them into a space where strong coffee is brewed and food and cocktails are made with a flare of Cuban flavor. Founder and CEO Daniella was born in the Dominican Republic and brought the vibrant flavors and colors from the Caribbean to this Washington D.C. restaurant.

 

Departure - Portland, OR

Floating atop the landmark Meier & Frank Building, Departure’s menu captivates guests with a modern culinary exploration of Asia, brought to life through remixes of land and sea. From street food-styled starters and meal-sized classics, to rice and noodle specialties to ethically sourced sushi, this restaurant embraces the bounty of the Pacific Northwest to deliver flavors of the Far East.


Hotel Clermont Rooftop - Atlanta, GA

Hotel Clermont’s Rooftop is a retro-styled terrace surrounded by incredible panoramics of the Atlanta skyline. The Rooftop serves astroturf, street food, frosé in the summer, and hot toddies in the fall. This casual atmosphere is perfect for getting together with friends on a warm afternoon in the city. 


Castaway - Burbank, CA

Castaway provides incredible views of the San Fernando Valley and Downtown Los Angeles, a fireplace and fire elements, and refreshing cocktails and local beers. Perfect for gatherings, the patio is designed to show off unmatchable views of the city, making it the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Aside from the views, Castaway also provides an excellent dining experience featuring a meat dry-aging room, floor-to-ceiling wine cellar, and charcuterie station.

 

L.A. Jackson - Nashville, TN

Voted Nashville Scene’s Best Rooftop Bar 5 years running, this indoor/outdoor rooftop is the perfect destination for an evening of celebration or just an end-of-the-day cocktail. Located in the heart of the Gulch, this restaurant serves crowd-favorite espresso martinis and seasonal specialty cocktails. At L.A. Jackson, guests also enjoy a small menu of party snacks such as garlic parmesan fries, artisan greens, and, of course, the L.A. Jackson Burger.

 

B&B Butchers & Restaurant - Houston, TX

B&B Butchers & Restaurant is an award-winning Texas-based upscale steakhouse and traditional butcher shop. This restaurant is dedicated to serving the finest Texas and Japanese Wagyu beef, as well as in-house dry-aged USDA Prime beef – all hand cut in The Butcher Shop. Guests can enjoy live music on Sundays from 11am-3pm.

 

Black Sheep Restaurant - Jacksonville, FL

Black Sheep Restaurant is a modern American restaurant located in the historic Five Points district of Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood. Their philosophy is to use fresh, local ingredients to create handcrafted food and cocktails. Guests love to visit to enjoy rooftop dining with views of Riverside, Downtown, and the St. Johns River.

 

Assembly - Philadelphia, PA

Assembly is located atop The Logan Philadelphia Hotel, overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This restaurant’s seasonal menu features hot cocktails, festive winter ales, and comfort food. Guests enjoy visiting Assembly for the panoramic views, warm fireplaces, and festive decor.

 

Skyloft - Laguna Beach, CA

Skyloft offers Laguna Beach a hip and fun atmosphere for locals and tourists alike. With full service on the rooftop and live music most nights of the week, Skyloft is a great gathering place. Guests enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, coastal winery selections, and regional craft beers on either the main floor, ‘The Loft’, or the rooftop deck, ‘Skybar’.


A rooftop dining experience can offer a unique and memorable way to enjoy a meal. These 20 restaurants have been highlighted for their exceptional rooftop views, comfortable atmospheres, and delicious food. So next time you're looking for a special dining experience, consider trying one of these top rooftop restaurants.

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