LA is the New Home of the World’s Highest Outdoor Dining Experience

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Visitors to Los Angeles can now enjoy the highest outdoor dining experience in the world.

On Easter Monday, the owners of 71 Above, a restaurant that sits atop of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown LA, opened Vista Patio, an outdoor dining area perched 69 stories — over 900 feet — above the city.

The space was previously used as an observation deck for tourists, but now clocks in as the highest outdoor dining area on earth.

“Most people who experienced this patio [before] were tourists,” 71 Above operator Emil Eyvazoff told Eater of Vista Patio, not long after it was opened to the public.


Dinner at Vista Patio kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and lasts until 9:30 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, dinner runs until 11:00 p.m. As you probably guessed, you’ll want to make a reservation well in advance, as the demand for tables is significant. You’ll also want to bring a jacket or sweater, as it can get pretty breezy at such a high altitude.

Highlights of the Vista Patio menu include a range of roughly a dozen Mediterranean tapas, which can be enjoyed for $54 a head.

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“We wanted to get back out there and show Angelenos that it’s not just fine dining we can do, it’s not just American that we can do,” Eyvazoff said, discussing Vista Patio’s inspired menu. “We’ve got broad capabilities. We didn’t want to do anything near the wheelhouse, anything near the comfort zone.”

The real appeal of this sky-high establishment, of course, is the view.

Patrons of Vista Patio can enjoy a dazzling panoramic view of the Los Angeles area, including glimpses of Dodger Stadium, Century City, SoFi Stadium, and the Hollywood sign. On clear days, you can see right out onto the Pacific Ocean.

Needless to say, it’s a great option for date night or a night out with friends. Just don’t look down too soon after you've eaten.

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