Let me just get this out of the way, the view at the new 71Above (at the US Bank Tower in DTLA) is fabulous, and the design and panoramic layout of the dining room lends itself to soaking in the magnificent landscape (and nightscape) that is our beautiful city.
So with that out of the way, let’s talk about the view. On a clear summer night, you can literally see forever, that is if you can fight off all the douchebags, ahem, I mean fellow patrons who are eagerly taking cellphone videos of the view and selfies with LA’s horizon as a backdrop. The best part is that some will actually walk right up to your table, discreetly lean into your area, and snap away. Which makes me feel really bad. I mean, seriously, who am I to have my window-table get in the way of another person’s Instagram feed.
And lest I forget, when you exit the elevator to enter the restaurant, the design of the hallway/entrance makes you feel a bit like you’re in one of the Matrix movies.
Suffice to say, this is a fabulous restaurant. At dinner time, you get to see the city glisten with the anticrepuscular rays of the setting sun. I’m sure the view is equally stunning at lunch, but I’m betting if they offered breakfast the sunrise would be magnificent, assuming none of those Instagram douchebags, er, ahem, I mean fellow patrons find you to be an inconvenience.
US Bank Tower
633 West Fifth St.