The Penthouse Restaurant

4.6
3134 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Discover one of the best places to eat in Santa Monica! The Penthouse offers guests a dramatic 18th-floor rooftop dining experience, complete with panoramic ocean views, beach cabanas, and open sky enclaves. Sip signature craft cocktails or indulge in contemporary Mediterranean inspired California cuisine. The Penthouse provides a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience and is among the best places to eat in Santa Monica.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3134 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing experience.

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Anonymous123
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a really enjoyable experience! Food is a bit pricey for the quality, but the view is very beautiful. Would probably suggest going for appetizers and drinks there.

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PattyH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at the penthouse restaurant. The 5 cheese board was delicious. Had the salmon and the roasted chicken. Both meals were perfectly portioned and we didn’t have room for dessert! Will go back for sure! The view is amazing!

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JohnG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Staff was accommodating, Appetizers were good. Main course was bland, especially the potatoes cooked twice. Absolutely horrible side dish. Not a romantic place. Really crowded.

JJ
vipJulietJM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends visiting from NYC

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good food.
Amazing view.
But the one thing we really didn’t like was the fact that they wanted to bring all the food at the same time ( appetizers, main dish and dessert) We don't think that is appropriate at all. I thought we weren’t in a cafeteria.
People from the Valet Parking were very kind, respectful, and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Dope energy always a good vibe !! I recommend ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great ambiance. Service wasn’t as good as usual. Waiter didn’t come over that often. We had to flag him down a few times.

Valet was slow but in their defense they were swamped and they were SUPER apologetic, which I appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The view was amazing and the drinks tasty. Food was portioned well and made with quality. The service was a bit rough, we felt rushed into ordering and seemed like we were at a fast food place

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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vip1234
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Terrible service, we waited over 40 min for our table and the food didn't come for over an hour. We left without eating. Management could not have cared less.

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vipregulardiner
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful views of Santa Monica

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vipJulieH
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience! We loved it and will definitely come back,

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Steve
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed Sunday brunch at the Penthouse. The superb customer service enhanced the overall experience. Our family greatly appreciate the high level of attention by the restaurant staff.

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Lprett
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The server was extremely rude and told us the kitchen reuses food. The food was not worth the price and the service was horrible

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Jermaine
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service
Atmosphere was excellent
It was our first

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Wasn't happy waiting almost 1 hour for my table with a reservation. So much for 90 minute limit on tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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MARIAM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We loved the food (superb!) and the breathtaking view of the ocean at our table to celebrate my wife's 40th. Unfortunately, we hardly ever saw the waiter and had to walk up to the counter to ask for a second cocktail and for the check! Not sure why. Everyone around us seemed to be getting pampered. I was pretty surprised since we brought up that it was a very special occasion for us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation brunch!

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vipGinger0312
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful with amazing views of the city and ocean and the food was so delicious! My family and I are in town from Texas and we are staying at the hotel and decided to go for brunch and I’m so glad we did.

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Stuart
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very enjoyable meal with excellent ambiance. We had an excellent view of the coast in a comfortable booth. Each dish was good or very good. Service was attentive and the waiter very personable. And the value proposition strong as prices were reasonable for LA.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my daughters 25th birthday.
The food was fantastic!
We enjoyed everything we ordered.
Will definitely come again.

JD
JaniceD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was wonderful as Always. I took two business associates to dinner and they were extremely impressed with both the ambiance and the wonderful views.

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HannahR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

It was in credibly crowded and noisy. There were practically no options for vegetarians , I was served the wrong drink. Finally, I was seated at the bar between two groups of men who kept talking over me at each other.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eddie was a great host

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MaureenG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

So incredibly noisy and ridiculously overpriced. If you're dropping well over $200 a couple (without dessert) and not a much booze, it's pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

I used to frequent the Penthouse, years ago. This was my first time back, and I was pleased that the food is still good and the service was outstanding. The remainder of the restaurant is exactly as it was all those years ago, and is showing some serious signs of wear and tear. Most of the furniture and fixtures are in desperate need of upgrade/replacement.
For food at that price point, there are many other places in LA that have better ambiance and are better cared for. The noise level in this place is also insanely high. We had a difficult time having a conversation because we couldn’t hear the others at our own table.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was a little cold.

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SonneJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Penthouse was a great experience! We called the day of and the host was able to squeeze us in for breakfast and we were able to get a window table that had a breathtaking view of the city and beach! We loved the ambiance. The breakfast menu was a little limited but what we had (waffles, omelet, New York bagel lox) were all delicious. Our server and the manager were very attentive and friendly, constantly checking on us and making sure we were taken care of. When we return to the West Coast we will be revisiting The Penthouse!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friends Bday, service was lovely and they brought out a nice lil dessert for my friend. Much appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

David, the server was the best I’ve ever had. So so attentive and gave it his all from the moment we walked in until we left. Food was pretty solid but the music on our side of the restaurant was far far too loud.

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Arpy
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I made a reservation and had to wait 45 minutes to be seated, it was my friends birthday and we were starving by the time we got to sit down. The music was very lout so it definitely is not a place to go and have conversation.
Other than that it was beautiful, the view was great the food was good and our waiter was very friendly.
I just am not really a fan of waiting - I most likely would not go here again.

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BrigH
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. They really went out of their way to make our evening pleasant.

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Samantha
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, fantastic food, view and ambience. Staff offered excellent service, will definitely be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great! No matter how many times I come here and choose a different option I am never disappointed! Absolutely a must go to spot for people! The bar is amazing and the atmosphere is so lively but has etiquette.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except for they stuck us in a table in the very back corner by the kitchen even though the rest of the restaurant was wide open, when we asked to move they said there was no tables open. We ended up sitting at the bar and all the other tables in the restaurant remained empty until they closed

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MarshallW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice view. Good food but pricy for what you get. Too loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view. Friendly service.

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ELIZA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and exceptional food and service- views are cool

FAQs

The Penthouse Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 3134 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.