The Tower Bar

4.7
770 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • People Watching
  • Romantic
The Terrace at the famous Sunset Tower Hotel debuted a new look in May of 2018, featuring a refreshed outdoor dining experience with updated furnishings and an elegant new bar. The Tower Bar Restaurant has split views of the city from either side of the lobby. It offers a swank lounge, bar and al fresco dining experience. Custom made banquettes fit directly into windows that showcase an unparalleled view of the Los Angeles skyline. Art deco design influences include walnut with gold inlay trim in a subtle, muted color scheme. The delectable menu features California Bistro with Italian fare. A dress code is enforced, please call for information.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 6:30am - 11:00am Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 3pm Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 6:30am - 3pm Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 6:00pm - 10:45pm, Friday-Saturday 6:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(323) 848-6677
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nicholas McCoy
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
La Cienega and Sweetzer
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Parking details
$12.00 nighttime for the first two hours with ticket validation
Metered parking along Sunset Blvd
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Entertainment
Jazz Duo Nightly 7pm - 11pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
770 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
86%
Very Good
7%
Good
4%
Fair
1%
Poor
2%
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DV
Los Angeles
7 reviews
2.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Beautiful setting outside. Great old Hollywood ambiance (although too dark). Nice service. Everything grossly overpriced for quality. Pleasant but hardly worth the expense.

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GD
London
1 review
3.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Service was rushed. Food was average quality but overpriced. Lighting was so dark we needed a torch to read the menu. However, the staff were very attentive. Overall we were very disappointed.

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LC
London
7 reviews
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We love the Tower Bar and Dimitri is the best. It's always fun, lively crowd, great people watching and the food is okay.

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e
London
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and presentation ration. Beautiful setting and ambience. Staff super friendly and efficient.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Most romantic place in Los Angeles.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful!

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W
Los Angeles
6 reviews
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic and consistent. One of my favorite hideaways in LA

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

The staff hovering non stop was annoying and the food wasn’t up to the standards I’m use to from previous visits

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D
Los Angeles
13 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here!!
The best. The service is outstanding. The food is delicious. The ambiance is classic!

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MR
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best spots in LA for dining and ambiance.

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T
Los Angeles
8 reviews
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were put in the secondary room by the pool and thought our reservation was for the main Tower Bar.
We won’t return unless that is where we’d be seated.

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OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
1.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 3

The drinks were the most expensive. Food just ok. Pretty place. No value

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C
Los Angeles
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely view of the city, accompanied by gracious service and delicious food!
Top Drawer!

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k
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guaranteed good time and good food here always!

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JP
Chicago
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful night out to kick off a wedding weekend. A very special night and Jacob’s service was exceptional.

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AV
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tower Bar is an LA Staple. I Always enjoy dinner here.

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TC
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our experience- the staff were truly exceptional....

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OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
3.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

As a usual at Tower Bar, tonight’s experience was mediocre. Service was very good but food was sub par.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

You can't beat the glamour, but it's too loud & the food took forever.

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AE
New England
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delivers and never disappoints ... Still the coolest bar and restaurant in LA (in my honest, humble opinion).

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CC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, and the new decor is great! Spacious and breezy for breakfast/brunch/lunch with an amazing indoor/outdoor patio by the pool, plus city views. Great menu, excellent service and atmosphere. There's definitely a reason so many become regulars here.

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Phoenix
119 reviews
4.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We arrived for our 7 PM reservation. We were the first in the restaurant as we arrived a half hour ahead. I was surprised that instead of the window seat they sat us one table down from the window. I noticed that there were three place settings at the window seat so that was the reason since only 2 of us. They then proceeded about 15 minutes later to seat another couple by the Window seat a few over. Then about 7:30 PM they sat only two people at the window. I was very surprised that they did not sit us there but them.

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P
Los Angeles
8 reviews
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nothing to write home about. I had an omelet for 22.00 no side no nothing and it was fine at best. The pool
view is lovely and the service was good. I will not return.

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PC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
1.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

What a horrible experience! A very aggressive security guard confronted our friends who brought in a bottle of cleanse as if we were criminals and at TSA checkpoint. What has this world come to? It's a restaurant! The security guard was so confrontational and looked for a fight pushing my friend (BTW a 67 year old elegant lady) and her son to the brink of a heart attack. For a bottle of juice?? RIDICULOUS. We called the police. All we wanted to do is have a nice quiet dinner. It turned into a disaster. The manager was totally useless. After all this commotion, police etc, they presented us with the bill and not even a sorry. What a joke. Our lawyers will follow up with this place. I am a frequent diner of all the best restaurants in town never seen something like this happen. EVER

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z
1 review
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Had a resy for Tower. Gave us seating at Terrace: two different experiences as anyone from LA knows. Took two hosts, two servers and a manager to get us to our actual table in our resevation. All tried to sell us on terrance -- its reno, its art , one even told us we were *at*Tower bar. Was able to get moved to the actual restarant eventually.

also a fight broke out

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here dozens of times and this last time, I got really sick from the food. I ordered the burger. Not sure what happened this time. Overall, the Tower Bar is an exceptional experience as a whole.

Should definitely examine what’s happening in the kitchen.

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BC
Central Coast
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great dinner and experience!!!

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
1.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

VERY disorganized and dismissive- they simply just don't care

We were a party of 6 there for dinner to celebrate my fiance's bday, which I had noted to them prior. They have you wait by the bar until you are seated and after multiple check in's with the hostess (45 minutes post reservation time) she said we were "next to be seated". I asked if she would be able to find us, as the bar area was crowded, and she assured me she knew where we were and would come get us. Another 15-20 mins goes by and we walk over to check again, where they now realize our table was given away to another party. I explained to them how upset we were as it was an occasion, we were delayed over an HOUR, had some people in the group from out of town that had to get back, and were now starving. There was NO apology in site but simply a, "I know, I know, yeah...yeah...just enjoy your drink and sit down." The drink he was referencing was apart of the round of drinks we had ordered ourselves at the bar the last hour, none of which they offered to comp nor did they do a single thing to accommodate us during dinner. They even forgot that it was a birthday and I had to remind them again after we ordered the dessert so the could include a candle. They simply just don't care.

I am not one of those people to write bad reviews, or even expect much from a restaurant but this was just ridiculous!!! I understand things happen but a single sign of an apology, accommodation or any sort, and/or acknowledgement of the inconvenience should be a minimum- especially on a special occasion.

The food was fine but the rudeness of the people is unacceptable. Definitely don't recommend this place, as there are a TON of restaurants in LA where the food is great, the ambiance is great, and if/when they do mess up...they actually CARE and try to resolve any frustration caused.

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Nashville
1 review
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific. Great spot for intimate dinner. Tight tables, but made for a fun time getting to know our table neighbors. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
London
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the tower bar was fabulous. Every single thing about thus place is special and magical

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AE
New England
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic and never disappoints! If in LA you have to visit and have the experience!

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JG
Orange County
1 review
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service in a cool retro atmosphere. Expensive, and worth it. We look forward to dining at Tower Bar again.

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ES
1 review
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, perfect in every way, from cuisine to wine to staff. (I was with great company, which always helps) And the hotel staff even glued my broken shoe for me and gave me slippers! A delightful evening. And who can resist a hot fudge sundae?

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PB
Orlando
2 reviews
2.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

MY REVIEW ON OPEN TABLE: There are far better choices for fine dining... And trust me, you will pay "Fine Dining" prices here. I had heard that the fried chicken -- which I rarely indulge in -- was extremely good. In a word... Disappointing. It was kinda' soggy. I didn't know it was even possible to make soggy fried chicken. I can only guess they had fried up a large batch well before the evening began, and tried to keep it warm -- not good. My wife's scallops were good, but not awesome -- nothing to complain about really, but nothing to rave about either. Seating was tight and we could clearly hear the conversation of the people next to us -- been there? Not fun. Well sometimes it is, but this was to be a fine dinner. Ever been in one of those places where you sit on a bench seat with a small bistro table between you and your date (one of you sitting on a chair), with others sitting in close proximity on your right and left? Well, this was exactly that for us, and we paid premium $$. Most dishes are well north of $40, apps about $20 each. Prices are very high for the ambiance/seating/food unless you get a premium seat near a window, or a quiet table in a corner. Let's be clear... I'm certainly willing to pay these prices, but in return I want premium seating and ambiance. There are several better choices within 15 minutes drive. We won't be going back.

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JD
London
6 reviews
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in LA

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V
Los Angeles
234 reviews
4.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was excellent as well as Dimitri taking care of our needs. My only complaint was the waiter not being polished plus he tacked on two extra drinks to my bill, and when confronted with this he was passive aggressive. Despite this anomaly for the Tower Bar, we’ll be back. Thank you.

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T
Los Angeles
10 reviews
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place on earth

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LC
London
6 reviews
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been going to the Tower Bar for years, and it never disappoints - it's always fun! The staff are great the room is lovely (but I would suggest the "up" the lighting a bit, you need a light to read the menu and it's very dark in there when the sun goes down. Demetri is a legend and he's always very charming and makes sure that everyone is well taken care of. He's a gem that's for sure!

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C
Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
3.0Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

On the day I was there for lunch, the terrace was still under construction and lunch was served in the dining room. We were only one of two parties in the dining room at the time. I remember the food as being good. My waiter highly suggested the lobster tacos, a premium priced dish. When they arrived, both tacos were soggy and I asked to have them returned for fresh shells. The taco was just bland and tasteless and not worth of such a high recommendation by the wait staff. It was disappointing and I could do much better. It was nothing. The fries were good, but not a good compliment to tacos in any way. its just not a culinary match. Lots of carbohydrates and tasteless protein.
Although there were only two parties in the dining room, the wait staff comprised 6 or so people and were very noisy while I was trying to have a business meeting.

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