Orange County offers amazing views! From panoramic ocean views to seaside sunsets to fireworks at Disneyland, there’s always something beautiful to see. Where better to enjoy the sights than from a rooftop venue high above the city? Here are the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Orange County.
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
180Blu is an oceanfront restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point that overlooks Salt Creek Beach. They have comfortable rooftop venue including indoor and outdoor seating including a patio with fire pits and couches. You can enjoy live music here on weekends and order small plates and cocktails from the Pan-Latin coastal menu.
107 21st Place, Newport Beach, CA 92663
The Blue Beet is a blues, jazz, and rock club featuring live music every night. A community gathering place since 1912, this is the oldest bar in Newport Beach. They’ve got multiple levels including a 3rd story rooftop patio where you can catch views of the Newport Pier and sunsets over the Pacific. Guests can order seafood, steaks, and burgers from the menu, or grab a taco from the taco window on Friday and Saturday nights.
Pacific Edge Hotel
627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
This rooftop oceanfront patio serves fresh seafood and cocktails with ocean breezes everyday. Located at the Pacific Edge Hotel, The Deck is a unique destination that overlooks the beach, perfect for a romantic date night or weekend getaway.
Grand Legacy At The Park
1650 S Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802
The FIFTH Rooftop Restaurant & Bar is a contemporary bar with a full menu and craft cocktails. Guests can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Orange County area, DJ music, and lounging by the firepits in the open air setting. Don’t miss the views of Disney’s nightly fireworks show!
Marriott Irvine Spectrum
7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
Enjoy epic sunsets and sweeping views of Orange County at Irvine; rooftop bar and restaurant. Hive & Honey offers creative craft cocktails and delicious inspired dishes. Located just steps from Irvine Spectrum, this is the perfect spot to wrap up your evening on the town with small bites, live entertainment, DJs, and other regular events.
Double Tree Suites By Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach Dana Point
34402 CA-1, Dana Point, CA 92624
Longboard is a 4th floor rooftop lounge with scenic ocean views. They serve cocktails and light bites with a daily happy hour from 4 to 6. They have plenty of outdoor seating with individual tables and lounge style fireside sofas for relaxing.
1740 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Mozambique is a South-African inspired upscale eatery and lounge. The rooftop lounge offers views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding Laguna Beach. Enjoy delicious dishes from the full menu, live music Thursday through Sunday, and a daily happy hour at this popular OC rooftop destination.
305 East 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Native Son Alehouse is a laidback rooftop hangout with an extensive selection of craft brews and cocktails. Located in Downtown Santa Ana, you can relax and enjoy regular events on the patio and a daily happy hour.
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
21100 E Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Offshore 9 is Orange County’s highest rooftop bar overlooking beautiful Huntington Beach. The 9th floor destination serves coastal cuisine light bites, craft cocktails, fine wines and champagne. Lounge around on the fireside sofa seating or share a high top with friends and enjoy DJ music on the weekends, plus views of the Huntington Beach Pier and spectacular sunsets.
2937 Bristol Street, A103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Old Vine is a cozy spot at The Camp Costa Mesa with an eclectic menu and outdoor, rooftop seating. No views at this spot, but it’s a quiet spot that’s perfect for a date night or evening out with friends. There is a special bar menu here with live music regularly scheduled on the rooftop. Make an evening of it by visiting the restaurant first and trying one of the fixed price wine pairing dinners, then head up to the roof to enjoy an after dinner drink.
JW Marriott Anaheim Resort
1775 S Clementine Street, 11th Floor, Anaheim, CA 92802
The Parkestry Rooftop Bar at JW Marriott Anaheim Resort overlooks Anaheim with views of the nightly fireworks at Disneyland. Relax on the rooftop with comfortable sofa seating, cozy firepits, and garden-like atmosphere. Parkestry serves handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine, light bites, dessert, and they even have options for the kids.
Westin Anaheim Resort
1030 W Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802
RISE Rooftop Lounge heats things up after the sun goes down with direct views of Disney California Adventure and Disneyland’s nightly fireworks show. They have live entertainment on the weekends and comfortable fireside seating. Rise serves an eclectic selection of sharable California and Mediterranean inspired dishes.
La Casa Del Camino Hotel
1289 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Experience rooftop sunsets in Laguna Beach from the Rooftop Lounge at La Casa Del Camino Hotel. This is a favorite spot for locals with one of the best happy hours in town — their specialty is fresh fruit mojitos! Enjoy the spectacular view and sample some of their small plates featuring casual California Coastal Cuisine.
422 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Skyloft serves up award-winning sunset views, live music, and a daily happy hour from 3 to 5. Lunch and dinner is served daily, with brunch served on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 1. Enjoy a selection of signature cocktails and a steak and seafood focused menu, all while looking out at the ocean and the surrounding Laguna Beach area. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Pasea Hotel & Spa
21080 E Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Take in a Surf City sunset from this beachside rooftop bar in Huntington Beach. Just steps from Downtown, this lively destination inspired by surf culture serves up handmade craft cocktails and ocean views. You can grab dinner at Tanner’s restaurant first, then enjoy a nightcap at Treehouse by Tanner’s rooftop patio bar.
The Viv Hotel Anaheim
1601 S Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805
Immerse yourself in Spain’s Basque Country right here in Anaheim on the 12th floor of the Viv Hotel. Guests can enjoy the Chef Tasting Menu and exhibition kitchen, then head out to lounge by the rooftop pool, VIP lounges, and firepits. Take in the views of the surrounding Anaheim area including the nightly fireworks from Disneyland.
Lido House, Autograph Collection
3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663
Topside Roof Deck at the Lido House is Newport Beach’s premier rooftop bar. Enjoy outdoor dining Thursday through Sunday, champagne pairings, and gorgeous views of the surrounding Newport Beach area. Grab a seat at the bar, or relax in the lounge style seating around a cozy firepit.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.