The elevated patio scene we needed 🌿
Though many will argue that the pleasures of dining in Los Angeles are associated with food, just as many people could counter-argue that the ambiance and views play a big role in the ‘wow’ factor. The restaurant perched above The Line hotel in Koreatown is the perfect example of both sides meeting in the middle.
You may have heard about the former atrium-turned-eatery when it was called Commissary; Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin took over the poolside oasis, named it Openaire, and gave the menu a delicious makeover we never knew we needed.
Though the restaurant is nestled right in the heart of the city, the urban jungle somehow manages to deliver a slice of comfort. Maybe it’s the plush seating, the marble-topped bar with a “notable” cocktail menu, or even the simple fact that you can view dozens of skyscrapers and an aquamarine pool all in one glance.
Whether you’re in the mood for a boozy brunch filled with a hefty serving of avocado toast or overdue for after-work midnight margaritas with your colleagues The famed Michelin Guide suggests foodies order the meaty duck ragout tagliatelle or an decadent stew of Caledonian shrimp and heirloom beans.
Since the lockdown, however, this sky-high haven has been out of reach and our brunch plans have been on hold. While they have reopened the rooftop, the greenhouse remains closed and there are a limited amount of tables (placed at a safe distance) around the pool area. Beautiful plants and fairy lights draped across the seating area have been added to make up fo the ambience, but it admittedly won’t be able to match the sun-soaked greenhouse. It’s a great start though.
Of course, there are a number of health and safety measures in place and diners will need to wear a mask unless eating or drinking. If you plan to go, you’ll also need make a booking due to the limited spaces available.
Make a reservation at Openaire, here!
Location: 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010. See it on Google maps.
Hours: Brunch: Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm. Dinner: Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm, Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Also published on Medium.