Calabra

4.6
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64 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
The elevated rooftop restaurant and bar, led by executive chef Kaleo Adams, serves Mediterranean and California cuisine, prepared in an inspiring surrounding atmosphere with the ocean as backdrop. Whether from the sundeck, circular bar or indoor lounge, views are best enjoyed with boutique wines, seasonal cocktails and small-batch spirits.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.6
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Calabra seemed short staffed tonight. Our waiter was hosting too many tables.

ES
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came twice last week. We absolutely love it in the lounge Number one reason: excellent seating arrangements. We could eat and have a conversation comfortably and with no effort. The seats, the light, the noise level cooperated. Plus live music on Sunday. The food was delicious. The service was great. Perfect place

FD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning decor and vacation-like ambiance with sweeping views. Possibly one of the most beautiful rooftops ever. Food was equally visually impressive and tasted good overall, some dishes better than others. Our server was wonderful, but the fussy host was an unwelcome distraction.

B
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very steezy. Great place to meet steezy people while having steezy drinks, eating delish food, and enjoying both the ocean and the downtown views. Steezy.

C
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cool restaurant on top of roof. Tapas were yummy. Too dark to see the view of beach. Service was outstanding! The ambience was nice, but wayyyy too dark. Had to use our cell phone to read menu and eat food. Great for groups or romantic dinner.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was well meaning but forgetful. It was cold and my wife asked for a blanket (seating is all outside) which she never got and they forgot to order 2 of our small plates. Food was tasty but seating is in like deck furniture with low tables.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve... the service was wonderful, Everett was so quick and accommodating and well informed on wines and pairings. We loved our dinner and bites. The only thing we weren’t keen on was the chocolate cream brûlée desert (which took forever and was obviously pre made!) but he immediately removed it and we weren’t charged.
Lovely ambiance. Heat lamps since the seating is outdoor rooftop. There are cozy chairs and low coffee tables to eat on but it works.
Go for sunset!

G
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu selections were healthy and varied and the preparation was perfect on all dishes. The branzino was amazing.
Wine selection was limited, but quite well appointed. Excellent Malbec!
Service was superb (we had Chelsea).
The ambiance is top notch. Beautiful settings in each area of the restaurant and bar. The bar tender and bar back were really cool and made a great rye whiskey Manhattan.
Santa Monica needed a place like this. We live locally and will be back quite a bit of the experience remains this nice.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was mediocre.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Beautiful spot and fantastic food!

GO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

It took a very long time to get drinks (glasses of wine) on a Sunday evening at 5pm.

J
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Awkward lay-out on the roof...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails, french fries and hummus plate was amazing! Very good service as well, fully recommend Calabra

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Howard, the manager, was amazing
I really enjoyed the customer service at the venue.
Beautiful views of the ocean and mountains.
Will def recommend to all my family and friends.

Thanks again, Howard, for a wonderful first-time experience at Calabra!

s
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food and ambiance at the Pproper rooftop. We ordered: artichoke dip, excellent, and comes with delicious grilled bread. Then the baby octopus, very nice as well. We also had the scallops which was the best item. The pork belly was so-so and would not recommend. In the summer there is some view of the city. The drinks are nice and prices decent. BTW, they charge 3% for employee health care; I think this charge can be waived if you ask them.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing overall

BA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The menu is too simple, they don’t have a good variety. Their bar has not options for different coktails.
I won’t be back and won’t recommend
The hotel is beautiful and the food in the lobby is fantastic

SB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

only would recommend for the ambiance. drinks/food are average. a luxury property should have food and drinks that match the experience. my cocktail tasted like it was made in a sports bar not a place that's supposed to have elevated taste and curated "proper" bar experiences.

c
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous exciting and delicious. Open to the moon and stars!

SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience2

The doorman was ridiculous and or his instructions were ridiculous. There was plenty of room upstairs but the “required” table booking merely made us miss part of the show we were trying to see. Rules for rules sake and his poor attitude didn’t help. The rest of the staff was great but elevator guy nearly prompted us to just go elsewhere.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Beautiful spot. Staff is pretentious

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The rooftop was a loud bar atmosphere with limited dining type seating. Not a place I’d recommend for friends/dates getting together for dinner and catch up. The lobby bar was a much prettier atmosphere.

Food was subpar leaving me underwhelmed. Not one dish worthy noting any excellence. We ordered two desserts, both which were awful to the point of only taking one spoonful.

Service was pretentious.

Would not recommend the rooftop dining. Would only recommend the peaceful and beautifully lit lobby bar.

c
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went to a Calabra a few times no, last time with a party of friends. This place is FUN, not in obnoxious way, but relaxed and classy. Not cheap though!
Our servers, a girls whom name I forgot and Jordan are beyond accommodating 👌🏻

GW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Overpriced.
Annoying staff, couldn't seat us in the shade even though there were multiple shaded seats ?
Server didn't know who ordered what, so they asked us. Thanks for making us feel like we're at Dennys.
Busers kept hovering trying to snatch plates. 🙄😠

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Most of the evening was Really good. A Blanket was hard to come by...they went to get me one then delivered it to the wrong table next to us who he gentleman happily accepted it 🙈. I finally got one about 30 mins later from downstairs, suggest keeping them closer to the outside area where they are used. Service was great as usual and made up for that incident. Have been here several times and have always enjoyed it and recommend it often

CQ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the place is gorgeous! We will definitely be coming again.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Came for dinner with a few girlfriends and were told to wait at the bar until our table was cleaned off. We sat at the bar for at least 20 minutes or more with not a word from anyone just menus placed in front of us by a male bartender. As a host came to tell us our table was ready, a female bartender asks if we were ready to order drinks and i let her know it was too late because we had been sitting there for so long with a half empty bar and not been asked all this time. So that started our night on the wrong foot. Back track a little, it was very cold rooftop so i asked two host, two busers, and our server about blankets and finally got one after almost an hour. Had it not been so cold i would have dropped it but i was determined because at this point it’s irritating to repeat yourself and have nothing to show for your request. I think what’s happening here is that it’s new and they have figured things out yet. The service is just terrible and the staff is rude. Maybe it’s the horrible outfits they are wearing or they were hired for the wrong reasons because they don’t want to service. Our server specifically wasn’t so bad so i want to give credit where it’s due. She explained the menu very well. We ordered the babaganoush which was great. The bread it came with was good too but make sure to ask that it be lightly warmed so it doesn’t appear so burned. We also ordered the heirloom tomatoes which was alright and had peaches it was very fresh. For our main we ordered the Branzino to share and it was cooked well in texture but cold and salty. We ate half. Lastly was the dessert (burnt honey custard) which i had there on a previous occasion when i solely came for dessert and drinks. I definitely had a better experience then during the way which included live music so that’s why i came back to try the dinner. The restaurant downstairs Palma is fantastic by the way. Upstairs just needs help. Hopefully they figure it out, until then i would suggest elephanté.

SL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Wonderful space with a very nice menu. Given their recent opening, service is not quite there yet - i.e. there weren't nearly enough people there at our 6pm reservation to warrant a 15 minute wait for a drink - but I'm sure they'll get there. Also, the restaurant rather awkwardly balances the expectations and needs of clientele coming from outside to dine and hotel guests wandering over from the rooftop pool. It's a little jarring to see a paunchy, shirtless man wander over to the bar while one is trying to enjoy an early dinner at a nearby table. Plus, plastic glassware? Understood given the proximity to the pool, but, again, diminishes the ambience and experience a bit.

AP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

My daughter birthday
Service was bad
Mistake in the food
Mistake in the desert qty
No candle for my daughter ( asked twice for it )
The deserts wasn’t serve complete
Very very disappointed
But good food !

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Really loud music and terrible evening lighting

LB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was a wonderful experience! The outside seating had fun barrel chairs and there was a circular bar which created a happy atmosphere in the center. The sunset was beautiful and the waiter was so helpful recommending the yam or humus small plates! The food was the best small plates I have had in Los Angeles-!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and incredibly friendly staff

KC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice location. Very full of themselves.

n
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Loved the roof top view and small plates! Service was a little bumpy.. Look forward to going back!

n
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New neighborhood place. It’s in the Proper hotel but stands alone as a wonderful rooftop bar and restaurant with great views. Mediterranean food was excellent, served fresh with great service. If you don’t want to be around a lot of noise, the indoor outdoor lounge is a great place to have dinner in a relaxing atmosphere. Will definitely go back and take out of town guests.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Bartenders are a little pretentious.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The ambience and hotel are exquisite and very inviting. I loved the views/some very urban and others just lovely.
The restaurant needs work-staff was green/menu was not very exciting for me (but granted I am a vegetarian). The flavors were not very good for food that I eat all the time.

I loved the pool and the bar and will definitely give it another try.
The staff was green and someone took over to help. that was very considerate of them since it was my birthday.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Cool vibe but have some kinks they need to work out. Ordered drinks, apps and entrees. Received our entrees less than a minute after we were served our apps. Didn’t get our drinks until our food was finished. Don’t recommend the shrimp cocktail.. it tasted very odd exactly like a McDonalds hamburger.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

So I took my mom there on her last night in town.
We enjoyed being on top of the hotel.
Out waitress was A +.
Drinks were good.

It was noisy so we sat off to the side in the ‘indoor’ part.

The big disappointment for both of us was the food !
Out of 5 shared plates we only really loved 1 of them . And we ordered 2 desserts . One was fantastic . The other (my crème brûlée) was extremely below standard.

We decided we’d go back for drinks but not worthwhile for dinner.

D