71Above is attempting to be a landmark restaurant for Los Angeles, and the place's design — even aside from that view — is sleek opulence. 71Above occupies the 71st floor of the US Bank Tower. The dining room circles the inner perimeter of the building, so no matter where you're sitting you're in range of the floor-to-ceiling windows, beyond which Los Angeles spreads out in all its twinkling glory.
You can have oysters poached in Champagne and topped with uni and caviar, or a standard but luxurious steak tartare. An old-school foie gras terrine shares menu space with a decidedly modern parsnip dish, roasted in duck fat and served whole on the plate surrounded by dollops of strained yogurt and date puree, and scattered with rosemary, pistachio and parsnip chips. Scallops come imbued with the flavor of an aromatic vadouvan curry, and amped up with barrel-aged fish sauce.
71Above excels at presenting a menu that might appeal to old-school and new-school luxury tastes alike. Read the L.A. Weekly review here.