Get High: Venues with a View

In honor of the new decade, we encourage you to get high.

A stunning view of San Diego landmarks is the perfect setting for your happy hour spirits and indulgent dinners. Have lunch while overlooking Balboa Park, sip sunset cocktails while perched 40 stories up, or opt for a fine dining experience paired with an unparalleled gaze over the cityscape. Elevate your lifestyle and start the decade on a high note with these San Diego restaurants and bars boasting the best views in town.

Discover five of our favorite San Diego venues with a view.

Top of the Hyatt– San Diego

Cozy up in a candle-lit banquette and peer through the floor-to-ceiling windows which offer a majestic view of the Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, San Diego Harbor, and a panoramic display of the downtown cityscape and skyline. Located forty stories atop the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast, Top of the Hyatt is a local-favorite spot for great food and drinks paired with breathtaking views. This venue is a sure-thing for a sophisticated date night.

ALTITUDE Sky Lounge – San Diego

Located twenty-two stories atop the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, ALTITUDE Sky Lounge offers a hip and modern setting to take in the rich downtown splendor. From up here, enjoy a bird's eye view of Petco Park on game night. There isn't a cover, but you will find yourself paying for that awesome view in drink prices. Lessen the blow by checking out their happy hour. Get $5 premium well cocktails, $4 domestic draft beers and 1/2 off Artisan Flatbreads. There is a DJ, but no dance floor, so finish your drink and create your own space.

Bertrand at Mister A’s – Banker’s Hill

Equipped with an outdoor wrap-around balcony that gazes out over San Diego Harbor while flirting with gliding jets from the nearby airport, Mister A’s serves the beautiful skyline for your viewing pleasure. Located twelve stories atop a skyscraper in Banker’s Hill, this restaurant is equally highly-regarded for panoramic views and fine dining. Enjoy Chef Stephane Voitzwinkler’s Modern American cuisine with French and Mediterranean influences, including the Duo of Line Caught Swordfish and Sea Scallops with saffron sauce, angel hair pasta, and braised fennel. (pictured)

Clay’s– La Jolla

One of the highest points near the shore, Clay’s is an eleventh floor penthouse atop Hotel La Jolla. The fresh, energetic atmosphere reflects the vibrant originality of Executive Chef Clay Bordon’s cuisine. During the day, Clay’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the sparkling La Jolla shores. By evening, guests opt for window-side seating and enjoy such entrees as the Cedar Roasted Salmon with chive risotto, English pea puree, chipollini onions, artisan bacon, saffron vinaigrette, and micro bulls blood salad. While you enjoy the view, relax to live music at Clay’s Sunday through Thursday nights.

Top of the Park– Banker’s Hill

Top of the Park, the seventh floor penthouse at Park Manor Suites, mixes historic charm with luxury allure, while providing guests with sweeping views of Balboa Park, San Diego Harbor, and the downtown cityscape. During the day, head outside for the signature “lunch with a view” on the spacious patio, and stay warm inside the classic Hall of Mirrors dining room by night. Top of the Park serves Contemporary American cuisine and offers live entertainment most nights of the week.

Getting High in San Diego: The history of skyscrapers in San Diego began with the completion of the El Cortez Apartment Hotel in 1927. The building, at a height of 310 feet (94 m), remained the tallest building in San Diego until 1963, when the Executive Complex at 350 feet (107 m) took its place. The skyscraper's height was surpassed in 1969 by the Union Bank of California Building, which stood as the tallest building for two decades with its height of 388 feet (118 m). In 1989, with a height of 499 feet (152 m), Symphony Towers gained the title, before being passed two years later by One America Plaza. During the 1990s, the city was compared to a "handful of tools in a scarcely stocked toolbox" and a "mouth with a lot of missing teeth". As of December 2009, San Diego is ranked 77th in the world with its 140 high-rises. From Wikipedia’s list of Tallest Buildings in San Diego.

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