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Hidden Gems: Meet Javier Lopez of 71Above

Today we’d like to introduce you to Javier Lopez.

Hi Javier, can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
71Above is in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and almost 1,000 feet above ground level, 71Above is the highest restaurant west of the Mississippi. As Executive Chef, I prepare elevated seasonal modern American cuisine coupled with spectacular 360º views. From Malibu to Laguna Hills and the surrounding mountain ranges, guests can enjoy an uninterrupted panorama in an upscale, romantic atmosphere.

In addition to the magnificent views, 71Above offers a variety of dining experiences. Guests may choose to dine within the buzz of the bar, our relaxed bistro-style SkyLounge, or the lively main dining room. We also offer an interactive chef’s table experience facing our open kitchen, edge tables positioned looking out over West Los Angeles, and quieter, semi-private dining areas.

For special events and fully secluded dining, 71Above offers one large and two small private dining rooms overlooking Dodger Stadium.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It wasn’t easy, but nothing in life is worth it without bumps in the road. There are always challenges and obstacles it’s how you learn to get over them that creates your character.

What does success mean to you?
By the happiness that is left in the tank at the end of the day. If my team is happy after a long shift, I define that as success. Being able to do what you want and be happy about it, where sacrifices aren’t really felt as sacrifices. That success to me. To be able to keep the people around you inspired, driven, and motivated is my greatest success.


  • 3-course menu $82/guest
  • Chef Table 5-course menu $125/guest

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