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by C California Style

Rooftop digs and Italian fare at Élephante

Aussie restaurateur Nick Mathers is moving up in the Los Angeles dining world—to the roof, to be exact. His fourth L.A. venture, following hot spots Goldie’s, Eveleigh and Little Ruby, is the new Santa Monica rooftop oasis Élephante. There, perfectly coiffed guests soak in views of the Pacific while basking in a breezy North Africa-meets-Southern Italy setting: Think vintage Moroccan rugs, woven Buhera baskets from Zimbabwe, and custom-designed wicker-and-blond-wood chairs. Aperol spritzes flow from the taps at three soapstone-topped bars, while chef Thomas Lim pulls coastal Italian-inspired bites, such as blistered broccolini with cashew pesto and chewy cherry tomato-topped pizzas, out of a wood-fired oven. When the sunset’s pink glow streams in from the tigerwood deck and hits the restaurant’s terrazzo stone floors, talk about an unforgettable evening. 1332 Second St., Santa Monica, 424-320-2384; elephantela.com.

Photography by JAKOB LAYMAN.