Fourth of July: Where to eat and watch the fireworks

Wondering where to watch the fireworks for the fourth of July Friday? Here are some restaurants where you can sit, grab a bite to eat and watch the show. Some places even have special holiday menus. 

The Roof on Wilshire offers a sprawling view of the city, so chances are, you'll be able to catch a fireworks show or two while you're up there. The restaurant is also offering an all-you-can-eat menu for $20 that includes plum ginger glazed ribs, blackened chicken, all beef hot dogs, chorizo chili beans, mac and cheese, cold potato salad and sweet potato chips, spinach and bean salad and grilled corn on the cob. The festivities will take place from 2 to 11 p.m. and the restaurant's regular menu will also be available. Reservations are recommended. 6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 852-6002,

Cafe del Rey executive chef Chuck Abair has put together an all-American feast of watermelon gazpacho, squid salad and barbecue short ribs. Additional menu items include beet and burrata salad, hearts of Romaine Caesar, pork chop, half roasted chicken, grilled lobster tail and cherry pie. Fireworks begin at 8:45 p.m. and can be seen from various areas at the waterfront restaurant. Reservations are required to dine in the dining room, and open seating is available in the bar and lounge area. Dinner is $60 per person for the 5 p.m. seating (no fireworks) and $80 per person for the 7:45 p.m. seating, with fireworks. Tax and gratuity are not included. Reservations can be made by calling (310) 823- 6395. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey,

High Rooftop lounge in Venice at the top of the Hotel Erwin offers views of the Venice coastline. The fireworks show over the Venice pier starts at 9 p.m. The rooftop lounge offers a full menu of signature cocktails and a selection of snacks including sliders, guacamole, pretzels, sandwiches and dim sum. 1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice Beach, (800) 786-7789,

Carbon Beach Club at the Malibu Inn, if there's no June gloom, you can see fireworks from the restaurant's oceanfront terrace. The restaurant offers a menu of cheese and charcuterie, cast-iron cooked steak, fish, as well as a selection of raw shellfish and oysters. Reservations can be made online at Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, (310) 456-6444.

Whiskey Red's in Marina Del Rey is having a red white and booze bash Friday. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be live music from Jack of Hearts, classic BBQ and a complimentary dessert bar at 10 p.m. Drink specials include $3 select "Old School" beers and $5 Fireball shots from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A custom menu of salmon burgers, hamburgers, bratwurst, hot dogs, garlic fries and BBQ ribs will be available for purchase. Guests can make reservations for a buffet from 5:30 to 10 p.m. It's $59 to reserve a table on the patio and $49 for indoor seating. Kids age 5 to 12 are $25 for a seat outside and $20 for a seat indoors. Kids age five and younger are free. 13813 Fiji Way , Marina Del Rey, (310) 823-4522,

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