Gaslamp Best Rooftop: Leave of Absence

Gaslamp Quarter Best Rooftop

 Leave of Absence 


 Leave of Absence Rooftop: Where Fresh Air and Fire Ignite Culinary Delights

Welcome to Leave of Absence, your ultimate out-of-office escapade. Located in the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, a hidden gem tucked away at Kimpton Alma San Diego, 1047 5th Avenue.

Leave of Absence offers an oasis of relaxation and culinary delights. Whether you’re seeking a poolside retreat or a rooftop escape, this outdoor restaurant and bar promises to elevate your dining experience. With an enticing menu curated by renowned pizza pro Jason Neroni, Leave of Absence brings the best of San Diego’s world-class ingredients to your plate. So, if you’re ready to leave your worries behind and indulge in unscripted moments, read on to discover the perfect getaway at Leave of Absence.





A  culinary gem that promises an unforgettable rooftop experience


 Take a Break from Reality: ​Your first bite


Leave of Absence understands the importance of seizing those precious moments of respite. As you step into this Gaslamp Quarter oasis prepare to be transported to a realm of relaxation and culinary delight. Leave your cares behind as you unwind on the rooftop and surrender to the tranquil ambiance and stunning views that surround you.

A Menu Crafted with Passion: Renowned pizza pro Jason Neroni leads the culinary team at Leave of Absence, ensuring every dish served reflects the true essence of San Diego. From wood-fired pizzas boasting crispy basil and flavorful mozzarella to succulent avocado dip, the menu is a testament to the harmonious blend of fresh ingredients and skilled preparation. Sink your teeth into a classic Margherita pizza with crispy basil and mozzarella or try the Squash Blossom pizza with fennel sausage, pickled chilies, and fontina cheese for a unique twist.  Savory options like the ALT Tartine with avocado, wild arugula, and bacon are also available, catering to a range of palates. Other notable options include the Roasted Pineapple with tomato, crispy bacon, burrata, and pickled peppers, or the Meat Pie loaded with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, prosciutto, mozzarella, parmesan, and a balsamic drizzle- Each bite is a symphony of flavors.


A Menu Guided by Fresh Air and Fire


While the wood-fired pizzas steal the spotlight, Leave of Absence offers a diverse range of options to satisfy all appetites. Start your meal with the marinated olives, infused with bay leaf, orange zest, and chile flakes, or enjoy the zesty Blistered Shishito Peppers with lime crema and cilantro. For a more substantial dish, savor the Chicken Shawarma Meatballs served on garlic bread with tzatziki, tomatoes, and parsley, or indulge in the Baked Rigatoni with rich bolognese, mozzarella, and parmesan.

Craving a lighter option? The salads at Leave of Absence are sure to satisfy. The Caesar Salad features castelfranco lettuce, yogurt Caesar dressing, parmesan, croutons, and white anchovies, while The Greek combines cucumbers, little gems, cherry tomatoes, red onions, castelvetrano olives, and oregano vinaigrette, finished with feta cheese. Add wood-fired chicken or steak for an extra protein boost.


Take a Break from Reality: ​Engage Your Senses at Leave of Absence

At Leave of Absence, it’s not just about the food—it’s an immersive experience for all your senses. As you bask in the warm California sun, sip on craft cocktails or indulge in a perfectly chilled glass of wine from the rooftop bar.

Leave of Absence ensures that your visit engages all your senses. The rooftop restaurant is open from Wednesday to Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The rooftop bar extends its hours until 6:00 p.m. on these days, allowing you to fully savor those unscripted moments under the San Diego sky.

Leave of Absence Rooftop at Kimpton Alma San Diego in Gaslamp Quarter is a slice of paradise within reach. It’s the ideal place to escape the everyday grind and immerse yourself in the joy of vacation, even if just for a few hours. With its delectable menu, breathtaking views, and vibrant atmosphere, Leave of Absence guarantees an experience that will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated, and yearning for more. So, don’t wait any longer— Leave your worries behind, and embark on a memorable journey.


Location: 1047 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


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 Leave of Absence Menu
Leave of Absence
  • Wednesday – Friday | Lunch: 11 am – 3 pm| Bar: 11 am – 6pm|
  • Saturday- Sun | Brunch 9 am – 3 pm | Bar: 9am – 6pm|