The saying “people eat with their eyes” has never been more true than at the restaurants we are choosing to spotlight on this list. Restaurants should definitely be all about the food, but an attractive surrounding brings so much to the meal, we think it should be a requirement. There’s something about dining in elegance that makes every meal so much more enjoyable, and tasty! So we’ve found the restaurants we feel are the most beautiful in America. Visit one for your next meal.
Our first beautiful restaurant comes from the land of beautiful people – Los Angeles, CA. Republique is housed in a building built in 1928. In The sweeping 2 story brick courtyard with tile floors and a glass roof is the centerpiece of the restaurant and holds the kitchen tables. You can dine under the stars with views of the whole restaurant, including the nearby open kitchen. But this is not all this magnificent building has to offer. Originally built to encompass shopping boutiques, the spaces around the courtyard now provide several cozy private dining options. The alcove is a brick-lined dining nook on the second floor. The bar and main dining areas offer high ceilings and warm wood floors. The left bank wine room and right bank mezzanine room offer other intimate dining options. Every effort has been made to restore this building to its former glory, highlighting the original brick, tile and ironwork you will find scattered throughout the space. New materials were selected to highlight the original features, such as white subway tiles in the kitchen, bakery and bar and the iron chandeliers in the dining room. Republique is a wonderful surrounding to enjoy the French inspired culinary delights of proprietors Walter and Margarita Manzke. Be sure to stop by Republique for brunch and sample a pastry from the bakery.
Our next beautiful restaurant boasts cozy high-backed booths, blue neon lighting and a towering two-story jellyfish tank. Coba Cocina in Lexington, KY. is a surprisingly modern and swanky Latin American restaurant opened by the father-son run hospitality group Greer. The menu brings together influences of different Latin American cultures under one roof. That same mix is reflected in the design of the building from the beautiful exterior stonework to the dark, mulit-level interior and wavy ceiling to the hand blown Italian glass chandeliers. The whole space is treated to low blue lighting, and combined with the glass wave sculptures and accent tile throughout, Coba Cocina gives the distinct impression of dining in an underwater aquarium. And let’s not forget the showpiece, the towering 18 foot tall jellyfish tank. Coba Cocina boasts the largest, privately-owned jellyfish tank in the world. And it’s just another example of the influences the Greer’s world travels have brough to the restaurant. Other design elements such as the Mayan headdress inspired ironwork at the front doors and the Aztec temple fountain offer more unique touches to this already one-of-a-kind building. Coba Cocina is a stand-out not only in Lexington, but in the restaurant community in general.
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Our next beautiful restaurant is more than just a pretty building. Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder, CO. is the result of a long-standing sistership between two cities separated by thousands of miles. The entire teahouse was hand constructed by artisans in Tajikistan and shipped to Boulder where it was reconstructed on the banks of Boulder Creek in the city’s Central Park. Besides the elegant afternoon tea service, Boulder Dushanbe serves a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu every day. But most people come here for the exquisite beauty of the restaurant, and it has become a popular tourist attraction. Some of the highlights of the building are copper hammered statues in a central pool which represent the Seven Beauties, hand carved ceiling painted in Persian art, twelve carved cedar columns and eight hand sculpted ceramic panels depicting a “tree of life” pattern. There is so much intricate detail and craftsmanship in every part of the space, you feel as if you truly are dining in a teahouse half way across the world. Named after the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe Boulder Teahouse brings the far east culture to the Rockies and proves true friendships endure no matter how far away you are. And what a beautiful friendship it is!
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Some of the most beautiful architecture in America can be found in our churches, synagogues and mosques. So fittingly, our next beautiful restaurant is an old converted church. Grace in Portland, ME. inhabits the old Chestnut Street Church and painstaking measures were taken to bring the building to its original glory. Most of the building is original, but any new work was meticulously done to match or tie in with the existing architecture. The church is an example of the Gothic Revival style, which accounts for its beamed, pointed arched ceilings. The large stained glass windows enhance the experience of eating in a pre-civil war church. The exterior was repaired using brownstone from the same quarry used over a century ago. The upstairs choir lofts have been converted into seating, overlooking the entire space. The horseshoe shaped bar is a new addition, but the hammered copper surround and wood umbrella structure perfectly compliment the overall architectural style. And the ironwork chandeliers and elegantly dressed tables add the perfect finishing touches. Grace offers the perfect environment for your next “heavenly” meal.
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Whenever a restaurant reinvents itself, the outcome is sure to be fantastic. Nowhere is that more true than our next beautiful restaurant, The Pump Room in Chicago, IL. In it’s heyday, The Pump Room was a sumptuous dining space, as rich in luxury as it was in its famous clientele. However, time took its toll and The Pump Room fell out of favor. But hotelier Ian Schrager has brought The Pump Room into the new millennium. The sunken dining room boasts horseshoe shaped leather wrapped booths and wood tables. Floor to ceiling flowing white drapes frame the two-story windows and make the restaurant fell more intimate. The lounge is a cozy place to enjoy a relaxing cocktail before or after dinner. The backlit bar is tucked in a curved alcove made of 12k white-gold-leaf. The green bar stools add a touch of whimsy. The wood ceilings and comfortable furniture arranged in small groups adds to the ambiance. But by far, he lighting in the Pump Room takes center stage. A massive network of glowing orbs runs throughout the restaurant, casting a soft glow that sets just the right mood. These orbs held together by cast iron pipes act as the restaurants only art installation, and none other is needed. For a bit of nostalgia, ask for a reservation at Booth One.
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There’s something to be said for understated elegance. Aria in Atlanta, GA. Offers a monochromatic dining room that’s as rich in sophistication as it is lacking in color. Aria’s neo-classical architecture is evident in the white columned walls that separate the different dining spaces. Alcoves in the wall hold the restaurants only artwork, two jewel sculptures by local artist Mary Engel. White clothed tables and white upholstered chairs make up the space. The black and white flowered wall paper and dazzling chandelier are the only other décor. If you need a spot of color, we suggest you walk through the beaded curtain where you’ll find the red lounge. Two banquette sofas in crimson leather line the black walls which are highlighted with red Harriet Leibowitz photographs. Another monochromatic space, brilliant in its simplicity. Aria proves less is more and black and white can be just stunning.
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If our last restaurant was a little lacking a little color, our next beautiful restaurant more than makes up for it. Coya in Miami, FL. Is a Peruvian restaurant that takes its inspiration from the Incan civilization, and it is reflected in the vibrant colors, architecture and décor. The main dining room has wood tables paired with vibrant yellow chairs, muted tile walls and intricate wrought iron partitions. A black marble ceviche counter overlooks the open kitchen. A rotating collection of Latin artwork is displayed throughout. And everywhere pops of color are used to highlight architectural features. Down the hall the Pisco Bar is a lively room of dark blue. Leather banquettes line the walls and wood columns support a massive display of Peruvian pottery. If your become a member, you get exclusive access to the Members Lounge and outdoor Incan Terrace. The Members Lounge has its own bar and dining tables with comfortable barrel chairs. A massive wrought iron chandeliers hang overhead and behind the bar a towering iron shelf holds more artwork and pottery. But the coveted spot at Coya is hands down the outdoor terrace. Wood pergolas surrounded by exotic greenery, hanging lanterns and cozy seating make Coya the place to spend those hot Miami days ….and nights!
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The new trend in decorating is called rustic chic, and it involves repurposing the old, pairing rough and distressed materials with touches of elegance. Provision No. 14 in Washington D.C. has taken this trend to a whole new level. Wood plank floors, distressed wood tables and chairs copper lighting fixtures are throughout. Upcycled balusters and old screen doors are used to break up the are into smaller, more intimate spaces. The rich grey wall color gives the space a sophisticated feel. And fresh cut flowers on every table bring in just the right touch of class. The artwork is an installation of old black and white photographs. In the bar area they’ve added a touch of whimsy with the reinvented barrel bar stools. The upstairs lounge takes rustic chic up another notch, pairing rich velvet settees and drapes with wooden crates and paper lanterns. The walls are done in vibrant blue. The whole effect is luxurious and laid back at the same time. Provision No. 14 proves you don’t have to spend a lot of money to be beautiful.
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When it comes to beauty, sometimes we should just let nature take its course. 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church, VA. takes advantage of all the outdoors has to offer. The interior has some unique features, such as hand blown glass chandeliers and murals buy artist Jose Alvarez. The furnishings are comfortable, the colors muted, and the walls are lined with huge mirrors. Though this décor choice might seem unusual, the mirrors serve a higher purpose. They reflect all the lovliness of the outdoors through the restaurant windows. And this is where the real beauty of the restaurant comes out. The grounds of 2941 are the true spotlight of the restaurant. In addition to lush greenery arranged in a naturalistic setting, the property boasts a koi pond, waterfalls and a breathtaking view of the adjacent lake. And the floor to ceiling windows ensure you have a view of one or more of these features from every table. The restaurant transitioned from an exclusive special occasion venue to an upscale casual restaurant in 2012, so now anyone can enjoy the spectacular show Mother Nature has provided.
Our last beautiful restaurant comes from …. Las Vegas of course. Glitz and glamour are the status quo here, however, our pick breaks the mold a bit. Javier’s is a Mexican restaurant located in the Aria Casino right on the strip. There are so many unique features in this space, almost too many to list. But we’re going to try. We’ll start at the bar which holds the most dazzling feature in the restaurant, a network of ropes stretched across the ceiling, serving as a chandelier of sorts. The African Ziricote wood bar pales in comparison. In the main dining room, the intricate art panels are what draw the eye, so unbelievably detailed it’s hard to imagine it was created with a chainsaw. And the coved ceilings and horseshoe leather booths make the 9000-square-foot feel intimate and dare we say, sexy. Javier’s private dining space is truly one of a kind, with abalone shells covering the walls and nail head leather chairs surrounding a massive dining table. Throughout all spaces, the walls are adorned with original Mexican inspired art and pottery. And no Mexican restaurant would be complete without a representation of the “Tree of Life”. Javier’s tree happens to hold the world’s finest tequila. How appropriate.
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