They say you eat with your eyes. If that’s the case, the restaurants on this list will more than fill you up. With amazing panoramas from every angle, these restaurants boast the best scenic views you’ll find across the country. We guarantee these restaurants will be a feast …..for your eyes.
As far as ocean views go, the Moonraker Restaurant in Pacifica, CA has one of the best. With panoramic views of the rocky cliffs, sandy beach and crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, Moonraker is the destination for scenic dining. The interior makes the most of the spectacular outdoors, with brown leather booths positioned facing floor to ceiling windows. The menu highlights regional cuisine with locally sourced and organic products. Entrees of Natural Pot Roast, Wild Boar Bolognese, and Braised Lamb Shank showcase the best of Moonraker’s kitchen. And a selection of fresh seafood, including a variety of high quality oysters, makes Moonraker really shine. We can’t deny the view brings guests to the Moonraker, but the exceptional cuisine makes it an experience they will want to repeat often.
Departure Restaurant in Portland, OR really has it all when it comes to the view. The rooftop terrace is set above the downtown skyline, so that the whole city stretches out before it. Diners can also catch glimpses of the Williamette River and rolling hills beyond. Departure serves Asian fusion cuisine, with sections offering sushi, dim sum and kushiyaki (grilled over petrified Japanese charcoal). The inside is beautifully done in all white, with floor to ceiling windows and skylights. But as beautiful as Departure is, all eyes are on the view.
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Atlantic’s Edge Restaurant in Islamorada, FL offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean like so many places in the Sunshine state do. But what sets this restaurant apart is the tropical oasis dining space set right on the beach. The patio has been planted with an array of tropical greenery, offering secluded niches for each table. Combine this with a view of the adjacent white sand, and you feel as though you’ve stepped onto a secluded island paradise. Known for fresh seafood, Atlantic’s Edge offers fresh catches daily. They’ll even grill up your catch for you. Raw bar selections and fresh soups and salads round out the menu. Atlantic’s Edge offers the best of east coast oceanfront dining with ocean inspired cuisine to match.
High Finance Restaurant in Albuquerque, NM sits atop Sandia Peak in the Sandia mountain range. That means diners can enjoy a meal 2 miles up in the sky. With enormous views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment, High Finance Restaurant offers one of the most unique scenic meals in the country. High Finance’s continental cuisine includes dishes such as grilled fish, filet mignon, pastas, pork chops, even a pan seared duck breast. The best way to experience High Finance restaurant is to purchase a lunch or dinner package. The package includes an entrée of your choice, plus soup or salad for dinner, and a round trip tram ride up the mountainside, which is the only way to access the restaurant. The unique tram ride and astounding views for miles, make dining at High Finance an experience like no other.
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Napa Valley is known for beautiful landscapes, with vineyards spread over rolling green hills and the silhouette of the distant Vaca Mountain Range. For the best possible view in this renowned wine region, we suggest you try Auberge du Soleil in the Auberge Resort in Rutherford, CA. The restaurant and adjoining terrace boasts views from the most sought after vantage point in Napa Valley, overlooking neighboring vineyards. But the views aren’t the only incredible feature of this restaurant. Serving wine country cuisine with Mediterranean influences, the restaurant uses local products to showcase the best of Napa Valley. And the wine list is the largest in the region, highlighting wines from nearby wineries. The restaurant has been operating for more than 30 years, with the resort built years later. Auberge du Soleil has a lot to be proud of, the best views in the premier travel destination of Napa Valley and a Michelin star for their award winning cuisine.
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Elements in Scottsdale, AR offers stunning views of a different sort. The dining terrace overlooks Paradise Valley, offering a stunning panoramas of the Phoenix mountain range in the distance. Element’s curved dining room, walled with windows, offers views from every table, inside and out. Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan has put together a menu at Elements which features seasonal American cuisine with a touch of Asian influence. His dishes highlight farm to table ingredients of organic, local produce, hormone free meats and sustainable fish. The resulting cuisine is exceptional, and worth the trip apart from the fantastic views. But hey if you can have both, why not? Be sure to book a table at sunset, the colors over the mountains are one of a kind.
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15th and Vine occupies the 15th floor of the Viceroy Hotel and Resort in Miami. With its lofty location, 15th and Vine has sweeping views of the entire Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Diners can also enjoy vistas of the Icon swimming pool nestled on two acres (also on the 15th floor). The Icon is the largest pool complex in the United States, boasting 300 feet in length and encompassing 3 different infinity pools and rows of blooming cherry trees. The menu at 15th and Vine offers a variety of cuisine, with selections of beef, chicken, fresh fish, and pasta. Designed in small plates to be shared by the whole table, 15th and Vine takes their influences from their cultural surroundings, drawing on Italian, Latin and Asian flavors, as well as American classics. From the cuisine, to the views, 15th and Vine offers the best of Miami.
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Aerie in Acme, MI is named after an eagle’s nest. And its location soaring high on the 16th floor of the Grand Traverse Resort offers unrivaled aerial views of the entire Grand Traverse Bay and surrounding countryside. The kitchen occupies the center of the restaurant with dining tables and cozy banquettes arranged along the windows which line every wall. There’s not a bad seat in the house. The serene interior adds to the restaurant’s ethereal views. The menu offers bold flavors in the dishes of American and Asian cuisine. Dishes of walleye, quail, seabass and filet mignon combined with locally sourced ingredients, create cuisine that showcase the region at its best. Known as the crown jewel of the resort, Aerie has become a destination point for the innovative cuisine as much as the panoramic views.
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Dining amid a winter wonderland is an experience not many get to have. Seven Glaciers Restaurant at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, AK offers just such an experience, at least in the winter months. The tram takes diners from the resort to the mountaintop restaurant where you will experience AAA Four Diamond cuisine and service while taking in views of glacier topped mountains and Cook Inlet. The menu at Seven Glaciers specializes in signature Alaskan entrees. Dishes of Alaskan crab and shellfish, and locally sourced fish are combined with organic produce to create dishes that play on the senses as much as the breathtaking views. Seven Glaciers upscale cuisine also includes wagyu and USDA prime beef. With exceptional gourmet cuisine and views of not one, but seven, hanging glaciers, the aptly named Seven Glaciers is definitely worth the trip.
We taken you to the land of glaciers, so for our next restaurant we decided a warmer destination would be in order. The Rim at Volcano House in Park, HI sits perched on the edge of Kilauea Caldera, a shield volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Kilauea is the most active volcano in Hawaii, which means spectacular views for diners. Billowing smoke can be regularly seen from dining tables set next to floor to ceiling windows. In the evening hours plumes of fire light up the sky, illuminating the magnificent crater. The menu focuses on the diverse cuisine of Hawaii, rich in seafood and Asian influences. Rotating seasonally, the menu takes advantage of locally available products to enhance their dishes. The Rim offers a truly Hawaiian dining experience, not only in the regional cuisine they serve, but the incomparable views of an active volcano.
Central Park is the most iconic spot in New York City. Having been featured in more movies than we can count, the park is a much needed oasis in the city. The Loeb Boathouse Lakeside Restaurant takes advantage of the best scenery the park offers. With its position overlooking the twenty-two acre Central Park Lake, diners get views of the water, the surrounding greenery and the Manhattan skyline in the distance. And every season brings a new facet of beauty. Offering a menu of continental American cuisine, the emphasis is on freshness here. Locally sourced, superior quality product produces the innovative dishes the Boathouse has become famous for. The serene surroundings at the Loeb Boathouse offer diners a bit of respite from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.
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At the top of Lake Point Tower in Chicago sits Cite. This restaurant, serving innovative American cuisine, towers seventy stories above the city. From this height, diners have views of Lake Michigan, the surrounding city skyline, and the beautiful shoreline of three states. During the day, the unique architecture of nearby buildings and crystal blue waters of the lake are visible. At night the lights of the city provide a twinkling backdrop that seems to go on for miles. The seasonal menu takes its influence from classic French cooking, with dishes such as Escargot, and Filet Mignon au Poivre. However, other dishes such as venison, Amish chicken and roasted duck breast showcase the best of American culinary trends. Cite also offers a full caviar service. Cite offers the best views of the beauty of Chicago, and cuisine from renowned chef Oscar Ornelas makes the experience one you won’t forget.
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The Grand Canyon is America’s most magnificent natural wonder. Visitors come from all over the world to take in its majestic beauty. And we’ve discovered a restaurant where views of the canyon are visible right from your table. The El Tovar Dining Room in Grand Canyon, AR offers gourmet dining overlooking the Grand Canyon. The menu of traditional American cuisine offers such as Braised Lamb Shank and Stuffed Roasted Quail. Other dishes celebrate regional influences, offering a taste of the Southwest at its best. But nothing can rival the view with rich colors of the canyon walls and even more vivid sunsets, El Tovar boasts one of the most spectacular views in the country. Be sure to request a table by the window.
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