Fancy restaurants are America’s solution for every type of celebration imaginable. But with so many fancy restaurants on the scene, they have become commonplace, which isn’t fancy at all. So we’ve put together our list of the fanciest ones we can find, for one reason or another. We guarantee you’ll dine in over the top style at these spots.
We’ve shown you some truly fancy restaurants, in order to gain the top spot on our list you would have to dine in a castle. And that’s just where we’re taking you. The Primrose at Castle Falls in Oklahoma City, OK offers dining in a castle modeled after one in Europe. The Primrose is located upstairs and occupies the living room and library rooms. The atmosphere is quaint and classy. The menu is a standard five course affair with German influences. The Primrose is a perfect spot for intimate gatherings that still ooze sophistication and charm. And you’re dining in a castle! (Helpful Hint: The Primrose is for patrons 12 and older)
Nothing says fancy quite like a vineyard. La Caille in Sandy, UT is a sprawling 20 acre estate with beautiful gardens, French chateau, and grand pavilion all set in a canyon with views of the nearby mountains. Peacocks even roam the grounds. The dining room is elegant French country and seating is offered in the adjacent greenhouse and outdoors on warm nights. The menu is farm to table French cuisine. La Caille offers country manor fine dining at its best.
If you are one of those people who pick a restaurant by all the famous people who have visited, then this next fancy restaurant is for you. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in Louisville, KY has quite a distinguished guest list. You can check it out on their website. The menu consists of dry-rubbed aged steaks, seafood and a la carte sides. They also offer a surprisingly delightful sushi menu. The restaurant decor is a gaudy mix of art deco, wood paneling, bright painted murals and a crystal chandelier named Magic City. They even pay homage to the Kentucky derby with horse racing odds plaques posted above the bar and they offer entertainment nightly. Ruby’s has become a legend in the city made famous by horse racing, mint juleps and huge derby hats!
Not all fancy restaurants are white tablecloths and fine china. Our next spot to make the list is decidedly more ethnic in nature. Barbacoa is a Latin American restaurant in Boise, ID. They combine unique ingredients to present dishes that in their own words “stimulate your senses”. They offer little touches such as hot rock table-side cooking and salt from around the world to enhance the experience. The building itself adds to the excitement of the evening. When you enter through the wine tunnel, you just know you are about to experience something amazing. Barbacoa Grill brings something exotic to fancy.
If you are fancy dining in Maine, you will probably end up at one of their many fabulous bed and breakfast inns. Ocean at the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort in Kennebunkport oozes fancy in an unpretentious way. In a town known for old money and cream of the crop society (did we mention a president lived here?) it is important to gracefully combine sophistication with a casual atmosphere. Ocean does just that. The dining room is small, comfortably appointed with minimal decor to let the ocean view be the focal point. The menu is, of course heavily laden with seafood. Waiters are laid back and friendly. Ocean lets you rub elbows with the upper crust, enjoy a sumptuous meal, in an incomparable surrounding all without a jacket and tie! (Helpful hint: Cape Arundel Inn & Resort is adults only.)
This next restaurant is everything a fancy restaurant should be. Orchids at Palm Court in Cincinnati, OH offers a grand sweeping ballroom, with white clothed tables perfectly dressed in china and crystal. The menu is modest and includes typical fine dining dishes such as Chateaubriand, sweetbreads and beignets. Portions are small and exquisitely presented and they offer an excellent black sesame seed bar as your parting gift. They have an award winning chef, outstanding wine list and the service staff is impeccable. The restaurant has been awarded AAA’s highest 5 diamond award, the only one in the whole state of Ohio. So Orchids at Palm Court makes our list for just getting fancy right!
Our next fancy restaurant bridges the gap between high sophistication and rustic America. Beatrice and Woodsley in Denver, CO is inspired by a love story between a French wine maker and a lumberjack and it is reflected in the restaurant design and their menu of simple, elegant dishes. The restaurant is a show stopper with modern wood architecture, billowy curtains and plush booths. Aspen branches shoot up through the restaurant so you feel like you are dining in the trees. Walls are rustic wood shingles. The menu offers rustic ingredients in refined creations with extreme detail to product quality. While you’re there be sure to make a trip to the bathroom and check out the unique faucet and hanging toilet paper.
Fancy restaurants are popular for romantic dinners. If you have been looking for love in all the wrong places we suggest a visit to Scarborough Fair in Sea Girt, NJ. The restaurant is full of tiny alcoves for private dining that makes you feel like the only patrons in the house. Scarborough Fair has warm wood from floor to ceiling and whimsical decor. The service staff goes above and beyond offering added touches if you let them know you are there to celebrate. We guarantee Scarborough Fair will impress!
Everyone expects fine dining restaurants in big cities, but rarely do you expect to come across one on a farm. The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA runs a farm complete with sheep and llamas and a five diamond, five star restaurant. Like all farms, the best table is in the kitchen. You can reserve one for a surcharge and be treated to an exceptional meal right in the heart of the action. The menu offers enduring classics such as the “Tin of Sin” and a menu of the moment. Be sure to sample wine from their 12000 bottle list, and don’t forget the mooing cheese cart for dessert!
For some people, fancy dining is all about the glitz and glamour. But for others it’s stepping into a world outside their normal hustle and bustle lives. Well for you diners we present the Aerie Restaurant at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme MI. When you enter you feel transported to an ethereal spot up in the clouds. Located on the 16th floor, Aerie has floor to ceiling windows and a sweeping panoramic view of the bay. Décor is minimal with bare bark trees and monochromatic colors throughout. Aerie offers an inventive menu, utilizing local ingredients. Aerie Restaurant will definitely put you on cloud 9!
Our next fancy dining experience comes from the land of jazz supper clubs. Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans, LA Makes our list for their over the top fancy presentation of their world class menu. Try a “Pig Out” Board or caviar staircase for maximum wow factor. It’s almost too magnificent to eat. And no need to worry over dessert, they offer a complimentary dessert box full of delicious truffles. With added touches such as glittering chandeliers, a jazz trio and the unique purse “pillow”, Restaurant R’evolution brings the fancy to the Big Easy!
Our next restaurant is fancy dining caveman style. At Café la Cave in Des Plains, IL is actually a huge banquet facility reminiscent of Versailles Palace. But the unique cave room offers fine dining in a setting like no other. White plaster walls shaped like the inside of a cave is the dining room. The ceilings are low and the lighting muted. There is even a Cave bar with liquor shelves cut right into the walls. But make no mistake, there is nothing Neanderthal about your experience here. The menu is outstanding and service exceptional. So bon appétit, cave style!
Our ancestors really knew how to dine. Meals were an event with many courses and beautifully decorated tables. Victoria and Albert’s in Lake Buena Vista, FL has kept this wonderful tradition alive with their Gilded Age inspired dining. The opulent dining room has rich table linens, warm wall paper and a painted ceiling. Tables are beautifully set and the waiters wear Gild century garb. Even a cup of coffee is a unique experience with individual vacuum pots brewed at your table. So make your next meal a grand affair just like our ancestors did.
Our next fancy restaurant really sets the gold standard. Menton in Boston, MA boasts an elegant dining room and extremely creative menu collections. But Menton’s latest and greatest achievement is their Gold Bar. Everything shimmers here from the gilt gold chairs, golden marble table and bar tops, even gold cocktail shakers! Their butter inspired menu perfectly complements this golden oasis. Who needs platinum, go for the gold!
We start our fancy restaurant list with the most beloved, iconic fancy restaurant in the United States – The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City. Every part of this restaurant is crafted for the ultimate fine dining experience. The architecture and artwork collections are world renowned. There is even a pool in one of the dining rooms. The menu changes seasonally and many dishes are exquisitely prepared table-side. Dinner jackets are still required here. The Four Seasons invented fancy here in the U.S. Oh and for a bit of whimsy The Four Seasons serves a plate of cotton candy as a parting gift to every table!