There's nothing like a killer view to take a restaurant meal from merely pleasant to totally unforgettable. These 15 restaurants serve up their standout food with a side of stunning beauty, whether it's a spectacular ocean view, a sweeping lakefront vista or a glittering urban cityscape.
The Oasis Lake Travis, Austin
While you can get Tex-Mex, burgers and creative cocktails all over Austin, few places can match the dazzling view at The Oasis. The three-story restaurant, in the Hill Country just outside Austin, is anchored hillside along the shoreline of Lake Travis. Photo courtesy of The Oasis Lake Travis website.
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, Los Angeles
Take in the sky-high sights from 24 floors above the city at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. And prepare to be distracted by the modern Asian-inspired dishes—like Szechuan-style prime beef tenderloin with smoked chili shallot sauce—created by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Photo courtesy of WP24 Facebook.
Asiate, New York City
Celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu and Kevin Spacey are fans of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York, and of its chic restaurant Asiate on the 35th floor. The Asian–slash-Modern-American hotspot presents panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park from 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, New York.
Sutro’s at Cliff House, San Francisco
Get a bird’s-eye view of the ocean at the Art Deco-style Sutro’s at Cliff House in San Francisco. While the scenery is enchanting any time of day, evening is the best time to stop in, to feast on dishes like bacon-crusted salmon or wild white Gulf shrimp tempura as the sun sets. Photo by Isabelle Lemon.
Sierra Mar, Big Sur
You’ll be on top of the world at Big Sur’s Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn, thanks to its cliffside position overlooking the Pacific from 1,200 feet above. The restaurant has a strict 18-and-over policy, so you can relax over the daily-changing tasting menus (with dishes like lamb with coffee-roasted carrots, or heirloom tomato consomme), and gaze out over the ocean—without screaming kids in the background. Photo by Kodiak.
Mr. A’s, San Diego
It’s a thrill a minute at Mr. A’s. You can see from San Clemente Island all the way down to Mexico from the 12th-floor restaurant, while planes fly into the San Diego airport at eye-level. The menu highlights modern American cuisine with French and Mediterranean influences, in dishes like the scallops with romesco sauce and porcini dust, and 48-hour braised short ribs. Photo by Scott Chebegia.
Ralph's on the Park, New Orleans
Scarpetta, Las Vegas
You can bet on tasty modern Italian cooking and stunning window views of the Fountains of Bellagio at Scarpetta in Las Vegas. Win big with chef Scott Conant's outstanding dishes, from raw yellowtail with olio di zenzero to roasted black cod with caramelized fennel and concentrated tomato. Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
North Pond, Chicago
North Pond’s name doesn't lie: The restaurant is on the grounds of Chicago’s Lincoln Park, and perched at the edge of a serene pond. Feast on dishes from acclaimed chef Bruce Sherman (like seared foie gras with red velvet pudding, or grilled wild sablefish with black rice risotto and cherry gelee) over a dramatic backdrop of the Chicago skyline. Photo courtesy of North Pond Restaurant.
At Canlis in Seattle, your attention will keep switching from the gorgeous dishes (like the dry-aged duck with kumquats or the Kobe-style Wagyu beef, which made its American debut at Canlis) to the killer view of Lake Union. Make sure to plan ahead: Tables near the windows are highly coveted. Photo courtesy of Canlis Facebook.
2941 Restaurant, D.C.
At 2941 Restaurant in D.C., enjoy chef Bertrand Chemel's French-influenced American cuisine while taking in the tranquil surroundings, from the lushly landscaped gardens to the koi ponds, waterfalls and a peaceful lake. Count us in. Photo courtesy of 2941 Restaurant Facebook.
Area 31, Miami
From the 16th floor of of Miami’s Epic Hotel, Area 31 has an enviable view of Biscayne Bay and Miami River. Innovative cocktails, imaginative seafood dishes and an outdoor pool that beckons for a happy hour party keeps the place packed every night. Photo courtesy of Area 31 Facebook.
Sit outside at Artista, located at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts in downtown Houston, for glimpses of the city’s ever-evolving skyline, and of the lovely Tranquility Park and stately City Hall. On renowned chef Michael Cordua's menu: dishes like crawfish taquitos and churrasco (juicy center-cut beef tenderloin) with chimichurri sauce. At night, twinkling building lights create a soft starlike glow in the dining room, buzzing with the pre-theater rush. Photo courtesy of Artista.
The Granary, Jackson Hole
The Granary in Jackson Hole makes us wish we lived on a mountaintop. The restaurant’s large windows reveal the Snake River valley and the Grand Tetons, from a setting perched way up on a hilltop. The elegant but hearty food seals the deal, from the braised rabbit with bone marrow foie gras beurre blanc to the lasagna made with elk sausage, buffalo, burrata, fresh basil leaves, pomodoro and Porcini bechamel. Photo courtesy of The Granary website.
Don’t let the location on the 4th floor of Equinox gym throw you. Blu in Boston is known for its polished, standout seasonal seafood and pasta, like the Atlantic miso salmon and the shrimp tagliatelle with preserved lemon. Add a spectacular view of downtown via floor-to-ceilings windows to the mix, and dining here is a no-brainer.
Photo courtesy of Blu Facebook.
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