From restaurants perched atop cliffs to secret garden courtyards in back alleyways, foodie-minded travelers are always on the hunt for delectable dishes with out-of-this-world views. Here are our picks for five hotels around the country with restaurants that make it easy to score perfect food with million-dollar views to match.
1. Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn — Big Sur, California
If you're headed west, Sierra Mar in Big Sur is one meal totally worth the splurge. Perched atop a cliff and decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views, the inventive cuisine actually manages to compete with the view. That's no small feat! Angled glass walls and tables set at different levels ensures that everyone has a killer vista, whether they're sitting pretty by the window or in the center of the room. The four-course prix-fixe menu changes daily to keep guests guessing.
2. Asiate at Mandarin Oriental Hotel — New York City
New York City is packed with high-rise buildings and rooftop bars but when it comes to restaurants with a view, Asiate takes the cake. Don't be confused by this Lobby Lounge; it's actually located on the 35th floor. By day, Central Park and Columbus Circle glitter in the sunlight and by night, street lamps and headlights paint the city in a soft glow. If you're feeling particularly fancy, make like the Ladies of London and indulge in some afternoon tea. Happy hour is prime-time here, especially during sunset. Starved? Try the Wagyu beef sliders with fresh parmesan. Yum!
3. Peninsula Grill at Planters Inn — Charleston, South Carolina
Ready for some serious Southern Charm? As part of the historic Planters Inn, Peninsula Grill’s outdoor patio is quintessential Charleston. You might even feel a bit like Dorothy first discovering Oz, except that you’ll be looking for a brick alleyway to the fleur de lis-adorned door and not the yellow brick road. Sit under the shade of Palmetto trees and listen to the soft hum of bubbling fountains by day and come night nightfall, it's the flicker of copper carriage lanterns that steal the show. In short, it’s the prettiest garden courtyard that you ever did see! Oh, and the food’s top notch, too.
4. Auberge Du Soleil — Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley's Auberge Du Soleil is a dream destinaton for romance... and wine, naturally. The adults-only guesthouses and villas are “country chic” — rooms come with terraces, fireplaces, soaking tubs, and more — and don't even get us started on the amenities and features, like a sculpture garden and Asian-style yoga pavilion. Choose between the bistro and bar that overlooks the valley, or head straight to the main course in the Michelin-rated restaurant. Mediterranean-inspired fare paired with local wines is the definition of bliss. Life is good!
5. Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort — Scottsdale, Arizona
Serving up Asian and New American fare, Elements will give you all the feels: The sweeping views of Paradise Valley are downright emotional, especially with the floor-to-ceiling windows and an adjoining patio to boot. Ethical foodies will be happy to learn that there are plenty of vegetarian options on the menu, along with gluten-free dishes. The meat that is included on the menu is hormone free. With unrestricted views of Camelback Mountain, it makes perfect sense that entrees would reflect the lay of the land. Dishes rotate monthly to reflect the current season. Finding your zen has never looked more fabulous!
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