Although summer has ended, the celebration of summer dining continues. OpenTable recently announced the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in America, generated from more than five million restaurant reviews collected from OpenTable diners between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
This list showcases restaurants with spectacular views of both natural and urban beauty, adding to extensive menus to elevate the overall dining experience. California has the most winners on this year’s list, including Chart House Restaurant, which offers panoramic views of Monterey Bay complemented by local cuisine. Other states that dominate the list include Washington, Hawaii and Florida.
OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter says, “These restaurants provide travelers and local diners the unique opportunity to feast their eyes on some of our country’s most beautiful spots, while enjoying delightful dishes. The list represents establishments from coast to coast, boasting breathtaking views of cityscapes, mountain peaks, ocean fronts, and sandy coves.”
Here’s a little taste-teasing sampler from the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in America. You can find the full list of top 100 restaurants at the OpenTable website.
Bertrand at Mister A’s in San Diego, California offers views of the city’s skyline and San Diego Bay. Great food and atmosphere with fantastic views are yours for the taking at Bertrand.
Canyon Kitchen in Sapphire, North Carolina offers beautiful views on the outdoor patio at the foot of a canyon in the Sapphire Valley. Local produce and organic selections from community gardens and the surrounding area are at the foundation of the food. The fixed price menu is enhanced by a list of wines produced using only sustainably raised grapes.
Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island offers fresh local fish, regional meats and produce as well as a seasonal menu. Dine in one of the four dining rooms within the inn or on the lawn, with your meal delivered to your Adirondack chair.
Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 30 historic, waterfront and showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. Here are two of the six Chart House locations on the list.
Chart House in Monterey, California is a longtime favorite on Cannery Row for locals. Enjoy panoramic views of Monterey Bay and the city lights, watch the sea life while relaxing at your table and enjoy the perfect sunset. In addition to favorite entrees such as Miso Maple Glazed Salmon and Prime Rib, enjoy the daily selection of fresh fish, local cuisine, fine wines and save room for dessert.
Chart House in Portland, Oregon is located on historic Terwilliger Boulevard overlooking the Willamette River. You will enjoy magnificent views of the city lights, the river, Mt. Hood and Mount St. Helens at one of the most remarkable settings in the Pacific Northwest.
Flagstaff House in Boulder, Colorado has been owned by the Monette family since 1971. Reviews are near perfect for this restaurant, a favorite for locals and visiting dignitaries. Flagstaff House holds many prestigious awards including Colorado’s longest holding Wine Spectator Grand Award.
Harbor House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Downtown Milwaukee. Enjoy New England style seafood commonly found on Cape Cod and Nantucket. In addition to a wide array of fresh seafood, you’ll find salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks and chops. Dine outdoors on one of the two outdoor patios and enjoy the view.
Harbor Restaurant in Santa Barbara, California features exquisite dining and Santa Barbara’s most spectacular ocean views. Dine on the freshest seafood and USDA Prime steaks, tender prime rib, enjoy cocktails and an award winning wine list featuring local and imported wines as you watch the sun set over the ocean.
Isabela on Grandview is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The elegant and intimate restaurant offers a memorable dining experience, breath-taking views of the Pittsburgh skyline and an open kitchen to the back using many ingredients from local farms in Western Pennsylvania.
Kimball’s Kitchen in Duck, North Carolina is located on the Soundside of the Sanderling Resort. Kimball’s offers glorious view of the Currituck Sound and its inspiring sunsets, outstanding service and a world class menu. Kimball’s Kitchen offers everything that is special about both the Sanderling and the Outer Banks. The menu includes local, grass-fed prime steaks, freshly caught local seafood and an extensive raw bar selection.
Moonraker in Pacifica, California offers one of the most breathtaking views in the Bay Area, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the beach and the surf. The mirrors in the restaurant offer perfect ocean views, regardless of where you are seated.
Orange County Mining Co. in Santa Ana, California offers guests a rustic, casual and relaxing dining experience. Enjoy top quality meats, poultry and seafood, hearty soups, fresh produce and rich desserts as you soak in the incredible view of Orange County and the world beyond.
Pacific’s Edge Restaurant in Carmel, California is located high atop a granite cliff overlooking Point Lobos State Reserve. Migrating whales may be seen from every table in the dining room. USA Today selected Pacific’s Edge as “One of the Top 10 Restaurants in America With a View.” Sunsets are especially spectacular.
River Crab in St. Clair, Michigan offers patrons upscale casual dining on the beautiful St. Clair River. Enjoy fresh fish, mouthwatering seafood, choice steaks, local and seasonal favorites as you watch boats and freighters drift along the river.
Sea Venture in Pismo Beach, California is located on the beach in California’s Central Coast wine country. The third floor restaurant offers breathtaking sunsets and panoramic beach and ocean views from large picture windows and outdoor decks. The seasonal menu is prepared with locally farmed vegetables, premium pork and beef and the highest quality fish and seafood and all desserts are made in house from scratch.
The Spinnaker in Sausalito, California is located on the Sausalito waterfront offering panoramic views of San Francisco, Angel Island, the East Bay and Belvedere. Enjoy fresh seafood, a fine wine selection and views you won’t forget.
‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge in Kaupulehu, Hawaii is among the finest venues for dining in Hawaii. Enjoy the local cuisine at this seafood restaurant on Hawaii Island’s Kona-Kohala Coast, one of the best restaurants in Hawaii.
West at Hotel Angeleno in Los Angeles, California is a favorite among locals. Celebrate the best of California in the dining room, where every table offers stunning 200 degree views of Los Angeles, from the downtown skyline to the beaches of Santa Monica. Enjoy signature dishes like braised pork, lobster macaroni, stuffed quail, farmers market salad, and locally sourced seasonal produce.
Join the millions of diners who make reservations at top restaurants in the U.S. and abroad the easy way with OpenTable. Enjoy the scenic views at the restaurants on the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in America or choose your favorite.