The 10 Most Beautiful Restaurants In The United States Of America

Courtesy of Alyeska Resort
Photo of H.C. Hamblin
9 February 2017

From East to West, the variety of beautiful landscapes in the USA offer plenty of unparalleled backdrops for magnificent dining experiences. From dinner by the rushing Snoqualmie falls to a quick repast up in the Alyeski ski resort, America boasts some of the most beautiful dining spots on the planet. We showcase 10 stunning restaurants that could be classed as some of the most beautiful dining venues in the world.


Restaurant, American, $$$
Set on the bank of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe offers outdoor dining at its peak. Just minutes outside of Atlanta, diners are welcomed with Southern hospitality and casual elegance. The waterfront gardens offer a perfect setting to enjoy a lazy summer evening and a dish of slow-roasted Georgia rabbit, or local rainbow trout with lobster ravioli. Wash it down with a classic sweet tea and a sweet potato crème brûlée. If the weather isn’t suited for outdoor dining, the interior is rustic yet polished, and you’ll enjoy the same outstanding service.


Restaurant, American, Contemporary, Seafood, $$$
Canlis, Seattle
Canlis, Seattle | Courtesy of Canlis

Attending dinner at Canlis is an event that should be savored. Although they will accommodate walk-ins if possible, a reservation is strongly recommended. Also, to maintain the high-class atmosphere, a suit or sport coat may be required in order to partake in this fantastic dining experience. Don’t be deterred by the high expectations at Canlis; they are creating a dining experience in a class all its own. The staff’s attention to detail is precise, making a meal here feel like something really special. The design and decor of the restaurant is mid-century modern and at night, Lake Union and the sparkling lights of Seattle below create a backdrop dripping with elegant glamour.

Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro

Bistro, Restaurant, European, $$$
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Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro charms and delights the Alpine restaurant scene in a way that is all their own. This unique establishment is located in the Rocky Mountains at the Aspen Highlands ski resort. Its atmosphere is quaint and its menu delivers authentic fare from mountain communities in Europe. On a cold day after skiing, diners can enjoy gruyere fondue, raclette with cornichons and air-dried beef, or veal schnitzel. Overall, Cloud Nine is a charming place to take in unforgettable views and experience a little bit of culture from the other side of the world.

The Dining Room at Salish Lodge

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
This precariously perched restaurant is located atop a towering 282-foot waterfall. The Dining Room serves up fresh seafood caught locally in the Pacific Northwest and offers stunning views of Snoqualmie Falls below. Visit for brunch and dine on house-made biscuits with honey from their own hives, or enjoy locally foraged mushrooms and butter roasted black cod. After dining, guests can take advantage of the paved walking paths right from the restaurant down to unbelievable views of the falls and the lower Snoqualmie River. Located just 33 miles from the Seattle airport, The Dining Room at Salish Lodge is well worth the drive time.

Green Pastures

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, American, $$$
Dining at Green Pastures in Austin is almost like stepping back in time. Built in the late nineteenth century, the Victorian home was transformed into a restaurant and wedding venue over sixty years ago and has been operating as such ever since. Guests can choose to dine in a number of different sections of the estate, including a family dining room, a music room, an upstairs wine bar, and a wrap-around sun porch. Whilst strolling the manicured grounds outside, one may encounter a peacock lazily strutting about their territory. At Green Pastures, time seems to move slower than usual, bringing the notion of relaxation back to dinner, so nibble on a toasted brie sandwich with a glass of champagne and take it all in.

Lighthouse Restaurant at Rock Harbor Lodge

Restaurant, American
Lighthouse Restaurant is the only restaurant on our list to be located inside the boundaries of a national park. It also is perhaps the most remote, as access to it requires a boat or seaplane to cross Lake Superior. The trouble of getting here is more than made up for by the stunning scenery. Isle Royale National Park is home to wildlife like moose, wolves, beavers and foxes that occasionally allow themselves to be seen by visitors. Lighthouse Restaurant should not be thought of as fine-dining, but a rustic retreat away from city lights in the heart of natural beauty.

The Marine Room

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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As a staple for both locals and visitors of San Diego, it is claimed by some that The Marine Room is the most romantic restaurant in the country. At any time of the day, the view from the dining room over the Pacific Ocean is inspiring. Catch the sunset here over a memorable meal and you’ll understand why this restaurant has been going strong for over seven decades. The menu is just as pleasing as the view. The chefs playfully recreate classics, yet also design innovative novel dishes that utilize the abundance of fresh seafood available locally from the very waters that lap just inches away from patrons on the other side of the glass.

Michel’s at the Colony Surf

Diner, French, $$$
Michel’s at the Colony Surf takes full advantage of the natural beauties of the Hawaiian Islands. Seating at an open-air table gives customers tropical beach-front views, flanked by the glittering lights of Honolulu. The cuisine at Michel’s is influenced by both local island cuisine and top-notch gourmet French classics. Some examples of this fusion are the Yellowfin Ahi Tartare and the Strawberries Foie Gras Forever dessert. Michel’s is not to be missed by any serious diner on the island, so adorn your flip-flops and be prepared to be blown away. Dozens of reviewers recommend dining in the evening to take advantage of the unmatched Hawaiian sunsets.

Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge

Restaurant, Seafood, American, $$$
Take an hour-long drive from the bustling streets of Boston and relax at Seaglass. Patrons enjoy a pristine panoramic view through floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Brunch at Seaglass is bright and inviting, while visiting in the evening is upscale and romantic, without being stuffy. Classics like crab cakes, mussels and haddock are prepared simply, but with precision, allowing the quality of the ingredients to really shine through. Exquisitely fresh seafood and seasonally-inspired fare make this a restaurant that must be tried when visiting New England.

Seven Glaciers

Restaurant, Diner, Seafood, American, $$$
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This restaurant may be a bit out of the way for restaurant-goers in the lower 48, but if you find yourself in the far north territory, Seven Glaciers cannot be missed. Situated at the top of Alyeska ski resort, patrons access this restaurant via a scenic gondola ride up the face of a mountain to 2,300 ft. above sea level. Once there, the dining room of Seven Glaciers delights with 360 degree views of the rugged, majestic Alaskan wilderness. The service is impeccable and the food is elegant and worthy of a special occasion. The atmosphere created by the surroundings can be found in a very few places in the world, and Seven Glaciers definitely takes advantage of it.

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