The Most Beautiful Restaurant in Every State

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We rely on our favorite restaurants for a delicious meal, especially when they've reached iconic status. But some gorgeous restaurants serve up a feast not just for the taste buds, but for the eyes, too. Whether you need an impressive spot for a special occasion or just want to gawk, here are some of the most beautiful places you can dine in every state and Washington, D.C.

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Editor's note: This story has been revised since publication.

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Alabama: SpringHouse

Alexander City
Rustic can indeed be elegant. SpringHouse, near central Alabama's sprawling Lake Martin, shows exactly how. Snag a spot in front of the massive stone fireplace and gaze up at the beams — or out at the stunning surrounding pines — while chowing down on contemporary Southern cuisine.

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The Saltry Halibut Cove

Alaska: The Saltry

Halibut Cove
The modest cabin-like Saltry is meant to blend into its surroundings, because when you're in the pristine Alaskan wilderness, there's no use trying to upstage it. Perched on wooden stilts, it's accessible only by boat, and diners who make the journey will be treated to sweeping views and seafood caught in the surrounding bay.

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Cress on Oak Creek Sedona

Arizona: Cress on Oak Creek

This special-occasion restaurant at the L'Auberge de Sedona is home of one of the most picturesque patios you'll ever lay eyes on. Diners at Cress on Oak Creek can enjoy a locally sourced prix-fixe menu under a lush green tree canopy as Oak Creek tumbles over rocks nearby. Dining inside? Huge windows keep the scenery on full display.

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Arkansas: Eleven at Crystal Bridges

Eleven, which serves up modern American comfort food at the architecturally dazzling Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is something to see in its own right. The massive windows and sweeping arched ceiling meld together in a modern space that's warm despite the institutional setting.


California: 71Above

Los Angeles
71Above is on — you guessed it — the 71st floor and serves as an extraordinary perch for contemporary cuisine and expansive views. But the sculptural ceiling, striking light fixtures, and undulating booths can hold their own against the dazzling city lights, too.

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Colorado: Avelina

In addition to New American dishes and a chef's menu that gets raves from customers, Avelina is also a beautiful eatery that many consider a special occasion go-to in Denver. If the charred octopus isn't lure enough, the sleek interior design and the surprisingly comfortable (yet modern) chairs might be.


Connecticut: Artisan

Artisan, which spotlights fresh local seafood with a fine-dining twist, is ready for its close-up. Inside, elegant white trim, warm woodwork and flowers on the walls create a feeling of refined ease. On an expansive patio, vines climb pergolas and Edison bulbs burn in Mason jar fixtures.


Delaware: Le Cavalier at Hotel DuPont

To sample the over-the-top elegance of the Gilded Age, it's hard to beat Le Cavalierat the Hotel DuPont. Coffered ceilings, gold chandeliers, oak-paneled walls and heavy, ornate drapes transport diners to another time while they enjoy French cuisine that has snagged a coveted spot on the AAA Four Diamond list.

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La Vie

District of Columbia: La Vie

This D.C. restaurant has a high-ceilinged interior with chandeliers and open-design ceilings, but head to the penthouse of La Vie to get the most out of the waterfront views. You can eat in a cabana (or, in colder weather, a heated igloo) on the 12th floor, but if you still want to head indoors, the Chandelier Room and the Conservatory (which is covered in vines) are showstoppers.


Florida: Cecconi's

Miami Beach
This breezy restaurant at Soho Beach House has a generous courtyard and is a picture-perfect example of al fresco Italian dining. Couches offer plump pillows for lounging, lights dangle from pergolas, and greenery climbs wooden walls. At night, white lights twinkle in the trees for a truly magical meal.

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Kimball House Decatur
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Georgia: Kimball House

Housed in a former railroad station, this farm-to-table French restaurant echoes the feel of a classic hotel bar. Cozy leather booths, cluttered-but-curated bookshelves and retro globe lights combine for an elegantly cozy feel while diners savor caviar, mussels, or a cassoulet.

'Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge Kailua-Kona

Hawaii: 'Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge

Between the swaying palms, tiki torches, and white-capped waves, you probably won't want to leave this oceanfront restaurant featuring traditional Hawaiian fare. Part of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, 'Ulu is tantalizingly close to the water, and you can gaze out over the Pacific from just about anywhere inside the warm wooden interior.

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Idaho: Beverly's

Coeur d’Alene 
Perched on the seventh floor of The Coeur d'Alene resort, Beverly's serves up sweeping views of the town's eponymous lake and surrounding mountains along with Pacific Northwest fare and a wine list with more than 2,000 options. Inside, diners can appreciate details that include floor-to-ceiling wine displays, granite floors, and copper ceilings. 

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3 Arts Club Cafe Chicago
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Illinois: 3 Arts Club Cafe

It's inside a massive, museum-like Restoration Hardware store, but don't let that dissuade you: 3 Arts Club Café is a stunner. A dazzling chandelier, soaring glass ceiling, interior fountain, and brick arches make for a grand place to snack on a doughnut, chow down on a sandwich, or grab a glass of wine.

Vida Indianapolis

Indiana: Vida

Vida, a Four Diamond AAA Award winner serving artful contemporary dishes, is definitely easy on the eyes. Diners will find vast windows, soaring ceilings, a cozy fireplace, and an impressive hydroponic wall garden that stretches along the open kitchen, yielding the greens for their salads.

Orchard Green Iowa

Iowa: Orchard Green

Iowa City 
The classic look of Orchard Green, with its wood paneling and ubiquitous globed chandeliers, is about as comforting as a diner could ask while enjoying a Moroccan Pork or Pork Saltimbocca — standouts on a menu of Mediterranean and American dishes — or a signature board of cheeses, smoked fish, or charcuterie. The entire feel is one of elegant coziness, which begins as soon as diners arrive: Orchard Green offers free valet parking.

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Renaissance Cafe
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Kansas: Renaissance Cafe

Fewer than 500 people live in the central Kansas town that's home to Renaissance Cafe. But residents don't get this restaurant to themselves — a menu of Northern Italian classics and steaks has put it on the map with diners near and far, many of whom drive hours to eat in this former schoolhouse. Tables in the nearly century-old building are reserved for the entire evening, allowing patrons to take their time with dishes that include a locally sourced rack of lamb and asparagus-stuffed Venetian chicken. Gallery seating overlooks what was once an indoor basketball court, while vintage books, stained glass windows, and an antique cash register round out the nostalgic appeal.


Kentucky: Patti's Settlement 1880s

Grand Rivers
Though the food at Patti's Settlement 1880s is a savory treat, from the classic Hot Brown to its bacon-wrapped beef filet and 2-inch chops, it's the outdoor dining that makes this mini-resort stand out. The seemingly endless garden includes a koi pond and mini golf, but the owners have grown their small-town empire to include a hotel, bed and breakfast, and campground, which makes it a delightful place for guests to simply take a walk.

Café Amelie New Orleans

Louisiana: Café Amelie

New Orleans
In New Orleans, there's no shortage of romance. But if you want to share a quiet meal in a gorgeous courtyard with a private feel, head to Café Amelie in the French Quarter. The fountain, flowers, and brick buildings provide ambiance in spades. Don't worry if you can't snag an outdoor table — the carriage-house interior is equally atmospheric. 

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White Barn Inn Restaurant Kennebunk

Maine: White Barn Inn Restaurant

Don't let this beautiful, cozy barn fool you: This restaurant has a Five Diamond Award from AAA and offers its guests fresh, seasonally inspired fare to please any gourmand. The view out the floor-to-ceiling windows changes with the seasons — expect lush gardens in warmer months, while the winter can bring a fresh coating of snow and twinkling holiday lights.

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Maryland: Chart House

This former boathouse offers unrivaled views of Annapolis Harbor from its massive windows and surrounding dock. Inside, bronze-clad fireplaces, soaring beams, and evocative light fixtures add to the experience. Come in May to watch the Annapolis Yacht Club sailboat races while you dig into some of the freshest crab around.


Massachusetts: Banyan Bar + Refuge

This quirky Asian gastropub in the South End brings the outside in with willow-branch chandeliers, birch-lined walls, and green snakeskin seats. There's also colorful artwork and an open kitchen that lets eager diners keep an eye on the action. If the weather's nice, there's a picturesque patio outside, too.

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Michigan: Trattoria Stella

Traverse City
You'll enjoy your stay in the grand Trattoria Stella far more than the original visitors — patients at an asylum that opened in 1885 — and eat better too. The restaurant serves delicious seafood and Italian fare, including pizza, in a series of small spaces defined by brick arches and tile. It's all as charming as the exterior is elegant, but the more superstitious diner may opt for a bright sunlit lunch over a candlelit dinner, considering Stella's reputation for being just a bit haunted.

W.A. Frost and Co. St. Paul

Minnesota: W.A. Frost and Co.

St. Paul
W.A. Frost and Co. presents an exquisite dilemma: Enjoy the beautiful patio, or the equally lovely interior? Either way, you can't go wrong at this turn-of-the-century establishment with brick walls, tin ceilings, half-moon windows, and grand fireplaces. Outside, massive trees, climbing vines, and a stone fire pit make al fresco dining equally appealing.

Mary Mahoney's in Biloxi, Mississippi
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Mississippi: Mary Mahoney's

Stepping past the ivy-covered walls and into the brick courtyard at Mary Mahoney's makes diners feel like they've found a secret gem, but this historic seafood and steak restaurant is deservedly well known. Built in the 1700s, some rooms feature cracked plaster and exposed brick, while others have crystal chandeliers and fine art.

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The Grand Hall St. Louis

Missouri: The Grand Hall

St. Louis
One look at the gorgeous domed ceiling of St. Louis' Union Station, a National Historic Landmark, won't be enough — you'll be craning your neck the whole time you nosh on The Grand Hall's variety of small plates. As if that's not enough, there's a 3D light show every hour in the evenings.

Whitefish Lake Restaurant Whitefish

Montana: Whitefish Lake Restaurant

Claiming to be one of the state's oldest log structures still in use today, Whitefish Lake Restaurant is everything you'd expect from Montana dining. The vaulted ceilings and wooden beams won't fail to impress, and the massive stone fireplace is inviting on a cold night. If it's warm, the patio provides lovely golf-course and mountain views.

The Boiler Room Omaha

Nebraska: The Boiler Room

Step into The Boiler Room, and you'll understand that a space can be beautiful even if it's a little rough around the edges. Housed in a renovated flour- and grain-sack factory, it features plenty of exposed brick and ductwork, concrete ceilings, and steel beams. The inventive contemporary American menu draws heavily from local providers.

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Joël Robuchon Las Vegas
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New Hampshire: Carriage House Restaurant

Located on the grounds of the early-20th century Castle in the Clouds' Lucknow mansion, this restaurant's terrace seating offers panoramic, mountaintop views of the surrounding Ossipee Mountains and glittering nearby lakes. Carriage House's interior is fine, but an outdoor table is the way to go. Currently, lunch service is on hold, but the venue's summer Music Night Series, featuring dinner and dancing, has begun.

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Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge Warren
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New Jersey: Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge

Under an hour outside New York City, Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge is a rustic, elegant farm-to-table restaurant. Head here in the summer for the dazzling outdoor patio with its twinkling lights, pergolas, and fire pits. When it cools down, the stone walls, warm chandeliers, fireplaces, and towering collection of fine wine keep things cozy inside.


New Mexico: El Pinto

Devotees definitely come to El Pinto for the atmosphere as much as the New Mexican cuisine. This behemoth of a restaurant can seat more than 1,000 diners among the hacienda-like grounds. Dine by a babbling fountain or amid lush greenery on one of the patios, where red chili peppers dangle in huge bunches.


New York: Buddakan

New York City
Over-the-top Buddakan stands out among stiff competition in the Big Apple because of sheer scale: Try not to gawk as you walk through the main dining room, a cathedral-like space with massive chandeliers and an imposingly long table. Also impressive is the library, where diners nosh on Asian cuisine surrounded by glowing books.

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North Carolina: Canyon Kitchen

What a setting for Canyon Kitchen: The restaurant, housed in an open-air barn, sits in a green valley at the foot of a dramatic granite rock face. Outside, sit in an Adirondack chair and gaze at the pines and gardens; inside, take in the soaring timber ceilings, chandeliers and stone fireplaces as you savor the local, seasonal Southern fare.


North Dakota: Mezzaluna

Mezzaluna, in a historic downtown warehouse, has an eclectic, urban feel that stands out among the state's typical rustic fare. You'll find tin ceilings, exposed pipes, dripping crystal chandeliers, plush booths, billowy white curtains, and a horseshoe "Alleyway Bar" serving up craft cocktails to go with the new American dishes.

Marble Steaks and Raw Bar
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Ohio: Marble Room Steaks and Raw Bar


Built in 1894, this was Cleveland's first steel frame skyscraper and later became the National City Bank of Cleveland. While it's changed some since then, the vaults are now private party rooms, bank executives’ offices have been converted to dining boardrooms, and antique fixtures and gilded tiles have been restored. The result has won the Cleveland magazine Silver Spoon Award for Best Fine Dining Restaurant.

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Oklahoma: Vast

Oklahoma City
Anyone who's gazed out over the Oklahoma plains would describe them as vast, and that's exactly the bird's-eye view that diners get at this swanky New American restaurant on the 49th floor of the Devon Energy Center building. Don't miss the bar, where dozens of lights dangle down from the high ceilings, but make no mistake: The view is the star of the show here.


Oregon: Departure

This sleek Asian restaurant atop The Nines Hotel is all about cohesive, minimalist design — and the view of downtown Portland from the spacious, stylish patio isn't too shabby, either. Light floods in through windows and skylights, and sleek wood and strong angles dominate the interior.

CAV Providence

Rhode Island: CAV

Ever wondered what it's like to dine in an antiques store? CAV gives you that chance, surrounding diners with a variety of stunning pieces — some of them may even be for sale. Mirrors, lanterns, and chandeliers shine in the brick and wood interior, creating an ambiance unlike anywhere else.


South Carolina: 5Church

A restaurant inside a former church is sure to dazzle, and contemporary Southern eatery 5Church definitely delivers. There are the requisite vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows, but there are also some decidedly modern touches, including eclectic art, plush black booths, and contemporary light fixtures.

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South Dakota: Firehouse Brewing Co.

Rapid City
History buffs will find a lot of beauty in this casual restaurant, housed in an old firehouse built in 1915. Now a National Historic Landmark, the interior has polished brass, firefighting equipment on the walls, a gorgeous tin roof, and a massive fire-engine-red door. A heated outdoor patio offers views of Rapid City, too.


Tennessee: Butchertown Hall

This relative newcomer to Nashville's Germantown pays tribute to the butchers and breweries that used to line the streets, but with a modern twist. You'll find white subway tile, a moss-topped rock wall, spindly trees, white-beamed cathedral ceilings, and exposed ductwork. Meat takes center stage on the menu, influenced by Tex-Mex and European standards.  

Texas: Ocho
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Texas: Ocho

San Antonio
Dining in a glass observatory is cool enough in its own right, but Ocho gives diners a gorgeous view of the famously scenic San Antonio River Walk. Adding to the atmosphere at this pan-Latin eatery: massive chandeliers, bright blue chairs, and turquoise beams.

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La Caille Sandy
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Utah: La Caille

To call La Caille a restaurant is an understatement: It's on 20 acres of beautiful grounds near Sandy's Little Cottonwood Canyon that just beg for an after-dinner stroll; the restaurant even has its own vineyard. The building itself also smacks of romance, with its shingled turret, creeping ivy, and heaps of colorful flowers. Unsurprisingly, it's a favorite wedding spot, too.

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Vermont: Simon Pearce Restaurant

With its wooden beams and exposed brick, eating the fresh local fare inside this restored woolen mill is a romantic affair. But snagging a table by the window is a must: You'll have a view of a dazzling waterfall and a covered bridge. It simply doesn't get any more Vermont than that, does it? Open by reservation only Wednesday-Sunday, so plan ahead before you visit.

Inn at Little Washington Restaurant Washington

Virginia: Inn at Little Washington Restaurant

Dining on a classical French meal inside the self-described "wondrous cocoon of luxury" at the Inn at Little Washington is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate. Tapestries, ornate curtains, flowers, gilded mirrors, and intricately painted ceilings all compete for your attention at this much-lauded bucket-list restaurant, an AAA Five Diamond Award winner.

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Washington: Canlis

Midcentury modern Canlis is a Seattle landmark. Go, and you'll see why: Perched above Lake Union, the restaurant and its angular windows jut out dramatically. There are gorgeous views of the pines and Cascade Mountains beyond as smartly dressed diners inhale dishes with local and Japanese influences.

West Virginia: Main Dining Room, Greenbrier Resort

West Virginia: Main Dining Room, Greenbrier Resort

White Sulphur Springs
Dining in the Greenbrier's Main Dining Room is a formal affair, with bowtie-clad waiters attending to your every need. The time-warp décor is something to behold as well, with its elaborate chandeliers, arched windows, columns, and buttercup-yellow walls. The time-warp dress code is equally interesting (no hats for the guys, but ladies can sport bonnets).


Wisconsin: Carnevor

The eye-catching modern atmosphere at this downtown steakhouse is sure to get your juices flowing. You'll find the requisite dark wood, but also plenty of stone, arched beams, whimsical hexagonal tiles, and stalks of bamboo that act as barriers between spaces. Moody lighting, an impressive wine list, and a cozy bar check the rest of the boxes.

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Wyoming: The Kitchen

Jackson Hole
The Kitchen, inside a repurposed A-frame, proves that this Grand Tetons resort town is more than antlers and other rustic-chic clichés. The intimate dining room features a lighted, gracefully curved wall, plenty of sleek wood beams, and a thoroughly modern fireplace. There's a raw bar and plenty of contemporary twists on local game, too.

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