Coziest Restaurants in America
Café Monarch
Coziest Restaurants in America
Café Monarch

Pull Up a Chair and Stay Awhile

Dining out is a treat in itself, but when you find a restaurant that really makes you feel like lingering, it's especially satisfying. Whether you're searching for a truly beautiful spot for a date night, a homey country café for a family lunch, or a lodge-like restaurant that can help stave off winter's chill, we've got you covered. Here are some of the coziest restaurants across the U.S. More of a dine-at-home person? Check out these 45 Comfort Foods for a Cozy Fall Meal.

Alabama: Acre
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Alabama: Acre

Auburn


The gorgeous stone façade of Acre restaurant matches the interior, a master class in rustic sophistication. Wrought iron chandeliers, white-washed brick, tall banquettes, and plenty of shiplap combine to make the space ultra-welcoming. On the menu, you'll find "hyper seasonal" fare inspired by classic Southern dishes, but with a modern twist — think shrimp and grits with a bacon and tomato fondue, for instance, or catfish tacos with a red pepper and carrot slaw.

Double Musky Inn, Girdwood, Alaska
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Alaska: Double Musky Inn

Girdwood


The vibe inside the red-sided Double Musky Inn is eclectic to say the least, with all manner of signs and Mardi Gras memorabilia lining the wood walls. Mardi Gras? Yep — even in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the Double Musky serves up Cajun fare and is particularly noted for its French pepper steak, slathered in a spicy burgundy sauce.

Café Monarch, Scottsdale, Arizona
Café Monarch

Arizona: Café Monarch

Scottsdale


Fine-dining restaurants are so often stuffy, not cozy, but that's not an issue at Café Monarch. Inside, ornate frames, fireplaces, and arched ceilings all bathe in the warm glow of crystal chandeliers; outside, lanterns, candles, and string lights illuminate the welcoming patio. Food is top-notch at this frequently lauded spot; reviewers particularly recommend the roasted cauliflower soup and Chilean sea bass. Looking for more upscale options? Be sure to check out The Bucket List Restaurant in Your State.

Arkansas: Ozark Café
Ozark Café

Arkansas: Ozark Café

Jasper


This landmark restaurant is over 100 years old and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Amble in under the tin awnings, and you'll find all the trappings of a local institution: red leatherette chairs, pictures upon pictures, tin signs and license plates, and a well-worn stage that hosts live acts each weekend. Reviewers say you should go for breakfast to try the legendary chocolate gravy. In search of more historic eateries? Check out The Oldest Restaurant in Every State.

California: Firefly
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California: Firefly

Studio City


This swanky Ventura Boulevard restaurant is the ultimate date-night hideaway, complete with intimate lantern-lit cabanas, a patio with ivy climbing the walls, a dazzling center fireplace, and plush red couches bordered by rows of bookshelves. Patrons can order either prix fixe or a la carte, and a special late-night menu is available for anyone who just wants to nibble while enjoying a nightcap.


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Beatrice and Woodsley
Beatrice and Woodsley

Colorado: Beatrice and Woodsley

Denver


Want to go camping without leaving the city? The self-described "urban aspen grove" at Beatrice and Woodsley might be as close as it gets. Tree trunks stretch floor to ceiling, halved logs stand in for tables at the cozy booths, and dangling sticks and sheets create an aura of a grownup treehouse. The fare, unsurprisingly, is rustic American; we're salivating over the pan-seared duck breast in a whiskey-honey jus.

Connecticut: The Schoolhouse at Cannondale
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Connecticut: The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

Wilton


This picture-perfect eatery, housed in a late-1800s schoolhouse with a bell tower and a red door, is almost unbearably quaint. Inside, diners are treated to white tablecloths, low lighting, and a long, comfy banquette while they dig into fresh, locally sourced fare. A recent menu featured appetizers including pork belly with apricot glaze and watermelon radish, and entrees including leek and truffle ravioli.

Delaware: Krazy Kat's
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Delaware: Krazy Kat's

Wilmington


Krazy Kat's proves cozy doesn't have to be boring. This offbeat spot, housed in a renovated blacksmith's shop that still has one of its original forges, is filled with unexpected touches like paintings of cats and dogs in regal dress, animal-print chairs, and fringed chandeliers. A wide-ranging menu is filled with favorites like jumbo lump crab cakes and crispy duck breast. Go for brunch to enjoy a favorite Delaware dish, scrapple.

Florida: Café Roval
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Florida: Café Roval

Miami


A hideaway in the middle of the city, this Miami staple just oozes comfortable romance, with stone walls, dangling lights, wood beams, and a lush palm-lined patio by a zen-like pool. Reviewers say the Mediterranean-inspired fare is worthy of the atmosphere, but many rave in particular about brunch. Don't miss the extensive cocktail menu, filled with specialty drinks and refreshing homemade cordials.

Georgia: Kimball House
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Georgia: Kimball House

Decatur


Housed in a former railroad station, this farm-to-table French restaurant echoes the feel of a classic hotel bar. Leather booths, cluttered-but-curated bookshelves, and retro globe lights combine for an elegantly cozy feel while diners savor oysters from the raw bar or entrees like smoked snapper, pork belly, or dry-aged ribeye. Other indulgences include caviar and several kinds of absinthe on the bar menu.

Hawaii: Mama's Fish House
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Hawaii: Mama's Fish House

Paia


If you're embarking on the famous Road to Hana, fuel up at Mama's Fish House before or after your adventure. Just be careful not to linger too long, because the stone walls, gnarled branches, and views of the Pacific might sidetrack even determined sightseers. Happy diners say the stuffed fish — with lobster and crab in a Macadamia nut crust — is heavenly.

Mystic Café, Lewiston, Idaho
Mystic Café

Idaho: Mystic Café

Lewiston


This polished café in northwestern Idaho exudes warmth from its exposed brick walls, wood beams and floors, and carefully curated chalkboard menus. Go for special events like Jazz Night or Open Mic Night, or drop by for a tasty sandwich like a lamb burger or an appetizer like mashed potato balls.

Geja's Café, Chicago
Geja's Café

Illinois: Geja's Café

Chicago


Here's the ultimate place to hole up with someone special and forget the rest of the world. Geja's Café offers drapery-framed booths, exquisite hanging lanterns, an outdoor firepit, and rows of wine bottles framing the windows. Classical guitarists put the ambience over the top as you dig into an indulgent menu of fondue that's all about retro romance.

Indiana: South Side Soda Shop
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Indiana: South Side Soda Shop

Goshen


If your kind of cozy involves a trip back to a simpler time, the South Side Soda Shop should be on your Indiana itinerary. The red leatherette booths, polished chrome, juke box, old-school pennants, and retro soda fountain will definitely make you want to stay awhile. So will the menu, filled with comfort-food favorites like hoagies, crab cakes, pork tenderloin, sundaes, shakes, and floats.


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Iowa: Bonaparte Retreat
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Iowa: Bonaparte Retreat

Bonaparte


Any restaurant housed in a circa-1878 grist mill is bound to have ambience in spades, and so it is at Bonaparte Retreat. Step inside and you won't be disappointed: Wood beams, exposed brick, and Americana galore mean this is casual joint is one you won't be in a hurry to leave. Enjoy every bit of the guilty-pleasure-filled menu, including hand-breaded pork tenderloins at lunch or a juicy ribeye at dinner.

Kansas: Renaissance Café
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Kansas: Renaissance Café

Assaria


We won't blame you if you do a double take when you walk into this small-town restaurant: The cozy tables, rows of books, and walls of historical photos ring a polished gym floor, complete with basketball hoops — a remnant of the building's previous life as the town school. The menu is full of fine-dining Italian fare that will still stick to your ribs, including steak Fiorentina and shrimp linguine.

Kentucky: Coppin's Restaurant and Bar
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Kentucky: Coppin's Restaurant and Bar

Covington


Housed in a historic hotel that was once Kentucky's first modern skyscraper and high-end department store, Coppin's exudes the comfortable feel of a timeworn community landmark. Painted brick, whiskey barrels, long banquettes, and an ivy-accented patio will make diners want to linger. So will the menu of locally influenced favorites, including appetizers like ham biscuits, corn fritters, and beer-battered cheese curds with Cincinnati chili.

Napoleon House, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Louisiana: Napoleon House

New Orleans


There's nothing artificial about the warm atmosphere of Napoleon House, which has been a French Quarter landmark for more than 200 years and hosed the city's mayor when he offered a refuge for Napoleon Bonaparte in 1821. Today, you'll find wood ceilings, cluttered walls, a gorgeous polished bar, and a courtyard that time forgot (in the best possible way, of course). Order the muffuletta, a house specialty.


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The White Barn Inn Restaurant, Kennebunk, Maine
The White Barn Inn Restaurant

Maine: White Barn Inn Restaurant

Kennebunk


Don't let the barn fool you: This rustic restaurant has a Five Diamond Award from the 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.

Maryland: Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge
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Maryland: Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge

Rockville


You may think you stumbled on your favorite childhood camp at this massive restaurant on the edge of a nature preserve in the D.C. suburbs. Canoes and logs arch over the bar, and there are stone fireplaces, taxidermy, and warm glass lamps. Happy reviewers say seafood — particularly during Oyster Happy Hour — is the highlight.

Massachusetts: Bastille Kitchen
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Massachusetts: Bastille Kitchen

Boston


Antler chandeliers, plaid couches, exposed brick, fireplaces, Edison bulbs, and more are all on offer in this French bistro set up in an old factory. The menu is full of equally cozy continental comfort food like steaming onion soup, steak frites, and lobster gnocchi. After dinner, head downstairs to the lodge-like cocktail lounge for a night cap.

Michigan: The Apparatus Room
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Michigan: The Apparatus Room

Detroit


This high-ceilinged space at the Detroit Foundation Hotel could easily feel cold, but the dangling bulbs, long leather booths, bronze fixtures, and intricate tilework have the opposite effect. For the most intimate experience, try out the restaurant's Chef Table, limited to 16 diners and available Friday and Saturday nights. A recent menu included delectable dishes like sea urchin, white asparagus, and dry-aged duck.

Minnesota: W.A. Frost and Co.
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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.


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Mississippi: Mary Mahoney's
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Mississippi: Mary Mahoney's

Biloxi


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.

Missouri: Osage Restaurant
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Missouri: Osage Restaurant

Ridgedale


The panoramas of the Ozarks from Big Cedar Lodge's Osage Restaurant are compelling enough to make this a worthy addition to our list of restaurants with a great view, but the interior is nothing to sneeze at, either. The rooms feature stone work, timber walls and ceilings, warm lighting, and a polished circular bar. For an all-you-can-eat treat, save your visit for Sunday brunch and enjoy a menu of breakfast favorites, seafood, salads, carved meats, and more.

Montana: The Pearl Café
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Montana: The Pearl Café

Missoula


This adorable white-tablecloth spot with a cheerful neon sign has a decidedly date-night feel, with low lighting, brick walls, wood beams, a cozy loft, and a welcoming bar. The French-inspired menu earns raves, too, with TripAdvisor reviewers saying the escargot is a stand-out appetizer, while the Idaho trout with crab is an entrée highlight.

Nebraska: V. Mertz
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Nebraska: V. Mertz

Omaha


Tucked away in Omaha's brick Old Market district, V. Mertz has all the dimly lit ambience of a romantic hidden gem, even though its reputation for fine contemporary American cuisine is well known. Diners recommend splurging on the wagyu beef, and the cheese plate also receives plenty of raves. The surrounding area is perfect for an after-dinner stroll.

Nevada: Pamplemousse
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Nevada: Pamplemousse

Las Vegas


Vegas is full of impressively flashy places to gorge, but if you want something on a more intimate scale, Pamplemousse is a family-run French restaurant where you can make eyes at your date in relative quiet with the lights down low. The menu is packed with classics like escargot, pate, osso buco, and filet mignon. Finish off with an indulgent chocolate soufflé.

New Hampshire: Pickity Place
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New Hampshire: Pickity Place

Mason


Reserve one of three seating times to enjoy a five-course, locally sourced gourmet lunch at this impossibly picturesque little cottage dating from 1786, the inspiration for "Little Red Riding Hood" illustrations. Herbs are grown on the beautiful property, which is worth a stroll in fair weather. Menus change monthly, but all meals include soup, salad, entrée, bread, and dessert.

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

Warren


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, chandeliers, fireplaces, and towering collection of fine wine keep things nice and warm inside.

Geronimo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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New Mexico: Geronimo

Santa Fe


It's hard to do any better than the ambience at Geronimo, housed in an adobe house that was built in the 1750s, complete with kiva fireplaces and wooden beams. But reviewers say there's much more to dining here than the surroundings, and the restaurant's globally inspired menu, awarded four stars from Forbes and four diamonds from AAA, bears that out.

New York: One If By Land, Two if By Sea
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New York: One If By Land, Two if By Sea

New York City


A meal here doesn't come cheap, but if you're willing to splurge, One if By Land, Two if By Sea is regarded as one of the Big Apple's most romantic spots to dine. As the name suggests, there is a definite colonial flavor to the cozy ambience here, with exposed brick, arched windows, chandeliers, low light, and plenty of candles. A prix fixe menu includes indulgent favorites like venison, pan-seared scallops, and beef Wellington.

North Carolina: Over Yonder
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North Carolina: Over Yonder

Sugar Grove


You'll have to resist the urge to settle on the porch at Over Yonder and while away the afternoon in a rocking chair, because this "Appalachian kitchen" has more charm up its sleeve. Inside, find a welcoming mixture of brick, wood floors, tin ceilings; outside, there's a charming patio, gazebo, and gardens galore. The menu includes hard-to-resist Southern favorites like crispy okra, chicken-fried chicken, and peach cobbler.

North Dakota: Mezzaluna
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North Dakota: Mezzaluna

Fargo


Mezzaluna, in a historic downtown Fargo 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.

Kindred Spirits, Logan, Ohio
Kindred Spirits

Ohio: Kindred Spirits

Logan


A destination restaurant in the scenic Hocking Hills region's Inn at Cedar Falls, Kindred Spirits is housed in original 1840s log cabins, complete with rough-hewn walls, wooden beams, and sloping floors. Locally sourced fare harmonizes with the atmosphere — especially the hot berry cobbler for dessert. Relax before or after your meal in the fireside lounge, or if the weather's nice, the rooftop garden.

Oklahoma: Packard's New American Kitchen
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Oklahoma: Packard's New American Kitchen

Oklahoma City


Housed in a historic building formerly home to a Packard showroom, Packard's manages to infuse industrial chic with warmth. There's plenty of metal and wood, but the banquettes, chalkboards, and dangling fixtures beckon diners to stay awhile, as does the inviting rooftop patio. The menu focuses on seasonal, locally sourced fare and includes an impressive array of specialty drinks.

Oregon: The Painted Lady
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Oregon: The Painted Lady

Newberg


Tucked away in a charming Victorian home in Oregon's wine country, this AAA Four Diamond and Forbes four-star restaurant is a picture-perfect spot for an intimate, romantic meal. The tasting menu changes seasonally, focusing on ingredients that can be sourced from local farmers. If you really want to go all out, stay in the adjacent guest cottage and take a cooking class, too.

Ocean 235, Easton, Pennsylvania
Ocean 235

Pennsylvania: Ocean 235

Easton


This small but sumptuous restaurant brings a big-city feel to small-town Pennsylvania. Expect mood lighting galore, tall, private booths, and subtle ocean-inspired décor under an undulating ceiling. An intimate patio provides equal ambience outside. The menu of sophisticated seafood is packed with standouts like caramelized scallops — a reviewer favorite — and lobster ravioli.

Rhode Island: Clarke Cooke House
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Rhode Island: Clarke Cooke House

Newport


It may seem like all of Newport is stuffing itself into Clarke Cooke House on any given evening, and it's easy to see why. The historic restaurant offers casual dining in its bistro, where the post-and-beam atmosphere is accented by elegantly cluttered walls and views of the harbor. The more refined patio and Yacht Club Room offer more upscale dining, but without feeling stuffy. On the menu, of course, is plenty of seafood, and rolls upon rolls of sushi during summers.

Circa 1886, Charleston
Circa 1886

South Carolina: Circa 1886

Charleston


It doesn't get any more charming than a restaurant housed in the old carriage house of a resplendent Charleston mansion. So it goes without saying that Circa 1886, awarded four diamonds by the AAA and four stars from Forbes, has romance and atmosphere in spades. Patrons say the food is delicious enough to match its surroundings, though. Diners can choose from a traditional menu of Low Country favorites with a modern spin, or opt for a five-course tasting menu.


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Crawford's Bar & Grill, Sioux Falls
Crawford's Bar & Grill

South Dakota: Crawford's Bar & Grill

Sioux Falls


In a state often defined by western kitsch, Crawford's offers a warm and elegant alternative. The historic building, once home to one of Sioux Falls' first butchers, sports exposed brick walls, tin ceilings, chandeliers, and a variety of plush couches and booths. Seafood and steak are the stars of the menu, and prime rib specials are on offer Friday and Saturday.

Tennessee: Marcy Jo's Mealhouse and Bakery
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Tennessee: Marcy Jo's Mealhouse and Bakery

Columbia


Crammed into a ramshackle-looking little house with a tin roof and modest porch, Marcy Jo's proves you can't judge a book by its cover. Inside, the country cooking is anything but shabby, and the décor is surprisingly quaint, with twinkling lights and tin signs lining the walls. Diners love the biscuits and gravy, fried bologna sandwiches, and catfish. And the cinnamon rolls are legendary.

Texas: Lost Maples Café
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Texas: Lost Maples Café

Utopia


Texas has cute country cafes in spades, but one of the coziest may well be Lost Maples Café in the fittingly named Hill Country town of Utopia. The building was built at the turn of the century and still exudes plenty of charm — think wood beams, tall booths, and plenty of Lone Star kitsch like wagon wheels and taxidermy. Hungry? You'll find classic diner fare and plenty of tempting pies.

Fireside Dining, Park City, Utah
Fireside Dining

Utah: Fireside Dining

Park City


Cozy spots to dine are a dime a dozen in ski towns, but Fireside Dining at Deer Valley's Empire Canyon Lodge kicks things up a notch with horse-drawn sleigh rides and meals actually served straight from one of the restaurant's huge stone fireplaces. One is devoted to raclette, a close cousin of fondue; another turns out stew, ribs, and other cold-weather favorites; a third is devoted to roast leg of lamb; and a fourth focuses on dessert fondues and other sweet treats.

Starry Night Café, Ferrisburgh
Starry Night Café

Vermont: Starry Night Café

Ferrisburgh


Housed in a building that was originally a cider press, this quaintly named restaurant has the ambience to match. Inside, the dining room exudes warmth and features a covered patio with a stone fireplace; outside, a quiet patio overlooks plenty of lush greenery. Its neighbors include other historic buildings and even a covered bridge. The menu focuses on local, seasonal dishes that pay tribute to rural Vermont.

Virginia: Bistro L'Hermitage
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Virginia: Bistro L'Hermitage

Woodbridge


Warm and unpretentious, Bistro L'Hermitage has flowers spilling from the windows that beckon diners into the warm stone-and-beam interior. Enjoy accordion music as you dig into a slice of the French countryside; popular dishes include foie gras, loup de mer, and beef bourguignon. TripAdvisor reviewers say you can't leave without indulging in the crème brulee.

Indochine Asian Dining Lounge, Tacoma, Washington
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Washington: Indochine Asian Dining Lounge

Tacoma


The exposed brick, polished wood, red drapes and intimate booths at Indochine make this restaurant an ideal place to relax and indulge in traditional Thai and Asian fusion dishes. Diners can listen to the trickle of a zen-like fountain while digging into spring rolls, pad thai, potstickers, and more. Bonus: Many items are gluten-free.

West Virginia: The Hütte Restaurant
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West Virginia: The Hütte Restaurant

Helvetia


This adorable yellow cottage is as charming on the inside as it is on the outside, where diners sit among accents including books, globes, and teapots. The appealing atmosphere is all the better because patrons get to feast on authentic Swiss food like bratwurst on homemade bread, cheese soup, baked ham, hot applesauce, and sauerkraut.

Wisconsin: Hobnob
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Wisconsin: Hobnob

Racine


Wisconsin's old-school supper clubs are the ultimate in cozy nostalgia, and the Hobnob is one of the best. Open since 1954, it retains all the ambience of the era with curved leather booths, crystal chandeliers, purple wallpaper, and plenty of mood lighting. For the true supper-club experience, come for the Friday Night Fish Fry and choose from cod or pike served up with soup, salad, a potato, and dinner rolls.

Orsetto
Orsetto

Wyoming: Orsetto

Jackson


The Cowboy State may not spring to mind as a hot spot for delectable Italian fare, but Orsetto proves doubters wrong, offering well-received classics like linguine and clams, veal marsala, and tiramisu. The sleek interior, with leather banquettes and tilework on the floors and walls, is equal parts cozy and chic in a town overrun by western-style eateries.