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9 U.S. Restaurants with Awe-Inspiring Views

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    1. Makana Terrace
    Makana Terrace is a restaurant within Kauai’s luxurious St. Regis hotel, so food and drink costs are exorbitant. The undisturbed view of Hanalei Bay and Makana Mountain, however, is more than worth the price of that $23 appetizer. Along with a stunning reminder of primordial times, hotel guests can also take a dip in the terrace’s infinity pool, while those stopping in for a meal are offered a location-inspired menu.

    Plan your trip: Hawaii
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    2. Barrel House Tavern
    Although there are plenty of classic waterfront options in San Francisco like the Cliff House and Beach Chalet, a visit to Barrel House in Sausalito is worth the drive across the Golden Gate. The deck perched on the water’s edge offers an enchanting view from the other side of the bay. We recommend sticking around for the tasty brunch cocktails, the historic architecture (if you can tear yourself away from the windows), and the fresh California fare. At least, for a little while.

    Plan your trip: San Francisco, CA
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    3. Sierra Mar
    The menu at Sierra Mar garners influence from all over the world, but the view from the Post Ranch Inn’s award-winning restaurant is purely Pacific. And we mean that in a literal sense: The restaurant’s clifftop setting, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable balcony, offers sweeping, uninterrupted views of the ocean. Besides looking onto a vast expanse of water, dinner guests are also treated to a close-up look at the night sky—the Post Ranch Inn’s balcony is home to one of the largest hotel telescopes in the nation and is a prime spot for stargazing.

    Plan your trip: Big Sur, CA
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    4. The Granary
    It’s difficult to determine the true star of the Granary (the award-winning food? the camera-ready view?), but one thing is certain: The Tetons, in all of their quiet glory, are the perfect backdrop for the luxe comfort food served at the Spring Creek Ranch’s restaurant. In the wintertime, the Granary is also the perfect place to go for an après-ski tipple. Drinks and snacks are a steal at $5 and $10 respectively, and the view of the snowy mountains is inspiring.

    Plan your trip: Jackson Hole, WY
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    5. Mariposa
    At high-end Latin restaurant Mariposa in Sedona, grilled skirt steaks and fire-roasted chickens are served with a side of otherworldly scenery. The restaurant on the edge of Red Rock State Park highlights its location with floor-to-ceiling windows, but the best seats in the house are on the expansive outdoor deck. For those pondering a reservation or with no Sedona travel plans in the near future, the restaurant offers a live webcam of its outlook.

    Plan your trip: Sedona, AZ
    Courtesy of Mariposa
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    6. Cindy’s Rooftop Bar
    Cindy’s in Chicago is an all-around hit. It’s relatively free of snobbery, the food is thoughtful and tasty, and it provides views of some of the city’s greatest icons (like The Bean in Millennium Park, the Art Institute, and Lake Michigan). Even locals admit to loving this heavily touristed place, located in the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. The restaurant and bar sit inside an elegant glass atrium, but Cindy’s also offers a patio with fire pits and tables for drinks and mingling.

    Plan your trip: Chicago, IL
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    7. Top of the Standard
    New York is heavily populated by rooftop bars, lounges, and restaurants, each offering a different perspective of skyscrapers. The Top of the Standard (at the top of the Standard Hotel, no less), is one of them. This swanky lounge in the Meatpacking District comes with its caveats—pricey cocktails and a late-night members-only policy, for example. But the glittery views of New York from one of its decks, floor-to-ceiling windows, or even bathroom sinks (!) are really some of the best in the town. It’s open to the public from 4 to 9 p.m. most days.

    Plan your trip: New York City, NY
    Photo by Chris Goldberg/Flickr
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    8. The Montford Rooftop Bar
    To see one of Asheville’s signature dusty blue sunsets, there are few better vantage points in town than the Montford. The lounge itself offers a sleek outdoor patio with views of the city’s lush surroundings and the mountains beyond. To match the hip decor, the bar offers up a dizzying selection of craft cocktails (like the Go Ask Alice, which involves house-made carrot maple syrup), and tasty small plates (like the bison meatball sub, made with local bread and cave-aged cheese).

    Plan your trip: Asheville, NC
    Photo by @droobean
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    9. Tiller Restaurant at the Cliff House
    Although the Cliff House has been an Ogunquit, Maine, icon since the late 1800s, a recent revamp has turned this classic New England Inn into a stylish retreat. The hotel’s primary restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, is no exception. Much like the Sierra Mar’s uninterrupted views of the Pacific, Tiller offers sweeping views of the Atlantic and the cliff’s craggy edge. Taking down a lobster roll while watching the sunset has never looked so luxurious.

    Plan your trip: Maine
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