With fall weather just around the corner, rooftop dining is the best way to take advantage of the late summer and early autumn temperatures. A great rooftop experience promises beautiful views of everything from city skylines to mountain backdrops and ocean views, as well as attentive service and delicious food. In the world of romantic comedies, this type of restaurant is where the leading male gets down on one knee and proposes to the gorgeous protagonist.
Finding a great rooftop restaurant can be difficult. To begin with, most restaurants do not have rooftop seating; it is much easier to locate a bar or a restaurant that offers alfresco dining. Secondly, rooftop restaurants tend to offer incredibly expensive yet unmemorable food options, and inattentive service — diners find themselves paying for the view but not much else.
For example, Top of the Hub, which is located on the roof of the Prudential Tower in Boston, offers magnificent views of the city and coastline but the service is undependable and the food is mediocre at best.
But locating a great rooftop restaurant in your city that offers the trifecta of delicious food, good service, and breathtaking views is worth the effort. These restaurants are prime places to celebrate special occasions, to take friends that are visiting from out-of-town, or just to escape from the busy city streets below.
Click through this collection of rooftop restaurants across the country to find The Daily Meal’s recommendations in your area.
From the Batali/Bastianich team, Eataly’s Birreria is a rooftop restaurant and brewery. The menu features an innovative selection of house-made sausage dishes as well as a well-balanced selection of cheeses, mushrooms, and salami. The beer list includes artisanal cask beers that are brewed on the premises.
Located in Boston’s Seaport District, Legal Harborside is Legal Seafoods’ flagship property. The restaurant has three distinct floors, and the third-floor rooftop lounge has a retractable glass roof and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular views of the waterfront scenery year-round.
Be sure to indulge in the restaurant’s selection of small plates and their stellar cocktail list.
Alma’s third-floor deck, open year-round, offers a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline. The menu is a New American take on Mexican cuisine, including such classics as chile rellenos and fish tacos. The restaurant has an extensive tequila menu as well.
P.O.V., located on top of the W Hotel at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, offers stunning views of the White House and national monuments. Enjoy a tapas menu crafted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten (who owns J&G Steakhouse, also located in the hotel) while sipping a speakeasy-style cocktail. Beware — the lines to get into this lounge are rumored to be long.
Located in a converted row home in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia, Trio offers outdoor dining on their second-floor deck. The menu features modern American-Thai cuisine, as well as such favorites as pad thai and a seafood hot pot.
As this spot is BYOB, come with a bottle of wine and enjoy the outstanding food while taking in the late summer sun.
Diners come to Linger for the food, the view, and the vibe. The restaurant offers a great view of the city from its rooftop patio, the perfect backdrop for its innovative menu that is inspired by street food from around the world.
You can enjoy cocktails, food, and an incredible view of the Chicago skyline year-round at the ROOF. The menu offers a selection of plates to share, ranging from flatbreads to sushi and duck-fat fries. This venue is definitely a place to be seen, so dress for a swanky night out.
Additionally, if you have a vacation planned in the near future, are unsure where to take your date for the 1st time or subsequent dates, be sure to include one of these rooftop restaurants in your dining plans.
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- Rooftop Dining Deck Gets Planning Commission Support (smmirror.com)
- The Best New Restaurants in America, 2012 (esquire.com)
- Novotel opens rooftop restaurant ‘Infinity’ (thehindu.com)
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