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100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America for 2018

Whether it's corn on the cob or a glass of rosé, summer is finally here and it’s time to dine outdoors. Our 100 Best Al Fresco list for 2018 highlights restaurants that offer stunning views, delicious menus and above all else, incredible outdoor dining experiences worth the trip. The list of honorees is based on an analysis of 12,000,000+ reviews of more than 27,000 restaurants across the country—all submitted by verified diners. Don't forget to #traveldeliciously this summer.

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As Voted by OpenTable Diners
Updated January 01, 1
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1906 at Longwood Gardens

$$$$
Contemporary American
Kennett Square
4.7
8089 reviews
We have a wonderful tradition of dining here and enjoying the Christmas displays for the new year. The food is always delicious and we love the mushroom soup. Their menu is always impressive with chef specials as well. We look forward to the special dessert, the delicious & fun Pomme de Noel. The warm spiced wine was a nice addition this year and tastes like Christmas cheer in a glass!

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Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

$$$$
Californian
Newport Beach
4.8
8594 reviews
Hands down, a do not miss when you are in Newport Beach. Best Bloody Mary ever! Crab stack and clam chowder, and sea bass a must!


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Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

$$$$
Italian
Napa
4.7
8040 reviews
Outstanding and amazing. Service was incredible!

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Boat House Waterfront Dining

$$$$
Unspecified
Tiverton
4.8
6231 reviews
Always a great place to celebrate a special occasion or to spoil yourself. Great service, yet casual and consistent quality.

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The Boathouse

$$$$
American
Lake Buena Vista
4.8
11452 reviews
Delicious! We absolutely loved it. So many gluten free options too! The service was great. The food was amazing. We sat right on the water. We will be back again soon.

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Boatyard

$$$$
Seafood
Harbordale
4.6
4569 reviews
Sebastian was a great waiter! Food and service were above par but what we’ve come to expect there.

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Bravo Italian Kitchen - Naples - Mercato

$$$$
Italian
Naples
4.4
3920 reviews
Salmon and Lasagna are top notch. A fabulous meal start to finish.

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Cafe Monarch

$$$$
Contemporary American
Old Town Scottsdale
4.9
6469 reviews
One of those outstanding culinary experiences you rarely see. Everything from the ambiance to the most amazing service to every bite of every dish being a mind blowing delight. You don’t want to miss this place of you can afford it.


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Campfire

$$$$
Contemporary American
Carlsbad
4.8
4036 reviews
Really good food and fun vibe, but the prices for the entrees are insane. I ordered trout and got only half of a 7” fish with a few julienned veggies (3 to be exact) for $36. I’d pay that for fresh salmon, but for half of a mere trout?


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Campiello - Naples

$$$$
Italian
Naples
4.7
10313 reviews
our server, adam, was a true professional. best pizza with meatballs added along with the braised short rib was a fabulous dining experience.

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Catch LA

$$$$
Unspecified
West Hollywood
4.6
8811 reviews
Great meal and great service I highly recommend it


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Coasterra

$$$$
Mexican
Harbor Island
4.5
6002 reviews
"Love bringing out of state visitors here. Coasterra truly gives a fabulous impression of San Diego; the waterfront, the people, and the food!"


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Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

$$$$
Spanish
Sarasota
4.7
7865 reviews
Great food service recommend the Eggplant Riojana . Alice our server was amazing.

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Continental Naples

$$$$
Steakhouse
Naples
4.8
4405 reviews
The wait was worth it! Having waited for what felt like an eternity for the Continental to reopen we were so happy to be back dinning there. From the minute we arrived to the very end of our dining experience, it was electric! The staff were professional and very personable. Our waiter Tony was fantastic; our drinks were nice and chilled, and the food just as delicious as before. The live entertainment added to the in season atmosphere, good drinks, great food and fabulous company! Can’t wait to go back!

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Copley's on Palm Canyon

$$$$
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
4.7
5047 reviews
One of the classic old-school Restaurants with 10/10 Classy service and fantastic food. You will not be sorry you ate at this Cary Grant Historical Landmark. Oh, if the walls could talk.......

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DeRomo's Gourmet Market & Restaurant

$$$$
Italian
Bonita Springs
4.4
4244 reviews
Our group of 6 sat outside with a lovely view of the lush tropical stream. We had an excellent waitress who was very friendly and attentive. Five people ordered chicken piccata. The portion size was very large - 2 pieces of chicken with spaghetti - a good value for the price. The other person ordered a chicken with eggplant, and mashed potatoes entree. A.bread basket with rolls and whipped garlic herb butter was included. Everyone was pleased with their food and the overall dining experience. It’s a popular neighborhood gem.

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Duke's Beach House Maui

$$$$
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kaanapali
4.6
7933 reviews
"Loved everything about Duke’s- beach-side ambiance, lovely musician, friendly and attentive service, and excellent food."

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Duke's La Jolla

$$$$
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
La Jolla
4.7
5129 reviews
The food is fresh, delicious, and very well priced for the portion and quality. My family and I usually order takeout and enjoy it at the beach nearby. The food is perfectly suited for a casual picnic. As it was rainy winter’s day, we dined in. The macadamia crusted fish is always a hit. I highly recommend it as well as the rib and chicken plate. Ask your server for off the menu specials in case you’re looking for something different from the usual menu. The quality and freshness of the mac/nut fish is on par and surpasses some of the more upscale, expensive, 5 star restaurants in San Diego. Their appetizers are also delightful, like the coconut shrimp. The servers and front of house staff are kind and attentive; and make great recommendations. Our server was very kind to offer a complimentary dessert as a couple in our party was celebrate their wedding anniversary. This is great place to dine in the village with family and out of town guests. The patio offers a lovely view of the beach and coastline. Overall, a wonderful experience as always.

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El Chorro

$$$$
American
Paradise Valley
4.7
5678 reviews
Always consistently good. Fun atmosphere. Over the top cinnamon rolls. Nice people. Quality food.

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Farmer's Table Boca Raton

$$$$
Contemporary American
Boca Raton
4.6
5513 reviews
On New Years Day, I ordered chicken meatballs and they were dry and not as good as they typically are.

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Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens

$$$$
American
Corona del Mar
4.7
8587 reviews
Another fabulous lunch! Great service amazing food!

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Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown Charleston
4.6
6629 reviews
Excellent never had any problems with anything here

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Fleetwood's On Front St.

$$$$
Seafood
Lahaina
4.6
8900 reviews
Lobster tacos, Fleetwood’s Mac n cheese, Lahaina burger, pineapple pie- chef’s kiss! Service - the best we’ve experienced on Maui. Highly recommend rooftop!

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Geoffrey's Restaurant

$$$$
Californian
Malibu
4.6
7800 reviews
Spectacular view! Great food & great service!!


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Gertrude's - Baltimore

$$$$
American
Charles Village
4.5
6533 reviews
Great spot, great food, great service. A bit confusing that it’s in the art museum.

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Gertrude's - Phoenix

$$$$
Contemporary American
Central Phoenix
4.7
5465 reviews
One of my favorite restaurants anywhere. We love the food. The duck was superb. The prickly pear margarita the best.

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Gracias Madre - West Hollywood

$$$$
Mexican
West Hollywood
4.6
5928 reviews
It's no secret that a good recipe always works. Great design, Amazing food, well trained staff and good service ! Win win for everyone

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Gram & Dun

$$$$
Contemporary American
Plaza / Brookside
4.6
4136 reviews
Great place, we frequent often and have never had a bad meal or service. Excellent all the way around!

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The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

$$$$
Seafood
Pensacola
4.8
5629 reviews
My guest and I dined at the Grand Marlin on New Year's evening. Restuarant was quite crowded that evening due to the occasion, but our food and service were excellent. In my experience, the Grand Marlin has never disappointed.

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Hula Grill - Kaanapali

$$$$
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kaanapali
4.4
7424 reviews
Great restaurant, would return and recommend to others.

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Iron Gate

$$$$
Mediterranean
Dupont Circle
4.8
2488 reviews
Pricey but worth it. First time here and we will certainly be back!


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The Ivy

$$$$
Californian
Beverly Hills
4.7
7189 reviews
Never disappoints. Another great meal with attentive service.


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Juvia

$$$$
French / Japanese
South Beach
4.4
5471 reviews
I really enjoyed dinner here. The food was really good and the waitress and hostess was so amazing.


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Keoki's Paradise

$$$$
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Poipu
4.5
5504 reviews
Wonderful ambiance, great service and amazing food!

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Kimo's Restaurant Maui

$$$$
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Lahaina
4.6
7350 reviews
Kimos is the best great service great food ambience of you. What else can you say about it?

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Latitudes Key West, FL on Sunset Key

$$$$
Contemporary American
Key West
4.8
12524 reviews
We sweet here for lunch, everyone was very nice and attentive. Lobster bisque was delicious!

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Lavender Bistro

$$$$
Californian
La Quinta
4.7
5672 reviews
What a beautiful setting. Even though it was cool they had lots of patio heaters. The lights on the trees made it really nice. Our server was excellent. His suggestions for our meal were perfect. We had the lobster ravioli and the sea bass. Both were delicious. We will definitely return.


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Le Vallauris

$$$$
French
Palm Springs
4.7
4131 reviews
One of the best restaurants I’ve dined in the entire country. A fabulous, memorable experience, and will be back for many more!

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Legal Sea Foods - Harborside

$$$$
Seafood
Seaport
4.5
5563 reviews
The staff at Legal Seafood was awesome. Tried to reserve a table of 11 on Open Table but had to get 2 tables of 6 and 5. I asked that they be sort of close to each other and they actually put us all together! The food was fantastic and the wait staff superb. Highly recommend.

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Leilani's on the Beach - Kaanapali

$$$$
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Lahaina
4.6
5367 reviews
Maggie did a great job and the food was perfect!

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Lindey's

$$$$
Contemporary American
German Village
4.8
7548 reviews
Lindsey is one of my favorite places to dine at. The food is beyond excellent. Our server was great. She made sure that myself and my guest was well taken care of. The food is always 10/10. I can’t wait to go back to enjoy more fine dining !

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Lon's at The Hermosa

$$$$
American
Paradise Valley
4.8
7492 reviews
This was an incredible find! Nearest location and amazing food! The staff was so nice and knowledgeable of the menu and location! We will definitely be back!

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Louie Bossi Ristorante - Fort Lauderdale

$$$$
Italian
Colee Hammock
4.7
4912 reviews
Great food, service and atmosphere!

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Mama's Fish House

$$$$
Fish
Paia
4.9
39717 reviews
"This was our second experience and better than the previous one. Beautiful (location, spectacular sunset, amazing and fresh fish as well as the people). Eric our waiter was personal and provided excellent service throughout the night. I would go back in a heartbeat no doubt!"

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Mariposa

$$$$
Latin / Spanish
Sedona
4.7
10808 reviews
The food was fabulous and the staff made us feel like family. It was a wonderful experience! We will definitely return with each visit to Sedona. The creamed Kale side dish and flan was outstanding!

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Meson Sabika

$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates
Naperville
4.8
9460 reviews
We are frequent diners & appreciate the uniqueness of atmosphere and menu options. We have never had an unappetizing experience. We always order our "regular" choices, mixed with new options. The fixed prix menu (short ribs) was wonderful, perfectly cooked and great tasting. What made the experience even more enjoyable, also, as always, was the service! Each server (& this time, Mallory) AND busser we have ever had is not just professional and efficient, but PERSONABLE. You always seem to assemble an incredible team!


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MiraMare

$$$$
Italian
Naples
4.6
3813 reviews
Food was very good as was the service; and the views from the outdoor patio is one of the best in Naples. We have been here many times and we definitely will go back.

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Mon Ami Gabi - Las Vegas - Main Dining Room

$$$$
French
Paris Hotel and Casino
4.7
31563 reviews
We were treated to water shows while dining. It is just so relaxing watching the show and sipping a glass of wine. Thanks

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Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina

$$$$
Contemporary American
Kapolei
4.6
5630 reviews
Truly fun. Excellent food. Get there!

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The Mooring Restaurant

$$$$
Unspecified
Newport, Rhode Island
4.6
8414 reviews
Perfect location, very nice bustling atmosphere with gorgeous views, super-friendly and accommodating staff and fantastic food. I'm not from Newport and was afraid this would be a tourist-trap where the food isn't great. I was proven wrong. Everything we ordered was delicious-- super fresh raw bar, excellent mussels provencal, delicious Octopus. Refreshing cocktails! I'd highly recommend.

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Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace

$$$$
Mediterranean
Old Town Scottsdale
4.7
5892 reviews
We have been to Olive and Ivy before and enjoy the whole experience. It is my wife's favorite place so we always use it for a special event. The food is great and our service was very good. We get so comfortable sometimes it's hard to leave. We will be back in the future.


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Ophelia's on the Bay

$$$$
Contemporary American
Siesta Key
4.8
5236 reviews
Excellent meal from apps to entrees to dessert!

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Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

$$$$
Seafood
Cardiff By The Sea
4.7
7207 reviews
Special place to celebrate my birthday, and then the new year. Our server, Don was amazing and made incredible recommendations all around for a 1st timer. It had a relatively relaxed ambiance with a view of the ocean. Valet was relatively priced well and service was spot on. Definitely a place to visit if you’re in Cardiff.

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Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

$$$$
Seafood
Palm Desert
4.6
7482 reviews
Service was slow only because is was so busy. Our server was great!

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Parc

$$$$
French
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
14835 reviews
amazing, got seated quickly amazing service and quick food highly recommend


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Perch LA

$$$$
French American
Downtown
4.6
9876 reviews
Absolutely the best French toast I have ever eaten...all the food was great but the French toast stood out. Freaky day because it was not supposed to rain, but it's LA so of course it rained and we had windy gusts on the outside...BUT...Perch has blankets!. Yes and soft quality ones, so we were toasty even in the LA blizzard.


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Poseidon

$$$$
Seafood
Del Mar
4.8
4622 reviews
Food was deelish! We had sea bass and tuna.

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The Prado at Balboa Park

$$$$
Californian
Downtown / Gaslamp
4.5
6794 reviews
Had steak sandwich and the flan with coffee. All wonderful

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Preserved Restaurant

$$$$
Southern
St. Augustine
4.8
4342 reviews
All very good. Really liked the parking too. Will return for a special occasion.

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Prime Catch on the Waterfront

$$$$
Seafood
Boynton Beach
4.6
5081 reviews
Terrific outdoor seating with views of the Intracoastal. The food and service were excellent. The grouper was delicious.

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Pump

$$$$
Contemporary American
West Hollywood
4.6
5111 reviews
Fun vibe and energy! Food was tasty. Great service.


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The Pump House

$$$$
Southern
Rock Hill, South Carolina
4.5
5571 reviews
Love the Pump House! Great views and great food!


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Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

$$$$
Contemporary French
Princeton
4.3
6776 reviews
Service was a little slow but all of the food was amazing and atmosphere was incredible.

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Rick's Cafe Boatyard

$$$$
Seafood
Pike Township
4.6
5788 reviews
Food was great as always! Got right in at our reserved time and wait staff was excellent as well!

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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown Louisville
4.6
5680 reviews
Great experience!! .. Gonna the moment we walked in the door! Our server Britney was fantastic!! Will definitely be back!

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Rusty Pelican - Miami

$$$$
Seafood
Village of Key Biscayne
4.5
8153 reviews
New Years Day for brunch, beautiful day and chose the outdoor seating which offers a beautiful city view across Biscayne Bay. The flavored mimosas were great and bottomless. Started with appetizers and ended up just doing small plates, although they have some dishes I will return to sample. The caviar fries, crab cake, octopus, tuna nigiri was enough to fill the two of us! It certainly is added to the top brunch rotations! Excellent service!!


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Sam's Chowder House

$$$$
Seafood
Half Moon Bay
4.6
5155 reviews
"Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch overlooking the bay. Food was delicious, served promptly and service was very good. Great outdoor seating with a pretty seaside view."

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Shell and Bones Oyster Bar & Grill

$$$$
Seafood
New York
4.6
3138 reviews
Out of a lot of menu items. Did nothing special for anniversary dinner. Otherwise good

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Shooters Waterfront

$$$$
Seafood
Lauderdale Beach
4.6
5832 reviews
Amazing place, very nice food, friendly staff i will recomend everyone to get dinner over there

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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Miami

$$$$
Steakhouse
South Beach
4.5
6954 reviews
Great place ti go


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Spencer's Restaurant

$$$$
American
Palm Springs
4.7
7403 reviews
Had a great New Year's Day 1:00 p.m. brunch with a couple each of Benedict's and corned beef hashes. The only thing weird was the bloody Mary which seemed like it was just made with vegetable juice, vodka, and lacked flavor. You would think a place like Spencer's would have a signature bloody Mary that would be great, not the case yesterday.

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Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

$$$$
Beer Garden
Escondido
4.6
6399 reviews
They’ve really stepped up their food and service in the last 6 months and it shows. Our meal today was amazing, and Isiah our server was the best.

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Sunset Terrace - Omni Grove Park Inn

$$$$
American
Asheville
4.7
5195 reviews
Unbeatable setting , warm and friendly service and tasty food! A lovely experience. My only complaint is the steep price of $25 for parking. If you are dining at a Grove Park restaurant parking ticket should validated and you should not have to pay.

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Talula’s Garden

$$$$
American
Washington Square
4.8
11481 reviews
Amazing as always. I took my husband here for his birthday. The staff was kind and thoughtful. The food was great. I had the workaholic drink - it was incredible. We love this place!

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Tavern on the Green

$$$$
American
Midtown West
4.6
15208 reviews
The service was impeccable, the food and drinks were amazing,vans the Christmas decorations really added to the overall beauty!

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Tom Hams Lighthouse

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown / Gaslamp
4.6
5718 reviews
Great place all around but the seating hostess could be more courteous to the customers

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Tonto Bar & Grill (Lunch reservations not required)

$$$$
American
Cave Creek
4.7
3533 reviews
Great food and service! A wonderful experience. We’ll definitely be back.

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The Tropicale

$$$$
Californian
Palm Springs
4.7
8699 reviews
The food is always terrific. The service is always top notch.

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True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

$$$$
American
Pasadena
4.6
2647 reviews
Great food! Very consistent


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Ulele

$$$$
American
Tampa
4.7
11624 reviews
Atmosphere and food choices very unique; the wood fire smell lingers throughout the restaurant giving it a true florida feel. Meals were a bit pricey but nothing is quite like this restaurant. I had the chili; where else can you get a combination of Alligator, wild boar, venison, duck, ground chuck, cranberry beans and chili spices?! Was tender and so filling!

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Wildflower - Tucson

$$$$
Contemporary American
Casas Adobes
4.7
5409 reviews
Great food and service. The atmosphere was really good. The only minor complaint was the cold air draft coming from patio area. Overall, Wildflower is an outstanding restaurant and I’d definitely come back!!


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