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100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America for 2019

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 2019 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, canvassing more than 30,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners.

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As Voted by OpenTable Diners
Updated August 10, 2020
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Amara at Paraiso

$$$$
Contemporary American
Edgewater
4.5
3404 reviews

Delightful!!


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Beach House Restaurant- Kauai

$$$$
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Poipu
4.5
7706 reviews

Wonderful food with amazing sunset views. Our server jay was very interactive and delightful.


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Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

$$$$
Californian
Newport Beach
4.8
7918 reviews

It was absolutely lovely



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Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

$$$$
Italian
Napa
4.8
7277 reviews

We have always loved your restaurant. Our friend was visiting from out of state and we always have experienced greatness at your restaurant we wanted to visit beautiful Napa wine taste and then enjoy a fabulous lunch. Our waiter had only been working at your restaurant for a week and was wonderful and very friendly.


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Bistro Jeanty

$$$$
French
Yountville
4.8
8877 reviews

Amazing. This is my third time here and it is the first place I go when in Yountville.


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Boat House Waterfront Dining

$$$$
Seafood
Tiverton
4.8
5400 reviews

Always great food!


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The Boathouse

$$$$
American
Lake Buena Vista
4.8
10547 reviews

We have dined here many times without a problem. Food was impeccable as always and the service was awesome. We sat on the covered patio and saw some turtles and fish and the wait staff even gave us some crackers to feed them. I highly recommend it as it’s my favorite restaurant in Disney Springs!


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Boatyard

$$$$
Seafood
Harbordale
4.5
4018 reviews

Octopus was good. Grouper favorite was great. Good cocktails- nice wine selection. Perfect for the occasion


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Brennan's

$$$$
Creole
French Quarter
4.7
8821 reviews

Excellent! It doesn't get any better than brunch at Brennans! Love, Love, Love!!!!


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Cafe Monarch

$$$$
Contemporary American
Old Town Scottsdale
4.9
5879 reviews

We tried the 8 course sampler, which was spectacular. It was really about 10 small plates, oysters with caviar, gazpacho, venison, lamb, wagyu beef, pork belly, shrimp, lobster, and probably a few more. Best dinner ever.



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Campfire

$$$$
Contemporary American
Carlsbad
4.8
3564 reviews

In town for a little long weekend with the family. Was highly recommended from a friend and so glad I made a reservation. The food was phenomenal. Ambience is amazing and the service was beyond exceptional. Highly recommend



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Campiello - Naples

$$$$
Italian
Naples
4.7
9701 reviews

Food, ambiance and service were outstanding!


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Catch LA

$$$$
Seafood
West Hollywood
4.6
7852 reviews

Food was sooo good. Pricey but I think worth it. I’d come here again. a5 wagyu, tuna sashimi and branzino fish was superb!


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Cecconi's Dumbo

$$$$
Contemporary Italian
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
4.5
3286 reviews

Super good food and very good service for sure I will visit again


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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)
4.7
8428 reviews

Steaks were full of flavor, soup was the best I have ever had. Dessert was good. Beautiful place on the river for a fancy date night


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Coasterra

$$$$
Seafood
Harbor Island
4.6
5399 reviews

Food was well prepared & presented. Service was great and ambiance was lovely.


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Columbia Restaurant - Celebration

$$$$
Spanish
Celebration
4.7
6358 reviews

I was in area for a conference and always enjoyed the original location in Ybor city so brought group here for dinner. As expected, it was awesome and my colleagues all enjoyed their meals! Dinner was actually the second meal of the day at this restaurant having brought a customer for lunch earlier!


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Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

$$$$
Spanish
Clearwater
4.7
6774 reviews

Great meal service!


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Continental Naples

$$$$
Steakhouse
Naples
4.8
4187 reviews

Outstanding first time experience! Tony was most knowledgeable and attentive. Servers/Bussers were spot on, not too soon and not too late. For the meal, we had Chateaubriand for Two with Parmesan Au Gratin & Mushrooms, melt in your mouth delicious! For an upscale meal worth its price, Continental is the place to try.


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Copley's on Palm Canyon

$$$$
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
4.7
4548 reviews

Beautiful setting, delicious food and terrific service. You really can’t ask for more. It was 95° on the patio, but somehow it was beautiful, cool, and breezy and a perfect experience! thank you Copley’s



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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

$$$$
Seafood
Longboat Key
4.8
5966 reviews

Great service and fresh seafood selections. Beautiful views.


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Duke's Beach House Maui

$$$$
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kaanapali
4.7
7259 reviews

Dukes never disappoints! Great food service and atmosphere! We go every time in Maui!


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Duke's La Jolla

$$$$
Seafood
La Jolla
4.7
4533 reviews

Food and atmosphere was fantastic. Hostesses at the front desk were so personable and accommodating Disappointed that server knew it was my husband’s birthday and didn’t recognize with a special dessert


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El Chorro

$$$$
American
Paradise Valley
4.8
5338 reviews

Wonderful restaurant. Everyone should go and enjoy their excellent food, service and ambience.


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El Five

$$$$
Mediterranean
Highlands
4.7
2882 reviews

Great tapas place - great view - bit expensive but service and food felt worth it



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Farmer's Table

$$$$
Contemporary American
Boca Raton
4.5
5324 reviews

My go to place when in the area. Great food. Love the outside dining


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Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$
American
Georgetown
4.3
11224 reviews

Had the pepperoni pizza, pressed sushi and tuna poke salad - all great. Neat way to serve/share sushi. Service is great, and outdoor seating on Georgetown waterfront is beautiful. Can't wait to go back!


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Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens

$$$$
American
Corona del Mar
4.8
7306 reviews

Great time had by all


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Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown Charleston
4.7
6194 reviews

Lovely setting, good service and very good food. I totally enjoyed my grilled shrimp dish, and my friend said the grouper was the best she’d had. Eating outside on the water with a pleasant breeze added to the experience. Our waiter was charming and efficient as well. I highly recommend it.


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Fleetwood's On Front St.

$$$$
Seafood
Lahaina
4.7
7334 reviews

This place is great! The rooftop bar is beautiful and they had live music. It was a great end to our first day here in Maui. Plus the chocolate cheesecake… yum!!


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Foreign Cinema

$$$$
Californian
Mission District
4.8
7522 reviews

Our favorite restaurant in San Francisco. First time out with a new baby and it was still the best.


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The Front Yard

$$$$
Californian
Studio City
4.6
3663 reviews

Amazing every time! 2nd time coming here for a date and the food is spectacular for the price!


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Geoffrey's Restaurant

$$$$
Californian
Malibu
4.6
7012 reviews

Food was amazing. Will definitely be back.



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the girl & the fig - Sonoma

$$$$
French
Sonoma
4.6
6807 reviews

We had a great time after a day of exploring Sonoma wineries !



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The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

$$$$
Seafood
Pensacola
4.8
5104 reviews

great ambience and great food/service. BBQ Shrimp appetizer was great and the Chicken Tortilla soup is worth a return by itself.


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Alexxa Kitchen and Bar

$$$$
American
Paris Hotel and Casino
4.5
6388 reviews

Amazing! I love a meal where I am not pressured to eat quickly. The staff at Alexxa was so friendly that I never felt rushed and that friendliness gave the European feel where dinning was an experience and I had to ask for the check :) btw. Get the chicken & waffles, the pickles sound weird, but they are on point!


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House Without a Key

$$$$
Contemporary American
Waikiki
4.7
1783 reviews

What a wonderful evening. The food was amazing. The Poke and mahi mahi was exceptional. Service was excellent. The entertainment was amazing. The view was unbeatable. Definitely recommend for anyone wanting a true dining experience


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Hula Grill - Kaanapali

$$$$
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kaanapali
4.5
6066 reviews

Tiana was GREAT!!


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The Ivy

$$$$
Californian
Beverly Hills
4.6
6644 reviews

Love the atmosphere and service. From the moment you are greeted until the moment you leave it’s a delicious and wonderful experience.



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The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Gilbert

$$$$
Steakhouse
Gilbert
4.6
4579 reviews

Food is always great, service was rushed this time, bread was cold it is usually warm other than that we always enjoy the KEG



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Keoki's Paradise

$$$$
Seafood
Poipu
4.4
4682 reviews

Excellent!!! Excellent customer service!!! Excellent server!!! Delicious food!!! Highly recommend!!! Will definitely dine there again!!!


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Kimo's Restaurant Maui

$$$$
Seafood
Lahaina
4.6
6212 reviews

Anniversary dinner. Great food great service and free Hula Piefor our anniversary!


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Kyle G's Prime Seafood

$$$$
Seafood
Stuart
4.6
5028 reviews

We enjoyed our lunch and view


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La Quinta Cliffhouse

$$$$
American
La Quinta
4.3
5944 reviews

We had a very nice dinner sitting on the patio. Service was very good.


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Latitudes Key West, FL on Sunset Key

$$$$
Contemporary American
Key West
4.8
11564 reviews

Boat ride to get there, not over crowded, very great waiter. Started raining and we were allowed to sit anywhere else with ease.


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Lavender Bistro

$$$$
Californian
La Quinta
4.6
5296 reviews

Lovely patio, expert service, delicious food.



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Le Diplomate

$$$$
French
Logan Circle
4.8
11928 reviews

wonderful as always! We love the food and ambiance


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Le Vallauris

$$$$
French
Palm Springs
4.7
3685 reviews

Recently married


A photo of Legal Sea Foods - Harborside restaurant

Legal Sea Foods - Harborside

$$$$
Seafood
Seaport
4.6
5202 reviews

Great food and a welcoming atmosphere. Every time I come to Boston I try to dine at Legal Harborside.


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Lindey's

$$$$
Contemporary American
German Village
4.8
6946 reviews

Best lunch in town, hands down. Dinner is great too, as is the patio, bar and brunch. A real Columbus institution.


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Lon's at The Hermosa

$$$$
American
Paradise Valley
4.8
6912 reviews

Beautiful patio bfast and delicious food with spectacular service Highly recommend


A photo of Louie Bossi Ristorante - Fort Lauderdale restaurant

Louie Bossi Ristorante - Fort Lauderdale

$$$$
Italian
Colee Hammock
4.7
4294 reviews

The environment and service was top notch! The FOOD - OH MY - PHENOMENAL!! Highly recommend a visit if you love Italian food. We were in town for vacation, we will definitely go back next time we’re down in Ft Lauderdale!


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Mama's Fish House

$$$$
Fish
Paia
4.9
36283 reviews

Food was amazing with an incredible view. Service was top notch as well. Will be back again. Thank You!


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Mariposa

$$$$
Latin / Spanish
Sedona
4.7
8618 reviews

I really enjoyed the setting. It was a hot day but we couldn’t tell because of the location of setup of the restaurant. Our server Sally was excellent. I definitely recommend this restaurant.


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Mediterrano - Naples

$$$$
Mediterranean
Naples
4.8
3726 reviews

loved this place - the food was amazing the staff were all very friendly. Would come here again - best meal in Naples ! Try the paella and key lime pie



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MiraMare

$$$$
Italian
Naples
4.3
3691 reviews

Wonderful food and music!! Great service!


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Mon Ami Gabi - Las Vegas - Main Dining Room

$$$$
French
Paris Hotel and Casino
4.7
28534 reviews

Marvelous waitress. Excellent service and food!


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Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina

$$$$
Contemporary American
Kapolei
4.6
5292 reviews

This restaurant is incredible!! I can’t recommend it enough- the food is outstanding and the staff is friendly and helpful. Definitely a must if you are in the area.


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Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea

$$$$
Contemporary American
Wailea
4.5
7263 reviews

Incredible service and food!



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Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman - Whalers Village

$$$$
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kaanapali
4.5
3121 reviews

Delicious with great service!


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The Mooring Restaurant

$$$$
Seafood
Newport, Rhode Island
4.7
7626 reviews

High quality food and fantastic service... always a favorite! Anyone visiting Newport should definitely have a meal at the Mooring


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Ocean Prime - Tampa

$$$$
Seafood
Tampa
4.8
8245 reviews

The staff were very friendly and the food was amazing


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Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace

$$$$
Mediterranean
Old Town Scottsdale
4.7
5441 reviews

Great response to emergency gas shut-off. Pívot to salads and bruschetta AND amazing desserts. All staff terrific. Sean is really attentive.


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Ophelia's on the Bay

$$$$
Contemporary American
Siesta Key
4.8
4921 reviews

Johnny, Michael, Derek, Billy, Dan, Aldo and all the rest of the staff always make it a pleasurable experience. Flavors are always amazing and the view is second to none. Thank you!.


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Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

$$$$
Seafood
Cardiff By The Sea
4.7
6174 reviews

I had Sea Bass and it was very good. My husband had the Paella and loved it. We had one in our party with an allergy, and her food contained an allergen. It had to be remade. The view is great, valet parking was good


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Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

$$$$
Seafood
Palm Desert
4.6
6980 reviews

Great place for outdoor dining and good seafood. Always a favorite


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Parc

$$$$
French
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
13737 reviews

Good and service good but very noisy so difficult to converse



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Perch LA

$$$$
French American
Downtown
4.6
9037 reviews

The location is something you will remember for the rest of your life. Service was punctual but not warm. The French onion soup and filet minion was orgasmic.



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Piatti - La Jolla

$$$$
Italian
La Jolla
4.7
3963 reviews

Had a great waiter who was wonderful and patient. Great service and beautiful location.



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The Pink Door

$$$$
Italian
Belltown / Pike Place Market
4.8
6332 reviews

Incredible food and service. Great room. Will be back!


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Poseidon

$$$$
Seafood
Del Mar
4.8
4359 reviews

Great experience


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The Prado at Balboa Park

$$$$
Californian
Downtown / Gaslamp
4.5
6405 reviews

A must when in San Diego. Beautiful setting, good food and excellent service.


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Preserved Restaurant

$$$$
Southern
St. Augustine
4.8
3961 reviews

Fantastic. Everyone was so friendly. Service was good, food was great!


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Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar, Huntington, NY

$$$$
American
Huntington
4.7
6239 reviews

We had an amazing experience celebrating my daughters birthday. The staff are outstanding and so friendly and helpful. We lucked out with amazing weather to sit outside. The food was delicious. It was pricey but felt it was worth it. A great place to celebrate or to just enjoy the harbor.


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Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

$$$$
Contemporary French
Princeton
4.5
5925 reviews

Awesome dinner! Excellent service & great experience!


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Salt Rock Grill

$$$$
Seafood
Indian Rocks Beach
4.7
6110 reviews

It was my wife and I’s 38th anniversary. Everything was wonderful. Our server,Brent was outstanding


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Sam's Chowder House

$$$$
Seafood
Half Moon Bay
4.7
5067 reviews

I've been waiting for a lobster roll for two years (because of Covid). It didn't disappoint. Just as yummy as I remember. The popcorn shrimp were excellent. I love Sam's.


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Shooters Waterfront

$$$$
Seafood
Lauderdale Beach
4.6
5123 reviews

Great atmosphere, perfect service, and amazing food.


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The Smith- Lincoln Square

$$$$
American
Lincoln Square
4.6
9204 reviews

had the newly added delicious shrimp scampi, amazing -- changed out the barley risotto because i hate barley, got mashed potatoes instead, which was deelish. and we had sorbet for dessert.


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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Miami

$$$$
Steakhouse
South Beach
4.5
6536 reviews

Excellent food & customer service! Will highly recommend to family & friends!



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Spencer's Restaurant

$$$$
American
Palm Springs
4.7
6685 reviews

As always Spencer’s did not disappoint. Every aspect, service, food, staff and surroundings were top notch. One of our favorite places to eat.


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Sunset Terrace - Omni Grove Park Inn

$$$$
American
Asheville
4.6
4711 reviews

Beautiful restaurant with a beautiful view, great service and food


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Talula’s Garden

$$$$
American
Washington Square
4.8
10699 reviews

The atmosphere is inviting, the lighting peaceful. The wait staff is very professional, cordial, patient, and helpful. The food is expertly prepared. Delicious. We found the noise level a bit too high (maybe because we are older?) but the hostess provided us with a table in a location where it was more comfortable to hear one another.


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Tavern on the Green

$$$$
American
Midtown West
4.7
13469 reviews

I brought up my family from Atlanta for a six night vacation of Broadway Plays and fine dining. I last dinner at the Tavern in 1964 on an early date with my soon to be bride. We were on field trip for the World’s Fair from the University of Florida where we were students at the time. Beautiful ambience outside on the terrace to be remembered. Today’s lunch was exceptional and led by our excellent server Jose and his team. Be ready for a hefty check…a little more than we paid in 1964.


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Tom Hams Lighthouse

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown / Gaslamp
4.7
5285 reviews

Arrived early and was able to be seated immediately. Great seats right on the water. Heaters kept us comfortable. Food was great and enjoyed all of the ambiance.


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The Tropicale

$$$$
Californian
Palm Springs
4.6
8137 reviews

Great food. Outdoor space was open and perfect for our needs. Temperatures outside were good with misters. Service was quick, precise and professional.


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True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

$$$$
American
Pasadena
4.6
2398 reviews

Always excellent! The service is so perfect. A real neighborhood gem.


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The Twisted Olive

$$$$
American
Canton
4.7
4343 reviews

Nice atmosphere, good food and good service. Highly recommend.


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Ulele

$$$$
American
Tampa
4.8
10408 reviews

Friends we hadn’t seen in years, came from out of state for a visit. We wanted to show them a wonderful example of what Tampa is all about: Ulele IS just that! Great food, excellent service, beautiful place.


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Virtu Honest Craft

$$$$
Modern European
Old Town Scottsdale
4.8
3166 reviews

Lovely patio. Server Ian was fun and helpful. Good is rich - and setup is for 3 courses.


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Wildflower - Tucson

$$$$
Contemporary American
Casas Adobes
4.7
4830 reviews

Service was terrific and quality of food, presentation and taste was delightful....highly recommended!


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