foodie friday – YUM!

my favorite restaurant reservation service – opentable.com – recently announced their 2011 Diners’ Choice List for the top 50 restaurants in the US with the most scenic view.

Top 50 Scenic View Restaurants - 2011 Diners' Choice Winners

The United States features beautiful and varied scenery from the East Coast to the West Coast. And fortunately for you, OpenTable restaurants are located at some of our country’s most breathtaking spots. To help you sort through all the amazing choices, we asked OpenTable diners to pick their best spots for feasting their eyes as well as feeding their stomachs. Find out more details on OpenTable Diners’ Choice lists

Barbara De Lollis from USA TODAY reported that 16 of the 50 are actually located in hotels and curated photo tour of some of these extraordinarily scenic destinations. Making the cut for OpenTable’s Top 50 list is impressive, given that OpenTable lists some 12,000 restaurants in every state.

From Indianapolis to Phoenix to Honolulu, restaurants on the Top 50 list offer a memorable meal against a memorable backdrop, be it twinkling city lights, a spectacular Pacific sunset or majestic mountains. They’re all appropriate settings for a special dinner, be it an anniversary or important business dinner.

“From sexy urban skylines to stunning vistas courtesy of Mother Nature, the views at these top restaurants will take your breath away – but not your appetite,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s chief dining officer. “The winning restaurants on this list represent the best in destination dining.”

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2011 Scenic View Dining Winners – Top 50 Restaurant List

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A Caprice Tiburon CA Continental Reserve Now
Bali Hai Restaurant San Diego CA Hawaiian Reserve Now
Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant San Francisco CA American Reserve Now
Bertrand at Mister A’s San Diego CA Continental Reserve Now
Boat House Waterfront Dining Tiverton RI Seafood Reserve Now
Cannons Seafood Grill Dana Point CA Seafood Reserve Now
Chart House Restaurant – Cardiff Cardiff CA Seafood Reserve Now
Chart House Restaurant – Malibu Malibu CA Seafood Reserve Now
Chart House Restaurant – Portland Portland OR Seafood Reserve Now
Chart House Restaurant – Tower of the Americas San Antonio TX Seafood Reserve Now
Cite Chicago IL Contemporary American Reserve Now
Claes Ovation Laguna Beach CA Californian Reserve Now
Coach Insignia Detroit MI American Reserve Now
Compass Restaurant – Hyatt Regency Phoenix Phoenix AZ Contemporary American Reserve Now
Different Pointe of View Phoenix AZ Contemporary American Reserve Now
Eagle’s Nest – Hyatt Regency Indianapolis Indianapolis IN American Reserve Now
Edgewood Restaurant Lake Tahoe NV Contemporary American Reserve Now
Franciscan Crab Restaurant San Francisco CA Seafood Reserve Now
Grandviews at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco San Francisco CA Californian Reserve Now
High Finance Restaurant – At the top of the Tram Albuquerque NM Contemporary American Reserve Now
Highlawn Pavilion West Orange NJ American Reserve Now
Il Fornaio – Coronado Coronado CA Italian Reserve Now
Island Prime San Diego CA Steak Reserve Now
Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing Mulkiteo WA Seafood Reserve Now
La Costanera Montara CA Peruvian Reserve Now
Miramar Beach Restaurant Half Moon Bay CA Seafood Reserve Now
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto – Mt. Washington Mt. Washington PA Seafood Reserve Now
Moss Beach Distillery Half Moon Bay CA Seafood Reserve Now
Nikolai’s Roof Atlanta GA French Reserve Now
Pacific’s Edge Restaurant Carmel CA American Reserve Now
Peaks Restaurant Palm Springs CA Contemporary American Reserve Now
Peohe’s – Coronado Waterfront Restaurant Coronado CA Seafood Reserve Now
Primavista Cincinnati OH Italian Reserve Now
R Lounge at Two Times Square Manhattan NY Tapas/Small Plates Reserve Now
Ray’s Boathouse Seattle WA Seafood Reserve Now
River’s End Jenner CA Californian Reserve Now
Robert Manhattan NY American Reserve Now
Sarento’s Top of the “I” Honolulu HI Italian Reserve Now
Seven Glaciers Anchorage AK Contemporary American Reserve Now
Signature Room at the 95th Chicago IL American Reserve Now
Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge Seattle WA Seafood Reserve Now
Steamers of Pismo Pismo Beach CA Seafood Reserve Now
The Marine Room La Jolla CA Global, International Reserve Now
The Shores Restaurant – La Jolla Shores Hotel La Jolla CA American Reserve Now
The Spinnaker – Sausalito Sausalito CA Seafood Reserve Now
The View Restaurant New York NY Contemporary American Reserve Now
Top of the Tower New York NY Contemporary American Reserve Now
Top of the World Restaurant – Stratosphere Hotel Las Vegas NV Global, International Reserve Now
Water’s Edge Long Island NY American Reserve Now
Yamashiro Hollywood CA Asian Reserve Now
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