Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in the United States

Just in time for summer travel and staycations, OpenTable (NASDAQ:OPEN), a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, is pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in the United States.  These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The winners span 29 states with California handily outpacing the pack with 37 honorees. Washington came in a distant second with eight winning restaurants, followed by five winners in New York and Illinois. Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas count three winning restaurants each, while Alaska, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin have two each. Other states represented include Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Utah. The Chart House, renowned for selecting some of the nation’s most stunning sites for their restaurants, earned 10 of the 100 spots on the list.

“Whether they are perched atop a steely skyscraper or set on a serene beach, these award-winning restaurants are culinary destinations for locals and visitors alike,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer. “They offer hungry travelers an opportunity to experience the very best of a city in a single meal, while making local foodies’ hearts – and appetites – swell with pride.”

The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants is generated from more than 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.  All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “scenic view” was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in the U.S. according to OpenTable diners.  The complete list may also be viewed at

2012 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in the U.S.

42 – New York, New York
A Caprice – Tiburon, California
Alchemy Restaurant at Copperwynd Resort – Phoenix, Arizona
Alize at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada
Aquarius-Dream Inn – Santa Cruz, California
Bali Hai Restaurant – San Diego, California
Baxter’s Lakeside Grille – Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant – San Francisco, California
BeachHouse Bar + Grill – Kirkland, Washington
Bertand at Mister A’s – San Diego, California
Boat House Waterfront Dining – Tiverton, Rhode Island
Canlis – Seattle, Washington
Cannons Seafood Grill – Dana Point, California
The Celestial Steakhouse – Cincinnati, Ohio
Chart House – Atlantic City, New Jersey
Chart House – Cardiff, California
Chart House – Dana Point, California
Chart House – Longboat Key, Florida
Chart House – Malibu, California
Chart House – Newport, Ohio
Chart House – Portland, Oregon
Chart House – Redondo Beach, California
Chart House – San Antonio, Texas
Chart House – Weehawken, New Jersey
Chelsea’s Chowder House – Long Beach, California
Cite – Chicago, Illinois
Coach Insignia – Detroit, Michigan
Columbia Restaurant – St. Petersburg, Florida
Compass Restaurant-Hyatt Regency – Phoenix, Arizona
Crow’s Nest – Hotel Captain Cook – Anchorage, Alaska
Cutter’s Crabhouse – Seattle, Washington
Different Pointe of View – Phoenix, Arizona
Duke’s Malibu – Malibu, California
Eagle’s Nest-Hyatt Regency – Indianapolis, Indiana
Edgewood Restaurant – Stateline, Nevada
Fish Hopper – Monterey, California
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck – Dallas, Texas
Flagstaff House – Boulder, Colorado
Fog Harbor Fish House – San Francisco, California
Franciscan Crab Restaurant – San Francisco, California
Georgetowne Inn – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Grandview Restaurant and Lounge at The Geneva Inn – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Grandviews at the Grand Hyatt – San Francisco, California
Harbor House – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Harbor Lights – East Norwalk, Connecticut
High Finance Restaurant at the Top of the Tram – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Highlawn Pavilion – West Orange, New Jersey
Il Fornaio – Coronado, California
Island Prime – San Diego, California
JJ Astor – Duluth, Minnesota
La Costanera – Montara, California
Lynnhaven Fish House – Virginia Beach, Virginia
Marina Café – Destin, Florida
The Marine Room – La Jolla, California
McCormick & Kuleto’s Seafood Restaurant – San Francisco, California
Metropolitan Club – Chicago, Illinois
Miramar Beach Restaurant – Half Moon Bay, California
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Moss Beach Distillery – Moss Beach, California
Nick and Nino’s Penthouse Steakhouse – Springfield, Illinois
Old Oyster Factory – Hilton Head, South Carolina
Pacific’s Edge Restaurant – Monterey, California
Palisade – Seattle, Washington
Peaks Restaurant – Palm Springs, California
The Penthouse Restaurant – Santa Monica, California
Portland City Grill – Portland, Oregon
Primavista – Cincinnati, Ohio
R Lounge at Two Times Square – New York, New York
The Restaurant at Alderbrook – Union, Washington
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm – Lovettsville, Virginia
Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier – Chicago, Illinois
River’s End – Jenner, California
Robert – New York, New York
Rocky Point Restaurant – Carmel, California
Roof Restaurant — Salt Lake City, Utah
Sandiago’s Mexican Grill – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sarento’s Top of the ‘I’ – Honolulu, Hawaii
Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge – Salisbury, Massachusetts
Seven Glaciers – Girdwood, Alaska
Severn Inn – Annapolis, Maryland
Signature Room at the 95th – Chicago, Illinois
Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge – Seattle, Washington
Skates on the Bay – Berkeley, California
SkyCity Restaurant at the Space Needle – Seattle, Washington
The Spinnaker – Sausalito, California
Steamers of Pismo – Pismo Beach, California
Steiner Ranch Steakhouse – Austin, Texas
Summit House Restaurant – Enumclaw, Washington
Sundial Restaurant at the Westin Peachtree – Atlanta, Georgia
Sunnyside – Tahoe City, California
The Sunset – Los Angeles, California
Sutro’s at the Cliff House – San Francisco, California
Top of the Hub – Boston, Massachusetts
Top of the Riverfront-Millennium Hotel – St. Louis, Missouri
Top of the Tower – New York, New York
Top of the World Restaurant-Stratosphere Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada
View – Oakdale, New York
West Restaurant and Lounge – Los Angeles, California
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck – Los Angeles, California
Yamashiro – Hollywood, California

Diners can also read more about the Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Scenic View restaurants in the U.S. by visiting OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter’s “Dining Check” blog.