Would you look at that?
Who wouldn’t want to eat there. It’s got it all. A sensational view, great location, combination of formal dining and casual outdoor setting. And you could be there for the price of a ticket to Tanzania.
Yes–not a quick dinner out. It is the Ngorogoro Crater Lodge, situated on the African Plains–volcanic land. The closest I’ve been is watching The Lion King or Madagascar on tv and it seems to me that you might pick your entree while it’s still roaming on the plains below.
But I do have to comment on these lists of ‘great view’ restaurants. Eating well is an art, so it’s natural that fine restaurants go hand-in-hand with beautiful scenery, lovely decor, pampered treatment. They’re almost always in exotic, tropical or waterside locations—on the Nile, the Pacific, the Mediterranean. But for those of us located in more suburban or land-locked locations, just where do you go for a table and a view?
Think on it. Then drop a line with the restaurant name and location—and we’ll give them a shout out from Granny Panties. But for now, here are some of my most memorable. Maybe some of them are yours as well.
- Gertrude’s. Located in the Baltimore Museum of Art. An artistic oasis served up by a local celebrity chef in the middle of an urban landscape. http://www.johnshields.com/restaurant/rest/gertrudes.html
- XIX Restaurant. When in Philly, check out this gem on the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The highest view in the city. http://www.hyatt.com/gallery/nineteen/xix.html?icamp=nineteenrestaurant
- The Waterworks, Philadelphia. Located right on the Schulkyll River near the Philadelphia Art Museum, running water walls and glass doors look out onto Boathouse Row; home to the great crew teams rowing through a park-like setting. http://thewaterworksrestaurant.com/
- Chelsea Pier, NYC. The restaurant sits on top of the Hudson River with lovely views of northern New Jersey??? Go figure. http://www.chelseabrewingco.com/
- Queens Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. Classic good looks on the St. Lawrence–just beautiful. http://www.vintage-hotels.com/queenslanding/accommodations.htm
- Inn on the 20, Jordan Station, Ontario—a destination mini-resort with restaurants, gifts, unique lodging and a lovely little restaurant with windows open to the fields and woods beneath. http://www.innonthetwenty.com/
- Atlantic Grille, Hammock Bay Beach Resort, Palm Coast, FL— Good food and glass walls that look out onto the Atlantic—what could be finer? http://www.hammockbeach.com/resort-restaurant/atlantic-grille-oceanfront-restaurant
- Vintage at Morgan Hill, Lehigh Valley, PA. It’s been mentioned before and I’ll say it again. Top of a hill overlooking a golf course and the valley below. http://theclubatmorganhill.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=417&page=12395
I could keep thinking, but now it’s your turn. Please add to the list.