Travel News: 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America

Pismo Beach CaliforniaView of the beach and rocks in Pismo Beach, California
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Pismo Beach, CA, is the gorgeous setting for Ventana Grill, one of OpenTable's 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America.

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We’ve been devouring OpenTable’s list if the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America, which is based on more than 12 million reviews of restaurants across the U.S. by “verified diners” (meaning the reviews were not written by the restaurants themselves or by public relations reps). The varying vistas these eateries offer range from seascapes, nature to city skylines to iconic landmarks.

But even a quick glance at the list makes it clear that some of the most beautiful restaurant views come with a hefty price tag. With that in mind, we did a deeper dive into the scenic restaurants whose menu items are aimed a bit more at bargain seekers like us - those where dinner with a drink and tip will come in roughly under $30/person. The good news is there are plenty of affordable options in all regions of the U.S. Here, a few of the standouts (to learn more or book a reservation, look them up on OpenTable).

THE WEST

It’s no secret that Budget Travelers love California’s Central Coast, and Ventana Grill, right on the water in Pismo Beach, will knock you out with seascapes (ventana, after all, means “window” in Spanish), good prices, and great Latin American fare and, of course, seafood..

Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove, in Newport Beach, CA, is right on the water and gets high marks for breakfast and beignets.

Duke’s, in La Jolla and in Malibu, CA, wows visitors with its ambience and Hula Pie.

El Five serves up a popular paella - not to mention breathtaking views of downtown Denver, CO.

THE NORTHEAST

Boat House Waterfront Dining, in Tiverton, RI, offers lobster fritters along with waterside views.

Legal Harborside, in Boston, MA, is the place for fish and chips (and, do we have to say it… chowder), served, yes, harborside.

Parc, on beautiful Rittenhouse Square, in Philadelphia, PA, gets raves for its French cuisine, including the cheesy, bubbly onion soup.

THE MIDWEST

The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard, in Canton, OH, offers beautiful vineyard views plus a posh interior and, of course, great wine.

Primavista serves affordable Italian food with sweeping views of Cincinnati, plus a bread pudding you should save some room for.

THE SOUTH

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, on the water in Richmond, VA, generates plenty of buzz for its shrimp and grits.

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey, in Clearwater, FL, pours a popular sangria in an open, airy space with windows looking out on the water.

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar, in Charleston, SC, focuses on seafood, including its ever-popular shrimp and grits.

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