AAA Travel Tips / Inspector Picks: Five Favorite Rooftop Restaurants

Inspector Picks: Five Favorite Rooftop Restaurants

Courtesy of Altabira City Tavern
July 09, 2018
Dine al fresco in the warm sunshine or under the stars at one of these five favorite rooftop restaurants. Enjoy the natural ambience at these places to eat created by their elevated locations with spectacular views that give a completely new meaning to the phrase “eating out.”
Altabira City Tavern
Altabira City Tavern/John Valls
Altabira City Tavern
Portland, Oregon
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AAA Inspector 31: Wow! I can enjoy panoramic views of the Portland skyline from every table in the restaurant as well as from the rooftop patio.
While I would come for the panoramic skyline view alone, the savory foods are what I remember days later. Traditional salads have a creative spin like Bibb lettuce with roasted grapes and a limoncello vinaigrette. The grilled pork chop with stone fruit chutney was wonderful, and other dishes like the smoked beef brisket, roasted chicken and grilled wild salmon looked equally delicious. If the warm, peach bourbon croissant bread pudding is on the menu, you can't go wrong. In addition to the full section of craft cocktails, there are around 15 local beers and ciders on tap. While reservations are not accepted for the outdoor patio, if a table is available on a clear day you will love the experience.
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Pork Belly with apples and pistachios
AAA/Inspector 55
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
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AAA Inspector 55: Grab a table on the patio for wonderful fireworks shows from the surrounding parks.
Fireworks abound at this elegant rooftop Basque steakhouse; on the plate, in the glass, and in the sky-as you can see the sky light up from the surrounding Disney parks. Dramatic black and red flowing ceiling artwork rival the show outdoors. Fabulous tapas starters include pork belly, charred octopus and many wonderful vegetable plates. Steaks and chops are the specialty with dry-aged Wagyu beef and Spanish pork.
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L.A. Jackson/Andrea Behrends
L.A. Jackson
Nashville, Tennessee
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AAA Inspector 597: I could spend hours on this restaurant's rooftop patio overlooking the Nashville skyline!
This rooftop bar and restaurant is the perfect place for a casual after-work dinner. The menu is great for sharing and offers a variety of unique, fun dishes, including lamb lollipops, venison poppers, charcuterie, boudin balls, burgers, broiled oysters, backbone stew and hand pies. The great view, friendly service and craft cocktails make this the place to be for a great dining experience. Customers love this place so much that the entire restaurant and bar is rented out sometimes. Make sure it's open to the public before arriving.
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Livery, Indianapolis, food, cuisine, Latin American, fusion, empanadas, steak, modern
AAA/Inspector 555
Indianapolis, Indiana
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AAA Inspector 555: This eatery's intimate rooftop dining area is where I come to enjoy a picturesque dinner under the stars.
Located inside a transformed late-1800s livery stable, this trendy neighborhood gathering place features a variety of Latin-influenced small plates. A few of the tasty offerings include spicy skirt steak, chile relleno with goat cheese and savory lamb empanadas. In warmer weather, opt to enjoy your meal on the scenic rooftop dining area. Two bars and over 40 tequila choices are available.
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Caprese Salad, Baked Oysters, Key lime pie.
AAA/Inspector 66
Republic of Texas Bar & Grill
Corpus Christi, Texas
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AAA Inspector 66: I get a whole new appreciation for the beauty of the Texas coast while gazing out of the huge floor-to-ceiling windows at this 20th floor perch.
Considered to be one of the more upscale restaurants in this city, this rooftop dining room is known far and wide for its outstanding steaks and seafood. Of course there are large steaks, but also quail, venison, local fresh fish and various shrimp preparations. The plush surroundings and sweeping views of Corpus Christi bay only add to the appeal. All the elements are here for a magical evening...dramatic bay views through 18 ft tall glass panels, exceptional service, great food, live piano music.
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