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Inspector Picks: Five Favorite Rooftop Restaurants

Courtesy of Altabira City Tavern
February 01, 2022
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.”
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Departure

Portland, Oregon
AAA Inspector 31: If it's a sunny day, this is where I go for refreshing cocktails and relaxed noshing on one of the two spectacular rooftop decks with awesome views.
All menu offerings are great for sampling and sharing, but my favorite dish is the crispy pork belly with pickled cherries, ginger and pumpkin seeds. You may feel like you're dining in the clouds, and sometimes you actually are given the restaurant's lofty perch atop the Meier & Frank Building. Two seasonal patios offer great panoramic views of the city, Willamette River and distant Mount Hood.
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Capa

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
AAA Inspector 55: Grab a table on the patio for wonderful fireworks shows from the surrounding parks or to bask in a beautiful sunset.
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. Bold and dramatic are the two words that come to mind with this restaurant. From the vibrant decor to the dramatic views to the delicious Basque cuisine, the whole experience is unforgettable.
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The Cultured Pearl

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
AAA Inspector 55: The rooftop patio is the best spot in town on a pleasant day-except maybe the beach!
This longtime popular spot offers a lengthy menu of great Asian specialties, including creative sushi options, stir-fry dishes, seafood and even a cream of crab soup. When the weather agrees, the rooftop patio can't be beat for serenity. The spa-like setting offers a bird's-eye view of town and koi ponds from tables draped in flowing white fabric and twinkling lights.
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Livery

Indianapolis, Indiana
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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Republic of Texas Bar & Grill

Corpus Christi, Texas
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.
Indubitably one of the more upscale restaurants in this city, this rooftop dining room is known far and wide for its outstanding food, views and ambience. There are large steaks, but also quail, venison and local fresh fish, all uniquely prepared. 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 and live piano music.
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