America’s Best Rooftop Dining

Staff Writer
Because there’s no reason not to eat on a roof!
Area 31

Miami's Area 31 offers stunning views of the skyline.

From The Handlebar in Austin (moustaches preferred), to the Top of the Hub in Boston (where you can take in a full city view), wherever you go in the U.S. you can count on a great rooftop restaurant being a stone’s throw away.

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Even though it’s officially spring, summer weather still seems completely out of reach for many. We want picnics in the park, sunshine, and baseball, and we want them now! At least we can still go hang out at the bar and drink hot toddies to keep warm!

One of the best parts of the coming warm weather is the annual opening of the rooftops and patios of the world. There’s nothing better than sitting in the sunshine with a drink and a delicious meal after a winter of being cooped up in your apartment. Plus, this happens right around the same time that food becomes interesting again, with fresh spring and summer produce starting to show up on restaurant plates. So what better combo could you ask for than great food, drinks, and a rooftop view?

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We’ve compiled a list of 26 of the best rooftop dining experiences around the U.S., from sea to shining sea and some spaces in between. To come up with this extensive list, we searched for restaurants with the best views, historic locations, highest vantage points, and, lest we forget, unbeatable food. Read on to learn all about restaurants that will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.