The World’s Most Beautiful Snowbound Restaurants Slideshow
December 21, 2016
High up in the mountains or right off city streets, these restaurants are beautiful winter havens
Alpino Vino – Telluride, Colo.
Only open during the winter, Alpino Vino in Telluride is only accessible by snow-coach or ski lift. The views from this restaurant at 11,966 feet above sea level and the fine dining mid-day experience are what bring guests here. Alpino Vino’s menu will have something for everyone with options that include antipasto, fine cheeses and meats, paninis, and chocolate desserts. The cabin façade, warm fireplace, stone floors, and white-topped mountain backdrop will make your meal a memorable adventure.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns – New York
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If you end up trapped in a restaurant on a day with heavy snowfall, Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills is a great place to be — if you can get a reservation. This luxurious dining experience is so popular that it has been frequented even by the Obamas. Their ingredients come from local farms and the property’s surrounding fields and pastures. With no set menu, you can decide between a tasting menu at the bar or the “grazing, pecking, rooting” option, which features the best dishes with the best ingredients available at the moment.
Chicago Chop House - Chicago
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Chicago Chop House is an intimate steakhouse that doubles as a toasty evening hideaway from the frigid temperatures of the winter months. Old portraits and black-and-white images of Chicago’s history line the Chop House walls. The restaurant has a fine selection of meats, family-style side dishes, and wines that make it perfect for a romantic night out or a special meal with the family.
Finlandia Caviar – Helsinki
Enjoy some oysters and caviar at Finlandia Caviar as you watch the snow come down outside the window. Inside the predominately white and gray caviar bar, you’ll feel as if you’re part of the landscape while. Learn about the world’s best caviar and pair your selection perfectly with Champagnes and vodkas recommended on the menu.
Le Panoramic – Chamonix, France
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On top of Le Brévent mountain in France sits the beautiful Le Panoramic restaurant. It overlooks snow-covered mountaintops that include Mont Blanc, giving you a truly panoramic view. Just you and the mountains... and the other people in the restaurant, of course. Since Le Panoramic is only accessible by cable car or gondola, you won’t find roads or buildings obstructing your scenic view. Sit out on one of their two terraces during the day and dine on savoyard dishes common in the Chamonix area, or your choice of the pasta, soup, and meat options that are also offered at Le Panoramic.
Panache – Québec City
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Inside the historic Auberge Saint-Antoine hotel in Québec City is the beautiful restaurant Panache. With views of the St. Lawrence River and a fireplace at the restaurant’s center, Panache is a delightful place to dine on a snowy winter night. The cuisine itself is worth the visit with fresh ingredients and produce that comes primarily from their organic garden on Île d'Orléans.
The Three Chimneys – Isle of Skye, Scotland
This remote, award-winning restaurant in Isle of Skye, is a cozy winter getaway that goes beyond the meal. The nearest train station is 51 miles away, so you’ll have to schedule a taxi in advance or drive yourself. The Three Chimneys is best-known for its fresh seafood. If you can, try their Skye Land & Sea tasting menu for an eight-course meal that features a bit of everything, including oysters, scallops, monkfish, and lamb.
Make a weekend out of the experience and stay in one of the six suites next door at House Over-By for the ultimate snowbound experience this winter.
White Rabbit – Moscow
Go on a gastronomic journey while tucked away in a glass dome on top of Moscow’s Smolensky Passage. White Rabbit restaurant uses seasonal local products to create dishes, and chef Vladimir Mukhin develops a new tasting menu for each season to accompany the main menu that is broken down into incredibly detailed sections: mini starters, cold appetizers, hot appetizers, salads, vegetables, porridge, small pies, wildfowl, etc.
White Rabbit’s restaurant décor, dish presentations, and city views are equally beautiful, creating a unique ambiance. While you’re in Moscow, watch the snow fall all around you or stare out at the night sky lit up by city lights on a cold winter night. In the mood for somewhere a little warmer? Check out our ultimate island bucket list.