While North Carolina has some of the best dining experiences in the nation, our restaurants also come with spectacular scenery. From dining above the Atlantic Ocean, to impressive views of Grandfather Mountain, you’ll want to try these fifteen restaurants and experience their unbeatable views.
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1. Vue 1913, Asheville
At the Omni Grove Park Inn, you'll find sweeping mountain views at the Vue. With a fitting name, the Vue is a European-style restaurant with traditional American touches. Chef de Cuisine, James Lumley, is always sourcing the finest, local ingredients for delicious dishes.
2. Bentley's on 27, Charlotte
On the 27th floor, in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, you'll find Bentley's. A local favorite and classic choice for any special occasion. Paired with a fine-wine, you'll love the French dishes presented at the table. Oh, and the impressive view of course.
3. Inlet View Bar and Grill, Shallotte
Located right on the water, this beautiful restaurant has delicious seafood as well as some great views. An elevator takes you to the 2nd floor where you can enjoy panoramic views and a nice bar. Go for a casual dinner, or a drink, but time it right to catch the sunset.
4. Canyons Historic Restaurant and Bar, Blowing Rock
While the views of Johns River Gorge and Linville Gorge are spectacular, Canyons is not solely beautiful views. Classic dishes like the Maui Sandwich and Beef Enchiladas keep customers coming back. Brunch-enthusiast should go for a Sunday drive, and try some of the best brunch in the high country.
5. The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant, Chimney Rock
You can't beat the warm, cozy mountain feel you'll get at The Esmeralda. Which is probably why a lot of people choose to host special events here, from birthdays to rehearsal dinners. Make a reservation and experience casual yet unique dining.
6. Oceanic Restaurant, Wrightsville Beach
At Oceanic you can enjoy a cocktail, a meal, or both, right over the Atlantic. Sit on the dock during a nice day.
8. Fahrenheit, Charlotte
When Fahrenheit came on the scene with 21st-floor views of Uptown, and a to-die for outdoor area, everyone had to experience it for themselves. Chef Rocco Whalen prepares unique and imaginative American cuisine with a wide selection of small-plates and daring entrees. Make sure to have a night cap on the balcony and enjoy the metropolitan views.
8. Mountain View Restaurant, Spruce Pine
Everyone knows the breathtaking views you'll find on the Blue Ridge Parkway, so naturally any restaurant right off the parkway is just as impressive. Staying true to its name, Mountain View juts right off the mountain and gives diners beautiful Blue Ridge views in a casual atmosphere.
9. Skye Tower Restaurant & Bar, Raleigh
On the 20th floor, you'll find Skye Tower Restaurant & Bar. Staying true to its name, you get upscale cuisine with an upscale view of downtown Raleigh.
10. River's End Restaurant, Bryson City
Located at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, each seat promises a riverside view at River's End. Enjoy classic breakfast dishes like Fontana Hash Browns, or a hearty lunch after a morning of kayaking.
11. Blue Point Restaurant, Duck
If you like your seafood with a high-end touch, and great views, try Blue Point. For the past 25 years, Blue Point has maintained farm-to-table values. Bringing diners fresh catches styled in unique, southern fashion.
12. Grandview Restaurant, Banner Elk
For lunch and dinner, with amazing views of Grandfather Mountain, check out Grandview. You'll get simple but delicious breakfast served all day, or try their daily homemade lunch specials.
13. Miller's Waterfront Restaurant, Nags Head
Open during the warm months, Miller's is the perfect place for fresh seafood and cooked to perfection steaks. You'll get a great view of the Roanoke Sound.
14. Pisgah Inn Restaurant, Brevard
Situated at 5,000 ft. elevation, Pisgah Inn and Restaurant has amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from a wide-array of southern fare and take it all in with a fine glass of wine.
15. Ryan's Restaurant, Winston-Salem
A steak with a view, this beautiful, rustic wood-paneled restaurant mixes traditional steakhouse dishes with fabulous wine-pairings. Ryan's is perfect for a cozy date or for a celebration with family and friends. You'll feel like you're tucked away in the middle of the forest...because you actually are.
What is your favorite restaurant with a view in North Carolina? Tell us in the comments!