We all know there are plenty of amazing restaurants in Virginia – from homestyle comfort food to award-winning gourmet dining. But to make an incredible meal even better, these 15 restaurants are set in some of the most beautiful spots in the state – and offer the views to prove it.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, Lovettsville
In a recent release, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville was voted as one of OpenTable.com's Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants. No stranger to praise, this top spot has also been named a “Northern Virginia Magazine” best. Patowmack Farm is one of the first farm restaurants in the U.S. and offers three columns: found, raised or grown. Best of all, every organically gourmet meal is served up with breathtaking views of the Potamac River alongside stunning countryside vistas from the outside patio.
2. 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church (Fairview Park/Merrifield)
For sophisticated urban dining at its best, 2941 in the heart of Falls Church is a masterpiece. The meals themselves are artistic works, but the views take the cake. Set amongst lush gardens, koi ponds, waterfalls, world-class artwork, and a view of the lake, 2941's floor-to-ceiling windows ensure an ideal backdrop for romantic nights, special events - or simply a great meal with an even better view.
3. Blue Mountain Brewery, Restaurant and Pub, Afton
Set in the foothills of Afton Mountain, this hometown brewery has been making a big name for itself since 2007 with handcrafted brews. With outside seating overlooking fields of hops and surrounded by the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, you get great food - and brew with a view.
4. Isle of Capri, Virginia Beach
This beachfront Italian restaurant is as well known for its amazing view as for its amazing food. Located at the Holiday Inn and Suites North Beach, Isle of Capri serves up old-world Italian favorites with the style and beauty only the Virginia Beach oceanfront can offer.
5. Indigo Landing, Alexandria
Set on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria at The Washington Sailing Marina, Indigo Landing offers a peaceful indoor/outdoor retreat year-round. Enjoy the deck with its exquisite water views during the summer months or sit by the fireside and watch the water from the cozy comfort of the glassed-in dining room during the winter. Oh, and the food? Equally amazing!
6. Don's Seafood Restaurant, Chincoteague
A favorite for locals and tourists alike, Don's Seafood is a Chincoteague classic. Located in the heart of downtown right on the Chincoteague channel, Don's is known for their signature crab cakes, flounder, oyster and clams - not to mention breathtaking sunset views.
7. The River Company Restaurant and Brewery, Fairlawn
From custom crafted brews to breathtaking views, The River Company Restaurant and Brewery gives their guests the best of everything. Situated just outside of Radford along the New River, The River Company makes dining an experience for all the senses.
8. Skydome Lounge, Arlington
Sitting atop the Doubletree by Hilton in Crystal City, the Skydome Lounge offers the area's only revolving restaurant and hands-down, one of the best views of the Arlington and DC skyline. This casual bistro is located at the Reagan International Airport for convenience - and a one-of-a-kind experience.
9. Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant, Bedford
At the Peaks of Otter Lodge dining room, the only thing better than the food is the view. Serving locally sourced, handcrafted meals, from breakfast to dinner, the restaurant overlooks the exquisite Blue Ridge views that have made the Peaks of Otter famous.
10. Smithfield Station, Smithfield
Located in scenic Smithfield, this waterfront restaurant is part of the Smithfield Station Inn. Whether you want to enjoy a candlelit dinner overlooking the marina or prefer to sit on the outside deck, an all-around awesome menu focused on local seafood with plenty of Smithfield's world-famous ham worked in is perfectly accented by gorgeous views of the Pagan River.
11. Chart House Restaurant Alexandria
Set in historic Old Town Alexandria, Chart House is a visual, as well as culinary treat. With indoor and outdoor dining available, mouthwatering meals are simply the icing on the cake, so to speak, for the stunning panoramic views of the Potomac River at this waterfront favorite.
12. Surf Rider Restaurant, Poquoson
One of seven Surf Rider locations throughout the Virginia Beach/Hampton/Norfolk area, this Tidewater seafood favorite serves homestyle meals and an incredible atmosphere. Located at the Whitehouse Cove Marina, every amazing meal comes with a side of beautiful waterfront and marina views.
13. Lakeview Restaurant at Douthat State Park, Millboro
Set within the beauty of Douthat State Park, this full-service restaurant overlooks Lake Douthat. After recent renovations, a glass enclosed porch and large deck provide a peaceful setting in which to enjoy some of Douthat's most beautiful views. As Lakeview is only open seasonally, be sure to check
for available times.
14. The Island House Restaurant, Wachapreague
Overlooking the beautiful Wachapreague Harbor, The Island House is a favorite for its fresh seafood, but also for its dazzling views. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the marina and waterfront while you dine, then take a walk up the restaurant's spiral staircase to the lookout tower for panoramic views of the Eastern Shore's Barrier Islands.
15. Virginia Originals and Chesapeake Grill, South Thimble Island
Located at 1 Island in the Bay at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Virginia Originals and Chesapeake Grill is a casual dining restaurant with amazing views of the bridge and bay.
There’s no doubt that these 15 spots are just a few of the many places in Virginia that serve up breathtaking views. So where is your favorite “restaurant with a view”? Let us know in the comments below if we’ve left any gems off the list!