If you’ve caught the latest blockbuster featuring a certain trident-bearing superhero and have aqua life on your mind, take dinner and a movie to the next level by following it with a meal at one of these fun restaurants with water features on OpenTable and extend the magic. If that isn’t enough for your aquatic appetite, head over to KAYAK for a roundup of four dazzling travel destinations that are underwater alternatives to Atlantis.
Dakota’s Steakhouse, Dallas, Texas
This underground courtyard dining room feels like it’s submerged. That’s because a five-tier granite water wall consumes one side of the subterranean space. The sound of rushing water adds a tranquil tone to the dining experience. Make a reservation at Dakota’s Steakhouse.
Crustacean, Beverly Hills, California
Now you can walk on water. A massive aquarium embedded in the floor snakes its way through the cocktail lounge, doubling as an eye-catching pathway leading you to the main dining room. Peer into the depths below and you’ll spot koi lazily swimming by. Make a reservation at Crustacean.
Millwright’s, Simsbury, Connecticut
Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Just book a table at this 17th -century mill-turned-restaurant. The dining room has gorgeous views of the waterfall outside on Hop Brook. Make a reservation at Millwright’s.
The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia
The terrace is the perfect spot to perch for breakfast, afternoon tea, or a stem of something sparkling before dinner. A charming koi pond runs from one end of the stony patio through an archway into the adjacent courtyard. Just like the rest of the inn, it’s a little slice of heaven. Make a reservation at The Inn at Little Washington.
Farmers Fishers Bakers, Washington, D.C.
Rub-a-dub-dub, check out this tub! Set between the men’s restroom and women’s, it’s constantly being filled by the shower overhead. No matter how many tiki drinks you’ve knocked back, it is not appropriate to hop in to cool yourself off. Make a reservation at Farmers Fishers Bakers.
Artisan, West Hartford, Connecticut
The outdoor dining room is set in the middle of the garden that supplies much of the restaurant’s seasonal produce. To set the soundtrack, there’s a 6-foot round, knee-high oxidizing water fountain bubbling away in the background. So relaxing, you may never want to leave. Make a reservation at Artisan.
Lakeside, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Lake of Dreams lives up to its name. Dinnertime shows staged on it feature a 40-foot waterfall bedazzled with 4,000 lights, stunning holographics, and puppetry. Your jaw will drop, so don’t forget to chew. Make a reservation at Lakeside.
Playboy Club, New York, New York
Hef’s plush playground features a 600-gallon custom built aquarium. Crosshatch triggerfish and angelfish glide around the gilded bunny head sunken into its depths. No, you can’t go skinny dipping in it. Make a reservation at Playboy Club.
Jaya, Miami Beach, Florida
You don’t need to go to the moon to find Tranquility Base. The soothing courtyard features a lagoon studded with palm tree dotted islands. Bonus: If you’re there for brunch, you get to take in the scenery while sipping limitless Bloodys and Louis Roederer Champagne. Make a reservation at Jaya.
2941, Falls Church, Virginia
Water, water everywhere! There’s a stunning koi pond out front, terraced ponds off to the side, and a lake view. Best of all, there is a series of waterfalls, which make the perfect backdrop for selfies and wedding photos. Make a reservation at 2941.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credit: Steven Gomillion (Playboy Club); Connecticut Food and Farm (Millwright’s); Kevin Marple (Dakota’s Steakhouse); Manny Vargas (Artisan).