It’s the time of year when trees are ablaze with the colors of autumn: fiery reds, flaming yellows, and glowing oranges. Take in their smoldering beauty while enjoying a meal that will set your palate alight. Here are 8 restaurants with brilliant fall foliage views. Not near any of them? Discover restaurants near you on OpenTable.
Millwright’s Dining Room, Simsbury, Connecticut
Perched atop a picturesque waterfall, the restaurant’s widescreen windows overlook the tumbling waters and the forest lining the riverbank. It’s the perfect vantage point to watch the leaves transform into a beautiful bonfire. The dazzling views are well complemented by chef Tyler Anderson’s hyper-seasonal fare highlighting the freshest ingredients of the moment.
Make a reservation at Millwright’s Dining Room.
Passerelle Bistro, Greenville, South Carolina
Situated on the banks of the Reedy River in the verdant Falls Park, the restaurant looks out over a series of falls and the Liberty Bridge, a 345-foot, curved bridge. While savoring Franco-European classics from executive chef Jenifer Rogers, diners have a chance to see the local flora in all its autumnal glory. Keep an eye out for the restaurant’s iconic beech tree, which erupts into a stunning golden yellow.
Make a reservation at Passerelle Bistro.
Holly Hill Inn, Midway, Kentucky
Tucked into the heart of the state’s Bluegrass region, the fine-dining restaurant resides in a rural inn from the 19th century. Surrounding the historic home’s front porch is an array of lush greenery and towering trees, which peak into golden hues in mid- to late October. Chef Ouita Michel puts out memorable farm-to-table dishes powered by the finest ingredients from local producers.
Make a reservation at Holly Hill Inn.
American Bounty at The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York
Just north of New York City, the Culinary Institute of America’s sprawling 170-acre campus is perched on the edge of the Hudson River. Rich with trees, the property is practically an arboretum. Take it all while dining at the school’s tribute to the country’s culinary traditions and its vision for the future.
Make a reservation at American Bounty at The Culinary Institute of America.
1833 Kitchen & Bar at the Aurora Inn, Aurora, New York
The restaurant’s veranda peers out at Cayuga Lake and the vibrant woodlands surrounding it. Hues of scarlet and amber sweep through the woods during the fall, offering a warm contrast the blue waters. Executive chef Eric Lamphere specializes in deeply comforting fare combining Old World and New World traditions.
Make a reservation at 1833 Kitchen & Bar at the Aurora Inn.
2941, Falls Church, Virginia
Everywhere you look outside through floor to ceiling windows, you’re greeted with splendid views: a charming lake, waterfalls, koi ponds, and rich greenery. In the autumn, it’s like sitting inside a jewel box surrounded by gold and gems. While you’re taking it all in, savor French-flaired American cuisine from executive chef Bertrand Chemel and pastry chef Nicholas Pine.
Make a reservation at 2941.
The Restaurant at RT Lodge, Maryville, Tennessee
The Great Smoky Mountains are breathtaking at any time of year, but you can’t beat the foliage during the fall. Plan a visit in late October or early November for the best Instagrams. To get the best views during dinner, ask for a seat in the upstairs dining room with wrap-around windows overlooking the heavily wooded property.
Make a reservation at The Restaurant at RT Lodge.
Canoe, Atlanta, Georgia
Leaf peppers take note! Located on the banks of the peaceful Chattahoochee River, the restaurant offers unforgettable views of autumn in action. To complement it all, chef Matthew Basford puts out a fall forward menu packed with seasonal delights, such as ginger squash soup and compressed apple salad.
Make a reservation at Canoe.
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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.