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In a perfect world, we’d eat every meal outside while looking out at the waves. Oh, and every meal would be lobster. But until we retire to Hawaii (or California or Arizona), we’re just going to gaze at OpenTable’s gorgeous list of the 100 best places to dine alfresco in America. We’ll have the lobster Benedict, please.

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ACQUA (Multiple Locations in MN)

Psst, that’s White Bear Lake, and it’s glorious.

Multiple locations in MN; 651-407-7317 or

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Adelle’s Fine American Fare (Wheaton, IL)

Order the tenderloin filet.

535 W. Liberty Dr., Wheaton, IL; 630-784-8015 or


Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar (Naples, FL)

Cue the Otis Redding.

4270 Gulf Shore Blvd N., Naples, FL; 239-649-5552 or


Beachcomber Café (Newport Coast, CA)

Sure beats boardwalk food.

15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA; 949-376-6900 or

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Bistro 821 (Naples, FL)

It doesn’t get much better than this.

821 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, FL; 239-261-5821 or


Blue Moon Fish Company (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Oh, and there’s a Sunday buffet brunch.

4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL; 954-267-9888 or


The Boathouse at Sunday Park (Midlothian, VA)

Tip: Try the shrimp and pineapple fried-rice bowl.

4602 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian, VA; 804-744-2545 or


Boca (Brandon, FL)

Don’t miss fried chicken night.

11206 Sullivan St., Riverview, FL; 813-330-7997 or


Brave New Restaurant (Little Rock, AR)

Come for the view, stay for the blueberry cheesecake.

2300 Cottondale Ln., Ste. 105, Little Rock, AR; 501-663-2677 or


BRAVO Cucina Italiana (Naples, FL)

This one is a national chain (but don’t expect all the views to be this beautiful).

9110 Strada Pl. #6145, Naples, FL; 239-514-0042 or

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Ever have phyllo-wrapped Brie? Try it here.

44 Church St., Danville, CA; 925-820-7200 or

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BRIO Tuscan Grille (Gilbert, AZ)

Another national chain (think a more upscale Olive Garden with a super-Instagrammable view).

2150 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, AZ; 480-917-9177 or

Café Amelie

Café Amelie (New Orleans, LA)

Oh so charming.

912 Royal St., New Orleans, LA; 504-412-8965 or

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Café Berlin (Washington, D.C.)

An oasis in the middle of the city.

322 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, D.C.; 202-543-7656 or

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Café and Bar Lurcat (Naples, FL)

Yeah, we could get used to this.

494 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, FL; 239-213-3357 or

Café Monarch

Café Monarch (Scottsdale, AZ)

Oh, and there’s a butterfly garden.

6934 E. First Ave. #102, Scottsdale, AZ; 480-970-7582 or


Café Pinot (Los Angeles, CA)

Start with spicy meatballs, then move on to the poutine.

700 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA; 213-239-6500 or


Campiello (Naples, FL)

We’ll just pretend that’s our own private courtyard.

1177 Third St. S., Naples, FL; 239-435-1166 or

Cedar Creek Inn

Cedar Creek Inn (San Juan Capistrano, CA)

Don’t miss the signature coconut cake.

26860 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA; 949-240-2229 or

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Columbia Restaurant (Multiple locations in Florida)

Paella with a view.

Multiple locations in Florida; 407-566-1505 or

Continental Naples

Continental Naples (Naples, FL)


1205 Third St. S., Naples, FL; 239-659-0007 or

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Copley’s on Palm Canyon (Palm Springs, CA)

Just serve us our dinner riiiight here.

621 Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA; 760-327-9555 or

Cress on Oak Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona

Cress on Oak Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, AZ)

The very definition of dining under the stars.

301 L’Auberge Ln., Sedona, AZ; 855-905-5745 or


Cucina Rustica (Sedona, AZ)

You’re practically in Sicily.

7000 AZ-179 #126A, Sedona, AZ; 928-284-3010 or

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Culinary Dropout at the Yard (Phoenix, AZ)

It’s like this place was built for Instagram.

5632 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ; 602-680-4040 or

Da Vinci Ristorante

Da Vinci Ristorante (Marco Island, FL)

Stop by late for the live music and pizza.

599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL; 239-389-1888 or

Different Pointe of View

Different Pointe of View (Phoenix, AZ)

Mountain views? Check. Comfy chairs? Check.

11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ; 602-866-6350 or


Duke’s Beach House Maui (Lahaina, HI)

This year’s goal: eat brunch under more straw huts.

130 Kai Malina Pkwy., Lahaina, HI; 808-662-2900 or


El Chorro Lodge (Paradise Valley, AZ)

Best of all, you can play bocce while you wait.

5550 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ; 480-948-5170 or


Farm & Table (Albuquerque, NM)

It’s just not a meal outside without twinkle lights.

8917 Fourth St. NW, Albuquerque, NM; 505-503-7124 or


Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar (Charleston, SC)

We’ll take our dinner with a view of the Cooper River, please.

186 Concord St., Charleston, SC; 843-722-8100 or


Frida’s Beach House (Lahaina, HI)

Don’t leave without a slice of the magic red velvet flan cake.

187 Front St., Lahaina, HI; 808-661-1287 or


Gaylord’s at Kilohana (Lihue, HI)

That’s a coconut mojito, and it’s every bit as wonderful as it sounds.

3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy., Lihue, HI; 808-245-9593 or

George’s Ocean Terrace

George’s Ocean Terrace (San Diego, CA)

Now that’s a sunset.

1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA; 858-454-4244 or


Gonza Tacos y Tequila (Durham, NC)

Remember what we said about twinkle lights? We rest our case.

604 Fernway Ave. Durham, NC; 919-908-2656 or

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Café Gratitude (Newport Beach, CA)

Eating organic never felt so good.

1617 Westcliff Dr. #112, Newport Beach, CA; 949-836-8100 or


Guppy’s on the Beach (Indian Rocks Beach, FL)

This looks like a ceviche-eating spot if we’ve ever seen one.

1701 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, FL; 727-593-2032 or


Hearth Restaurant and Pub (Windsor, CO)

Mimosas on the patio? Don’t mind if we do.

205 1/2 Fourth St., Windsor, CO; 970-460-0193 or


Hot Tin Roof (Key West, FL)

Watch out for pirates.

0 Duval St., Key West, FL; 305-295-7057 or

The House Brasserie

The House Brasserie (Scottsdale, AZ)

We’ll spend all summer right here, thanks.

6936 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ; 408-634-1600 or

Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails (Sarasota, FL)

Sounds like a rustic fisherman’s spot, but it’s actually part of the Ritz-Carlton.

1111 Ritz Carlton Dr., Sarasota, FL; 941-309-2266 or


Jake’s (Palm Springs, CA)

Remind us again why we don’t live in Palm Springs?

664 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA; 760-327-4400 or


Kaluz Restaurant (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Make ours a double.

3300 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL; 954-772-2209 or

Kimo’s Maui

Kimo’s Restaurant Maui (Lahaina, HI)

We doubt you have to ask if that tuna’s fresh.

845 Front St. A, Lahaina, HI; 808-661-4811 or


La Brasserie Bistro and Bar (La Quinta, CA)

The prettiest place to eat frites.

78477 CA-111, La Quinta, CA; 760-771-4400 or

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La Quinta Cliffhouse (La Quinta, CA)

We’d like a mountainside table, please.

78250 Hwy. 111, La Quinta, CA; 760-360-5991 or


Laili (Santa Cruz, CA)

Psst, try the apricot chicken flatbread.

101 Cooper St., Santa Cruz, CA; 831-423-4545 or

Latitudes on Sunset Key

Latitudes on Sunset Key (Key West, FL)

If you’ve ever wanted to eat inside a literal postcard.

245 Front St., Key West, FL; 305-292-5394 or

Lavender Bistro

Lavender Bistro (La Quinta, CA)

The next best thing to actually dining in the sky.

78073 Cll. Barcelona, La Quinta, CA; 760-564-5353 or


Le Vallauris (Palm Springs, CA)

We don’t know what French-Mediterranean-California food is, but if it’s served in this garden, we’re ready to try it.

385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA; 760-325-5059 or

Little Beast Restaurant

Little Beast Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA)

This cute-as-a-button bungalow isn’t kidding with the backyard.

1496 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; 323-341-5899 or

Lon’s at the Hermosa

Lon’s at the Hermosa (Paradise Valley, AZ)

“Well, we could eat at the mall or we could try that little place in Old Adobe…”

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, AZ; 602-955-8614 or

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Marche Bacchus (Las Vegas, NV)

Bob Ross would have loved this place.

2620 Regatta Dr., Las Vegas, NV; 702-804-8008 or


Mariposa (Sedona, AZ)

And this one.

700 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ; 928-862-4444 or


Mediterrano (Naples, FL)

A shish kebab dinner never looked so elegant.

336 13th Ave. S., Naples, FL; 239-261-7498 or

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Michaels Restaurant (Key West, FL)

Order from the special prix-fixe “island menu.”

532 Margaret St., Key West, FL; 305-295-1300 or


The Mill Kitchen and Bar (Roswell, GA)

Three words: pimento cheese fritters.

590 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA; 770-817-9345 or

Miro’s Restaurant

Miro’s Restaurant (Palm Springs, CA)

Who needs a backyard? We’ll just spend every night here.

1555 S. Palm Canyon Dr., STE H-101, Palm Springs, CA; 760-323-5199 or


Mitch’s on el Paseo Prime Seafood (Palm Desert, FL)

Yeah, this looks like a pretty excellent place to eat surf and turf.

73951 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA; 760-779-9200 or

Molto Trattoria

Molto Trattoria (Naples, FL)

Your move, Italy.

368 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, FL; 239-261-5853 or


Momed (Atwater Village, CA)

The inside’s super pretty, too.

3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA; 323-522-3488 or


Morgan’s in the Desert (La Quinta, CA)

Oh, and there’s a piano bar.

49499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, CA; 760-564-7600 or


Ocotillo (Phoenix, AZ)

And as if this place could get any cooler, the ingredients are locally sourced.

3243 N. Third St., Phoenix, AZ; 602-687-9080 or

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Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace (Scottsdale, AZ)

Handmade pasta > possibly everything.

7135 E. Camelback Rd. #195, Scottsdale, AZ; 480-751-2200 or


Ophelia’s on the Bay (Sarasota, FL)

Even if you don’t nab a seat outside, the restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows.

9105 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, FL; 941-349-2212 or


Osteria Tulia (Naples, FL)

The epitome of farmhouse chic.

466 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, FL; 239-213-2073 or


Pacifica Seafood Restaurant (Palm Desert, CA)

Yep, you can get delicious seafood in the desert.

73595 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA; 760-674-8666 or


Panama Hotel and Restaurant (San Rafael, CA)

If you’re too full to drive home, just stay at the adjoining bed-and-breakfast.

4 Bayview St., San Rafael, CA; 415-457-3993 or


Paragary’s (Sacramento, CA)

BRB, moving to Sacramento.

1403 28th St., Sacramento, CA; 916-452-3335 or


Parkshore Grill (St. Petersburg, FL)

Get a steak. Trust us.

300 Beach Dr. NE #104, St. Petersburg, FL; 727-896-9463 or


Passerelle Bistro (Greenville, SC)

This cozy French bistro doesn’t disappoint.

601 S. Main St., Greenville, SC; 864-509-0142 or

RELATED: 6 Très Chic Décor Lessons We’ve Learned From the French


Portico Restaurant (Richmond, VA)

Chilly? Cozy up to the fire pit.

12506 River Rd., Richmond, VA; 804-784-4800 or

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Poseidon (Del Mar, CA)

We’d like this for lunch every day for the rest of our lives, please.

1670 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA; 858-755-9345 or

My N./Yelp

The Prado at Balboa Park (San Diego, CA)

Come for the happy hour, stay for the sunset.

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA; 619-557-9441 or


Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain (Phoenix, AZ)

One seasonal veggie omelet in the garden, coming right up.

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ; 602-276-0601 or

Red Fish Grill

Red Fish Grill (Miami, FL)

Can we get a lifetime reservation for two on the terrace?

9610 Old Cutler Rd., Miami, FL; 305-668-8788 or


Renato’s (Palm Beach, FL)

The next best thing to a trip to Florence.

87 Via Mizner, Palm Beach, FL; 561-655-9752 or


The Restaurant at Ponte (Temecula, CA)

Bonus: It’s attached to a winery.

35053 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA; 951-252-1770 or


Rick’s Café Boatyard (Indianapolis, IN)

Jazz and seafood on the waterfront? Don’t mind if we do.

4050 Dandy Trl., Indianapolis, IN; 317-290-9300 or

Val C./Yelp

Rita’s Kitchen at Camelback Inn, A J.W. Marriott Resort (Scottsdale, AZ)

Stay at the resort or just pop by for dinner and pretend you’re on vacation.

5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ; 480-948-1700 or

Sale e Pepe

Sale e Pepe – Marco Beach Ocean Resort (Marco Island, FL)

Beachfront dinner or bust.

480 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL; 239-393-1600 or


Saltus River Grill (Beaufort, SC)

Locally-sourced ingredients cooked on a wood grill. Sold.

802 Bay St., Beaufort, SC; 843-379-3474 or


SASSI (Scottsdale, AZ)

Bonus: You can have your wedding here.

10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ; 480-502-9095 or

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Shore Diner

Shore Diner (Sarasota, FL)

Get the St. Louis “Jenga” ribs. (They’re exactly what they sound like.)

465 John Ringling Blvd. #200, Sarasota, FL; 941-926-0301 or

Lianne K./Yelp

Si Bon (Rancho Mirage, CA)

Just like Belgium, with nicer weather.

40101 Monterey Ave. Ste. E5, Rancho Mirage, CA; 760-837-0011 or


Spencer’s Restaurant (Palm Springs, CA)

Go for the kung pao calamari.

701 W. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs, CA; 760-327-3446 or

Spiga Cucina Italiana

Spiga Cucina Italiana (Scottsdale, AZ)

Fancy a glass of red? There are over 2,000 bottles of wine to choose from.

7500 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, AZ; 480-513-9000 or

RELATED: The 3 Types of Wine It’s OK to Go Cheap On (and 2 You Shouldn’t)

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Escondido, CA)

The garden is fabulous—but if the weather is crummy, there’s indoor greenery and a fire pit.

1999 Citracado Pkwy., Escondido, CA; 760-294-7899 or

Sundy House

Sundy House (Delray Beach, FL)

Hi, when can we move in?

106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, FL; 877-439-9601 or

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse (San Diego, CA)

Yep, this restaurant includes a functioning lighthouse.

2150 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, CA; 619-291-9110 or

CD R./Yelp

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar (Scottsdale, AZ)

Wear your fanciest Hawaiian shirt.

15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ; 480-505-3668 or

Tonto Bar and Grill

Tonto Bar & Grill (Cave Creek, AZ)

Try the grilled corn gazpacho.

5736 E. Rancho Manana Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ; 480-488-0698 or

William E./Yelp

The Tropicale (Palm Springs, CA)

This delightfully kitschy spot is the next best thing to dining with a flamingo.

330 E. Armado St., Palm Springs, CA; 760-866-1952 or


The Turtle Club Restaurant (Naples, FL)

The first rule of Turtle Club is don’t talk about Turtle Club.

9229 Gulf Shore Dr., Naples, FL; 239-592-6557 or


Vin de Set (St. Louis, MS)

It has shrimp crepes, and yes, you should try them.

2017 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO; 314-241-8989 or

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Virtu Honest Craft (Scottsdale, AZ)

Sharing (plates) is caring at this spot.

3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ; 480-946-3477 or

William H./Yelp

Vivace Restaurant (Tucson, AZ)

Italy, Schmitaly.

6440 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ; 520-795-7221 or

RELATED: 13 Fabulous, Free Things to Do in Italy


The Waterfront Restaurant (Anna Maria, FL)

Work on your tan, then fuel up with watermelon salad and sashimi.

111 Bay Blvd. N., Anna Maria, FL; 941-778-1515 or


Wildflower (Tucson, AZ)

The menu changes seasonally, but it’s always vibrant and inventive.

7037 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ; 520-219-4230 or

Kate N./Yelp

Zinc Bistro (Scottsdale, AZ)

Any place where we can drink wine and a latte at the same time is a winner in our book.

15034 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ; 480-603-0922 or

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