The Best Splurge-Worthy Restaurants on the Coast, According to You!
17. GW Fins | New Orleans, Louisiana
With a nature-driven menu, GW Fins—open more than 15 years—offers both locally sourced (Gulf-fresh) and high-quality international seafood with seasonal ingredients and subtle cooking techniques that showcase the flavors of each fish, rather than an excess of spices and sauces.
16. Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf | Chicago, Illinois
Unapologetically stylish and unabashedly playful, Bavette’s puts a spirited twist on the traditional steakhouse, with tried-and-true favorites such as seafood towers and oysters on the half shell served in a setting that channels an old-school dinner club, complete with dangling chandeliers and jazz music.
15. Lahaina Grill | Lahaina, Hawaii
The walls of this contemporary bistro on Maui are decked with an extensive and colorful art collection that set a perfect scene for the restaurant's dishes, which feature fresh ingredients and fresh local seafood.
14. Del Posto | New York City, New York
The first of many Big Apple restaurants to earn spots in TripAdvisor’s top 25 ranking, Del Posto serves refined Italian dishes in an elegant setting, with a goal of making the restaurant as friendly to the environment as possible.
13. Le Bernardin | New York City, New York
This French restaurant started out serving only fish: “Fresh, simple and prepared with respect.” In the decades since, it has preserved its culinary legacy and paired it with refined interiors in its Midtown location, garnering awards both for the cuisine and for the design.
12. Per Se | New York City, New York
Set in a serene, intimate space, this Michelin-starred eatery offers a prix fixe menu of French-inspired dishes and views of Central Park and Columbus Circle—TripAdvisor reviewers called it a one-of-a-kind dining experience and “excellent in every way.”
11. Kokkari Estiatorio | San Francisco, California
Everything revolves around hospitality at Kokkari, a Greek eatery in bustling San Francisco with all the charm of an old-world Mediterranean inn. The food is simple, emphasizing the natural flavors of quality ingredients such as lamb, yogurt, and oregano, with a focus on seafood and game.
10. Circa 1886 Restaurant | Charleston, South Carolina
It’s no secret that Charleston’s food scene—based around Lowcountry culinary traditions, often with contemporary twists and flavors from regions around the globe—is one of the hottest in the country (four of the city’s restaurants made TripAdvisor’s list!). At Circa 1886 Restaurant, classic Southern fare gets a lighter twist, with less butter and cream—but just as much flavor.
9. Grill 225 | Charleston, South Carolina
At Grill 225, the steaks are aged for 42 to 50 days for prime tenderness and phenomenal flavor. The elegant restaurant in Charleston’s Market Pavilion Hotel also boasts fresh seafood and an exclusive cocktail called the Nitrotini, infused with liquid nitrogen and highly refreshing.
8. Fat Canary | Williamsburg, Virginia
This bistro serves upscale American fare, with an excellent wine list and an irresistible cheese shop next door. Located in historic (and absolutely charming) Colonial Williamsburg, Fat Canary is just inland from Jamestown and Newport News.
7. Merriman’s | Kapalua, Hawaii
6. Restaurant Gary Danko | San Francisco, California
The lauded spot in iconic Fisherman’s Wharf is headed by Chef Gary Danko, a James Beard Award winner several times over. The menu combines classic French cooking with the fresh, local ingredients California is known for, topping it all off with impeccable service—one of TripAdvisor’s reviewers called it “one of the very best.”
5. Mama’s Fish House | Paia, Hawaii
This oceanside spot on beautiful Maui dishes up fresh fish brought in daily by local fishermen. While the food is beyond compare, the view from this family-owned restaurant might be even better.
4. Halls Chophouse | Charleston, South Carolina
Yet another Holy City destination, Halls Chophouse offers the finest steaks and meats around—including what are arguably the best burgers in the city—with healthy servings of Southern hospitality, lending this family restaurant a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.
3. Alinea | Chicago, Illinois
Known for its creative tasting menus, this New American spot near the shores of Lake Michigan (a true inland sea!) prides itself on providing distinct dining experiences, with a specialized reservations system that ensures each guest fully enjoys the meal in what one reviewer called “performance art.”
2. Charleston Grill | Charleston, South Carolina
1. Daniel | New York City, New York
In New York City’s Upper East Side, Daniel sits just blocks from the East River and serves up world-class French cuisine—no wonder TripAdvisor travelers voted it the best fine dining restaurant in the country!