Top Restaurants to Watch the Solar Eclipse: OpenTable Picks Front-Row Seats to the Summer Eclipse

On August 21, for the first time in 99 years, the skies over the U.S. will serve up a magnificent feast for the eyes — a total solar eclipse that will cast a preternatural shadow across a narrow sliver of land called the Path of Totality. Scores of eclipse chasers will head to both popular and remote destinations within the path to watch the sun go dark, as the eclipse cuts east across the continent.

OpenTable invites enthusiasts to kick their eclipse-watching plans up a notch by booking some of the best seats for the celestial show! Whether watching the eclipse over brunch in Portland or during a late lunch in Charleston, more than 20 restaurants, most of which are located squarely within the path, will boast unobstructed outdoor or rooftop seating, allowing diners to savor the moment in more than one way!

More than just a place to dine and watch, some restaurants, including Middleton Place Restaurant, located 20 minutes outside of Charleston, will be rolling out the red carpet for the event. Famed for its Low Country fare and sprawling grounds, the restaurant will host a professional astronomer who will provide educational talks throughout the day, while the surrounding grounds will be dotted with craft stations for kids as well as food and beverage stations for those visiting the day of the eclipse!

Pro Tips: Book early, where possible. Some restaurants are first come, first served, so arrive early if an advance reservation isn’t possible. Inquire about any special eclipse-viewing parties, events, or menus — and don’t forget to bring your protective eyewear in case they’re not provided!

To help you get started, here are some of our favorite spots to dine and watch, from west to east:

Portland, Oregon – Approx. 10:19PM PT Eclipse Viewing Time
Currents at the Riverhouse
Hayden’s Lakefront Grill
Three Degrees

Kansas City, Missouri – Approx. 1:09PM CT Eclipse Viewing Time
Gram & Dun
La Bodega – Kansas City
The Jacobson
The Well – Bar, Grill & Rooftop

St. Louis, Missouri – Approx. 1:19PM CT Eclipse Viewing Time
Cielo
Katie’s Pizza & Pasta
Tavolo

Nashville, Tennessee – Approx. 1:28PM CT Eclipse Viewing Time
Etc.Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant – Nashville
Wild Ginger

Charlotte, North Carolina – Approx. 2:43 pm ET Eclipse Viewing Time
Essex
Nellie’s Southern Kitchen
Red Rocks Cafe – Charlotte
Vivace – Charlotte

Greenville, South Carolina – Approx. 2:39PM ET Eclipse Viewing Time
Larkin’s on the River
Passerelle Bistro
Pomegranate on Main

Charleston, South Carolina – Approx. 2:46PM ET Eclipse Viewing Time
BLU Restaurant & Bar
Charleston Harbor Fish House – Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
Eleve Restaurant & Rooftop
Fleet Landing
Middleton Place Restaurant
Tavern & Table
The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits
Water’s Edge – Charleston

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