With an upcoming respite to the warmer months of summer, it's time to enjoy beautiful views and refreshing, cool breezes on the rooftops of some of Tennessee's gorgeous restaurants. Get a bird's eye view of Knoxville no matter the weather conditions in the Sunsphere. Nosh on fresh cheeses and produce with a skyline backdrop in Nashville. Drink in the view of the Mississippi River while sipping on cocktails. Add these restaurants to your next Tennessee trip itinerary:
1 Bass Pro Drive
Memphis, TN 38105
Your evening begins with a ride on the world's tallest freestanding elevator (28 stories) to the top of Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid. Enjoy 360-degree views indoors and out of Memphis' sprawling urban areas accented by the beautiful Mississippi River. Pair dinner selections like white river catfish, blackened redfish, buttermilk fried chicken and barbecue pork flatbread with specialty cocktails and desserts like the chocolate hazelnut caramel brownie as you watch the sunset on your perfect evening.
810 Clinch Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
(Credit: Primo Ristorante Italiano)
Knoxville's most iconic structure, The Sunsphere, is now home to the nightlife place-to-be Primo Ristorante Italiano. Italian comfort food with an upscale twist makes this restaurant a must-visit during your Knoxville vacation. Since it's on the 5th floor of the Sunsphere, you have a bird's eye view of every structure in the city. Imagine watching the sun set from this vantage point as you sip on libations and dine on fresh steamed shellfish, pastas and Tuscan steaks.
8280 Short Mountain Road
Woodbury, TN 37190
Take a tour of Short Mountain Distillery, located on 300 acres of a working farm in Cannon County. Then, head on over to the restaurant for southern comfort food, moonshine cocktails and sweeping views of the Tennessee farm. It's a quiet, romantic atmosphere that's perfect for a weekend jaunt.
50 Harbor Town Square
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(Credit: Terrace at the River Inn)
Have you always wanted to dine on a balcony that overlooks the Mississippi River as it reflects the sunset's reds, oranges, and purples? Well, look no further than Terrace at the River Inn with its intimate dining and panoramic views of Downtown Memphis and the Mississippi River. Enjoy a six-ounce filet mignon in a thyme cabernet sauce with asparagus and fries on the side followed by the Trio of Shooters: delectable bites of chocolate mousse, strawberry short cake, and key lime pie. End the night with a Long Kiss Goodnight (the cocktail) with pomegranate vodka, peach schnapps, lemon and orange juice, and ground cinnamon.
901 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203
(Credit: Up, A Rooftop Lounge)
Have you heard of Up? No, not the movie, but the rooftop lounge in the Gulch right outside downtown Nashville. Rustic, seasonal food and upscale cocktails wait for patrons at the top of the Fairfield Inn & Suites. The downtown Nashville skyline view is gorgeous and with inside and outside seating you can enjoy it anywhere. The menu changes with the seasons with tasting plates of local cheeses and breads, hot chicken and bacon jam minis. Wash it all down with the Tonight We Tanqueray – ginger syrup, pineapple and lime juice, Tanqueray, and fernet branca.
1126 McGavock St.
Nashville, TN 37203
Heralded as one of the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the U.S. by OpenTable and one of the Best Dinner Restaurants in Nashville, according to Nashville Guru, publications around the city will tell you this is one of the best places to get sushi and Japanese cuisine. From Uni Mazemen to a southern take on Ramen and sushi selections that'll have your mouth watering, you can dine on the patio and take in sites like Union Station and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.