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Sea Watch On The Ocean Named One Of OpenTable's 100 Most Scenic Restaurants In America

OpenTable diners have selected the most scenic restaurants in the nation, and an oceanfront spot in the Fort Lauderdale area is the only South Florida eatery among the top picks. 

Sea Watch on the Ocean, which sits on an expansive beach ridge in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, has been named among the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America, a list based on the reviews of OpenTable diners. 

"Even though we've known that for 42 years, it's good to know that everyone else knows it now too," said general manager Beth Tannar, who learned about the award when an OpenTable representative came into the restaurant to tell her. "We're in good company when you peruse the list of other restaurants around the country."

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Seven Florida restaurants made the list in total, including Latitudes in Key West and Ophelia's on the Ocean in Sarasota.

OpenTable analyzed more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted between July 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016, and considered whether guests identified the eatery as "great for outdoor dining." The top-rated local restaurant (4.5 stars out of 5, with 3,301 reviews) was selected from more than 20,000 restaurants across the country. 

Among the 100 scenic restaurants are spots with spectacular views of valleys, city landmarks and, of course, bodies of water. Some sit on cliffs and others, on towering rooftops. At Sea Watch, the view is of sand dunes and sea grass, and more importantly, palm trees and the Atlantic.

Sea Watch was architecturally designed to give guests a view of the ocean from every single seat in the house. Diners can enjoy their seaside eats from the main or private dining rooms, which have floor-to-ceiling windows; the open-air upstairs lounge; or even an enclosed patio.

Tannar said selecting her favorite dining spot in the restaurant is like choosing a favorite child, but she identified the middle dining room's "Table 33" as one of them. It's a round table conducive to talking, she said, and located in a corner of the restaurant where guests are surrounded by the waterfront view.

The proud manager also shared a scenic second-floor secret. 

"Upstairs in the lounge outside, it's about as picturesque as you can get because it's the most direct view," she said. "There's no windows or anything like that, and it's the second story, so they have the more dramatic vantage of the ocean."

Looking to take a restaurant road trip this summer? Here are the Florida winners:

  • Bon Appetit, Dunedin
  • Chart House, Longboat Key
  • Chart House, Melbourne
  • Latitudes, Key West
  • Ophelia's on the Ocean, Sarasota
  • Sea Watch Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale
  • Spinners Rooftop Revolving Bistro & Lounge at Grand Plaza Hotel, St. Pete Beach

Sea Watch on the Ocean; 6002 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 

(Image via Facebook/Sea Watch)