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Chase Sapphire Reserve and J.P. Morgan Reserve cardmembers can access exclusive reservations at 21 of our favorite restaurants across the country.
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Getting a table at a buzzy restaurant can be like going for a run after eating a whole 16-inch pizza by yourself: very hard. That’s where the Reserved by Sapphire℠ booking program comes in, available exclusively to Chase Sapphire Reserve and J.P. Morgan Reserve cardmembers. Instead of setting early morning alarms to score a spot, cardmembers can access reservations at 21 of our favorite restaurants across the country. To treat yourself to a 12-course tasting menu, have a meal cooked entirely over a live fire, or sit down to a next-level dinner party, make a reservation through Chase Dining in Ultimate Rewards® at dining.chase.com or in the Chase Mobile® app. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Atomix is one of the best fine-dining options in NYC, and it’s not that stuffy. Dinner (starting at $395) takes place at a U-shaped counter, with around 12 Korean-influenced courses accompanied by illustrated flash cards. The attention to detail is impressive, and dishes like wagyu with tomato ssamjang and japchae with black truffle always feel inventive. At the end of the night, you get to take all your notecards home in a custom envelope—and after a meal this special, it’s nice having a meaningful souvenir that isn’t just a copy of the check.

At Reverence, you’ll be asked whether you want your five-course tasting menu to be protein or vegetable-focused. That’ll be as close to a menu as you’ll receive at this 18-seat chef’s counter in Harlem. After finding your name tag and sitting down, you’ll hear how all of the dishes are inspired by cuisines and ingredients from different parts of California. While the two-plus-hour dinner could definitely be classified as fine dining, it never feels stuffy thanks to friendly chefs and servers who casually chat with you while making sure that your wine glass is never empty.

Great sushi restaurants serve fish that tastes so distractingly delicious you might forget your own phone number–but the best ones account for all of your senses. You’ll sit with six fellow spectators at a sushi bar in a wooden room that wafts with the smell of cypress smoke, and eat things like uni flown in from Hokkaido and eel that's been smoked over bamboo leaves. Dinner here is pricey, but absolutely worth the cost if you’re interested in trying one of the city’s best sushi omakase meals.

Seattle

Canlis is the most upscale fine dining restaurant in the entire city, and qualifies as a Seattle bucket list activity. While there are other places around town where you can get a big-ticket dinner with experimental food, at Canlis, it’s more about the whole package. You’re here to soak in the Lake Union view, eat a luxurious morsel of steak, and wear a gala-type outfit that would otherwise rot in a closet corner with your forgotten Halloween costumes. It’s the perfect place to share a fantastic night out with anyone from your betrothed to your boss. Especially if your boss picks up the check. 

Archipelago is about as Pacific Northwest as owning a Subaru and multiple pairs of rock climbing shoes, but you can’t find a meal like this anywhere else in Seattle. The Filipino-American tasting menu spot is dedicated to hyper-local sourcing to the point where it feels like a bit, with items like torched pine branches from the chef’s backyard garnishing your plate, or a kinilaw served atop rocks collected on hikes. The halo halo has “pineapple” ice made from pines and apples (the tropical fruit doesn’t grow in the PNW), and their imagining of sinigang has plum, green apple, or rhubarb broth instead of tamarind. 

Tomo in White Center serves the kind of meal that makes us wish time travel were real. Not just to see a stegosaurus, but also to go back and replay our first dinner here. This tasting menu spot coaxes intense flavor out of seemingly simple ingredients. A vegetarian barley porridge with eggplant and dill pollen could take on any meaty stew. A rich XO sauce underneath seared scallops is the best application of geoduck Seattle has ever seen (the bar was not high, but still). Hot arepas are immensely comforting and come stuffed with stracciatella and prosciutto as popcorn-scented steam floats around. To match these exciting bites is a space with brunette walls, dramatic lighting, and speakers that blast soothing whale noises in the bathroom.

Los Angeles

In most ways, Melisse is pretty much what you’d expect from a tasting menu-only spot that’s been open in Santa Monica for over 20 years. There are foams, intricate presentations, and servers who have spent a lot of time learning dish placement choreography. And yet, it doesn’t feel stale. The service is welcoming and not at all stiff, and while the food isn’t particularly unusual, everything you put in your mouth is essentially perfect. If you're looking for a slum dunk special occasion restaurant (and have the money to spend on it), Melisse is an excellent option. 

San Francisco

This Mexican fine dining restaurant is where we send people looking to blow hundreds of dollars on a single dinner that will solidify into a core memory. That’s because the 16 courses of dishes are nothing short of thrilling. Chicharrones come buried in shaved truffle and grilled bananas are served in savory dulce de leche and crowned with caviar. While dinner doesn’t come cheap ($307 a head), the cavernous all-black space and phenomenal food make this meal a production you won’t want to end.

Lazy Bear in the Mission is one of the few SF fine dining restaurants that feels loose and a lot of fun. The commitment to a vintage camping theme has a lot to do with it—the outdoorsy bit livens up the night from start to finish. You’ll doodle notes on a menu designed like a field guide, sip on a tisane made from locally foraged leaves and flowers, and eat fancy gummy bear desserts in an upstairs lounge filled with Cabin Porn books and tasteful flannel accents. The 11 American-ish courses ($275) are inspired by whatever’s in season (and summer camp nostalgia). You’ll never be able to predict what you’re in for, but the food is guaranteed to be as playful as the theme. 

Ever had a meal that was cooked entirely over a live fire? No? Head to Osito. The fine dining restaurant stands out for doing just that—and serving it to one large communal table. Open flames are fanned all night long, and used to make every dish on the eclectic tasting menu ($215 per person). Depending on the month’s theme—like “Growing Up,” which focused on nostalgic dishes for the team, or “Old World Techniques”—you might see antelope alongside cantaloupe and cottage cheese, potatoes cooked in ash, or smoked salmon served with mushrooms and fennel. Watching the action go down in the open kitchen is all part of the fun. It’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else in San Francisco.  

Sons & Daughters is the best Super Fancy Tasting Menu Spot in Nob Hill. Their seasonal $229, 14-course dinner of California-inspired dishes is served in a cozy, sleek space that’s also a bit mysterious, with Rorschach ink blot-esque art on the walls and two-way mirrors on the exterior. Porcini financiers are served on terrarium-like dishes and cultured butter is topped with salt from Ocean Beach. As the night goes on, you’re treated to a parade of bigger dishes, like scallops soaking in brown butter and truffle-heavy dry-aged strip loin. 

Healdsburg

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This upscale restaurant takes note from Japanese traditional kaiseki, with attentive-but-unstuffy service and beyond-elegant plating. Dinner starts with a playful selection of amuse-bouches and moves through a progression of 10 courses that bring together the owner-chef’s Japanese training and locally-grown produce from the restaurant’s farm. Dishes change constantly and are in tune with the seasons: during winter you might find freshwater eel and braised konbu over brothy koshihikari rice, while summer brings in fresh peas and celtuce to liven up steamed black cod. At $425 per person, a meal here isn’t cheap, but it’ll be one to remember.

Washington, D.C.

Kinship is where you go for a special occasion meal, like the anniversary of your boss not calling you their last assistant’s name or your dog’s graduation from obedience school. It’s one of those new American places where the menu is inexplicably divided into sections called “craft,” “history,” “ingredients,” and “indulgence,” but we promise it’s not pretentious. Ignore the divisions, and just be excited about dishes like lobster French toast and grilled beef ribeye. Plus, the white-grey dining room feels like being in a Restoration Hardware showroom, but without the salespeople trying to sell you couches for $5,000. The only way to do a meal here wrong is to leave without getting the previously mentioned lobster French toast.

Philadelphia

Her Place feels like the next generation of supper clubs—fantastic food in an atmosphere that feels more like a friend’s dining room than a restaurant—and it easily stands out as one of the best restaurants in Philly (and across the country). The $90 four-course meal has all the elements of fine dining without the stuffy pretense. The menu changes bi-weekly, but you can expect dishes like escargot floating in a garlicky pesto, a savory potato leek lasagnetta that’s drenched in a cream sauce, and a lemon profiterole that’s fluffy and light. The entire place turns into a group hangout each night, so even if you come solo, everybody around you (including people in the kitchen) will feel like family by the end. 

Vernick is the kind of restaurant we wish many other restaurants could be. It’s considered “New American,” but that term doesn’t really do it justice. Take one look at the menu and you’ll notice that literally every single dish is completely different from the one above and below it. It’s like being transported to Epcot in Disney World, except the food actually tastes good and you don’t have to deal with screaming children who want to ride Soarin’ for the seventh time. You’ve got a fluke ceviche next to a veal carpaccio and a double cut pork chop with apricot mustard next to a grilled black sea bass. And every single dish, one after the other, gives you the same feeling you get when you finally remember the name of the movie you were thinking about, but couldn’t remember the name of for so long that everyone in the conversation lost interest—pure, unadulterated joy.

Austin

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Sushi Bar is located in a small, semi-secret room in an old house in East Austin. The focus here is “new-wave” nigiri, meaning you can expect to find pieces of sushi topped with things like shaved truffles, dehydrated herbs, foams, and fermented powders. The bites are fun and inventive, if sometimes competing for your tastebuds’ attention. A dinner here feels like a special occasion, and every bite seems to get better than the last, even if we’re not always sure what we’re tasting. 

Otoko is often considered one of the swankiest restaurants in Austin, with the price tag to match. It’s a place to dress up a little and feel like a rock star as you watch your meal get prepared in a room that’s basically a tunnel of lights to a soundtrack of Bowie, Sun Ra, and Fugazi. The menu has a mix of small plates and nigiri that play with both Japanese and Texas flavors, generally in subtle ways that feel like traditional flavors steeped in Austin.

This omakase spot is out in the middle of nowhere (OK, it’s at the Lost Pines Resort close to Bastrop), in a hotel that feels a little like a haunted old Hill Country estate. It’s an odd backdrop for an omakase, but if anything it speaks to the more elusive, speakeasy nature of the multi-course dinner here. While you can expect a few pieces of classic sushi, you’ll also find a lot of bites like torched whelk nigiri topped with beet mustard, lemon juice, and quinoa. It’s not traditional at all, but it’s not really trying to be.

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