Staff Picks: Read the Reviews for Upscale Restaurants

We all love to find exquisite restaurants when we travel. But how do you know which ones are the best? Often there is only so much time while in a new city, state, or country. You don’t want to waste a meal on an overpriced not-so-good restaurant. So read our ETG reviews.

ETG Founders Kathy Leonardo & Richard Bilow at Red Salt in Kauai; All images courtesy of ETG

At we love to feature well known restaurants in addition to hidden gems, and also staff picks. These are NOT reviews – just listings. You’ll find both restaurant reviews and restaurant Staff Picks under the Eat Drink category drop-down.

Reviews Upscale Restaurants

Below are just a few of our favorite upscale and romantic restaurants. Of course we have lots more under the Eat/Drink 

Kauai, Hawaii

The photo of Richard and I (above) was taken at Red Salt in Kauai on our honeymoon. This is an impressive restaurant. The ambiance, the cuisine…all magnificent. CLICK HERE to read the review. I also wrote three articles as part of my Finding Love Later in Life series about how I met my husband and our honeymoon in Hawaii.

Ingridients, Bonaire, Lobster and Scallop Salad Appetizer; photo by Richard Bilow

Bonaire, The Dutch Caribbean

I love Bonaire. Attention all you scuba divers, if you have not yet been to Bonaire…get there. In addition to an amazing house reef Buddy Dive Resort is home to a fantastic restaurants called Ingridients. You may be thinking…whoops Kathy is having a senior moment….but no I am NOT. Ingridients is the correct spelling of the restaurant. CLICK HERE to read my review.

Another romantic restaurant with a view located in Bonaire is Cappuccino. Situated on a pier you are surrounded by water as you dine. It is breathtaking. CLICK HERE for the review. I also wrote an article about my trip to Bonaire. CLICK HERE to read. You can find these articles in the Stories Section.

First & Oak, Filet of Beef (smoked celery root, miso, slow cooked onion); photo by Richard Bilow; 

Solvang CA

I enjoyed a fabulous birthday dinner at First & Oak, a Michelin Plate Awarded restaurant in Solvang California. The food was exceptional at this intimate dining spot. CLICK HERE to read the review. If you are looking for a more casual, family friendly eatery owned by a longtime local CLICK HERE to read my review of the Solvang Restaurant.


If you love Asian fusion cuisine, Tao has many locations. I reviewed TAO in Uncasville Connecticut. This is very close to Gales Ferry, where I spent most of my time. The interior design of TAO is exotic, you’ll feel like you are in another country. Also it is located in the Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort, so you may as well make a night of it. CLICK HERE to read the review.

TAO Review Uncasville Connecticut
TAO, Connecticut; photo by Kathy leonardo

Los Angeles

Finally, let’s not forget about Los Angeles, which offers a plethora of fantastic upscale restaurants. The Four Seasons is legendary. It’s restaurant Culina does an exceptional job of keeping a fresh rotating menu of seasonal fare. Also the resident sommelier can advise you on a perfect pairing for each course. I love the pairing that was selected for me. CLICK HERE to read my restaurant review. 

So if you see a restaurant that you think you may want to try out. It is usually linked to the Reviews drop-down if it has been reviewed – CLICK HERE to find it.

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