Taste of Tuscaloosa: Places with a View

Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa's new rooftop bar is now open, offering sweeping views. Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa's new rooftop bar is now open, offering sweeping views. Hanson Watkins

We are fortunate beyond measure in this great area of ours to have so many wonderful restaurants and bars – special places we love. Some have sentimental value; others are new and exciting, and still others we love…just because. The word I’m searching for here is “ambience,” I think. I wanted, this month, to focus on some places around Tuscaloosa and Northport that offer up not only great food, but also great views *as* you enjoy a meal and/or cocktails. It’s hard to narrow this town, but after much deliberation, these are the favorites.   


One of Tuscaloosa’s newest restaurants, River has a perfect location – right along the banks of the Black Warrior River. This establishment serves up chef-driven, Southern cuisine with great flair. The food is excellent (a full review is coming soon!), and the view…you can’t beat it. Enjoy dining outside and watch the gorgeous sunset. Breathtaking! 

Hotel Indigo 

Yes, a hotel is included on this list. Why? Because the newly opened Hotel Indigo in Tuscaloosa has a wonderful rooftop bar, which offers sweeping views of downtown as you sip cocktails or a glass of wine.  If you’re looking for a unique, snazzy and wonderful way to enjoy an evening, check out The Lookout.  

Heat Pizza Bar 

We’re all aware that Heat Pizza Bar serves up some of the best pizza in town. That’s certainly true, but what’s also true is that if you get a table outside, especially in the early evening when it’s cooler (hooray for fall weather coming), you’ll get a lovely view of Government Plaza’s fountain.  You can watch the fountain as you enjoy dinner – and you can probably watch some serious Pokemon Go hunters are work as well.  

The Levee Bar & Grill 

Sunsets, you say? Yep, the Levee Bar & Grill certainly has them. This is a fantastic option for excellent seafood, chicken, pasta and steaks – and for a fabulous view across the Black Warrior River of Tuscaloosa during the day, or at night.  Be sure to sit on the back patio and kick back with a specialty cocktail as you enjoy your meal.  

Cypress Inn Restaurant 

Cypress Inn is an institution in this area, with good reason. The food is great (I discussed this last month in DCL), and the views! Oh the views are simply spectacular. The Black Warrior River provides the perfect backdrop for a lovely afternoon or evening meal. This place offers sweeping views, and if you are fortunate enough to get a table right by one of the large windows, you’ll love watching the river roll by as you eat and socialize.

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheena-gregg-83612a9b

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.


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