From high in the sky to under the sea, these 18 restaurants with unique surroundings are a feast for the eyes. Whether you’re stepping into the past or gazing as far as the eye can see, these restaurants are sure to provide a memorable dining experience for your next meal.
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1. Under the Sea
Ithaa Restaurant, Maldives
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Located 16 feet (4.87m) below sea level, Ithaa restaurant offers unparalleled 180° views of sea life while you dine. The restaurant is part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort and is truly one of the most interesting dining experiences in the world.
Ithaa, which means mother-of-pearl in Dhivehi, is a mostly acrylic structure with a 14-person capacity. The space is approximately 5m x 9m (16ft x 30ft) and was designed and constructed by M.J. Murphy. The restaurant officially opened on April 15, 2005. Entrance to Ithaa is by way of a spiral staircase in a thatched pavilion at the end of a jetty. For more information please visit the official site at: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort
2. Inside a Cave Overlooking the Water
Grotta Palazzese – Polignano a Mare, Italy
Photograph by Grotta Palazzese
In the town of Polignano a Mare in southern Italy (province of Bari, Apulia), lies a most intriguing dining experience at the Grotta Palazzese. Open only during the summer months, a restaurant is created inside a vaulted limestone cave, looking outwards toward the sea. The restaurant is part of the Grotta Palazzese hotel located above.
3. Surrounded by Snow
SnowRestaurant – Kemi, Finland
Photograph by Timo Laapotti, Kemi Tourism Ltd
SnowRestaurant is located at the LumiLinna Snowcastle in Kemi, Finland. The restaurant is rebuilt annually and typically opens around the end of January for lunch and dinner (daily). The temperature in the restaurant is always around -5 degrees Celsius. Reservations must be made in advance and you can see the menu for the upcoming season here.
4. Dinner in the Sky
Locations Around the World
Photograph by dinnerinthesky.com
Dinner in the Sky is hosted at a table suspended at a height of 50 metres by a team of professionals and can be installed anywhere in the world as long as there is a surface of approximately 500 m² that can be secured. It is available for a session of 8 hours and can accommodate up to 22 people around the table at every session with three staff in the middle (chef, waiter, entertainer). To date, there have been Dinner in the Skyevents in 40 different countries. Visit the official site for more information.
5. Surrounded by Mountains
Berggasthaus Aescher – Wasserauen, Switzerland
Photograph via Switzerland Tourism
Berggasthaus Aescher is located 1454 meters (4,770 ft) above sea level and is open from 1 May – 31 October annually. The cliffside restaurant rewards hikers with remarkable views of the surrounding Alpstein area in Wasserauen, Switzerland. The vertical cliff face it hangs to is over 100 meters high. There is also a cable car that can take you back down to the valley. For more information visit MySwitzerland.com and TripAdvisor. You can also find the restaurant’s contact information below for any inquiries.
Beny & Claudia Knechtle-Wyss
CH-9057 Weissbad AI
T: 071 799 11 42 oder 071 799 14 49
E-Mail: [email protected]
6. Restaurant on a Rock
The Rock – Zanzibar, Tanzania
Photograph by Jonty Medcalf / travelstart.co.za
The Rock is located on the south-east of Zanzibar island on the Michamwi Pingwe peninsula (about 45 minutes from Stone Town). The restaurant is situated on a rock not far from shore. Patrons can reach the restaurant by foot during low tide and by boat at high tide (offered by the restaurant). Visit the official site for more information: www.therockrestaurantzanzibar.com/
7. Inside a Thousand-Year-Old Cistern
Sarnic Restaurant – Istanbul, Turkey
Photograph by Sarnic Restaurant
A cistern is a waterproof receptacle often built to catch and store rainwater. In Istanbul, Turkey, this thousand-year-old cistern features high domes supported on six stone piers situated at the top of the hill at the end of the row of small hotels in the narrow street immediately behind St. Sophia. It is now the site of a unique restaurant called Sarnic.
Address: Sogukcesme Sokagi 34220 Sultanahmet / Istanbul
Phone: 0212 512 42 91 – 513 36 60
8. Open Air Rooftop Dining
Sirocco @ Lebua Hotel – Bangkok, Thailand
Photograph by Lebua Hotels & Resorts
Located on the 63rd floor of Lebua Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand; is the award-winning, open air rooftop restaurant, Sirocco. Patrons are graced with incredible views of the bustling city below as they dine on authentic Mediterranean fare. For reservations and additional information, visit the official site.
9. Tree-Top Dining with Zip-Line Service
Treepod @ Soneva Kiri – Koh Kood, Bangkok
Photograph by Soneva Kiri Resort
Guests at the Soneva Kiri resort in Koh Kood, Bangkok are invited to experience Treepod dining. Guests are seated in a bamboo pod after being hoisted up into the tropical foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest. You can gaze out across the boulder-covered shoreline while your food and drink is delivered via the zip-line acrobatics of your personal waiter.
For more information, visit the official site.
10. Wet Feet and Waterfalls
Labassin Waterfall Restaurant – Philippines
Photograph via Matador Trips
Located at the Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort in the Philippines is the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant. The restaurant is only open for lunch and guests dine from a buffet-style menu and eat at bamboo dining tables. It’s not a natural waterfall but a spillway from the Labasin Dam. The dam’s reservoir has been turned into a lake where visitors can go rafting in traditional bamboo rafts and explore the Filipino culture at shows, facilities and additional restaurants on the sprawling property. Visit Villa Escudero’s official site for more information.