Dining out isn’t just about the food, it’s about the experience, and who doesn’t appreciate a meal accompanied by a great view? Whether you want to dine on top of a mountain, at the bottom of the ocean, or anywhere in between, these are the best restaurants in the world with a view.
You can dine almost 20 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean in the world’s first underwater restaurant, Ithaa, located at the Conrad Maldives. Taste exquisite fusion cuisine while admiring views of the coral garden and a colorful array of marine life.
The Delaire Graff’s The impressive wooden deck is the perfect setting for a meal of local food and wine in the Cape Winelands of South Africa. Stunning views of Simonsberg Peak and the vineyards and olive groves of the Banghoek Valley can be enjoyed under the shade of majestic oak trees.
Discover by Ali Barbour naturally carved ancient coral cave 32 feet underground on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. The cave is open to the sky, so look up to see the dazzling, starry skies as you dine on seafood and international cuisine.
With its colorful houses along the coast of the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre looks like a postcard come to life. Admire the view from the terrace of Sleep Nessun, a cliffside restaurant overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Sip a leisurely cocktail or glass of local wine alongside a platter of meats and cheeses as delicious as the setting.
Atop a cliff by the ocean, this award-winning restaurant is located at the Post Ranch Inn. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape as you savor local California cuisine at Sierra Mar. Book a dinner reservation so you can watch the sunset over the main course, then marvel at the starry sky over dessert.
A Michelin-starred menu and a romantic view of the Manhattan skyline await you at The river cafe, nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge. Cobblestones leading to the front door, live piano music and impressive wine list have made it a popular destination for proposals, weddings and special occasions for over four decades.
The treetops The restaurant at the luxurious Bawah Reserve eco-resort offers guests the opportunity to dine under the canopy of a rainforest. Sample Indonesian and Mediterranean dishes while drinking in spectacular views of the surrounding lagoons. For a unique Southeast Asian experience, reserve a table on the restaurant’s Lookout Deck.
You will never forget the view from the Riverside Restaurant at the Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, located in the shadow of the Himalayas, near the meanders of the Ganges. The interior space at Riverside is enveloped in large windows where you can take in the panoramic view while delighting in the cuisine of Kashmir, Nepal and other Himalayan provinces. For the ultimate setting, ask for a table on the terrace.
Located in the Blue Mountains, this World Heritage Site and one of Australia’s top foodie destinations, Echoes Boutique Hotel and Restaurant, is less than two hours from Sydney. Known for its use of fresh, local produce, this restaurant lets you sample modern Australian cuisine with an Asian twist while taking in stunning views of the Jamison Valley.
The Esperanza Resort in Los Cabos is home to Cocina del Mar, a restaurant and bar perched atop dazzling cliffs overlooking two private beaches. The view goes beyond the ocean and the waves too. Embark on a sensory journey through Baja cuisine, the Sea of Cortez, and Cabo farms, watching the chefs create your feast in an impressive outdoor show kitchen.
Located at the top of Monserrate in the heart of Bogotá, Casa San Isidro offers picture-perfect views of the city below as you dine on French-inspired cuisine. While you watch the sunset, savor mussels, prawns or lobster, or sink your teeth into a tender chateaubriand. As part of your experience, you’ll travel 10,000 feet into the sky by funicular or cable car to reach the restaurant.
Located at the Katari Hotel in the Plaza de Armas of Arequipa, Ascai 360 offers fine Spanish and Andean cuisine while enjoying views of the UNESCO-listed center of the city and the impressive volcanoes behind. With its buffet breakfast, its Andean tapas for afternoon tea or its cocktails at sunset, this restaurant is a must.
Built on rocks by the sea in Porto, this intimate tea room-style restaurant, Casa de Cha Boa Nova, not only offers stunning ocean views, but also a Michelin-starred menu. The creative dishes are as impressive as the panoramic views, each a work of art accompanied by a carefully curated list of wines selected by a sommelier from Portugal and beyond.
For those who dream of dining in the sky, The Panoramic in Chamonix, France will make you feel like you are touching the clouds. Located at the top of Le Brévent and accessible by cable car or gondola, head here for lunch or a snack inside or on the heated terrace with views of Mont-Blanc and the surrounding French Alps.
Andronis Suites Hotel Restaurant Le Lycabettus is an absolute must in Santorini. One of the most romantic dining spots in the world, it’s an intimate cliff-top terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea. Elegant yet unpretentious, the menu features fresh Mediterranean cuisine prepared with ingredients sourced from across the island. Join them for a sunny lunch or dinner under the stars.
A gastronomic destination under glass that satisfies all the senses, Silo rises 17 stories above the Northern Harbor area. With views of the city, water, and sky, diners can indulge in a seasonally changing menu while admiring the uninterrupted views thanks to the restaurant’s windowless frameless design.
On the slopes of Tibidabo in Barcelona is Mirablau, a captivating restaurant with an avant-garde tapas menu. With its views of the Sagrada Familia, Montjuic and the Mediterranean Sea, it is popular among locals and visitors alike. At dusk, take the tram to the restaurant and enjoy tapas as millions of city lights illuminate.
Sky Bistro offers panoramic views of six Rocky Mountain ranges from the summit of Sulfur Mountain, 2,900 feet above Banff. With ingredients from both coasts of Canada and everywhere in between, dishes like Alberta beef, seafood chowder and even spicy elk bolognese pasta are paired with beer, wine and local spirits.
For an unforgettable buffet meal, ride the Skyline Gondola, the steepest cable car in the Southern Hemisphere, to Bob’s Peak in Queenstown. Stratosfare offers stunning views of Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Walter and Cecil Peaks from floor-to-ceiling windows.
52 stories above the Tokyo skyline, the New York grills at the Park Hyatt hotel offers a magnificent view. If this sounds familiar, this was one of the places where the Oscar-winning film lost in translation was shot. With a menu primarily devoted to steaks and seafood, as well as the largest selection of American wines in Japan, this restaurant is very popular with American expats.
Dining with a view of the Giza pyramids is one of the most awe-inspiring experiences a dinner party can have. Located at the Marriott Mena House hotel in Cairo, 139 Pavilion is open 24 hours a day to hotel guests and visitors. Admire one of the Seven Wonders of the World while enjoying a relaxing meal in a garden setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.