The expression “Location, location, location” is a real estate cliche. When it comes to starting a restaurant, the choice of the ideal location might mean the difference between having a pleasant dinner and having a great, magnificent, and fascinating experience. This typically refers to the value of the property.
Here are several eateries that didn’t settle for top-notch food but instead picked the most breathtaking settings, providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Baan Rim Pa, Phuket, Thailand
A little bit of heaven by the name of Baan Rim Pa may be found on a stunning cliff in Phuket, one of the most stunning places in all of southern Thailand. The name of the restaurant, which translates as “The House on the Cliff,” is inappropriate for such a lovely location.
This property is much more than simply another house perched on a cliff, with its open balconies offering breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea.
Hotel Edelweiss, Mürren, Switzerland
There isn’t much else to do when opening a restaurant on a cliff in the Swiss Alps than maintaining the heating system. This is precisely what gives the Hotel Edelweiss and Restaurant its unique character.
The modest hotel has kept its furnishings straightforward and inviting so that the stunning vistas outside can do all the talking.
The Rock, Zanzibar, Tanzania
It’s doubtful that you could find a more breathtaking setting than Zanzibar, where this modest eatery is located. As its name suggests, The Rock is situated on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean and provides guests with a unique panoramic view of the sea and the coasts of the little Eastern African Island.
The restaurant’s patrons can walk there during low tide, but during high tide they will need to employ the restaurant’s boat service unless they feel like swimming.
Grotta Palazzese, Puglia, Italy
Only during the summer months is the Grotta Palazzese restaurant, which is located on the ground floor of the Grotta Palazzese Hotel in the southern Italian region of Bari, open to the public.
The apparent answer is that the restaurant, which is located a few feet above sea level in a limestone cave with views of the Adriatic Sea, can get chilly during the winter.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Rangali Island, Maldives
You might not consider this next restaurant for a romantic supper with your loved ones if you have a severe case of thalassophobia (fear of the water), but you don’t have to be Captain Nemo to agree that it has the potential to alter your outlook on life.
The closest you’ll get to dining at the bottom of the sea with a front-row view of the breathtaking sights of the depths of the ocean is at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which is situated 16 feet below the surface on the Rangali Island of the Maldives.
Sirocco Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand
On the rooftop of Bangkok’s opulent Lebua Hotel is where you’ll find the Sirocco restaurant. Bangkok’s most famous restaurant, located on the 63rd floor of the hotel, offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Thai city in addition to award-winning cuisine of the highest caliber.
The White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
The White Rabbit restaurant is situated beneath a stunning panoramic glass dome on the 16th floor of Smolensky Passage, a corporate building in the middle of Moscow, with views of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
Along with the chic furnishings and breathtaking backdrop, the restaurant is reimagining traditional Russian food and elevating it to a whole new level.
Maiden’s Tower, Istanbul, Turkey
The Maiden’s Tower was initially constructed in the 12th century by a Byzantine emperor as a defensive tower, overlooking the coastlines of the Turkish city of Istanbul. The old tower was burned down in the 18th century after being devastated by an earthquake in the first decade of the 16th century.
It was later reconstructed as a lighthouse. The first and top floors of the lighthouse are now home to a restaurant and a café, which provide a stunning view over the historic city. The diners must board one of the numerous private boats that dock at the tower several times per day in order to enter the restaurant.
Le Kuklos, Leysin, Switzerland
If you have any recollection of your Greek studies, you are surely aware that the word “Kuklos” means “cycle” or “revolving” in Greek. Now that you know, care to guess what this Alpine restaurant’s unique selling point is?
You guessed it—the Swiss “Le Kuklos” is a rotating panorama restaurant that completes a full rotation every 90 minutes, allowing guests to take in the entire array of sights viewable from its location on a mountainside 4,000 feet above sea level.
Greetings from Babylon. You may sample the exquisite food of the acclaimed Chef Jerome Lagarde while standing 1,447 feet in the air on the 122nd story of the tallest skyscraper in the world, which is located in Dubai.
The restaurant not only holds the Guinness World Record for the highest restaurant from ground level, but it also provides exclusive dining experiences along with special seasonal cuisines.
Ristorante La Sponda, Positano, Italy
The breathtaking Positano, an ancient village in southwest Italy, could be seen from the balcony of the elegant Ristorante La Sponda. The Michelin-starred restaurant is renowned for its locally sourced meal and unique ambience created by the thousands of candles that are strewn over the elegant Mediterranean space.
Treepod Dining, Koh Kood, Thailand
The height of the next restaurant may seem a bit gimmicky, but it certainly works. Imagine dining in a sumptuous, comfy nest at the top of a treehouse in the middle of a tropical forest as the trained waiters glide to it from above a terrifying abyss on special cables.
You won’t have to imagine anything because this is what you can expect from the Treepod Dining experience on the Thai island of Koh Kood.
Le Jules Verne, Paris, France
Opening a restaurant on the second floor of one of the world’s most famous monuments is a big step in creating a special, well, monumental experience.
This is the case with Le Jules Verne, which is not just a high standard French restaurant, and not only offering a unique Birdseye view on the streets of Paris but is doing it from the heights of the Eifel tower. Climbing the Eifel Tower has never been more appealing.
Sierra Mar, Big Sur, California, USA
The Sierra Mar restaurant, located on the cliffs of Big Sur, California, provides more than just breath-taking views. One of the highlights of the lovely Post Ranch Inn, where the restaurant is situated, is the exquisite cuisine served by Chef John Cox, which blends well with the surrounding untamed landscape.