Eating out is always a special event. However, in the right setting, the experience can be transformed into something spectacular. With this in mind, some restaurateurs have taken their craft to some of the most extreme locations all over the world, producing stunning food in glorious surroundings. Here’s a few of the restaurants whose settings are worth the trip to dinner alone.
1. Ristorante Grotta Palazzese
Carved out of the majestic limestone cliffs that overlook the Adriatic Sea in Southern Italy, the Ristorante Grotta Palazzese is a truly stunning restaurant location. With tables that seem to float high above the azure waters, and nothing to separate diners from the open sea, this setting is as magical as it is remarkable.
2. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Voted as “the world’s most beautiful restaurant” by New York Magazine in 2014, “Ithaa” is a wonder of engineering as much as anything. Located five metres beneath the waters of the Indian ocean, “Ithaa” offers diners a panoramic view of the coral gardens that surround it. As guests arrive, the reef’s residents glide effortlessly in and out of view, making a meal here unforgettable.
3. The Grotto
In another meeting between land and sea, “The Grotto” at Krabi in Thailand offers guests the chance to dine in a cave on a beautiful Asian beach, overlooking the ocean. The spectacular contrast between the cave walls and lapping waves helps dinner here be about so much more than the barbecued Thai cuisine on offer.
4. Crater Lodge
Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. The caldera is home to vast numbers of African wildlife and makes for one of the most spectacular vistas anywhere on earth. It almost goes without saying, therefore, that the Crater Lodge restaurant is one hell of dining location. Commanding views of the entire basin, this restaurant is probably the most awe inspiring spot for a meal anywhere.
5. The Rock
Tanzania boasts more than one stunning restaurant. “The Rock” is one of the country’s most visually arresting buildings: clinging to a rocky outcrop that rises awkwardly out of the Indian Ocean. Serving the traditional food of Zanzibar with an Italian twist, “The Rock” is a restaurant that truly combines visual flair with great flavour.
6. Ice Q Restaurant
Famous for its cameo in 2015’s James Bond film “Spectre” the Ice Q restaurant is a perfect example of modern engineering enhancing stunning natural surroundings. The sheet glass panels that make up this magnificent structure in the Austrian Alps give the whole building a dramatic modern aspect that really stands out from the restaurant’s mountainous surroundings.
Food will always be the key factor in deciding where to spend an evening out. However, as these restaurants prove, sometimes the location can be worth a visit regardless of the food. Next time you’re planning a trip and want to experience something special, have a peruse through this list - each choice is guaranteed to impress.