Dining isn’t just about the food – it’s about the experience, and who doesn’t enjoy a meal accompanied by a gorgeous view? Whether you want to dine at the top of a mountain, at the bottom of the ocean, or somewhere in between, these are the world’s best restaurants with a view.
You can dine nearly 20 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean at the world’s first underwater restaurant, Ithaa, located at Conrad Maldives. Sample exquisite fusion cuisine while admiring views of the coral garden and a colorful array of marine life.
Delaire Graff’s stunning wooden deck is the perfect setting for a meal of locally sourced food and wine in South Africa’s Cape Winelands. Shaded by majestic oak trees, enjoy sweeping views of Simonsberg Peak and the vineyards and olive groves of the Banghoek Valley.
Discover Ali Barbour’s ancient naturally formed coral cave 32 feet underground on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. The cave is open to the sky, so just look up to see the dazzling, star-studded sky while enjoying seafood and international cuisine.
With its colorful houses lining the shores of the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre is like a postcard come to life. Enjoy the view from the terrace of Nessun Dorma, a cliff-top restaurant overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Cozily sip a cocktail or glass of local wine alongside a meat and cheese platter as delicious as the setting.
This award-winning restaurant is located on an oceanfront bluff at the Post Ranch Inn. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside while savoring local California cuisine at Sierra Mar. Book a dinner reservation so you can watch the sunset during main course and then gaze at the stars over dessert.
A Michelin-starred menu and romantic views of the Manhattan skyline await diners at The River Cafe, tucked under the Brooklyn Bridge. Its cobblestone 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 Tree Tops restaurant at the luxury eco-resort Bawah Reserve offers guests the opportunity to dine under the canopy of a tropical rainforest. Sample Indonesian and Mediterranean dishes while enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding lagoons. For an unparalleled Southeast Asian experience, reserve a table on the restaurant’s Lookout Deck.
You will never forget the view from Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa’s Riverside Restaurant, nestled in the shadow of the Himalayas near the bends of the Ganges. The interior at Riverside is surrounded by large windows that allow you to enjoy the all-encompassing view while savoring cuisine from Kashmiri, Nepal and other Himalayan provinces. For the ultimate setting, request a table on the terrace.
Nestled in the Blue Mountains, this World Heritage Site and one of Australia’s premier culinary destinations, the Echoes Boutique Hotel and Restaurant is less than two hours from Sydney. Renowned for its use of fresh, local produce, this restaurant offers modern Australian cuisine with an Asian twist while enjoying stunning bird’s eye views of the Jamison Valley.
Esperanza Resort in Los Cabos is home to Cocina del Mar, a restaurant and bar perched on dazzling cliffs overlooking two private beaches. The view goes beyond the sea and the waves. Embark on a sensory journey through Baja cuisine, the Sea of Cortez and the farms of Cabo and watch as the chefs prepare your feast in a stunning alfresco exhibit kitchen.
Located atop Monserrate in the heart of Bogotá, Casa San Isidro offers a perfect view of the city below while savoring French-inspired cuisine. While watching the sunset, enjoy mussels, prawns or lobster or bite into tender chateaubriand. As part of your experience, travel 10,000 feet into the sky via funicular or aerial tramway to reach the restaurant.
Located in the Hotel Katari in Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas, Ascai 360 offers fine Spanish and Andean cuisine while enjoying views of the city’s UNESCO-listed center and the impressive volcanoes beyond. With its breakfast buffet, Andean tapas for a lunchtime snack or sunset cocktails, this restaurant is a must.
This intimate, teahouse-style restaurant, Casa de Chá Boa Nova, was built on rocks by the sea in Porto and not only offers stunning sea views, but also a Michelin-starred menu. The creative dishes are as impressive as the panoramic views, each one a work of art, accompanied by a carefully curated list of sommelier-selected wines from Portugal and beyond.
For those who dream of dining in heaven, Le Panoramic in Chamonix, France will make you feel like you’re touching the clouds. Located at the top of Mount Brévent and accessible by cable car or gondola, head to this spot for lunch or snacks indoors or on the heated terrace with views of Mont-Blanc and the surrounding French Alps.
Andronis Suites Hotel’s Lycabettus Restaurant is an absolute must when in Santorini. One of the most romantic dining spots in the world, an intimate terrace on a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea. The elegant yet unpretentious menu offers fresh Mediterranean cuisine using ingredients from around the island. Join them for a sun-drenched lunch or dinner under the stars.
Silo is a glass-enclosed, multi-sensory restaurant perched 17 stories above the northern port area. With views of the city, water, and sky, the restaurant’s window-frame-free design allows diners to enjoy a seasonally changing menu while admiring the uninterrupted view.
On the slopes of Barcelona’s Tibidabo sits Mirablau, a captivating restaurant with a tapas-forward menu. With its views of the Sagrada Familia, Montjuic and the Mediterranean Sea, it is popular with locals and visitors alike. At dusk, take the tram to the restaurant and enjoy tapas while millions of city lights are lit up.
Sky Bistro offers panoramic views of six Rocky Mountain ranges from the summit of Sulfur Mountain, 2,900 feet above Banff. Using ingredients from both coasts of Canada and everywhere in between, dishes like Alberta beef, seafood chowder and even pasta with flavorful elk bolognese are paired with local beer, wine and spirits.
For an unforgettable buffet, ride the Skyline Gondola, the southern hemisphere’s steepest cable car, to Bob’s Peak in Queenstown. Stratosfare offers expansive views of Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Walter and Cecil Peaks from floor-to-ceiling windows.
Soaring 52 stories above the Tokyo skyline, the New York Grill at the Park Hyatt Hotel offers beautiful views. In case it sounds familiar, it was one of the locations in the Oscar-winning film Lost in translation was shot. With a menu devoted primarily to steak and seafood, as well as the largest selection of American wines in Japan, this restaurant is a favorite with American expats.
Dining with a view of the Giza Pyramids is one of the most awe-inspiring experiences a diner can have. Located in the Marriott Mena House Hotel in Cairo, the 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.