Standing on a clifftop, looking out at a splendid view, it can take your breath away. Eating a beautifully prepared meal by a world-class chef, can take your breath away too. But combine the two and you’ve got a winning formula, a view to dine for. Here are some of our favourite restaurants in the world, based on the incredible views.
The world’s skylines bustle with iconic buildings, from The Shard to the Statue of Liberty, the soaring rock of Gibraltar and Cape Town’s Table Top Mountain, but none compares in the popular imagination as Gustave Eiffel’s Eiffel Tower. Originally constructed as the entrance to the 1889 World Fair, the soaring structure is known the world over. But did you realise you can eat up it? The second floor, 410 feet above ground level, hosts Le Jules Verne. Named after the French sci-fi writer, the restaurant is headed by Michelin starred chef Frédéric Anton, famed for his gastronomic creations and his passion for aesthetics.
Where: 2ème étage de la tour Eiffel, Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 75007 Paris, France
Sixty three floors above bustling streets of Bangkok, and you could swear you’re on the Mediterranean coast. Apart from the view, and the humidity and the fact you’re in Thailand. The multiple award winning restaurant is literally the top in Thailand, with Sirocco offering fine al fresco dining that brings a real taste of the Med to the Thai capital. Set atop the Lebua Hotel, once you’ve enjoyed all the local cuisine and street food to be had in this incredible city, make sure that you check out this rooftop gem.
Where: State Tower, 1055 lebua at Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Set in what must be one of the world’s more remarkable restaurant venues, Torre D’Alta Mar is a formidable restaurant with a spell binding view across one of Europe’s most iconic cities. Barcelona’s Torre D’Alta Mar occupies a former cable car tower, built in 1929 and now converted into a panoramic restaurant 150 feet up. The decor is contemporary, the food Mediterranean and the view, as you’d expect, the most notable feature of this exclusive restaurant.
Where: Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 88, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
Proving that you don’t need to soar above a major city to have a world-beating view, Ithaa at the Conrad Rangali Island in the Maldives really is special. Fifteen feet below sea level, the restaurant offers a once-in-lifetime chance to dine in the world’s first underwater restaurant. Set within a coral garden, the surroundings team with fishy creatures offering one of the most gobsmacking restaurant views available anywhere. Part of Conrad’s exclusive Maldive resort, the truly memorable restaurant is as unique as it is special.
Where: Conrad Rangali Island 20077, Maldives
Perched above the Pacific Ocean, clifftop Sierra Mar offers staggering views of the Californian coastline. The cuisine, under chef Jonny Black, is Californian with French and Mediterranean influences. Part of the eco-friendly Post Ranch Inn, this place has honeymoon written all over it!
Where: 47900 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Santorini has to be one of the world’s most romantic destinations. The Greek island plays host to some of our favourite hotels and this clifftop restaurant soaring above the Aegean Sea. The restaurant to the luxurious Andronis Luxury Suites, the cuisine is mainly seafood; Greek and Mediterranean fare, under Executive Chef Pavlos Kiriakis. The signature blues and whites of Santorini juxtapose to create a palate of stunning colour and atmosphere, making this one of the most perfect places for dinner.
Where: Oia 847 02, Greece
Fresh off a recent refurb, Galvin at Windows is a London mainstay and famed for its long-reaching views across the capital. The French menu, courtesy of Chef Patron Chris Galvin, has earned the chef a Michelin star, and the view from the twenty eight floor deserves an award of its own! Stop yourself from peering down into the queen’s Buckingham Palace garden for long enough and you can enjoy a gastronomic assault on the senses.
Where: 22 Park Ln, London W1K 1BE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
With the coliseum practically within touching distance, Aroma has one of the most memorable views. The restaurant has just 28 tables and is the definition of intimate. It’s not just the view that’s incredible, the Michelin Star restaurant, under Roman-born Chef Di Lorio opened in 2010 and sits on the penthouse of the Palazzo Manfredi hotel.
Where: Palazzo Manfredi, Via Labicana, 125, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Take in an iconic vista that couldn’t be more Venetian if it was wearing a mask, steering a gondola and slowly sinking into the silt. Dine in style at Club del Doge. The 15th century palazzo hotel The Gritti Palace overlooks the magnificent Salute church and the view is staggering. Of course, the food isn’t bad either, with the kitchen run by Chef Daniele Turco whose love of the city’s culinary heritage shines through in his award-winning dishes.
Where: Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 2467, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy