Dining is such a multifaceted experience. Whether a homemade meal, a street stall, or a fine dining restaurant, there is always something new to be discovered. Some establishments take their diners to new heights (ahem), as these six exotic restaurants below demonstrate, where going out to eat becomes a new and memorable experience.
Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare, Italy
Considered by numerous publications and foodies around the world to be one of the most stunning restaurants due to its location inside a cave on a cliff that directly overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. This space has been used since the 18th century for parties and banquets, and its beauty is matched by the quality of the kitchen. Here the best Italian dishes are prepared with seasonal products. From freshly made pastas to ever fresher seafood the whole experience is so enchanting that you won’t want to leave. And in that case, the upper part of the cave serves as a hotel for those with the foresight to book ahead.
Ithaa Undersea, Maldives
The world’s first underwater restaurant is located in the island nation of the Maldives. Diners are treated to a 180 degree view of the marine life five meters below the surface. Thanks to this privileged location, you can observe the organisms that these islands are known for – corals, schools of brightly colored fish, and even sharks. The fusion menu is inspired by local ingredients and contemporary cuisine with their seasonal offerings paired with wines. A truly unique culinary experience where you encompassed by the sea.
El Diablo, Lanzarote, Spain
A name like El Diablo (The Devil) suggests an extraordinary experience to come. Unique in the world, they cook with the heat of a volcano using a grill that is mounted on a volcanic rock structure from where the fire emerges. The menu offers dishes made from fresh local ingredients paired with the spectacular views from the terrace of the volcanic landscape of the Fire Mountains.
The Rock, Zanzibar, Tanzania
On the sparkling shores of Zanzibar a rock formation emerges from the sea. At the top is The Rock restaurant, famous for its location, view, and cuisine. Formerly a fisherman’s shelter, it has become an iconic restaurant known for a menu inspired by local food with an Italian flair. Arrive by boat to take in the sunset and sample dishes from the sea prepared with passion and care.
Ali Barbour’s Cave, Diani Beach, Kenya
Near the city of Mombasa, Ali Barbour’s Cave restaurant is located inside an ancient coral cave. Its natural opening, above the cave itself, showcases the star-filled night sky for all its diners to admire. Specializing in fish and shellfish due to its proximity to the sea, the menu offers international dishes with a decidedly local style. They have kept all the natural elements of the cave intact. At night the intricate chambers that make up the space are illuminated by candlelight, creating an intimate and romantic atmosphere.
Dinner In The Sky, Montreal, Canada
Imagine being suspended more than 40 meters in the air while at the same time enjoying a menu carefully prepared by a top chef. Well you don’t have to imagine it because this restaurant – which can be rented out for private dining – operates in the sky for 22 brave diners. With a table suspended from a crane, you will be strapped to a seat and lifted off the ground, taking in unparalleled views of Montreal and a succulent meal prepared with fresh, local ingredients. All with your feet dangling into the void below.