The average foodie travels the world searching for the most extraordinary restaurants to get a food fix. But the experience of dining out is so much more than just sitting at a table and eating a good meal with a glass of wine. The wide variety of cultures in the world is a guarantee for some of the best restaurants, but if you want to make your trip even more unforgettable, then pick any of these restaurants to enjoy the best views.
10. Oblix Restaurant, London, United Kingdom: $130 Per Person
You might not see the ocean or any mountains from Oblix Restaurant, but what is not to like about the city of London? On the 32nd floor of the famous Shard building, restaurateur Rainer Becker provides his guests a better view of the city than the London Eye has ever done. Rainer Becker is well-known for his Asian restaurants, where he focuses on Japanese cuisine, but for Oblix he had something else in mind. Although he did keep the Japanese influences, this restaurant will also give you a feeling of a New York style grill. The big open space gives guests a peak into the open kitchen and the glass all around the restaurant will remind you of the fact that London is everywhere. Becker’s signature style of upscale, sophisticated and urban dining remains at Oblix Restaurant. A dinner with wine at the Oblix Restaurant costs around $130 per person.
9. Hutong Restaurant, Hong Kong, China: $75 Per Person
This restaurant in Hong Kong, China has a true wow-factor. Situated on the 28th floor, it offers its guests beautiful views of the Hong Kong skyline while serving delicious modern Chinese cuisine. The Executive Chef assembled a menu with lamb ribs, soft shelled crab and deep-fried chilies. Of course, the deep-friend chilies are only meant for the ones with strong taste buds. The restaurant’s interior is, like its cuisine, modern Chinese with Buddha’s scattered around the restaurant, hints of reds and a lot of wood. A dinner at Hutong costs around $75 per person.
8. Mikla Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey: $75 Per Person
Istanbul is well-known for its mix between traditional and modern. Mikla Restaurant continues to provide guests this interesting mix. From the restaurant you will have a spectacular view of the city, including the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace. The modern ambiance of the restaurant terrace will remind you that you are in a world city that has maintained its heritage. Chef Mehmet Gürs assembles a menu that is at least as interesting as the views of the city. With a Turkish and Scandinavian background, he puts several aspects of these cuisines into his menu at Mikla which results into combinations that will leave your taste buds ask for more. Although Mehmet’s career has been mainly in Istanbul, he studied at the Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island and has participated as a guest chef on many events throughout Europe. A three course meal at Mikla costs $75 per person, wine and service excluded.
7. Pyrgos Restaurant, Santorini, Greece: $90 Per Person
There is no place on earth like the island of Santorini in Greece and through the picturesque streets and clean white houses there are plenty of dining experiences you will not want to miss. Pyrgos Restaurant is one of those experiences. Right in the center of Santorini, on the highest point, Pyrgos will leave you breathless with 360 degree views of the beautiful island and the ocean. The flavors of the Greek cuisine at this restaurant are authentic and tasty. Fresh produce from the islands volcanic soil, seafood straight from the ocean and fine cut meats make it a dinner you will never forget. Even though Pyrgos Restaurant serves traditional Greek cuisine, the Chef will serve it with international flair. The restaurant is not only an excellent location for a romantic sunset and a flavorful dinner, but can also be booked for private parties and weddings. A dinner at Pyrgos in Santorini, Greece costs around $90 per person.
6. Petrus Restaurant, Hong Kong, China: $165 Per Person
Decadence is an understatement at Petrus Restaurant. The interior will remind you of walking into a French tea room, filled with shiny chandeliers, chic curtains and classic chairs. Being in this restaurant would be a thrill even without a view, but perched high above the city, it offers you spectacular views of the Hong Kong skyline and the harbor. French Chef Frederic Chabbert enjoys showing off his heritage by serving his guests tasty plates with a mix of traditional and modern French cuisine. Petrus Restaurant also has a wine cellar that features one of the most extensive wine lists in Asia and the restaurant has won several awards, including a Michelin Star for 2014. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and children above six years old are welcome. A set dinner, assembled by chef Frederic Chabbert, costs around $165 per person.
5. Edgewood Restaurant in Stateline, NV: $70 Per Person
Situated on Lake Tahoe, from this restaurant you will have a beautiful view of the lake and its surroundings. Edgewood is a resort and offers guests a golf course, lodging and a spacious restaurant for fine dining, built like an Alpine chateau. The tables at Edgewood look out across the lake and with only 12 feet of white sand between the restaurant and the beautiful lake, it guarantees you stunning views that are peaceful and serene. The contemporary American cuisine, presented by Chef Frank Stagnaro, offers diners anything from rabbit loin wrapped in pancetta to aged Angus steak and roasted sea bass. Stagnaro assembles a new menu regularly, making sure returning guests are able to try something new every visit. While Edgewood is a fine dining restaurant, it values the beautiful simplicity of food, ensuring that served plates are perfect in every way. Edgewood Restaurant can also be booked for events such as weddings and conferences. A dinner at Edgewood will cost around $70 per person, wine and service excluded.
4. Rossellini’s Restaurant, Ravello, Italy: $110-$200 Per Person
While you sit at your table, 1,000 feet above the ground, you can see fishing boats docking at the village harbors. It reminds you that any fish you order from the menu comes straight from the sea below. The beautiful scenery and the romantic ambiance of the terrace make Rossellini’s Restaurant a perfect spot for a sunset dinner while travelling to Italy. Chef Pino Lavarra, who mastered his cooking skills at Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons, guarantees you will be dazzled by his cuisine and Rossellini’s offers guests an Italian à la carte or tasting menu. The wines at Rossellini’s are all handpicked and go perfectly together with the Italian menu Lavarra assembled. The restaurant is open from April through October and has obtained two Michelin Stars. A set menu at Rossellini’s costs between $110 and $200 per person, wine and service excluded.
3. La Chèvre d’Or Restaurant, Eze, France: $265+ Per Person
Situated along the Côte d’Azur in France, La Chèvre d’Or offers the most spectacular view of the area. The scenery at this restaurant is a mix of the beautiful azure ocean, the green mountains and the villages scattered around. At the bottom of the hills there are small harbors that house beautiful yachts. The restaurant terrace is decorated with romantic touches, such as lanterns and small tables for two. Chef Ronan Karvarree offers his guests a Southern French cuisine full of Mediterranean flavors. For desserts there is pastry Chef Julien Dugourd, who can impress every sweet tooth with his delicate creations. La Chèvre d’Or has two Michelin Stars and opens for lunch and dinner between March and November. A set menu at La Chèvre d’Or starts at $265 per person, wine and service excluded.
2. Le Jules Verne Restaurant, Paris, France: $130+ Per Person
In the most romantic city in the world, this restaurant has the best location. Situated on the second deck of the Eiffel Tower, this is a must when visiting this tourist attraction. From the bottom of the Eiffel Tower, a private elevator takes you up to 410 feet above the ground where you will be enjoying a beautiful view of the city of Paris. The French love their French cuisine and so Chef Pascal Féraud sticks to his heritage each time he assembles a new menu for his guests. His menu includes foie gras, langoustine and seared turbot. Guests may choose between a five- and six-course tasting menu with the possibility of an additional wine arrangement. Le Jules Verne is open for lunch and dinner and does special menus for special occasions. A lunch menu at Le Jules Verne costs $130 per person and their dinner menu goes up to $300 per person for a six course meal.
1. Sierra Mar Restaurant, Big Sur, CA: $120 – $160 Per Person
From this award-winning Sierra Mar Restaurant you overlook the Pacific Ocean with spectacular views of the California coastline. The restaurant interior and exterior is modern and with glass walls, the restaurant will not leave any spot on the California coastline unseen. Executive Chef John Cox presents new menus every day and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and breakfast is served as a buffet, mainly for guests who stay at the Post Ranch, the hotel that Sierra Mar is situated in. Guests who come to Sierra Mar for dinner may choose between a four-course prix fixe menu and a nine-course Taste of Big Sur tasting menu. The Chef focuses on organic produce and also prefers to cook seasonal and regional while combining Californian flare with international flavors such as Mediterranean and French. Sierra Mar is the winner of the Wine Spectator’s prestigious Grand Award, so be sure to let the Chef advise you on which wine goes best with your menu. Wines come straight from their wine cellar, which houses 2,600 selections, all selected by hand by Wine Director Dominique DaCruz. Chef Cox was trained at the New England Culinary Institute, where today he is a board member. The four course tasting menu is $120 per person and for $160 you can have a nine course tasting menu. Wine pairing menus are available at an additional $110 per person.
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