10 Restaurants With A View To Feast On
When it comes to restaurants with a view, it is almost a given that these dining rooms would have literally been taken to great heights. Most are sprawled across the highest floor or rooftop of a tall building while others rise between mountain peaks or perch at the edge of a cliff.
Their topography may differ but their promise is identical – an unparalleled experience of dining on the finest cuisine while feasting your eyes on some of the most glorious urban and natural landscapes in the world.
These are woman with drive’s 10 best picks of restaurants with a view that will take your breath away.
Blue Bar on 36, Australia
Located on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, the Blue Bar has views spanning the three great attractions of Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House. Tuck into Sydney rock oysters and pork shoulder croquettes accompanied by one of their signature cocktails. And if you have extra cash for a very special occasion, place a call a day ahead to order its $10,000 Diamond Martini.
Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, New Zealand
Ride the Queenstown gondola up Bob’s Peak to Stratosfare where every seat is the best in the room thanks to the restaurant’s tiered-seating plan. Look out to the spectacular mountain range and peer down at Lake Wakatipu below while waiting for your fresh South Island seafood and roasts meats to arrive.
Piz Gloria, Switzerland
It is not every day that you dine in a rotating restaurant 9,744 feet above sea level surrounded by 200 Alpine summits that include the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. As an added thrill, the Schilthorn – where the Piz Gloria sits – was also the location for the 1969 James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. After taking the 007 Walk of Fame and visiting the Bond World 007, relish a well-deserved spread of escalope of salmon, sliced cream veal or SKY Fall fillet of beef.
101 Dining Lounge & Bar, Dubai
It is only befitting that one of Dubai’s grandest resorts boasts a restaurant with an overwater lounge and a panoramic view of the New Dubai skyline. It also has Michelin-starred French chef, Yannick Alleno, in its kitchen to serve up marinated octopus, veal ham with black truffle and orange blossom ice cream.
Felix, Hong Kong
Rise above the hustle and bustle of the island by booking a table at this Asian-European restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel. International interior designer, Philippe Starck, has put in floor-to-ceiling windows so you can gaze out at the skyline, Victoria Harbour and Kowloon while dining on Chef Yoshiharu Kaji’s masterpieces of sea bass in black shrimp mousse or duck liver and mousse.
Got to the Empire State Building a little too late? Wipe away your disappointment with dinner at Mandarin Oriental at the Tim Warner Centre. Asiate sits on the 35th floor and is home to luxe American cuisine like Maine lobster with preserved plums and Foie Gras Terrine with blueberry. Then savour a bottle from its remarkably extensive wine range as you contemplate the Manhattan skyline and the leafy Central Park below.
Mikla Restaurant, Turkey
We have all lounged on a rooftop bar at some point in our life but eating North Aegean octopus and honey & kaymak ice cream while gazing at the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace is an experience that belongs in a very different league. Mikla was voted best restaurant in Istanbul as soon as it opened and continues to be the sleek, urban and stylish crown of The Marmara Pera Hotel.
The Banyan Tree did not pull its restaurant’s name out of a hat. Spread across the hotel’s 61st floor roof terrace, it can live up to its name or distract you with the glittering cityscape of Bangkok. Once you have caught your breath, put in an order for its signature dishes of seafood and premium steaks.
Reserve a table on the terrace or one inside next to a window to truly soak up the view of the craggy cliffs, Amalfi Coast and mottled blue Mediterranean waters below. The Michelin-two-star restaurant in the Palazzo Avino has a Southern Italian menu featuring traditional Neopolitan dishes.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
Perched on the edge of the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world makes for incredible views of the country’s landscape and wildlife. Diners are given binoculars to spot the wildebeest and big cats that roam the crater floor. The food is an infusion of Pan-African flavours that take the forms of duck with kumquat and chilli marmalade.
Main image credit: @andbeyondsafari
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