The World’s Most Luxurious and Unusual Restaurants
Looking for a unique dining experience that carries you to the heights of luxury? Check out one of these five most unusual and elegant restaurants in the world.
Blindekuh (The Blind Cow) Restaurant – Basel and Zürich, Switzerland
About $32-52 USD for most meals
The Blind Cow Restaurant opened in Zürich in 1999, reportedly the world’s first restaurant where food is served in complete darkness. The restaurant’s staff members are all blind or visually impaired, and no lights are allowed inside the building. Through the unique experience of dining in the dark, guests experience for a time the challenges of visual impairment. Accustomed to navigating without a sense of sight, staff members navigate easily amongst the tables, serving up traditional German fare – beef in red wine, roast chicken, apple strudel, and a generous selection of wine and beer.
Dinner in the Sky – Brussels, Belgium and elsewhere
$289 USD per person
If you’ve ever wanted to eat a sumptuous gourmet meal while suspended far above the ground, Dinner in the Sky is the restaurant experience for you. Although it began in Brussels, Belgium, the crew has now taken the concept to over 40 countries. Guests at a Dinner in the Sky are strapped into their chairs roller-coaster style. Then, the table is lifted via crane to a height of 150 feet. World-renowned chefs serve up a delicious multi-course meal from a platform in the center of the suspended table. Such lauded chefs as Pierre Gagnaire, Dani Garcia, and Alain Passard have cooked for the dinners, which have taken place high above a variety of stunning locations worldwide – the Bay of Cape Town, South Africa; the Vegas Strip in Nevada, USA; and the King David Hotel in Jerusalem; to name a few.
Stiftskeller St. Peter – Salzburg, Austria
About $70 USD per person for the Mozart Dinner Concert
One of the oldest restaurants in central Europe, the Stiftskeller St. Peter was established in 803. It is located inside a medieval monastery in Salzburg, Austria, and offers a menu of traditional Austrian fare in an elegant environment. The restaurant’s décor evokes the Classical era, with numerous glass chandeliers, ornately carved woodwork, and decorative windows. Guests enjoy a candlelit dinner in this fabulous environment while listening to a concert comprised of Mozart’s music by some of Salzburg’s finest musicians. The combination of music, décor, and fare takes diners back in time to catch a glimpse of what dining out in 1790 might have been like.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – Rangali Island, The Maldives
About $300 USD per person
The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant serves up a gourmet menu comprised of contemporary European fare – at 16 feet below sea level. This unique restaurant provides spectacular views of the surrounding coral reef and its variety of sea life, including sharks, fish, sting rays, and more. According to Conrad Hotels and Resorts, which owns the restaurant, the Ithaa is the world’s first all-glass underwater restaurant.
Solo Per Due – Vacone, Italy
About $318 USD per person
“Solo Per Due” means “Just for Two” – and this tiny restaurant lives up to its name. Calling itself the smallest restaurant in the world, the Solo Per Due has only one table and accepts only two guests at a time. The staff’s entire attention is dedicated to the two people who have booked reservations that evening. The menu at Solo Per Due consists of traditional Italian fare made with the greatest care and the freshest ingredients possible. Guests are seated at a comfortable table in a 19th century era building, and are encouraged to ring a silver bell to summon a waiter at any time. The restaurant uses local ingredients and serves a variety of excellent local wines.