Whether it’s a stunning view of a world-class city or a panoramic vista of the Mediterranean a sublime view can make a dining experience all the more enjoyable. For one of the most inspired meals of your life book a table at one these high-end restaurants with a killer view.
Top Ten Fine Dining:
1. Mar’sel, Los Angeles, California.
This Palo Verdes gem overlooks the cerulean Pacific and boasts California cuisine with an eccentric twist. Offering what is among the best fine dining experiences in South California, Mar’sel offers a seasonally-rotating menu that features locally-sourced ingredients such as citrus and herbs from the resort’s grounds, hand-ground chocolate, and farm-fresh eggs. The restaurant is famous for its Sunday Brunch, which is served every Sunday from 10am- 2pm and boasts specialties like blueberry ricotta pancakes.
2. Asiate, New York, New York.
Situated on the 35th floor of the elegant and iconic Mandarin Oriental Hotel the Asiate boasts stunning views of Midtown Manhattan’s sleek, glitzy skyscrapers and the tops of Central Park’s leafy trees. One of the best dining experiences to be found in Manhattan, the restaurant offers a sleek and stylish décor and innovative cuisine in addition to a sublime view.Burmese chef Toni Robertson merges Asian flavors with a classic French training to ensure that the food is as delightful as the glittering exterior cityscape. Try the Atlantic halibut with shishito pepper and citrus sabayon or the Long Island duck with summer berries and hibiscus.
3.Rosellinis, Ravello, Italy.
Part of the luxurious Palazzo Avino hotel, Rosellinis is perched on a cliff ledge 1,000 feet above the Mediterranean. Terrace tables at Rosellini overlook the Amalfi Coast’s craggy cliffs, majestic coves, and colorful fishing boats. Local, Mediterranean ingredients are used to craft Southern Italian dishes at this Michelin-two-star restaurant. Be sure to try the crystallized amberjack fillet served with roasted artichoke and potato salad with anchovy sauce.
4. Oblix, London, England.
Situated on the 32nd floor of the Shard, Oblix boasts impressive views of London. A Rainer Becker venture, Oblix features a sleek décor and a high-end, sophisticated cocktail bar. Former Eleven Madison Park chef Fabien Beaufour runs the kitchen, which serves up a number of exotic concoctions such as lobster and scallop ceviche with jalapeno, coriander and sweet pepper.
5. Le Jules Verne, Paris, France.
Perched on the second story of the iconic Eiffel Tower, this world-class restaurant offers expansive panorama views of the Parisian skyline from enormous bay windows. Celebrity chef Alain Ducasse has put together a menu that reflects the most revered dishes of the French culinary tradition with a modern touch. You are well advised to book dinner reservations after dark to take in the City of Lights in all of its glory. Almost as spectacular as the view is the wine list, which is one hundred percent French.
6. Il Pirata, Praiano, Italy.
Another Amalfi Coast favorite Il Pirata is a gem of a restaurant situated right on the water. Notable highlights include a simple menu focused on fresh, high-quality seafood, an elegant cocktail bar carved into the rock face, and regular live music.
7. Ithaa Undersea, Southh Ari Atoll, Maldives
A truly mesmeric lunch at depth of five meters with a diverse marine life around you to explore, but the real treat is on the seafood served on your plate.
8. Felix, Hong Kong.
Occupying the 28th floor of the iconic Peninsula Hotel, Felix offers one of the best fine dining experiences in Asia as well as one of the continent’s best vistas. A masterpiece of avant-garde designer Philippe Starck, vast floor-to-ceiling windows afford diners with mesmerizing views of the sweeping, glittering Hong Kong cityscape, Victoria Harbour ships, and the bustling shopping district of Kowloon. While admiring the surroundings patrons can enjoy a fresh, seasonal dishes such as crab salad and tuna tartar with dandelion salad and slow-cooked sea bass with black shrimp mousse.
9. The Rock. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Ever wanted to dine on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean? Well in Zanzibar, this is on the menu. With a great selection of seafood and fine drinks your fantasy is about to become a reality. Just be prepared to be ferried to dry land as the tide closes in on a full stomach. Priceless.
10. Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, British Columbia, Canada.
The dining room at Eagle’s Eye Restaurant affords lucky patrons views of more than 1,000 snow-capped peaks in the in the Purcell, Selkirk, and Rocky Mountains. Getting here, however, isn’t for the faint of heart. The timber-framed Eagle’s Eye Restaurant is only accessible via a fifteen minute gondola ride that lifts diners over 7,700 feet above sea level. But to truly experience British Columbia you will need to turn your attention from the window to your plate. Chef Alain Soret adds a French twist to locally sourced, British Columbia ingredients, including locally sourced beef, salmon, and game entrees, to craft his entrees. Be sure to try the wild B.C. sockeye salmon with a maple-pine nut crust is topped with melted brie and served with whipped potatoes and fresh vegetables.