While dining is part and parcel of any travel experience, dining with a view in an exotic locale is bucket list. We’ve collected a list of 20 restaurants around the world with some of the best views to dine for.
From gazing out at the iconic skyline of New York City to sweeping views of the sunset falling over the Mediterranean Sea to savoring a meal in the Ottoman Palace of Dubai, these restaurants offer some of the most over-the-top dining ventures the world has to offer.
Top Dining Views in North America
The Edge Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
Rancho Mirage, California
Set 650 feet above the desert floor with the glorious San Bernardino Mountains resting in the backdrop, The Edge Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is as dramatic a setting as it is a destination restaurant. Offering breathtaking cliff-side views painting a living panoramic postcard, The Edge Steakhouse is a dining experience for the luxury traveler looking to savor a stunning view as well as an exquisite meal. To enjoy both the desert sunsets and star-strewn night sky, guests can gaze out through floor-to-ceiling windows of glass from their cliff-side perch. Guests are privy to premium dry-aged bone-in steaks made in the restaurants own dry-aging room, and served the freshest seafood available globally paired with an international wine list sure to be unrivaled in the Southern California desert.
Laguna Beach, California
Enjoy the finest coastal cuisine while dining at Surf & Sand Resort’s signature restaurant SPLASHES. Just steps from the water, among the sounds of California’s rolling surf, SPLASHES restaurant provides the best seaside dining with exceptional views as the sun sets over the water. Elevated on the beachfront, the premier restaurant overlooks the Laguna Beach shoreline where the waves of the Pacific meet 500 feet of pristine white sand, providing sweeping views of the ocean and illusions of never ending blue. SPLASHES features the freshest California coastal cuisine with local seafood, caught from their own “backyard.”
Sally’s Seafood on the Water
San Diego, California
Located on the San Diego Bay with gorgeous panoramic views, Sally’s Seafood on the Water is San Diego’s best-kept secret. The expansive restaurant offers outdoor dining for guests to enjoy the bayside breeze and delicious cuisine focused on sustainable seafood, local ingredients and unforgettable taste.
L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek
Perched on the banks of Oak Creek in the Red Rock region of Sedona, the four-diamond L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek serves French-inspired American cuisine by Executive Chef Rochelle Daniel. The restaurant provides ample views for every guest, including the bubbling creek and stunning sunsets over the peaks and valleys of the Red Rocks. The ever-changing seasonal menus highlight the best of locally grown harvests, including wild game and artisan cheeses in winter and fall and fresh vegetables and herbs in spring and summer.
Tanque Verde Ranch
Nestled on 60,000 acres of stunning landscape, Tanque Verde Ranch s historic Old Homestead offers endless views of the Saguaro National Park and Rincon Mountains. After climbing on horseback through the breathtaking desert landscape, guests of the morning breakfast ride can enjoy a birds-eye-view of Tucson beauty. Miles of desert landscape naturally decorated with cacti and wildlife stretch in every direction for a sight as memorable as the cuisine and signature home-cooked blueberry pancakes. The morning breakfast rides are complementary
FIRE Restaurant at the ART Hotel
Experience panoramic views of Denver at FIRE Restaurant, Lounge & Terrace, one of the city’s few rooftop restaurants. From breathtaking views of the grand Rocky Mountains to the brilliant city skyline, FIRE’s floor to ceiling windows capture every aspect of Denver’s culture and allure. Praised for its in-house art collection, and paired with the freshest farm-to-table cuisine, FIRE offers guests a true multisenory experience. Indulge in the contemporary, yet approachable menu, helmed by Chef Chris Jakubiec, utilizing all locally-sourced ingredients from Denver’s local farms. FIRE Restaurant is sparking guests and locals interests alike, with its lively social-scene, decadent fare, and one-of-a-kind views.
Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Set on 18 acres of lakefront property where Lake Huron meets Lake Michigan, lies the 239 room Mission Point Resort. One of four restaurants on property, Bistro on the Greens features outdoor seating overlooking the property’s 18 hole putting course with unobstructed views of Lake Huron and Round Island Lighthouse Embrace the Great Lakes icon by dining on regional cuisine like pan roasted Lake Huron Whitefish or Michigan Cherry Profiteroles while overlooking the passing ships.
Scarpetta Beach at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Montauk, New York
LDV Hospitality’s iconic Scarpetta made its way out east this summer with Scarpetta Beach, the beachfront version of its original Meatpacking District location. The soulful Italian hotspot offers indoor and outdoor terrace seating with spectacular views of Gurney’s 1,000 ft. private beach and the Atlantic ocean. Diners will enjoy signature classics like fresh handmade pastas, in addition to more locally influenced dishes, showcasing the best of Long Island’s seafood and produce with a robust wine list for pairings. Situated on Montauk’s most pristine stretch of oceanfront real estate, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is a Hampton’s institution and the only four-season resort on Montauk.
Ko Olina, Hawaii
Located at the beautiful Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, ‘AMA ‘AMA is designed to resemble a beachside house. Featuring a spacious dining room with a thatched roof, mosaic designs, fountains, and reflecting pool the open-air restaurant sits oceanfront and overlooks the stunning Ko Olina lagoon. Guests can enjoy ample views in the elegant restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Situated on Maui’s stunning southwestern coastline along Mokapu Beach is Ka’ana Kitchen, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort’s signature restaurant. Known for it’s fresh, island-inspired, cuisine and spectacular views of the crystal blue ocean, the LEED-Silver certified eaterie embodies the spirit of aloha and offers farm-fresh foods and freshly squeezed juices as well as Hawaiian-inspired specialties.
VIEWS at Manele Golf Course Clubhouse Lana’i
For your ideal casual lunch or happy hour, sip on a handcrafted cocktail with picturesque cliff-side views at the appropriately named VIEWS at Manele Clubhouse. Serving up spectacular and awe-inspiring views of Hulopo’e Bay and Pu’u Pehe, VIEWS allows one to feel as if they are actually part of a postcard with the crystal clear waters and spinner dolphins below.
Spiced Pear Restaurant at The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Newport, Rhode Island
Spiced Pear restaurant is an award-winning restaurant offering one of Newport’s best fine dining experiences with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Spiced Pear features a Contemporary American menu, using the freshest, local and organic ingredients in season.
The “Queen of the Florida Keys”, Cheeca Lodge & Spa is a family friendly oceanfront resort located on 27 acres in Islamorada, Florida offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from its fine dining restaurant, Atlantic Edge.
Atlantic’s Edge features fresh seafood caught from the property’s saltwater pantry, including hogfish, grouper and seared triple tail. In addition to the seafood, the restaurant also offer prime steaks, fresh pasta and locally-grown produce. Round out your meal with a selection from the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list and a tempting dessert such as the Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée.
The DiLido Beach Club at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
The only beachfront dining experience in Miami, The DiLido Beach Club at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach offers guests a relaxed spot to enjoy a casual meal and perfectly created mojito while watching the sun set over iconic South Beach. The seaside restaurant serves up the soft sounds of the gentle surf and some of the best people watching around in one of the country’s buzziest cities.
Top Dining Spots and Views in Southeast Asia
Perched on the cliffs of Kamala amongst a lush tropical forest in Phuket, Thailand, Paresa Resort boasts breathtaking views of the dramatic indigo Andaman sea. The resort’s Talung Thai is an al fresco restaurant situated high on the cliff top serving authentic Thai cuisine. Guests will enjoy the unique southern Thai influenced cuisine, while sipping on a cocktail made with fresh local produce as the sun sets over the Andaman sea peering out onto the lush forest. The weather is always warm, the food is remarkable, and the 270-degree ocean views are unsurpassed at Talung Thai.
Soleil at The Mulia & Mulia Villas
The signature beachfront dining experience at The Mulia & Mulia Villas offers a selection of seating both inside and out, all overlooking the stunning sea. Located on the stunning coastline of Nusa Dua, Soleil is the signature beachfront dining experience at The Mulia & Mulia Villas. Guests have the option to dine al fresco and enjoy ample views of the stunning Indian Ocean while sampling a selection of their deletable dishes with a Mediterranean touch.
Top Places to Dine with a View in the Caribbean
Plunge Bar & Restaurant at The Palms Turks and Caicos
The 72 suite ocean front resort offers diners the most beautiful views at Plunge Bar & Restaurant, with seating surrounding the serpentine infinity pool and overlooking the sparkling white sand and turquoise water of Grace Bay Beach. Additionally, Plunge offers in-water seating, allowing guests to take in the beautiful views and enjoy light bites without leaving the water. Choose from an assortment of items including local specialties like conch fritters or tuna tacos, and sip on a refreshing cocktail while enjoying the famed Turks & Caicos views.
Top Places to Dine and Ogle in Mexico
Brisas at Fairmont Mayakoba
Fresh off of a complete culinary overhaul and redesign from world-renowned chef Richard Sandoval Brisas offers a true Caribbean escape for guests of Fairmont Mayakoba. Located under a graceful palapa, with mesmerizing views of the Caribbean Sea, the new design of Brisas main dining area and private dining rooms are the ultimate location for coastal dining in Riviera Maya. Contemporary European and Latin design enhance the menu of fresh, locally caught seafood and fine cuts of meat with signature sauces and spice blends. The new raw bar and beachfront stage for live entertainment are sure to add to this relaxing ambiance.
Top Spots for Dining and Views in the United Arab Emirates
Plaj at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Unwind on the iconic Palm Jumeirah with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf surrounding you at Plaj. Located in the opulent Ottoman Palace, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Plaj offers family-friendly casual dining with Italian-inspired favorites including pizza and pasta making it a perfect fit to catch up with loved ones and let your worries float away with the ocean breeze.
Top Dining Spots for Views in Europe
Sunset Lounge Bar at Jumeirah Port Soller House & Spa
Undoubtably the best location in Mallorca to watch the Spanish sun set over the Mediterranean sea, Sunset Lounge Bar at Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa offers guests a casual dining and cocktail venue to simply lounge. Enjoy delicious sushi and expertly crafted cocktails with nearly 360 degree views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Tramuntana Mountain range.