32 Restaurants With Spectacular Views

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1. Sierra Mar, Big Sur, Calif., U.S.A.

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You’re sitting: on top of a cliff
At: Post Ranch Inn
Looking at: the Pacific Ocean
Ordering: the nine-course Taste of Big Sur tasting menu

2. Eagle’s Eye, Golden, Canada

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You’re sitting: 7,700 feet above sea level after a 15-minute gondola lift ride
At: Kicking Horse Resort
Looking at: the Purcell, Selkirk, and Rocky Mountains
Eating: local wild salmon

3. Elements Restaurant, Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.A.

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You’re sitting: on Camelback Mountain
At: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
Looking at: Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Ordering: from a menu by Food Network star and executive chef Beau MacMillan

4. Sunset da Mona Lisa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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You’re sitting: at the tip of the bay of Cabo San Lucas
Looking at: the Pacific Ocean
Eating: seafood and Italian food (i.e., homemade pasta and swordfish or sea bass)

5. Dasheene, St Lucia, West Indies

You’re sitting: on an old cocoa plantation returned resort
At: Ladera Restort
Looking at: the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea
Eating: local cuisine like potato and coconut soup and Caribbean lamb salad

6. The River Cafe, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A.

The River Cafe / Via

You’re sitting: under the Brooklyn Bridge
Looking at: the East River, New York skyline, and the Statue of Liberty
Eating: poached Nova Scotia lobster, sweet and sour butternut squash, celery root purée, brussel sprout leaves

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7. 6.8 Palopo, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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You’re sitting: at shore of Lake Atitlan
At: Casa Palopo
Looking at: Toliman, Atitlán, and San Pedro Volcanos
Eating: Filet Robalo, grilled fish served with a fresh cilantro sauce or racks of lamb served with a mint and date sauce — ask for yucca chips on the side

8. Sanctuary Lodge, Cuzco, Peru

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You’re sitting: in the closest hotel to Machu Picchu
At: Sanctuary Lodge Hotel
Looking at: Sacred Valley, Urubamba River, and Machu Picchu
Eating: a traditional Peruvian meal

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9. Le Jules Verne, Paris, France

You’re sitting: 125 meters in the air, second floor
At: the Eiffel Tower (like, you’re inside of it)
Looking at: Paris
Eating: classic French cuisine

10. torre d’alta mar, Barcelona, Spain

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You’re sitting: 75 meters high in an old port cable’s tower
Looking at: 360 degrees of Mediterranean Sea and Port Vell
Wondering: what it was like to be at the 1929 Barcelona Universal Exhibition (The tower was originally built for it.)

11. Rosellinis, Ravello, Italy

You’re sitting: on a medieval fishing village on the Amalfi coast
At: Palazzo Avino Hotel
Looking at: the Mediterranean Sea and other pretty fishing villages
Eating: two-star Michelin Italian fare with regional wine

12. Piz Gloria, Mürren, Switzerland

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You’re sitting: on a summit 2,970 meters high
At: Schilthorn
Looking at: 200 Alpine summits, including Piz Gloria, the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks
Ordering:“Martini, shaken not stirred” at the James Bond bar or the James Bond breakfast

Welcome to the Bond World 007. The 1969 James Bond 007 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was filmed here.

13. Les Remparts, Eze, France

You’re sitting: on the Côte d’Azur (aka the French Rivera)
At: Château de La Chèvre d’Or
Looking at: the Mediterranean Sea and St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Eating: Mediterranean dishes, because, you know, you’re in the Mediterranean

14. Hotel Edelweiss, Mürren, Switzerland

You’re sitting: on the sun terrace
At: Hotel Edelweiss
Looking at: the big three of the Swiss Alps: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Summits
Drinking: beer

15. Strofi, Athens, Greece

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You’re sitting: at the edge of Acropolis
Looking at: the Parthenon
Eating: traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisine (No ambrosia?)

16. Milkla, Instanbul, Turkey

You’re sitting: on the hotel rooftop
At: The Marmara Pera
Looking at: Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Eating: Turkish-Scandinavian food inspired by chef and owner Mehmet Gürs’ background (i.e. North Aegean octopus and tahini ice cream)

17. Vertigo, Bangkok, Thailand

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You’re sitting: in open-air at the 61st floor rooftop
At: Banyan Tree
Looking at: the heart of the business district, river, and city skyline
Eating: signature dishes like roasted snow fish, tenderloin, wagyu, or vertigo appetizer plate

18. Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand

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You’re sitting: in a bamboo dining pod
At: Soneva Kiri Resort
Looking at: Gulf of Thailand’s shoreline and an ancient rain forest
Eating: homemade Thai cuisine brought to you by a flying waiter

19. Bukhari, Uma Paro, Bhutan

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You’re sitting: in a dramatic dining room named after the traditional Bhutanese fireplace — it’s that cool thing in the center of the room
At: Uma by COMO hotel
Looking at: Paro Valley
Eating: Bhutanese and international dishes with seasonal, locally sourced produce

Also at Uma:

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You’re sitting in: the villa terrace
At: Uma by COMO hotel
Looking at: Paro Valley
Having: a private dinner

20. Tapasake, Island of North Malé Atoll, Maldives

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You’re sitting: on a Maldivian lagoon
At: One&Only Reethi Rah
Looking at: Laccadive Sea in the Indian Ocean
Eating: Japanese cuisine, with highest grade sushi and sashimi shipped from Tokyo

21. Ayung Terrace, Sayan, Indonesia

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You’re sitting: on the terrance
At: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Looking at: the Ayung River and palm trees
Eating: Asian-inspired and Indonesian specialties

22. Felix, Hong Kong, China

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You’re sitting: on the 28th floor
At: Peninsula Hotel
Looking at: Hong Kong skyline and harbor
Indulging in: European cuisine

You can catch the Symphony of Lights, a nightly multimedia show between Victoria Peak and Hong Kong Harbor.

23. Kupu Kupu Barong Villas, Bali, Indonesia

Kupu Kupu Resort / Via

You’re sitting: in a split-level setting with outdoor terrace
At: Kupu Kupu Barong Villas
Looking at: the Aunug River and forest
Eating: Southeast Asian–French fusion

24. Waterfalls Restaurant, San Pablo City, Philippines

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You’re sitting: at the foot of Labasin Falls
At: Villa Escudero Resort
Looking at: Labasin Falls
Eating: All you can eat lunch buffet.

Labasin Falls is not actually a natural waterfall, but a spillway of the Labasin Dam. A slight bummer, but still cool.

25. Klein’s Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania

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You’re sitting: at the edge of Kuka Hills
At: andBeyond’s Klein’s Camp
Looking at: Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve

26. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

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You’re sitting: at an altitude of 7,800 feet, at the rim the largest unbroken caldera in the world
Looking at: Ngorongoro Crater, the eighth Natural Wonder
Eating: a private brunch

27. The Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar, Tanzania

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You’re sitting: on a rock
Looking at: Michanwi Pingwe beach and the Indian Ocean
Eating: the Rock Special (lobster, cigal, jumbo prawn, fish filet, and calamari all on the grill)

28. Delaire Graff Restaurant, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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You’re sitting: in the Cape Winelands
At: The Delaire Graff Estate
Looking at: Simonsberg Mountain Range and Estate vineyards
Eating: kabeljou fish or free-range beef with bone marrow and oyster mushrooms

29. Wildman Restaurant, Northern Territory, Australia

You’re sitting: in Mary River National Park Wetlands
At: Wildman Wilderness Lodge
Looking at: Mary River Floodplains
Eating: pan-fried barramundi (fish) and tomato-braised lamb shanks

30. Blu Bar on 36, Sydney, Australia

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You’re sitting: at Level 36
At: Shagri-La Hotel
Looking at: Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House
Drinking: a $10,000 martini (the Diamond Martini: “Your choice of ultra-premium
Vodka or gin! Oh, it also comes with a room…” the menu assures.)

31. Aria Restaurant, Sydney, Australia

Aria Restaurant / Via

You’re sitting: on the waterfront of Sydney Harbor
At: Aria Restaurant
Looking at: Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House
Eating: seaonal ingredient dishes like roasted Sicilian eggplant with basil, ricotta gnudi, and zucchini blossoms

You’re sitting: 450 meters high at the top of Bob’s peak
At: The Skyline Queenstown
Looking at: Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak, and all of Queenstown
Eating: Taste of New Zealand buffet after an epic gondola ride

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