Restaurants with a View

Published 24 June 2016

Angela Griffin

The only thing that can beat a sumptuous meal is a sumptuous meal with a generous side-helping of sweeping panorama. After all, what better way to enjoy a delicious dinner than to enjoy it while gazing out over a glittering cityscape, a plunging waterfall or even an active volcano? So if you’re looking for a restaurant with a view to die for, look no further...

Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar

Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, Queenstown, New Zealand

Let the Skyline Gondola whisk you up 450 metres to the top of Bob’s Peak, where you’ll be greeted by never-ending views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. Here, the pun-tastic Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar dishes up tasty New Zealand cuisine with an international twist. Try the fresh South Island green-lipped mussels, or perhaps the locally-sourced sashimi.

Try it for yourself on our Kiwi Wilderness Adventure

Vertigo Restaurant in Bangkok

Vertigo, Bangkok, Thailand

At the top of the luxurious Banyan Tree hotel, Vertigo is the place to come for five-star service and al fresco dining, far removed from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok’s streets, 61 floors below. Gaze across the skyscrapers to the Chao Phraya River while dining on lobster spring rolls or wild mushroom cannelloni. There’s a cocktail bar here too, perfect for sunset drinks as the city lights begin to sparkle.

Check out the view on our Bangkok, Jungle & Beach Journey. 

The Grotto, Krabi, Thailand

The Grotto, Krabi, Thailand

Accessible only by boat, the aptly-named Grotto restaurant is found inside a limestone cave on Krabi’s Phranang Beach. Part of the Rayavadee resort but open to anyone, it’s a romantic spot, popular for sundowners. What could be better than feeling the sand beneath your feet as you feast on barbecued seafood and gaze out over the dramatic karst islands of the Andaman Sea?

Tuck in on our Island Explorer Journey. 

Sierra Mar restaurant in the Post Ranch Inn (Image: Kodiak Greenwood)

Sierra Mar, Big Sur, USA

On a clifftop overlooking the Pacific Ocean lies the Post Ranch Inn, whose elegant restaurant Sierra Mar offers a menu that changes daily according to seasonal ingredients. Try the nine-course ‘Taste of the Big Sur’ menu with wines to match, where dishes range from hay-smoked garden eggs with wild sorrel, to venison tenderloin with wild Big Sur berries. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

Stay at the Post Ranch Inn on our Pacific Coast Highway in Luxury Journey. 

Elements on the Falls Restaurant, Niagara

Elements on the Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada

Huge glass windows frame the thundering torrent of Niagara Falls, just a stone’s throw from this understandably popular restaurant, which prides itself on delicious home-grown food and fine wines. Tuck into tasty dishes such as squash-filled bauletti pasta with baby arugula sauce and, if dining after dark, look out for the waterfall’s brightly coloured illuminations.

Feel the spray on our East Coast Wonders Journey. 

The Rim Restaurant, Hawaii

The Rim, Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Have you ever dined while overlooking a steaming volcano? No? Well, now’s your chance. Inside Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park, the Rim restaurant teeters on the edge of the Kilaueau Caldera, an active shield volcano that glows bright orange after sundown. The restaurant serves up locally sourced Hawaiian specialities, as well as panoramic vistas of course. Try the coffee-rubbed lamb or the pineapple-wrapped fish.

Peer into the fiery depths on our Hawaiian Explorer Journey. 

The Rainbow Room, New York City

The Rainbow Room, New York, USA

No list of restaurants with views would be complete without a New York entry, and this one is pretty special. Featured in When Harry Met Sally, the opulent Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center has breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, including a close-up of the Empire State Building and a mouth-watering menu featuring Long Island roasted duck and blueberry soufflé with lemon ice cream.

Ascend to the dizzy heights on our Coast to Coast Journey. 

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