The following is a list of the 15 highest restaurants in the world that promise their customers an unparalleled experience:
Sirocco bears testament to the well-deserved international renown of the nightlife of Bangkok. Located at 820 feet, Sirocco happens to be the highest alfresco restaurant in the world. It has garnered critical appreciation on all four fronts including food, beverage, service and ambience. Jazz bands are a common sight at Sirocco, which happens to be a neighbor of Sky Bar, one of the premium bars in Thailand. The impeccable beauty of the cityscape, especially during nighttime, makes for an unmatched view. Chef de Cuisine Sebastien Pinson ensures that each guest is served the freshest and most delicious examples of traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
Top of the World Restaurant
Dinners at 844 feet above sea level with a panoramic and dynamic view of Las Vegas seems to be a thought beyond conception, and yet, Top of the World Restaurant, on top of the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, delivers this dream. The restaurant undergoes a thrilling rotation at an interval of 80 minutes in order to guarantee an ever-changing view of the skyline to customers. Amusement rides also await you on the exterior premises of the restaurant. The food menu and wine selection are bound to be spectacular, with chefs like Rick Giffen and Claude Gaty on board.
Overlooking the city of Chicago at an altitude of 970 feet, the Metropolitan Club, occupying the 66th and 67th floors of Willis Towers, offers customers a view of the city that is unlike any you have ever seen. It is the epitome of American corporate fine dining. Customers can avail buffet luncheons and chef’s tasting events for a monthly subscription, starting at $170. Quite noteworthy is the innovative idea that has been realized by club management of separating three distinct modes of the club- Frame (the Day and Night Bar), Blueprint (Workspace designated for collaborations), and Craftsman (for the luxury dining experience).
The Sky Restaurant in Tianjin, China, is located 1,011 feet above ground, on the 72nd story of the well-frequented Tianjin Global Finance Center, in close proximity to the observation deck. The view, therefore, is nothing less than exceptional. Gourmet cuisine is served to customers and food preparation and menu selection are overseen by chefs, with years of fine dining experience to boast of. The prices are quite affordable in comparison with contending restaurants. The service, décor and ambience of Sky Restaurant have received exceptional praise from leading food critics of China as well as the international food community.
Palace Club and Chao-Jiang
At 1,030 feet above ground, the Palace Club restaurant in Kaohsiung, China, occupies the 77th floor of the Tuntex Sky Tower. It boasts of an impressive and clear view of the surrounding city skyline. The décor has been kept simple and traditional, and the rooms are spacious. Private dining spaces and facilities can be requested for upon reservation. The cuisine has been widely appreciated by both locals as well as visiting tourists, as has the decorum and efficiency exhibited by members of the staff. The meals have been priced reasonably so as not to burn a hole in your pocket.
The Signature Room Restaurant
Perched on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago, at a height of 1,054 feet, is The Signature Room Restaurant. Since its inception in 1993, the restaurant along with its sister concern, The Signature Lounge on the floor above, have managed to attract local residents and tourists alike with their delectable takes on modern American cuisine and a wide variety of signature cocktails. The brains behind this magical gastronomical experience belong to some of the finest chefs in the country, such as Cardel Reid. The Signature Room Restaurant, thus, truly, epitomizes its tagline: “The restaurant Chicago looks up to!”
Yet another gem in Chicago, with a bird’s eye view to boast of, is the Mid-America Club, situated at a staggering height of 1,075 feet above ground. The club graces the 80th story of the Aon Center, located downtown. The highest club in all of the States and the only fine dining eatery in Chicago that promises a panoramic view of the cityscape, Mid-America Club is comparatively quite reasonably priced, with a menu ranging from $31 to $50. Exclusive memberships offer certain added perks and privileges. The club also offers a plethora of related services for a number of events.
Club Jin Mao
The 86th story of the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai hosts Club Jin Mao. At an altitude of 1,082 feet, the Club offers a spectacular view of the city, and serves authentic Shanghainese food with a contemporary twist. The menu is a la carte only. The food preparation is supervised by Chef Beck Chen, who has over two decades of experience with Shanghainese cuisine. Its facilities include one general dining area, along with six private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 40 customers. Club Jin Mao has been awarded the title of “Best Restaurant in Shanghai” twice in a row.
The 360 Restaurant in Toronto delivers a stellar view of this beautiful Canadian city from 1,151 feet above sea level. The CN Tower holds the record for being the tallest building to exist in the Western Hemisphere, and the restaurant sits atop it. Similar to Top of the World, this restaurant also undergoes a complete rotation at intervals of 72 minutes to prevent the view from going stale. Guests also have the option to enjoy the unique view through the glass floor after they are done with their respective meals. The menu has a wide range of delicious gourmet options to offer.
Ding Xian 101
The Taipei 101 building is one of the most celebrated works of modern architecture in Taiwan. Holding the record for the largest green building internationally, the building also hosts on its 86th floor, at an altitude of 1,213 feet, the Ding Xian Restaurant. The restaurant has often been credited with introducing the concept of fine dining to the people of Taiwan and improvising it as per traditional Taiwanese cuisine. It is especially known for its vast selection of seafood, prepared with utmost care by international Michelin-ranked chefs. The efficient service and décor of Ding Xian have also garnered widespread renown.
Catch is located in the Four Seasons Hotel in Guangzhou, China, at a height of 1,340 feet. The dining areas of the restaurant are glass-paneled, with a stellar view of the Pearl River to enjoy. Catch is renowned for its seafood platters and quite a few mouth-watering signature dishes. Reservations made with prior notice allow customers to avail private dining spaces. The flawless service of the restaurant staff has made Catch a household name for fine dining. The décor, too, is absolutely gorgeous, and care has been taken to ensure that the interiors of the restaurant are not too cramped.
TOSCA is the highest restaurant in Hong Kong at a height of 1,378 feet. The restaurant occupies the 102nd story of the Ritz Carlton and offers authentic Italian cuisine, specific to its Southern regions. It is well-known for its three-course spreads, which range from approximately HK $558. The restaurant offers provisions for both a la carte as well as fixed dining options. The menu for lunch is set to change, depending on seasonal variations, as it is prepared with only the freshest and most organic ingredients. TOSCA holds the supreme view of the Hong Kong skyline, especially the Hong Kong harbor.
Twist Mediterranean Buffet
Situated on the 106th story of the Canton building, which happens to be an architectural masterpiece in itself, Twist Mediterranean Buffet sits 1,387 feet above ground, in Guangzhou, China. It holds the record for being the world’s tallest revolving restaurant. The cuisine includes classic Occidental, Mediterranean and Chinese preparations. The restaurant has also opted to go green and has, therefore, adopted necessary measures to ensure that no more than 1.5 kw motors are needed to allow the revolution of the restaurant. The meals are prepared by leading chefs from all over the world, with years of experience in premium restaurants.
Elba Italian Restaurant
Yet another Italian restaurant on this list happens to be the internationally acclaimed Elba Italian Restaurant in Shenzhen, China. Ranking a close 2nd on the list of the world’s highest restaurants, at a height of 1,397 feet above sea level, the restaurant offers a delightful selection of pizzas and pastas, prepared in accordance with authentic Italian culinary methods. Its Peking Duck Pizza, artfully combining the local flavors of China with the classic Italian bread, is vastly popular. The Elba Italian Restaurant adorns the famous St. Regis Hotel. The restaurant is also equipped with the required provisions for private dining spaces.
The big-daddy of skyscrapers, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is synonymous with altitude and luxury. Perched on its 122nd floor, at an impressive height of 1,450 feet, is At.mosphere, the tallest restaurant in the world. Customers can treat their taste buds, olfactory glands, and eyes, all at the same time, from the glass-furnished rooms of the restaurant that offers a paradisiacal view of the landscape of the vibrant city as well as the calm blue of the Persian Gulf. The menu offers a wide variety of options for both two-course and three-course meals, prepared with the freshest herbs and spices.
Restaurants are only one of the many entertainment venues that have been elevated to extraordinary heights, literally speaking. Pubs, grills, cafes, and more, can now also be found at these heights. A few of the most notable examples that serve great food and ambience with a view to die for are as follows:
- Altitude 360, Millbank Tower, London: Nothing encapsulates the spirit of England more than feasting on classic English food, with panoramic view of the capital and its sights, such as the Big Ben.
- The Grill at the Grand Hyatt, Shanghai: The fascination with fine dining at high altitudes has only grown in East Asia.
- Al Muntaha, Burj al-Arab, Dubai: Besides the invigorating view, this is one of the very few hotels in the world with a 7-star rating.
The sub-industry that emerged around the in-vogue fashion of the gourmet experience at new heights drew its inspiration from penthouse parties and rooftop eateries. As a result, it never really could dissociate itself from its collaboration with luxury eating, as a result of which, these restaurants remain accessible to only a certain section of the population.
While the popularity of restaurants-at-peak-altitudes does not seem likely to die down anytime soon, their emergence in different parts of the world has allowed people all across the globe to sample the concept of “food with a view”.