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Some restaurants offer such amazing views the food is practically an after thought, though these fine dining establishments offer the best of both worlds, like Lycabettus in Santorini, Greece, pictured above, set high above the caldera clinging to the side of a steep cliff. The restaurant’s terrace is situated on a dramatic rocky outcrop jutting right over the water, while its Mediterranean dishes feature organic ingredients and elements of nouvelle cuisine.
Dinner in the Sky
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Dinner in the Sky is just like the name implies. You’ll enjoy your meal suspended in the sky – the events are offered around the world, such as the one pictured above that took place in Split, Croatia. The table was suspended at a height of about 180 feet, with guests comfortably strapped into leather seats that are secured to a dining table – the table and seats are connected to a crane which performs the lift. Top chefs create amazing meals and also join the guests to talk about their food and the menu.
Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Puglia, Italy
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In southern Italy you can dine inside a vaulted limestone cave. Open only during the summer months, a restaurant offers stunning views looking outwards toward the sea.
Berggasthaus Aescher, Wasserauen, Switzerland
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Berggasthaus Aescher is located 4,770 feet above sea level and is open from between May 1 and October 31 every year. The cliffside eatery rewards hikers with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding Appenzell Alps.
Piz Gloria, Schilthorn, Switzerland
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If you’re a fan of the Bond films, you might recognize this restaurant as Blofeld’s hideout in 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” The revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn offers 360 degree views of the Bernese Alps.
Dasheene at Ladera, St. Lucia
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Part of Ladera Hotel in the Caribbean, Dasheene has made a name for itself not just because of its out-of-this-world views of the lush hills of Saint Lucia and the glistening azure sea, but also for its award-winning cuisine.
Skyline Restaurant, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Set high above Queenstown, the Skyline Restaurant has been touted as the city’s most spectacular location.
Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
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As you look west from the dramatic, contemporary building at Sierra Mar, cantilevered down a stretch of Big Sur coastline, you’ll feel like you’re floating above the ocean. The menu is magical too, with many dishes drawing inspiration from the loca region, including Morro Bay oysters, Monterey red abalone, and cheeses from Monterey County’s Schoch Family Farmstead.