The World's 7 Most Extreme Dining Experiences

  • 01 of 08

    Don't Settle for Dull Dining

    ••• Dinner in the Sky

    Travel is an opportunity to explore, and that doesn’t have to pause when it’s time to eat. A meal at a chain restaurant just like the one you love back home with four walls and sea-level seating might fill your belly, but it won’t satisfy your craving for adventure. And ​whoever said dining has to be dull?

    If you’re the type of traveler hungry for a dish that will tease all your senses, peruse our menu of extreme dining options around the world.

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  • 02 of 08

    Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

    ••• Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

    Surrounded by panoramic 180-degree views of vibrant coral gardens and fish 16 feet below the Laccadive Sea’s surface, you might feel awkward eating seafood at the world’s first all-glass underwater restaurant, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. However, once you see menu items like malossol imperial caviar and Maldivian lobster Carpaccio with reef fish tartare, it will be hard to resist. 

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  • 03 of 08

    Dinner in the Sky

    ••• Dinner in the Sky

    This Belgian-based company hosts meals all over the world, from Kuala Lumpur to Copacabana Beach to Athens. They consist of five-course meals on ​an open-sided platform dangling from a crane 160 feet in the air (don’t worry, there are seatbelts). With views of from the Acropolis to Downtown Los Angeles, Dinner in the Sky takes dining to new heights. ​

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  • 04 of 08

    Dans le Noir?

    ••• Dans le Noir?

    For fans of mystery, Dans le Noir? will please your palette. At Dans le Noir, where the waiters are all blind or visually impaired, you eat in pitch black, unaware of what’s on your plate. This, the company has claimed, is the best way to appreciate taste and form stronger personal relationships. The chain has been a hit in Europe, with restaurants in London, Paris, Barcelona, Saint Petersburg, and soon Madrid. 

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  • 05 of 08

    The Rock

    Maasai standing on the Rock restaurant, Zanzibar
    ••• Christian Aslund/Getty Images

    When a restaurant is described as reachable “by foot with low tide or by boat with high tide,” you know it must be special, which The Rock most definitely is. Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean off Zanzibar, this restaurant is the only thing on the massive slab of ​stone it calls home, which will leave you wondering how it got there. Needless to say, if you order any seafood, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be fresh and made-to-order. 

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  • 06 of 08

    Treepod Dining at Soneva Kiri

    ••• Cat Vinton for Soneva Kiri

    Invoke memories of your innocent tree house days with a meal in Soneva Kiri’s bamboo pods placed 16 feet up a tree on the Thai island of Koh Kood. The only difference is instead of Pop-Tarts, meals consist of marinated white fish spiked with red fruits or the “forager’s basket” with young coconut prawn, scallop escabeche and pomegranate. The best part is that waiters deliver food and wine via zip line. Not a bad upgrade. 

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  • 07 of 08

    Sirocco

    ••• Lebua Hotel

    If you’re looking for a meal high, head 63 floors up to Sirocco, an open-air restaurant on the roof of the Lebua Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The highest al fresco restaurant in the world is known for their endless views of roads and rivers, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, and live jazz band. 

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  • 08 of 08

    Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm

    ••• Saffire Freycinet

    If you’re not a fan of dining below or high above the water, Why not dine in it? The Saffire Freycinet hotel in Tasmania offers a complimentary package that takes you to an oyster farm where you put on waders and stand knee-deep in an estuary while a culinary guide plucks oysters out of the water, shucks them and delivers them straight to your plate.