Fine dining at luxurious restaurants around the world can come at a price. But what you get for those high price tags, are outstanding dining experiences that can take you to a rooftop in Thailand or to an underwater culinary experience in the Maldives. From Japan to Europe, we gathered a list of the most luxurious restaurants for you to enjoy a very haute cuisine experience.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Situated more than 16 feet below sea level in the Indian Ocean, this glass-enclosed restaurant is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the palette. The spot is only big enough to fit 14 guests, who take in 180-degree views of coral reefs and sharks while eating spicy sea snails and veal tenderloin from the $320 menu. It’s an absolutely exclusive experience.
Breeze (Bangkok, Thailand)
Breeze restaurant within the Lebua hotel in Bangkok stands out through its rooftop, open-air setting and balmy evenings spent dining here invariably are conducive to romance. As well as views over the twinkling sprawl of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River below, the restaurant occasionally offers other surprises, like fireworks.
An Alain Ducasse (Paris, France)
An Alain Ducasse restaurant, Le Jules Verne’s romance factor is down to its location. Not only is it in Paris, it’s within the Eiffel Tower. Although service can be a little off on occasion – as mentioned, it’s in Paris – the spectacular views and unique setting means meals here are very special.
Le Louis XV (Monaco)
The standard of cooking at Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse restaurant in Monaco is unarguably exceptional, but it’s also an undeniably romantic spot. Richly decorated in gold, the lavish space looks more like the dining room of a palace than a typical restaurant. It’s a popular spot for couples celebrating engagements or anniversaries.
De Librije (Zwolle, The Netherlands)
About an hour from Amsterdam by train, De Librije in Zwolle is worth traveling for. After being picked up at the train station by a butler, diners are deposited in the restaurant, which is housed in a 15th-century Dominican abbey. The dining experience is resolutely modern and adventurous, however. Order a certain dish and a minuscule salad will be constructed on the diner’s hand using tweezers. Having been named one of the world’s best restaurants, quality is guaranteed.
Michel Bras Toya, Lake Toya, Japan
It’s almost impossible to decide which is more stunning—the sweeping panoramic views of the volcanic caldera lake or the two-Michelin star food coming out of the kitchen. The latest version of the top-tier “discovery and nature” menu features dishes like grilled duck foie gras and marrow pan-fried celtuce with yuba and black truffle vinaigrette.
Fasano (Punta del Este, Uruguay)
Fasano restaurant is a dining destination for couples who want to get away from it all. In Punta del Este in Uruguay, it is part of Hotel Fasano Las Piedras, but is a short drive from the main property. Housed in an old farmhouse on a 480-acre site, its wooden floors and ceilings add a simple, rustic feel. With an overwhelming view, this is one of the top restaurants than anyone would like to try it.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London
The last example in our top luxurious restaurants takes place in London. Currently led by executive chef Jocelyn Herland, the contemporary French restaurant commands a sizable fee thanks to its founders and Michelin three-star rating. A six-course seasonal tasting menu, that currently includes confit duck foie gras and Dorset crab.