When you think of the best seat in the house at your favorite restaurant, what do you think of? Maybe a window seat at your favorite lunch spot, the centre table of the big screen at your local sports bar, or the little bench outside of your favorite coffee shop.
When it comes to the best seats in the house, these restaurants and their their epic views, take food and drink to the next level. Pull up a chair and have a peek at our top 10 best dining views.
At 116 stories, atop of the CN tower at Horizons, patrons eat amongst the clouds in this Toronto gem where tables have a panoramic view of the Greater Toronto Area. Face your fears on the glass floor before you sit down in the restaurant and enjoy Canadian eats, like butter chicken poutine.
Hotel Castle Liebenstein
Ever wondered what it would be like to dine as medieval royalty? Hotel Castle Liebenstein, high above the village of Kamp-Bornhofen in Germany, has you covered. Built in the 13th century on top of a mountain, the castle allows customers to dine like kings and queens while overlooking the stunning Rhine Valley below.
Perched atop Grouse Mountain, just north of the city of Vancouver, The Observatory allows patrons to experience fine west coast dining with an abundance of seasonal ingredients. If fresh sea urchin and tuna weren’t enough, the 360 view allows for the best snapshots of beautiful Van city, Grouse Mountain, and the Strait of Georgia.
When it comes to creative venues, an exceptional example of thinking outside the box is the Redwood Treehouse in Warkworth, New Zealand. This unique architectural structure was built as part of a marketing campaign for Yellow Pages. Dine in the pod-like structure 10 meters above ground in a Redwood tree and be captivated by views of the surrounding Redwood forest.
Curious to how the Duchess of Cambridge enjoys her afternoon tea? The Orangery at Kensington Palace in London, England was built for Queen Anne in 1704 to protect her citrus trees from the frost. Enjoy tea and scones fit for a queen while overlooking the royal gardens.
101 Dining Lounge
The Dubai skyline is on full display at this luxe waterfront restaurant and lounge. 101 Dining Lounge's outdoor seating provides patrons with a view of a the resort’s private marina, and an overwater balcony lounge features seaside tables and a bar. Cruising the water in your private yacht? Pull up and order the Yacht Hamper, an on-board curated picnic basket. Go for the view, stay for the opulence.
Nestled into the gorgeous archipelago of Turks and Caicos, Grand Turk Island is a retreat known for its pristine diving and snorkeling. Sandbar is perched at the edge of expansive turquoise sea, with a laid-back beach vibe. Order an ice cold beer from the bar, sit in the sand, and take in the sunset. Relax- you’ve made it to paradise!
Geoffrey’s Malibu in southern California has been around for over 70 years. Known for hosting celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine, this posh beachfront restaurant offers an expansive view and alfresco dining. Cozy blankets and beautiful fireplaces ensure that you stay warm and comfortable as the sun sets and the night cools, so you can continue enjoying the view.
An urban-chic giant in the heart of Manhattan, Asiate oozes a cosmopolitan vibe from start to finish. You’ll love the views of the glittering city below any time of the year, but it’s the floor to ceiling wine walls that will distract you from the metropolitan views outside.
Houston’s Downtown Aquarium gives patrons the chance to grab a seat in the depths of an underwater world. While enjoying a delicious menu, customers are seated around the 150,000 gallon aquarium that displays stingrays, fish and other underwater creatures. A dining experience sure to make a splash.
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Sarah and Scott (aka The Zesty Pear) are newly-weds who love exploring hot spots across North America and discovering the latest and greatest in food and drink. Their favourite moments occur when they are enjoying a new dish or sipping on drinks while laughing away with friends and family. In their eyes, the simple things are the special things.Follow on Twitter More Content by Zesty Pear