I like to call these unforgotten dining experiences, “Food With a View” in commemoration of E.M. Forster’s 1908 book “A Room With a View” that was turned into a magnificently beautiful film shot between the UK and Tuscany in 1985. There is nothing that gives the ultimate sensation of cathartic delight more than when eating the most exquisite meal in the world coupled with a view to go with it. These moments are truly La Dolce Vita moments.
1. My Favorite the romantic Ristorante Grotta Palazzese in Puglia, Italy
This 4 star restaurant and hotel, situated south of Bari on the eastern seaboard side of Italy, is literally carved out of the limestone cliffside. Looking out onto the Adriatic, on a clear day one can see Montenegro and Albania.
2. The Tate Modern Restaurant in the Tate Modern ~London, England
Hailed as one of the best views in London, The Tate Modern Restaurant is located on the 6th floor of this world renowned modern art museum – one of the most visited in the world.
3. Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn in the magical Big Sur, California
Perched high atop the hillside in Big Sur, the Sierra Mar leaves you breathless with the miles upon miles view of the grand and powerful Pacific Ocean (hopefully not too much though because you must eat and lavish in the incredible California cuisine). If you want to indulge do it here and book a room too at the luxurious, California Style, Post Ranch Inn – expensive but worth it. Rooms start at $1175.
4. Ambrosia Restaurant in Santorini, Greece
Dine in one of the top restaurants in Santorini with one of the best panoramic views in the world! It’s almost as if you are dining right on top of the volcanic Caldera sea.
5. Torre d’Alta Mar in Barcelona, Spain
Built in an old port cables tower, by Carles Buigas in 1929 during the Universal Expedition, the Torre d’Alta Mar houses one of the best views in Barcelona.
6. Club del Doge Restaurant, Venice, Italy
Experience the highest form of Venetian opulence at the Club del Doge overlooking the Grand Canal in the Hotel Gritti Palace. The building of this famous hotel landmark was started in 1475 for the aristocratic Pisani family. In 2013, it reopened after underwent 15 months of renovation work that cost £36.5 million (about $53 million)! It’s quite an amazing place, a must see with an incredible view- this is the epitome of ‘food with a view’.
7. Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar in Queenstown, New Zealand ~ South Island
Enjoy this breathtaking view and the gondola ride to get there!
8. Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, New York City
With 16-foot-high windows, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York cradles this sublime restaurant Asiate on its 35th floor overlooking Midtown, Manhattan.
9. Le Café du Jardin in the Château de La Chèvre d’Or, Boutique Hotel in Èze, France ~ Cote d’Azur
Located 20 minutes east of Nice in the small hilltop sea village of Èze, Le Café du Jardin has one of the best views on the French Riviera.
~I hope you enjoyed this piece and I do hope you get to really enjoy some of these places on your travels!