Nowadays, for a restaurant to be successful in this digital world with so many tools to advertise, they must comply with a few requirements. The first one of those is to have a delicious menu, which combined with a unique interior, will create the perfect spot for people to go and have a wonderful night. The second, but a not least important requirement, is to have a breathtaking view of the outside.
#30. Sunset da Mona Lisa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
With its spectacular views and unique environment, Sunset Monalisa is designed to excite the senses and engage the emotions of every guest, thereby making your time at the restaurant a cherished and valuable memory. With the passion and creativity of Chef Casiano Reyes, the restaurant will exceed all of your dining expectations and make them your favorite spot in Baja.
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The Casiano’s Cocina Espontanea concept is characteristic of the Chef and his talents, while also paying tribute to his roots. The Spontaneous Cuisine originates from the desire not to be limited by a fixed menu. The Chef daily selects with his suppliers the freshest products of the day, with which he will elaborate a tasting menu, three or five different times.
#29. Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant, Diani Beach, Kenya
George Jackie Barbour decided some 30 years ago to convert the cave into this unique restaurant. Every spot of the cave remains exactly as discovered with the exception of the chamber housing the kitchen and lavatories. In the restaurant, only the stone floor has been added together with furniture and fittings, lighting and sound effects. The natural holes in the roof crust are open to the sky, protected in bad weather with sliding covers.
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Ali Barbour’s Cave is thought to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old. Situated about 30km south of Mombasa and 200m back from the high water mark, it comprises a series of interlinking chambers at depths of up to 10m below ground level. The natural holes in the cave ceiling are open to the sky and seating is under the stars creating an intimate and elegant atmosphere. The cuisine is typically international, specializing in seafood.
#28. Canlis, Seattle, Washington
Richie-riches, businesspeople, and gourmands love this mid-century marvel of a restaurant with its amazing view of Lake Union. Chef Brady Williams balances classic Canlis dishes with his own vision and plenty of the Pacific Northwest’s best ingredients. It is one of the most award-winning restaurants in the greater Northwest; Gourmet Magazine ranked it as one of the top 20 restaurants in the United States, and it has also been hailed by The New York Times as “Seattle’s fanciest, finest restaurant for over 60 years”. Since 1997, Canlis has been a recipient of the Wine Spectator Grand Award.
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A restaurant with a rich tradition, Canlis was opened in the 1950s, and since then has served as one of the best places in Seattle. Few things to note: there is a dress code, requiring men to wear suits or sport coat. Casual wear is not allowed. And while children are allowed, electronic devices are not. The dinner lasts roughly three hours, so parents are warned that if their children cannot stay calm for that long, Canlis might not be the place for them.
#27. El Farallón, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Tucked into the cliffs of The Resort at Pedregal, El Farallon is the best restaurant in Cabo San Lucas. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, listen to the waves crash below while making your selection from the ocean-to-table menu featuring the daily bounty from local fishermen. Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet offers only the best selection of the local catch on shaved ice. Our culinary experts will guide your selection with an old-fashioned scale that weighs each choice and assist with side dish pairings.
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El Farallón is considered one of the most romantic restaurants in the city thanks to the candle lights. Nonetheless, eating in this restaurant is best during sunset. The view goes into the second plane because it is actually outdone by the service and the food. Our recommendation: try some of the fishes, as seafood is the specialty of the house.
#26. La View, Ubud, Bali
La View Restaurant is a charming split-level setting with an outdoor terrace for intimate wining and dining with a menu of gourmet cuisine that transcends South East Asia with a distinct French infusion. Alternatively, the guests can enjoy the pool bar with its breathtaking vistas that sweep over the valley, and which also serves more traditional Indonesian culinary delights throughout the day. A comprehensive in-room dining menu is also available.
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Overlooking the magnificent Ayung Valley and surrounded by luxuriant tropical vegetation, the hotel restaurant, aptly named ‘ La View’, serves fusion cuisine in an exceptional setting, combining traditional Indonesian gastronomy with influences from various South-East Asian cooking styles as well as some French references. The dishes hold the promise of an amazing gastronomic journey based on a perfect marriage of flavors and seasonings, such as urab (a traditional specialty of chopped vegetables, spices and coconut), which may be accompanied by meats prepared in a Western European style.
#25. Monal, Pakistan
Sitting on top of the Potohar, nestled against the pristine Margallas, and looking over the plains of Peshawar and Lahore, the brick and mortar of Islamabad may be modern, but its culture and traditions are embedded in the centuries of history that have unfolded between the ranges of Khyber and Bolan and the valley of Mehran. And in many ways, The Monal – named after a pheasant of rare and exquisite beauty dwelling a little further north – epitomes this amalgam of the modern and the ancient.
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The resort is a touch of modernity set in a pastoral idyll. Situated at a height of about 1173 meters above sea level, it is equipped with the latest facilities but offers an ambiance cultivated by heritage. The road to The Monal undulates along the thick verdure of the Margallas as if etched in emeralds. It opens up both to the local and tourist a panorama of Allah’s glory. The Faisal Mosque and the white rise of the Constitutional Avenue melt away picturesquely into the bucolic horizons of the Punjab and the Frontier.
#24. Rossellini’s, Ravello, Italy
While a lot of 5-star Italian hotels offer a Michelin-star restaurant, few can boast of the lavishness and location on Palazzo Avino’s Rossellini’s Restaurant. Under the helm of one of the area’s top Italian chefs, this dinner-only hotspot is arranged within an aristocratic dining room of tumbled stone floors with 12-foot ceilings and vintage wine cellar. An intricate menu of squid-stuffed ravioli, rose-wrapped lamb and olive-crusted cod is presented in an elongated tasting sequence that’s a destination in its own right.
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The chef dazzles with a tasting menu of ingenious and hard to identify dishes like buffalo mozzarella served raw, in liquid form and iced. Pasta course is a squid and crab-filled ravioli that are almost too delicate to eat with its homemade pasta topped with creamed potato and ricotta sauce. Fish and meat course are a cod fillet with olive puree or rose-wrapped lamb with white asparagus drizzled in sun-dried tomato sauce. Meals are followed by a light cheese selection and mini-desert that satiates without overstuffing.
#23. The Globe, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The signature restaurant at Al Faisaliah Hotel, The Globe is one of the most unique in Riyadh. Located in the spectacular golden sphere that tops Al Faisaliah Tower, this dining sensation destination offers a unique perspective of the Kingdom’s first city. Within this dramatic three-story dome, delicious modern European cuisine and sweeping panoramic views of the city come together to create an unmatched, fine dining experience.
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The Globe is located 240+ meters high above the ground. Experiencing the full luxury of Saudi Arabia, the bar is best for having a cup of tea. According to a TripAdvisor review:
The environment was so comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. The high tea was well presented and the taste of food was nice. The view was so beautiful with the Kingdom Tower and amazing sunset. It was a really amazing experience for me.
#22. Altitude at Shangri-La, Sydney, Australia
“To treat a stranger as one of our own” characterizes the hospitality one can expect from Shangri-La. Discerning travelers will enjoy world-class service amidst tranquil surroundings, coupled with inspirational architecture and design. The finest dining experiences at every hotel and resort ensure that every palate is pampered, but what makes each stay truly memorable is something even more exquisite and rare – Shangri-La’s special kind of hospitality… hospitality that comes from the heart.
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The Altitude is the elite club of Sydney. With floor to ceiling windows, guests are allowed to gaze at the Sydney harbor while enjoying the finest Australian dishes. The restaurant is located on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La hotel. Altitude unveils a new grill focused menu, created by Chef de Cuisine, Insup Kim, and a dessert menu by Executive Pastry Chef, Anna Polyviou.
#21. Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is located in Tanzania on the edge of the world famous “World Heritage Site” of the Ngorongoro Crater. Surrounding the lodge, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans 8,300 square kilometers, stretching from the Rift Valley to the Serengeti. The design follows the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead) style.
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The Dining Room at the historic Crater Lake Lodge has been providing memorable experiences to visitors for more than 100 years. Their menu features typical local foods prepared by hand in their kitchen which are made to showcase the flavors of southern Oregon. Enjoy spectacular views of Crater Lake or enjoy the ambiance of the Lodge while enjoying your meal.
#20. El Tovar. Grand Canyon
This celebrated historic hotel located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon first opened its doors in 1905. The hotel was designed by Charles Whittlesey, Chief Architect for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. The hotel was built from local limestone and Oregon pine and it cost $250,000 to build, and many considered it the most elegant hotel west of the Mississippi River. In 1987 the Hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark. In the past, the hotel has hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Western author Zane Grey, President Bill Clinton, Sir Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, and countless others.
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Gourmet dining in an atmosphere of historic and casual elegance describes this world-class dining experience. Located in the historic El Tovar Hotel, this celebrated and majestic Dining Room is constructed of native stone and Oregon pine. The murals on the walls reflect the customs of four Native American Tribes – the Hopi, the Apache, the Mojave and the Navajo. The ambiance is rustic but classic and traditional.
#19. Le Jules Verne, Paris, France
After starting his career with some of the greatest masters of French cuisine, such as Robert Bardot and Joël Robuchon, Frédéric Anton took up the reins of Le Pré Catelan in 1997. Devoting all of his heart and passion, he earned two Michelin stars in 1999, with a third in 2007. Nowadays, Anton is the head chef in the Le Jules Verne.
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Chef Frédéric Anton has combined his two passions: beauty and greatness. His refined cuisine is built around lively, harmonious compositions. In his own words:
“First and foremost, my dishes are going to create a dialogue with the architecture of the Eiffel Tower itself. In my compositions, I want to evoke the cogs, the nuts and bolts, the chiseling of this oversized steel structure”.
#18. Nautika, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Nautika is the most prestigious terrace in Dubrovnik, a perfect spot for dining. You might recognize the terrace from the Game of Thrones TV show. Most of the King’s Landing scenes are filmed in Dubrovnik, and the terrace of Nautika is one of those particular spots. Going back to the menu, you can enjoy some awesome Mediterranean cuisine and delicious seafood and fishes.
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The restaurant is housed in the former Dubrovnik School of Maritime Studies, where it welcomed famous seafarers since as far back as 1881. Today the restaurant serves to preserve the location’s rich history while retaining the noble atmosphere of Dubrovnik’s reign as a republic. In 2008. Nautika Restaurant was recognized as the sixth most romantic restaurant in the world by the much respected Condé Nast Traveller magazine.
#17. Saidpur Village, Pakistan
Saidpur is a Mughal-era village and located off the Hill Road to the east of Daman-e-Koh in Islamabad. The village has the footprints of various civilizations, including Gandhara, Greek, Buddhist, Mughal, Ashoka and the colonial periods, and now served as a popular recreational spot for both local and foreign visitors. In 2006, the Capital Development Authority initiated the project of remodeling the Saidpur village aimed at providing the visitors with the glimpses of multi-cultural heritage and by giving it the look and feel of a quaint village.
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More than five hundred years old village, the Saidpur village is located on the slopes of Margalla Hills. The history, the folklore, the heritage, all of those things are important. But the best part is enjoying an authentic Pakistani cuisine while sitting in comfy pillow seats.
#16. The Grotto, Krabi, Thailand
The Grotto nestles under an ancient limestone cliff on the edge of beautiful Phranang Beach. Enjoy a leisurely lunch here with your favorite book or lose yourself in the magic of a perfect sunset as you enjoy cocktails and a menu of light snacks with soft sand underfoot and a hint of romance in the air. Sumptuous barbecues are arranged each evening with an advance reservation.
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The Grotto serves a range of delicious cocktail as well as bar snacks that make the most of local ingredients. Some of these include prawn satay or skewers with a peanut dipping sauce as well as crispy vegetable spring rolls with plum sauce. There are also other light dishes such as sweet and sour Thai seafood soup called Tom Yam Po Tak Talay or Western classics like Greek salad.
#15. Asiate, New York, USA
Using its panoramic city views for inspiration, the focal point of the restaurant is an incredible tree-branch sculpture symbolizing trees in winter. Hanging from the ceiling, it is breathtaking in both scope and style. Add to this a huge wall of wine showcasing over 1,300 bottles and a menu featuring unexpected pops of flavor, interesting textures and beautiful visual presentations, and you have the perfect environment in which to enjoy delectable cuisine.
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A highly-acclaimed chef, Chef Cyril owned and operated Michelin star restaurant Fleur De Sel in New York City and Michelin Guide-recommended Bar Breton in New York City, as well as managed operations for a number of notable restaurants in Manhattan since moving to the United States 25 years ago.
#14. Le Panoramic, Chamonix, France
Le Panoramique restaurant features French cuisine that invites you to rediscover regional dishes in an unforgettable atmosphere. Enjoy classics like the blanquette de veau, or try the Potée Savoyard, Pela des Aravis or grandmother’s roast chicken, a favorite family recipe. A bit of a sweet tooth? For you, we offer mountain favorites like chocolate “Dôme” with spiced caramel or the vanilla vacherin with homemade raspberry liqueur.
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The sun shines, and you see the entire Mont Blanc. Do you want anything else with your food? One thing to note, never books in advance if you want to see the view. You cannot reserve outside seats, that is something you get only when you go there in person. So, you should get there very early!
#13. Dasheene, St Lucia, West Indies
Savor a dish for every appetite and every occasion at Dasheene, where the spectacular views of the Caribbean and St. Lucia’s twin volcanic Piton peaks are as inspiring as the award-winning cuisine. Eclectic and innovative, yet just as casual and inviting, Dasheene offers an authentically local culinary experience highlighting the bounty of St. Lucia on land and sea.
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Executive Chef Nigel Mitchel and his staff are dedicated to showcasing fresh native ingredients from island farmers and neighboring plantations that grow their produce primarily for the resort. Chef Nigel’s cooking renders stylish interpretations of traditional St. Lucian dishes, such as sweet potato and coconut soup, Caribbean lamb salad, roast conch with pickled vegetables served in a yam basket, Cajun-Creole vegetable bakes, jerk poulet sausage, plantain gratin with coconut rum sauce and more.
#12. Hutong, London, England
Hutong’s cuisine takes its inspiration from the dishes served in the imperial palaces of what was then Pekin. Based on the “Lu school” cuisine of Shandong Province, the menu artfully captures the subtlety and surprises of Northern Chinese cooking. A cocktail selection inspired by ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine, and a stunning traditional Chinese interior with red lanterns and beautiful hand-carved wooden ‘Moon Gates’, offers London diners a new destination restaurant with panoramic views over the capital’s skyline.
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You know you can expect more urban vibe in London. After all, Britain’s capital is one of the most urban cities in the world. Therefore, aside from the outside view, the inside is good as well. Decorated with unique lanterns and silk curtains, the Hutong takes you to another world where you can enjoy your meal in peace and quiet from the chaos in the city.
#11. Piz Gloria, Mürren, Switzerland
Piz Gloria is the name of the revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn near Mürren in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. The name Piz Gloria originated in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963), in which it is the mountain-top hideout of the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld and contains an allergy clinic. In the story, the implied location is near St. Moritz, where Romansh is spoken and piz is a local term for a mountain peak. However, the restaurant is actually located in the Bernese Oberland, where Romansh is not spoken.
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Dining at the Piz Gloria offers a stunning view of the Swiss Alps, all the small villages and landscape. The restaurant also offers a James Bond experience, with secret driving service for you. Don’t forget to try their famous desserts.
#10. Sirocco, Bangkok, Thailand
For an incomparably romantic rooftop dinner with riverside views, an impressive business dinner, or an unforgettable family get-together, a few cocktails at Sky Bar followed by dinner at the best rooftop restaurant has become the new five-star standard of the Bangkok bar and restaurant scene. Reservations are recommended a week in advance at this riverview restaurant which is a must do in Bangkok for any visitor.
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Chef Romain Dupeyre has spent the better part of his life 14 years working in some of achieving numerous Michelin stars along the way. He was sent to Shangri-la Paris Hotel which is the first Shangri-la in Europe, during a pre-opening period by Chef Philippe Labbé, who saw his potential and be there for about 1 year. His expertise is the food of the South of France where the place is known for Mediterranean cuisine including Nice, his hometown.
#9. The Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
The Lake Palace Udaipur was first brought to global attention as the location for Octopussy’s lair in the eponymous Bond film, and many local bars play the relevant scene – involving 007 disguised as a crocodile – on repeat. The palace’s bleached marble columns and scalloped arches, standing in sharp relief to the Aravalli Mountains in the background and Lake Pichola in the fore, exude history and character.
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Capitalizing on the vista, the hotel’s four restaurants, based on Asian, Indian, contemporary Western and Italian cuisines, are situated by the lily pond, poolside and rooftop respectively. And if that’s not good enough, the Royal Butlers are more than happy to arrange a table wherever you desire.
#8. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Dine five meters below the surface of the ocean, in the world’s first undersea restaurant, with panoramic coral garden views and fusion menus matched with fine wines. Ithaa can be reserved for private dining, weddings and special occasions. Enhance your stay with private dining, intuitive service and the hotel’s relentless determination to offer the best in luxury cuisine.
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Ithaa (meaning ‘mother of pearl‘ in the Maldivian language of Dhivehi) serves contemporary European cuisine in a six-course set dinner menu. Expect indulgences such as caviar for dinner while the four-course lunch menu offers lighter fare. Also, open for mid-morning cocktails and can be booked privately for breakfast, weddings or other special occasions.
#7. Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
Le Sirenuse opened in 1951, when four Neapolitan brothers, the Marchesi Aldo, Paolo, Anna and Franco Sersale turned their summer house in Positano into a charming hotel, overlooking the bay of Positano. Today the 58-room resort is considered one of Italy’s leading seaside luxury hotels, though it still retains the intimate, cultured atmosphere of a private home.
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The light Mediterranean cuisine of the Michelin-starred La Sponda restaurant is based on fresh local ingredients and inspired by the great culinary traditions of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Infused by the leisured elegance of Positano’s dolce vita, La Sponda is illuminated, in the evening, by four hundred candles that create an unforgettable atmosphere.
#6. Ricks Cafe Negril, Jamaica
Located at the top of a 35-foot high cliff on the far west end of Jamaica, it boasts some of the best, uninterrupted, sunsets in the world. If you get there before sunset, your attention will without a doubt be on the people jumping off the highest cliff —of around 35 feet. You’ll see both men and women of all different fitness levels making it look like a piece-of-cake.
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For people in Jamaica, cliff jumping is more than just a sports activity. It is actually a lifestyle. And Rick’s cafe is located at the center of it all. High on the cliffs, the cafe is more than just a place you eat and drink. It is actually a “thing” you must do if you are visiting Jamaica. The customer service is top notch, with friendly and smiling faces all around you.
#5. Skyline Restaurant, Queenstown, New Zealand
Start at the Stratosfare Bar with one of the signature cocktails while you take in the iconic Queenstown view. Then tempt yourself with sumptuous buffet lunch or dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar at the top of the Gondola in Queenstown. The menu is inspired by the iconic New Zealand cuisine and infused with international influences. Stratosfare offers something for everyone; fresh seafood, great vegetarian options and saving the best till last, delectable desserts.
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As you dine, the panoramic view from the windows will captivate you whether it’s day or night. It’s the ideal place for that special night out and the best place in Queenstown to watch the sun go down. If you want to bag the best seat in the house, book our Premium Dining option to guarantee you a window seat and a free house drink when you arrive. There are so many options when it comes to restaurants in Queenstown, but none are quite like this!
#4. The View, San Francisco, USA
The View atop the San Francisco Marriott Marquis offers business and leisure guests a modern yet timeless setting where they can enjoy a unique collection of California wines and signature cocktails accompanied by locally inspired small plates.
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Here, breathtaking panoramic views of the city and a unique atmosphere that changes with the desires of the guests – from an early evening dining scene to a late night hotspot – make this a must-visit San Francisco destination.
#3. 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, Ontario, Canada
360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, one of Toronto’s finest, features unforgettable food combined with a magnificent revolving view of Toronto more than 351 meters (1,151 ft) below. 360 offers market-fresh cuisine, featuring regional ingredients to ensure an incomparable culinary experience. The restaurant also features an award-winning wine selection of over 550 international and Canadian wines from its “cellar in the sky”.
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The restaurant is the recipient of several awards and a wonderful place to celebrate any special occasion. Located 553 meters above the city, the 360 restaurant offers spectacular views of the city. And the best part is that the restaurant actually offers a revolving view, so you can check all sides of the city.
#2. Baan Rim Pa, Phuket, Thailand
Opened in 2015, Baan Rim Pa Kalim is the newest addition to the famed Baan Rim Pa Restaurant Group. Situated just a few minutes drive from the other restaurants of the area, Baan Rim Pa Kalim boasts an incredible cliff-side location directly over the water. Every table has a magnificent panoramic view of the blue water across to the beach at Patong. Whether you go for lunch or dinner, the views are simply breathtaking. The décor and atmosphere at Baan Rim Pa Kalim emulates that of the original restaurant,
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Specializing in Thai kitchen, the Baan Rim Pa in Phuket offers spectacular views of the Andaman sea. Each dish you’ll order comes from a long tradition of recipes kept for hundreds of years. The restaurant is widely known as one of the best in Thailand.
#1. Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, in the Estate every guest will feel a strong connection with it in an instant – it was love at first sight. The incredible views provide the perfect backdrop to the outstanding restaurants, state-of-the-art winery, exclusive Lodges, exuberant landscaping, destination Spa and luxury boutiques.
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Delight in contemporary menus accompanied by exceptional South African wines in the Delaire Graff Restaurant, discover Asian-inspired balance and flavor at Indochine or choose to dine in the indulgent privacy of your Lodge. The team of chefs and world-class sommeliers deliver exquisite flavors served amidst breath-taking views of the Stellenbosch Valley.