Fine dining at michelin-starred restaurants around the world can come at a high price. But what you get for those high price tags, are outstanding dining experiences that can take you to a castle in Switzerland or to an underwater culinary experience in the Maldives. Luxe dining menus are often designed tasting courses paired with wines, which substantially adds to the consumer’s bottom line. We are showing the best luxury restaurants in the world.
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Ithaa Undersea, The Maldives
The interior design of the Maldives’ Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is exceptionally simple, which is understandable given the uninterrupted sea views offered by 270-degree transparent panelling. Guests are led across a wooden jetty to a tiny thatched pavilion, then pointed down a dark, winding staircase.
Ithaa is essentially a tiny transparent box, only nine metres long and five metres wide, with space for 14 diners at a time. Just inches away through the glass, there are fish of every colour and shape imaginable. The luckiest diners might glimpse turtles, stingrays or even sharks. The entire 175-tonne structure was constructed in Singapore in just a few months before being transported over by ship and sunk onto steel legs on the seabed. Maintaining it isn’t easy: for one thing, the glass has to be cleaned every day. This is definitely a worth being seen luxury restaurant.
An Alain Ducasse, Paris, France
Not only this luxurious restaurant is 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. The interior design was created completely in tune with Alain Ducasse’s naturalness cuisine and his quest for the perfect welcome.
First, by highlighting the truth of the materials. Then by organising the space in a manner in which the guests will live simultaneously an extraordinary and very intimate experience.
Solo per Due Vacone, Italy
SOLO PER DUE or “Just for Two” – is the smallest restaurant in the world: it has only one table and it takes just two people at a time. Obviously that’s a feature intended to appeal to amorous couples rather than businessmen having lunch meetings, so service is appropriately discreet and unobtrusive – waiters only emerge if you ring a bell.
The building which houses SOLO PER DUE dates from the nineteenth century and is situated in a very evocative historical location, making this luxurious restaurant even more unique.
Cosme, New York, USA
This michelin-starred restaurant serves contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine from Chefs Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes, along with business partner Santiago Perez.
Most of all, the cooking is a thrill, largely because it sails right over ideas like tradition, authenticity and modernity. Many underpinnings come from Mexico, while a lot of the ingredients were bought locally.
Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
This fine dining luxury restaurant overlooks one of the most beautiful parks in Manhattan, Madison Square Park, and sits at the base of a historic Art Deco building on the corner of 24th Street and Madison Avenue. Located here since 1998, it just underwent a full-scale renovation and redesign.
Custom designs in warm palettes and textures, inspired by the building’s Art Deco legacy and the natural beauty of Madison Square Park, enhance the restaurant throughout. The room’s central promenade features two raised dining levels, defined by new, elegant decorative screens. Upholding the restaurant’s focus on ease and comfort, newly designed banquettes line the restaurant walls in intimate suites for two or four.
De Librije, Zwolle, The Netherlands
About an hour from Amsterdam by train, De Librije in Zwolle is worth travelling for. After being picked up at the train station by a butler, diners are deposited in the luxury restaurant, which is housed in a 15th-century Dominican abbey.
The team’s purpose is to discover and explore the ingredients of a loving relationship between wine and food, every day. An evening of surprises await couples who go there, but having been named one of the world’s best restaurants, quality is guaranteed.
Designed by Sacha Leong of Universal Design Studio, the interior design reflects Chef Julien’s approach of keeping the integrity of ingredients with a soft color palette and décor that is comfortably elegant, all while respecting the historic and iconic National Gallery location.
Attica’s exterior certainly doesn’t scream opulence, being a simple bare brick construction squeezed within a row of shops in the perfectly respectable suburb of Ripponlea. Attica is ‘experience dining’ but the experience is not about the venue or a celebrity chef – it is all about the food. The service is exquisite, the staff are helpful and knowledgeable with no hint of condescension.
Attica’s interior design features a palette that reflects the charred and ashen landscape after a regenerative eucalypt forest burn. Shades of graphite and charcoal. Copper drapes streaked with shimmering thread. Lampshades of beaten brass. Granular grey-flecked Castlemaine granite table tops. Textured black carpet mirroring the ‘ash-bed effect’ after a fire.
The Bazaar, Beverly Hills, USA
Aptly named, The Bazaar is a tapestry of magical dining experiences set in an indoor piazza designed by Philippe Starck. The Bazaar takes you on a wild sensory adventure, blending modern Spanish tapas with avant-garde delights in a bold, multifaceted atmosphere where anything is possible.
From “traditional meets modern” Spanish cuisine in Beverly Hills and a carnivorous celebration in Las Vegas, to the Latino spirit of South Beach, This luxury restaurant showcases the unbridled creativity and rich talents of José Andrès and his ThinkFoodGroup team.
Felix, The Peninsula Hong Kong, China
Sweeping views of Hong Kong’s dramatic cityscape captivate diners at the 28th floor Felix restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel, created by avant-garde designer Philippe Starck. Here you can expect an outstanding restaurant interior design with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the city’s neon skyline, Victoria Harbour ships, and the bustling shopping district of Kowloon. With a vibe that’s romantic without being too cosy, Felix presents multiple dining facets that are as surprising as they are to be expected—especially on the top floor of The Peninsula, against a backdrop of the city’s magnetic, dynamic energy.
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