Amy Fancourt rounds up some of the top places around the world to dine with a killer view
Altitude at the Shangri–La Hotel — Sydney, Australia
Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, this restaurant gives its diners unforgettable views over Sydney Harbor, including the iconic Sydney Opera House and the bridge. Located on level 36, seasonal menus offer contemporary Australian cuisine. With a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere, it also offers private dining rooms for hire — with the same spectacular views — next to the wine cellar. Chefs here take great pride in plating up and their creations are simply sublime.
Erimitis Bar and Restaurant — Paxos, Greece
Watch the sunset illuminate the white cliffs of Paxos’ west coast against the Ionian Sea at the Erimitis restaurant. You’ll find this cliffside restaurant in an idyllic, secluded setting down an unpaved road surrounded by olive trees. A small menu of traditional Greek dishes with a modern twist — think pork fillet with kumquat and eggplant with micro pasta and scorched feta — is complemented by an extensive wine and cocktail list. Even when the sun goes down, make sure to stick around for some stargazing.
Top tip: The cocktail bar has restricted views, so book a table in the restaurant for dinner to ensure the best experience.
Ciel de Paris — Paris, France
Located on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower, Ciel de Paris offers an unrivalled view of the French capital. This towering restaurant offers an unforgettable vantage point over the particularly low-rise city, without the tourist queues at attractions like the Eiffel Tower. Its modern interior seats 145 diners and is cleverly designed to give everyone a good view. Boasting a Champagne bar and a viewing balcony, expect fine dining, such as turbot with Champagne sauce and foie gras tasting plates.
The Panorama Room — Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
Surrounded by the icy blue, snow-capped peaks of Mount Cook, this restaurant specializes in the exclusive use of local ingredients. Its remote location makes it all the more dramatic, but it can also be difficult to get to. Luckily, since it’s part of the Hermitage Hotel, diners have the option of staying overnight. You won’t want to travel far after this gastronomic fare, which includes rich dishes of venison cheeks, lamb racks and award-winning South Island cheeses.
Top tip: Book before sunset for ample time to soak up the view before sunset.
Sirocco — Bangkok, Thailand
The world’s highest al fresco fine-dining restaurant is certainly not the place for those afraid of heights. Head chef Gonzalo Ruiz uses rare and extraordinary ingredients from around the world to create the restaurant’s gourmet Mediterranean food. You’ll find inventive creations such as parsnip ice cream and Barolo wine risotto. This is a sophisticated and luxurious dining experience, so expect a dress code and no young children.
Top tip: There’s no cloakroom here and they don’t allow bulky bags, so drop off any shopping or suitcases at your hotel before arriving.
Sunset da Mona Lisa — Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Carved into a cliff overlooking Cabo San Lucas Bay and the iconic El Archo, this restaurant offers outstanding European food paired with excellent service. The contemporary dishes are made from fresh, daily sourced ingredients and can be enjoyed on any of the nine al fresco terraces, each of which offers a quiet and intimate dining experience. Start at the Champagne bar and then opt for the six-course chef’s tasting menu with paired wines to extend your evening.
Elements Restaurant — Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Located on Camel Back Mountain at The Sanctuary Resort, celebrity head chef Beau Macmillan offers a menu that caters to all tastes. With organic sustainably sourced vegetables, hormone-free meat and a raw food buffet, the menu taps into health food trends and can be vegetarian or gluten free. Although the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the best time to visit is sunset, so you can watch the fading orange sunlight reflecting off the red rock cliffs of Paradise Valley.