Dubai’s Burj al-Arab hotel is one of only a few hotels in the world to be claim a seven-star rating. The Al Muntaha restaurant is located 200 metres above sea level, which means that diners are treated to a stunning view of the white sands of Jumeirah beach. Al Muntaha means ‘the ultimate’ or ‘the top’ in Arabic - and once you’ve taken the panoramic lift - that travels at 6 metres per second - to the 27th floor you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world as you tuck into lunch, Friday brunch or dinner.
Altitude 360 is located at the top of London’s Millbank Tower. The restaurant, which boasts 360-degree views of the capital, serves classic British cuisine like home cured salmon, pork belly with truffle mash and caramelised lemon tart. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings you can book ‘Dinner in the Sky’ with the choice of a window seat, with views of Battersea Power Station, Chelsea and Belgravia, or a premium window seat, with views of Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. After dinner you will be invited into the London Sky Bar where you can take in the view over cocktails.
It’s the world’s highest restaurant on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Two floors below the observation deck, the restaurant is reached via a minute-long ride in a private chrome and glass lift. A fine dining paradise, the restaurant serves food from all over the world - so you can tuck into Australian Salt Bush lamb, Maine Lobster of Japanese Kobe beef fillet. For lunch, the minimum spend is £51 per person and for dinner it’s £77. But if your budget won’t stretch to that, you can enjoy drinks or afternoon tea in the lounge, provided you spend at least £34 per person. This kind of luxury doesn’t come cheap!
The CN Tower was the world’s tallest building until it was recently overtaken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. But it still boasts 360, a revolving restaurant with the world’s highest wine cellar. At 351 metres, the ‘cellar in the sky’ has been designed to look just like an underground cellar and contains more than 550 different wines. Diners can enjoy views of Toronto’s skyscrapers and Lake Ontario as they tuck into Maritime Lobster, Pacific halibut and jumbo Tiger Shrimp.
There’s something to please everyone on the 56th floor of the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai’s business district. If you’re in the mood for pizza and pasta, there’s the open-plan trattoria, Cucina. You can tuck into sushi, sashimi and yakitori at Kobachi, classic Chinese cuisine at Canton or, if you’re feeling extravagant, you can book the private dining room Club Jin Mao for authentic Shanghainese. Whatever you choose, the floor to ceiling windows mean you can make the most of the view of the city below.
The View is New York’s only revolving restaurant - and as the floor makes a 360-degree turn every hour, you can enjoy an ever-changing view of the city. Express elevators carry you 48 storeys above the ground where you can enjoy the dinner buffet and cocktails as the sun sets over the city. The View Lounge, which is situated just above the restaurant, serves an array of cocktails - and even has a flowing chocolate fountain for diners to enjoy as they take in the view.
Britain’s highest restaurant is located on the 34th floor of the Beetham West Tower in Liverpool. It’s 120 metres above the ground, which means that you get amazing views of the city as you dine on pan fried monkfish, Launceston lamb or aged Scottish beef. You can also enjoy the tasting menu for £80 person, including dishes like Norwegian cod, lamb sweetbreads and poached pineapple with coriander juice.
Sirocco, on the 63rd floor of Bangkok’s Lebua Hotel is the world’s highest al fresco restaurant. The views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river are stunning and the the menu is equally impressive. There’s a choice of oysters and caviar - including Almas, the world’s most expensive variety. With a wide range of seafood to choose from, along with Wagyu beef, Bresse chicken and seared Foir Gras it’ll be a dinner to remember - and you’ll probably struggle to forget quite how much it cost!
For the best views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, book at table at 360. At the top of the Sydney Tower, 300 metres above ground level, it’s the southern hemisphere’s highest revolving restaurant, giving diners the opportunity to enjoy some incredible views. With dark wood finishes and ambient lighting the restaurant, which serves modern Australian cuisine, is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner.
You’ll be dazzled by the lights of the Las Vegas Strip below when you have dinner at On Top of the World. Located on top of the Stratosphere Casino and Hotel, Top of the World is everything you’d expect from the glitziest city on earth. It’s the only revolving restaurant in the city and, at 300m high, you’re guaranteed great views of Vegas and the surrounding desert sky. Surf and turf is a speciality - so you can tuck into a 10oz steak with mashed potato and your choice of prawns or lobster. If that doesn’t appeal, why not try Surf and Quack - a fillet steak served with seared foie gras and duck breast.