The world’s five best restaurant views

When you go to a nice restaurant, you’re not just going for the food. You want to be wowed by the service, the ambience and, often, the view. Whether it be a restaurant with a stunning city backdrop or a luxury resort in a breathtaking location, enjoying gorgeous scenery is just as important as eating great food. At Glion, our new restaurant, Le Bellevue, blends gourmet cuisine with a panoramic view of Lake Geneva. This ensures our students get to gain practical, hands-on skills while working in stunning surroundings.

To celebrate Le Bellevue’s launch, we took a look at five restaurants that offer some amazing views.

Ithaa Restaurant, the Maldives

When you hear the words ‘seafood restaurant’, you tend to think that just means what’s on your plate rather than what’s around you. At Ithaa, it’s slightly different – you get to enjoy your meal while watching thousands of beautiful fish swim around you. Located five metres below sea level at the Maldives’ Conrad Rangali Maldives Island resort, Ithaa is the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant.

However, don’t worry about getting your feet wet. To enter the restaurant, you are led across a wooden jetty down a winding staircase. At the bottom is Ithaa, which offers space for 14 diners at a time and a dazzling display of sea life. The food is also highly recommended, with the locally-caught fish being a particular highlight (that is if you don’t mind eating it directly in front of its brethren).

Le Panoramic, Chamonix, France

Situated on the summit of Brévent, Le Panoramic offers a beautiful view of Mont-Blanc. A popular place for skiers to recharge their batteries, Le Panoramic is accessible via cable car, and fleecy blankets are available so you can bask in the views without getting cold. You don’t have to pay for a fancy meal here, either, as Le Panoramic also offers a variety of snacks.

Sierra Mar, California, USA

Sierra Mar is part of the Post Ranch Inn, an award-winning luxury hotel located in Big Sur. It is perched on top of a cliff along the coast off Highway 1, allowing for a magnificent sight of the California coast and mesmerising ocean views. In terms of dining, Sierra Mar boasts an extensive wine list, with over 2,600 selections available. The Morro Bay oysters and tasty Californian fare ensure you don’t just get a great view, you get unforgettable food as well.

Bangkok Treehouse, Bangkok, Thailand

This restaurant puts the fun and adventure into fine dining. Remember enjoying treehouses as a child? In Bangkok, you can rediscover that mystery and excitement at this gorgeous location. Bangkok Treehouse offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, but you have to do some work in order to find it. It is not accessible by road, so the only way to get there is via foot.

Once you arrive, however, all that effort will be rewarded. Bangkok Treehouse boasts open-air roofs, incredible river views and an extensive menu offering the best locally sourced food. If a treehouse setting wasn’t nostalgic enough, they also offer free ice cream 24 hours a day!

Searcys at The Gherkin, London, UK

If you’re booking a table at a restaurant known for its views, you don’t want to miss out on a window seat. At Searcys, that’s not an issue – the tables run right around the venue, so every seat overlooks the Thames and London’s cityscape.

Searcys is located on the 39th floor of The Gherkin, one of London’s most famous and innovative pieces of architecture. Inside, it offers the same suave, slick and sophisticated design.

Stunning views complement great food. Glion’s Le Bellevue restaurant provides a prestigious, unique dining experience for both students and the public. For more information and to book your table, visit our website.

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