For Architectural Digest, by Leslie Anne Wiggins.
The restaurant scene has more competition today than ever in this age of Netflix and Seamless, HBO and Blue Apron. So when there’s occasion to go out for a meal, why not make a reservation somewhere with a view that will take your breath away? Where better to appreciate a city you’re visiting than from the ultimate vantage point — a high-elevation perch with panoramic views? Particularly when paired with offerings of fine wine and delectable dishes, the settings of these restaurants come alive and create unforgettable dining experiences that are elevated on every level.
Eureka 89 (Melbourne, Australia)
Go up high while down under at Melbourne's Eureka 89. Located in the city’s 975-foot tall Eureka tower, they offer fine-dining experiences for small and large parties.
At.mosphere (Dubai, UAE)
At.mosphere, at 1,385 feet up Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, provides its diners with incredible views across the Arabian Gulf.
New York Bar (Tokyo, Japan)
Made famous in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, the Park Hyatt Tokyo’s chic New York Bar serves up craft cocktails alongside elevated bar snacks like Wagyu-beef burgers and soft-shell crab.
Sirocco (Bangkok, Thailand)
Bangkok’s Sirocco restaurant offers alfresco dining high above the capital city on the 63rd floor of the Lebua at State Tower hotel.
The Standard (Manhattan, New York)
Floor-to-ceiling windows and buttery leather booths make for an ideal setting to take in New York City views at Manhattan hotspot Top of the Standard, located in the Meatpacking District’s Standard hotel. Katy Perry recently hosted her Met gala after-party here.
The Signature Room (Chicago, Illinois)
At Chicago’s The Signature Room at the 95th, visitors can enjoy views of Lake Michigan as well as the city lights. The restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and upstairs on the 96th floor is a cocktail lounge.
Tuyo (Miami, Florida)
Gorgeous, inventive dishes are served alongside great views at Tuyo restaurant, which is on the top floor of the Miami Culinary Institute.
WP24 (Los Angeles, California)
Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 sits high above Downtown Los Angeles in the Ritz-Carlton tower and serves modern Chinese dishes like Maine lobster spring rolls and broiled black cod with ginseng honey and black sesame vinaigrette.
SkyCity (Seattle, Washington)
The Seattle Space Needle’s SkyCity restaurant offers Pacific Northwest cuisine and a revolving dining room that allows for 360-degree views of the city.
The View Restaurant & Lounge (Manhattan, New York)
Midtown Manhattan’s New York Marriott Marquis hotel is home to The View Restaurant & Lounge, the city’s only revolving rooftop—and the perfect place to take in views from a calm perch 48 stories above bustling Times Square.
Area 31 (Miami, Florida)
Miami weather can be enjoyed along with stellar views at the Kimpton Epic hotel’s Area 31 seafood restaurant. The menu includes three variations of ceviche, and the craft cocktail list is tropically inspired.
Le Jules Verne (Paris, France)
Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’s Le Jules Verne restaurant, tucked within the Eiffel Tower, is an unforgettable dining experience, boasting both a gourmet menu and views across the city of light.
Dining at 135 (London, England)
The Dining at 135 experience begins with Champagne. The London Eye’s decadent after-hours private-dining option (for up to eight people per capsule) serves up a three-course dinner with the best views in town.
One Dine (Manhattan, New York)
One Dine at New York’s One World Trade Center (also home to AD) is on the building’s 101st floor and boasts views across Manhattan and beyond. The restaurant’s American classics include grilled trout and rack of lamb.
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