Ever wondered what it would be like to eat with the fishes? Or dine so far up in the sky that you can see out for miles? These restaurant owners have wondered the exact same thing, which is why they have created such wildly-themed places for you to enjoy an incredible meal.
Under The Sea
Red Sea Star – Eilat, Israel – Built in 1996, the Red Star was the first and only underwater restaurant at the time. It is built from steel frames that are weighted to the bottom of the ocean so as not to float up and away from the sea-life. There is a lower level for those that want to eat among the fishes, and a higher level bar above the ocean waters that looks over the gulf of Aqaba. The decor of this restaurant is underwater-themed, from the stools to the light fixtures, sea-life is prominent. But it is not just the decor of this restaurant that has given it the name “Red Sea Star.” Through plexiglass windows, guests are able to see fish swim past coral beds and seaweed right outside their window.
Ithaa (pearl) – Rangali Finolhu, The Maldives – This restaurant is made out of a clear acrylic tube submerged below the Indian Ocean. Guests enjoy their meal amongst fish, sharks, and other exciting sea-life. To enter such an extravagant restaurant visitors must pay what might be considered a steep price for dinner; the cheapest lunch price is right around $120 per person. If one is willing to pay this amount for a meal immersed in marine life, they will walk down a spiral staircase to a pavilion which then leads them inside a building where they can walk out into the world’s largest aquarium tunnel.
Al Mahara – Burj Al Arab, Dubai – This restaurant offers its guests a fine dining experience to remember. Not only is the food fantastic, but the views are incredible.
The center of the restaurant is a large aquarium filled with items and species you would only find in the ocean. If you come to the Al Maran during lunch, the dress requirement is smart casual, and at night it is semi-formal; children under the age of 12 are only permitted within the restaurant at lunchtime.
BRRR, It’s Cold in Here
Chillout – Dubai, UAE – Discover a new way to enjoy hot food: in a cold environment. In Chillout’s icy themed restaurant, guests arrive in gloves, hats, and boots in order to weather the weather for some great eats like hot chocolate, steamy kabobs, and warm tea.
21 Fahrenheit Ice Lounge – Oshiwara, Mumbai – This was a very chilly restaurant a few years ago, it has since gone out of business. But 21 Fahrenheit Ice Lounge used to be one you would need to remember a long coat and gloves for. Before shutting down, this restaurant had a broad menu including Chinese, Thai, North Indian, and Japanese cuisine.
Tundra – Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA – Another restaurant that has since had to shut its doors for good. But when this restaurant was up and running, guests would walk into a world of ice sculptures, ice lamps, glowing colors, and even utensils made of ice.
They served warm dishes to help their customers warm up from the inside out, with delicious things like prawns, beef tenderloin, and crab.
The great thing about the location of this restaurant was the juxtaposition it brought to the warm summer breezes of Florida.
Loxly’s – Lancaster, Massachusetts, USA – This treehouse-themed restaurant sits 200 inside and another 200 outside. The outdoors have a two-level deck/patio area for diners to sit, a stone courtyard and fireplace, covered bar, and steps that lead to an elevator that takes diners to the treehouse-like top deck. There are even private dining rooms that resemble treehouses themselves.
The interior of this magnificent restaurant is decorated with tree trunks and wood structured bar, tables, and chairs, all of which are made to resemble the inside of a treehouse or a beautiful forest.
Yellow Treehouse – Auckland, New Zealand – This one-of-a-kind restaurant is literally built in a tree like a real treehouse would. The walls are slatted in a way that allows diners to look out into nature and feel as though they’ve been taken back to their childhood and are eating a picnic up in their treehouse. The entrance to such an amazing restaurant should be splendid too, right? Well this one sure is! The entrance is a 60 meter treetop walkway that takes you slowly vertical through a number of the trees in this forest. And at night, the whole path is beautifully lit.
Hospitalis – Old Town, Riga, Latvia – Surprisingly enough, the hospital theme seems to be a popular one for restaurants around the world. This one, found in Latvia, has waitresses dressed as attractive nurses, and waiters as good-looking doctors. Customers, or “patients” as they are referred to, at Hospitalis must check in to the hospital before enjoying their cuisine.
This restaurant, however, is not for the faint of heart; they serve dishes that look like actual body organs and have you eat them with hospital utensils. Drinks come in IVs, beakers, and syringes.
The Heart Attack Grill – Arizona, USA – This restaurant got a lot of flack from the media for being extremely unhealthy, which perhaps is why they eventually shut down. While they were in business, the restaurant served dishes named after surgeries: burgers nick-named single, double, triple, and even quadruple bypass. Customers were called “patients” and given identity wristbands to wear, much like those found around the wrists of actual hospital patients.
Hospital Themed Restaurant – Taipei, Taiwan – The tables here are made of hospital beds, with an IV nearby for serving alcoholic drinks. There are also shots served in syringes and other drinks that come in beakers. The decor of choice here are X-rays, and the whole place is colored in red and white.
The Randomly Obscure
Airplane Restaurant – Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA – An old Boeing KC-97 is being used as a restaurant shell in Colorado Springs. Forty-two “passengers” are able to dine in the rich history of aviation as they check out the decorative memorabilia and photos this restaurant has for decoration. They are very accommodating and ready to take you and your party on a ride like no other. Have special dietary needs? No problem. Give them a call before your planned “departure” and let them know; they are more than willing to make the changes you need.
Dinner in the Sky – 40 Different Countries – At Dinner in the Sky, a table is literally hoisted into the sky by trained professionals. Guests then enjoy a wonderfully catered dinner with views of different parts of the world. Pictures describe a setting like this better than words ever could, so the following are our descriptions of Dinner in the Sky:
The Modern Toilet – Taiwan – As odd as it sounds, people have found comic relief in sitting atop toilets while eating ice cream out of toilet-shaped bowls. This restuarant in Taiwan has taken “the throne” to a whole new level, using it as decoration throughout the restaurant, and even allowing customers to eat from them. Many of the seats made from these toilets have been dressed up with sparkles, paint, and more to make them the fanciest thrones you’ll ever eat from.
Le Café des Chats – Paris, France – This little cafe serves coffees, teas, and bakery items, and while at first it may seem like your typical cafe, it is not. Within the seating area of this little restaurant dozens of cats roam free, allowing visitors to make friends with the felines as they enjoy their drinks.
All of the cats at Le Café des Chats were saved from shelters, the streets, and animal protection services, and were specifically chosen for their social personalities toward other cats and humans. In essence, the Cat Café was a second chance for these cats, and a great way for people to connect with the animals.
While in the United States the idea of a cat cafe seems far fetched, it is simply because we are not used to having the opportunity to run them in the states. Because of strict health code laws, restaurants do not allow animals inside, but in other countries it is not as unusual to find a cafe where you can stroke a kitty’s soft fur while sipping on your espresso.
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