13 Restaurants Where Food Is Not the Main Attraction


A long time ago, the restaurant industry went beyond simply organizing meals. Restaurant owners prefer interesting places such as within the mountains, at the bottom of the ocean, and even in ice castles in their attempts to confuse and entertain their tourists. It’s not only about eating meals in these locations but also have a special experience that can’t be compared with just visiting the cafe around the corner.

Labassin Waterfall, the Philippines

In the Philippines, there is a resort named Villa Escudero, where you can visit the Labassin Waterfall restaurant at the foot of a small waterfall.


The tables are right on the sea, and visitors who want to try Philippine cuisine in an unusual setting mostly visit the restaurant.

The Grotto, Thailand

A romantic restaurant, The Grotto, is situated in a limestone cave on the beach of Phra Nang in Thailand. It belongs to the Rayavadee resort, but even if they are not guests of the resort, anybody can reserve a table. Their signature dish is grilled seafood that is served several times a week during the evenings. Guests are given light snacks and sweets at other times.

Treepod Dining, Thailand

It seems that the owner of this restaurant probably thought, “Having lunch in a bird’s nest? Why not?” The restaurant belongs to Soneva Kiri Eco Resort in Thailand and we can presume that the waiters there never get bored – the dishes are served at the height of 16 ft with the help of a zip line to 3′ nests.’

Ice Restaurant, Finland

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Annually, the village of Santa Claus in Finland draws many visitors. In addition to meeting an old magical guy, you will visit a restaurant here that is made entirely of snow and ice and decorated with ice sculptures.

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Nyotaimori restaurants, Japan

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In Japan, this sort of restaurant is quite widespread. The term Nyotaimori stands for “serving food on a female body.” Male bodies are still sometimes used despite the name. This tradition originated during the Samurai era and was part of the culture of geisha – they would welcome the victors who came back in such a fascinating way from wars.

Ithaa, the Maldives

What about catching sharks, stingrays, and turtles for dinner? If that’s a yes, then in the Maldives, you can visit Ithaa Restaurant. At the bottom of the Indian Ocean, it is found underwater. For those who dream of seeing the underwater world, but are too scared to try diving, it is a great choice.

Grotta Palazzese, Italy


Thailand isn’t the only place you can dine in a cave, apparently. At an altitude of 82 ft above the Adriatic Sea, this cave restaurant in the Italian town of Polignano a Mare is situated. There is also a bar and lounge area available here.

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, Australia


This restaurant’s guests get a double advantage – they enjoy the stunning scenery of Melbourne and its suburbs, as well as being able to dine in the interior of the luxurious futuristic tram. The restaurant organizes gala dinners and closed receptions, such as tea or breakfast in the morning.

Trinity Place Restaurant, USA

It used to be the world’s biggest and safest bank in 1904, but today it has been converted into a fun meeting and dining place in New York City. Getting lunch behind 35-ton walls in an old safe… We bet its developers will never think that it would be used like this.

Le Panoramic, France

This restaurant’s signature feature is the 360 ° view that displays Mont Blanc. To impress its guests, a spectacular mountain view from the altitude of 8,963 ft is appropriate. That’s not where the owners ended, however – here you can also try exquisite delicacies, such as foie gras.

The Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar, Tanzania

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The restaurant’s name speaks for itself – it was opened directly on top of a rock formation jutting out of the sea. There wasn’t even enough space for 20 tables, obviously, but that doesn’t matter a lot. Seafood probably tastes even better in such a peaceful place only because of the setting.