From underwater dining to eating in the dark, these eateries thrill us.
Cold as Ice: Icebar Restaurant
Located inside the Snow Village resort in Finland, Icebar Restaurant offers diners stuff like potato soup with smoked salmon and tender reindeer. But you’ll have to sit on solid-ice tables and chairs. If you’re planning to visit, dress appropriately.
Superb Setting: Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Located on Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Ithaa Undersea Restaurant boasts the most unique setting for any eatery we’ve ever seen. The underwater establishment is 16 feet below sea level with 180-degree views of reef and marine life. You can go there for lunch or dinner, but don’t forget to make a reservation first! Dinners typically run around $320 and lunches, $195 per person. Wow!
Historical Context: CrossBar
This Todd English New York eatery landed on our list because of its location. It’s in the Limelight Marketplace, which was originally a Gothic church before being turned into a nightclub, which is now a place where you can shop, eat, and hang out. Enjoy pulled pork bites, delicious cheeses, and whiskey, just to name a few.
Blind Eating: Opaque
Now imagine not being able to see what you’re eating—that’s what it’s like for diners at Opaque, which is a completely bizarre yet adventurous concept where you eat in the dark.
Just Weird: Modern Toilet
No, those are not bathrooms in the photos. Those are restaurants! Yeah, we understand how unappetizing this is—and that’s exactly why we’re including it in our roundup. There’s a chain of restaurants in Taiwan where patrons’ seats are actually toilets. Oh, and the bowls they eat out of are shaped like toilets, too. Yuck!
Blast from the Past: The Edison
At The Edison, located in Los Angeles, CA in the city’s first private power plant now restored as a restaurant and lounge, servers are dressed in 1900s flapper garb. You can order cocktails with names like The Mistress, Countryhouse, and L.A. Confidential, plus, eat “powerplant” snacks and big bites such as electric squid and 20th century sliders—which all celebrate an era of invention.
Flame Free: Matthew Kenney OKC
We’re all familiar with salads and sushi—those dishes are flame-free. But how about a tomato lasagna and popcorn shrimp in raw form? That’s what chef Matthew Kenney accomplishes beautifully at his restaurant, located in Oklahoma City, where nothing is cooked over 118 degrees.