Obviously good food is top of the check list when choosing a restaurant. But there are lots of other factors to take into account to make sure you have the perfect evening like the décor, the service and the choice of wine.
But the setting can be just as important, especially if it’s a table for two that you’re booking. What could be more romantic than a night eating great food, sipping delicious vino and gazing out across stunning views?
We take a look at some of the world’s most beautifully situated restaurants, those that offer a feast for your eyes as well as your mouth.
La Chévre d’Or, Eze, France
One of the best restaurants on the Cote d’Azur, and there are a lot of good ones to choose from. High above the Mediterranean in the medieval hilltop village of Eze, the restaurant offers spectacular views down over tiled rooftops to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat’s luxury villas and yachts. With two Michelin stars, the food is a match for its setting with dishes such as lamb served with black olives, preserved lemon and Swiss chard. Make sure you reserve at least a month in advance in summer months.
Rhodes 24, London
If, like us, you like a twinkling evening cityscape, then this one’s for you. Attracts a large business clientele during lunchtime but there’s a good mix of couples and families too during dinner. Décor is deliberately low-key to focus attention on view from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Located on the 24th floor of London’s tallest building, Tower 42, the whole city is laid out beneath you like a living artwork. With celebrity chef Gary Rhodes at the helm, the food is traditional, with a twist – scallops with shallot mustard sauce and slow roast pork belly with lobster ravioli are among the offerings on the menu.
Ambrosia means “food of the gods” and the views here are also heavenly. Sitting on the edge of Santorini’s volcanic crater in the village of Oia, Ambrosia’s terrace tables give you picture postcard views of the Aegean and the rocky caldera rim. The restaurant is popular with couples who marry on the island and choose to have their reception here. Food is presented so beautifully it almost seems a shame to cut into it. Signature dishes include baby calamari with ouzo, fresh cream, pesto and pine nuts.
Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, British Columbia, Canada
Your experience starts with a 15-minute gondola ride, lifting diners 7,700 feet above sea level to this restaurant, part of the Kicking Horse Resort. Chef Alain Soret takes locally sourced beef, salmon and game, giving them a French twist. A horizon of snow-capped peaks in three mountain ranges provide the drama while you dine. Only open from June to October and December to Easter.
The River Café, Brooklyn, New York
The views of downtown Manhattan make this an irresistible choice. The River Café opened in June 1977 in what was a forgotten and abandoned neighbourhood by the Brooklyn docks. The intent from the beginning was to serve fine food with professional service, in a warm but exciting atmosphere. And all that still holds true today. Try the rock lobster with mango, fennel, lemon and olive oil.