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World's Best Restaurant Views

World’s Best Restaurant Views: Ambrosia, Santorini

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Ambrosia, Santorini, Greece

The view: Perched on the edge of Santorini’s volcanic crater in the village of Oia, Ambrosia’s terrace tables look out over the steel blue Aegean Sea, the rocky caldera rim, and a gentle rise of volcanic islands.

The food: Signature appetizers include baby calamari in pesto and ouzo along with salmon tartar with avocado, grapefruit, chilli and lemongrass. Move on to lamb cutlets with a red grape and mint sauce or shrimp with grilled mango.

Tip: Outdoor seating is available April through October. Reserve terrace tables a month in advance.

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World’s Best Restaurant Views: Rosellinis, Ravello, Italy

Genivs Loci

Rosellinis, Ravello, Italy

The view: Terrace tables at Rosellinis—in the Palazzo Sasso—look out on the craggy cliffs and coves of the Amalfi Coast, where fishing boats dot the cerulean waters of the Mediterranean 1,000 feet below. If you want to sit inside (or can’t get a table outside), ask for a window seat or you won’t have a view. You’ll also find amazing views at the hotel’s less-acclaimed-but-still-wonderful Terrazza Belvedere.

The food: Michelin-two-star Rosellinis looks to local Mediterranean ingredients for a Southern Italian menu peppered with updated Neopolitan dishes such as crystallized amberjack fillet served with roasted artichoke and potato salad with anchovy sauce.

Tip: Rosellinis is open only for dinner, and only from mid-March through October. Reservations are accepted, but tables are first-come, first-served. Arrive early for a terrace table and daylight views.

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World’s Best Restaurant Views: Le Jules Verne, Paris

Eric Laignel

Le Jules Verne, Paris

The view: From its perch on the Eiffel Tower’s second level, 410 feet above the ground, Le Jules Verne offers expansive views of the City of Light. Look out of bay windows over wide boulevards and slate gray rooftops at lunchtime, or go in the evening to see Paris’s twinkling lights.

The food: The menu reflects the revered culinary traditions of France, but celebrity chef Alain Ducasse’s team brings a modern touch to classic recipes. Sea bass is cooked in its caramelized juices with just a splash of cream added at the end to intensify the flavor and lighten the dish. The wine list is 100 percent French.

Tip: Le Jules Verne reservations go fast; you can book a maximum of 3 months in advance through the website.

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World’s Best Restaurant Views: Baan Rim Pa, Phuket

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Baan Rim Pa, Phuket, Thailand

The view: The crush of waves on the rocks below adds another sensory layer to romantic Baan Rim Pa, an open-air, two-story teak house on a cliff above a crescent of golden sand. The sun sets on boats bobbing against a backdrop of hills fading into the Andaman Sea.

The food: Panaeng Ped (duck curry with lychee) and Goong Lai Sarong (prawns hand-wrapped in vermicelli and quickly fried) are highlights of the Royal Thai menu, which features recipes formerly served only in Thailand’s Grand Palace.

Tip: Don’t miss live jazz and blues in the piano bar, courtesy of American musician Tommy Doyle.

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World’s Best Restaurant Views: Felix, Hong Kong

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Felix, Hong Kong

The view: Sweeping views of Hong Kong’s dramatic cityscape captivate diners at this 28th-floor restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel, created by avant-garde designer Philippe Starck. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the city’s neon skyline, Victoria Harbour ships, and the bustling shopping district of Kowloon.

The food: The contemporary menu features fresh seasonal dishes such as crab salad and tuna tartar with dandelion salad, slow-cooked sea bass with black shrimp mousse, and grilled Australian lamb.

Tip: Felix provides a glamorous perch for Hong Kong’s nightly laser and light show at 8 p.m.

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World’s Best Restaurant Views: Eagle's Eye Restaurant, British Columbia

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Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, British Columbia, Canada

The view: A 15-minute gondola ride lifts diners 7,700 feet above sea level to the timber-framed Eagle’s Eye Restaurant at the Kicking Horse Resort in Golden, British Columbia. From the dining room, more than 1,000 often snow-capped peaks in the Purcell, Selkirk, and Rocky Mountains zigzag along the horizon.

The food: Chef Alain Soret brings French flavors to the locally sourced beef, salmon, and game entrees served alongside British Columbian wines. Wild B.C. sockeye salmon with a maple-pine nut crust is topped with melted brie and served with whipped potatoes and fresh vegetables.

Tips: Fireside tables 24, 29, 36, and 37 are ideal for a romantic evening. In spring and late September, vivid contrasts of snow and foliage add to the panorama. The restaurant is open June through October and December through Easter.

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World’s Best Restaurant Views: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

The view: The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge’s perch on the edge of the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world provides spectacular panoramas of the expanse of seasonally toasty brown or vibrant green grasses dotted with wildlife. Game on the crater floor—from wildebeest to big cats—is visible with binoculars, and animals roam freely on the property.

The food: Pan-African dishes like duck with kumquat and chili marmalade are served in the domed dining room.

Tips: Dining is included in the stay. Twice-daily game drives are offered.

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World’s Best Restaurant Views: Sierra Mar, Big Sur

Kodiak Greenwood

Sierra Mar, Big Sur, CA

The view: Diners gaze out on the Pacific Ocean and rocky headlands from the Post Ranch Inn’s restaurant, Sierra Mar, perched on a secluded cliff 1,200 feet above the surf in Big Sur. Angled-glass walls and tables on varying levels ensure views of the expansive ocean, out past the sinewy southern coastline.

The food: The four-course prix fixe menu changes daily, combining Asian, French, and Mediterranean influences with seasonal organic ingredients. Grilled squab breast with foie gras crostini, endive and huckleberry gastriqueShaved good liver with pickled rhubarb, Sicilian pistachio and green apple gelée, and oysters on the half shell with Champagne mignonetteShigoku oysters with cucumber, balsamic and wild herbs were recent first-course choices.

Tip: Go for lunch or dine before sunset to enjoy the sweeping ocean views. Lunch and specific dinner times are open to guests who are not staying at the Post Ranch Inn. Reservations are required for dinner.

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World's Best Restaurant Views: El Tovar Dining Room, Grand Canyon

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El Tovar Dining Room, Grand Canyon, AZ

The view: Soak in two billion years of geologic history—layered in slivers of deep orange, dusty violet, moss, and gray—from the dining room at the El Tovar Hotel, set about 50 yards from the edge of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. While a few windows look out over the canyon, the restaurant’s Canyon Room offers some of the most direct views; diners can look across the arid landscape to the North Rim.

The food: Southwestern flavors are woven into the menu, from grilled buffalo ribeye with carmelized onion and fig compote to Scottish sustainable salmon tostada with organic greens and tequila vinaigrette.

Tip: Table requests are accepted, but coveted tables go fast and are first-come, first-served. For easy access to the best tables, go to breakfast in the dining room, when reservations are not accepted or necessary, or drink in the views with cocktails on the hotel’s veranda.

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World’s Best Restaurant Views: La Chevre d’Or, Eze, France

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La Chèvre d’Or, Eze, France

The view: High above the Mediterranean in the medieval hilltop village of Eze, the restaurant of the hotel Chateau de la Chevre d’Or offers one of the most spectacular views along the Cote d’Azur. Diners look down over tiled rooftops onto St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat’s luxury villas and yachts bobbing on the mottled blue sea.

The food: The Michelin-two-star restaurant features gourmet French cuisine by chef Ronan Kervarrec, with a menu that may feature morel ravioli or sole stuffed with squid.

Tip: Enjoy the view well into the evening during the summer months, when it’s warm enough to enjoy a cocktail or an after-dinner drink on the bar’s outdoor terrace. Reserve a month in advance for summer weekend nights.

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