Located in stunning natural settings or unusual man-made creations, these restaurants have forgone the traditional four walls with tables and chairs vibe. If you ever have the opportunity to visit one of these 9 locales, we sincerely recommend you do so! Click 'Next' to see eateries in strange locations.

Grotta Palazzese 2

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives

Located 16 feet underground, this glass-enclosed restaurant cost approximately $5 million USD to build. Visitors can take in 180-degree views of the stunning marine life, including coral reefs, fish, manta rays, sharks and other species. Built in 2005, a meal here can cost up to $500 USD.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

 

SnowCastle Restaurant, Kemi, Finland

Available to SnowCastle visitors, the restaurant is always at about -5 degrees Celsius, or 23 degrees Fahrenheit. Appropriate winter attire is always recommended. The building itself is a work of art, created carefully by local constructors. 2015 will be its 20th year in business.

Snowcastle Restaurant Finland

 

The Dining Pod Koh Kood, Thailand

Tree climbing for adults, patrons at the dining pod are hoisted high up into the tropical foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest. Lush tree canopies and bright blue waters greet viewers once they’re in the tree. Comfortably seated in a bamboo pod, servers bring patrons gourmet food and wine for their dining pleasure.

Dining Pod Koh Kood

 

The Rock, Zanzibar, Africa

Depending on the tides, you can walk, swim or canoe out to The Rock! With 360-degree views of the stunning Indian Ocean, this unexpected restaurant was once a ramshackle fisherman’s post. This spot is popular with tourists for obvious reasons, and it only has 12 tables, so make sure you book a reservation if you intend to stop by!

The Rock Zanzibar

 

Villa Escudero Resort, San Pablo City, Philippines

Seated at bamboo dining tables just feet from crystalline running water from the falls, patrons can feast on delicious local dishes at this unique spot in the Philippines. They can even enjoy the calming, serene feeling of water running on their feet.

Villa Escudero Resort

 

Dinner in the Sky, Various Locations

You need a solid sense of adventure for this culinary experience! Offered in over 40 countries, Dinner in the Sky is hosted at a table suspended at a height of 50 meters (over 160 feet). The table seats 22 with three staff in the middle. Don’t worry about falling, though. All guests are strapped to their seats for safety!

Dinner in the Sky

 

Aescher Wasserauen, Switzerland

At an altitude of 1,454 meters (4770 feet), Aescher is an unreal spot to grab a bite to eat for hikers. The restaurant is the perfect place to take in the stunning mountain views of Switzerland!

Aescher, Wildkirchli, Altmann, Alpstein

 

Grotta Palazzese, Puglia, Italy

The breathtaking restaurant is carved from limestone and faces the Adiratic. Its unparalleled location and long history in Italy make it a premiere destination for diners around the world. This spot is only available in the summer, so take advantage of its splendor next season!

Grotta Palazzese

 

The Bedford, Chicago, United States

Situated underground in a reclaimed landmark bank, The Bedford is perfect for socializing over cocktails or romantic dinners with loved ones. The building has a rich architectural history and elegant ambiance, still retaining original elements from the 1920s.

The Bedford

 

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