Out of This World Restaurants

Some restaurants just go a step beyond when it comes to combining dining with that something extra. From eating inside a cave in Mexico to dining under the sea in the Maldives, these are the planet’s most out-of-this-world and unique restaurants. They serve more than just a meal, and you’ll want to linger long into the night.

Highlights
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA
Aureole Las Vegas has been on the city’s fine dining circuit for a number of years and combine progressive American food with that special twist that is often only found in Las Vegas. Chef Charlie Palmer is at the helm of this restaurant, which serves meals like the signature French Onion Soup with foie gras, truffles, gruyere and puff pastry. Dining at Aureole isn’t only about the food, however. Diners are treated to a show of sorts by watching wine angels soar up and down the four-story wine tower throughout the duration of the meal.
Av Benito Juárez Mz 217 Lt2, Ejidal, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Named after the mythical Alux drawn from Maya lore, this unusual restaurant is located inside a naturally formed cave. According to legend, Aluxes are the guardians of property and only appear at night. Born in the moonlight, they seek magical places in which to hide and play, such as in caves and cenotes. “Sensitive” diners claim that they feel their ancient power in this cenote - in between the stalactites and flowstones. Along with an unusual ambiance, the restaurant is a palate pleaser with fine Mexican and International cuisine. If you’re looking for a cozy romantic getaway, or a unique place to dine, look no further. Alux is more than just a restaurant. It is an unforgettable experience.
Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
If you’re spending any time in Victoria Falls, the town on the Zimbabwean side of the falls, you have to plan to have a dinner at The Boma. It’s a restaurant set within the woods with an all you-can-eat African buffet setup. The highlight is the variety of exotic meats. There are performances, both drumming and singing, and diners are encouraged to join in. There is even a sangoma (like a medicine man) on site who will “throw bones” to tell you your future. If you’re going to wear something with a kitschy animal print on it during your time in Africa, this is a place you can get away with it.
Zeba Centre, Mathuradas Mill Compound,, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013, India
Opened in 2007, Blue Frog is a theater, restaurant, club, and record label housed within an old textile mill. From a futuristic pod, you can watch live musical performances by artists such as composer and percussionist Talvin Singh. 91/(0) 22-6158-6158.
4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103, USA
Few places offer such an incredible dining experience coupled with such knock-out views as Alize, a French fine dining restaurant located at the top of Palms Casino & Resort. This restaurant is not only one of the top-ranked dining establishments in Las Vegas, it has also been ranked as one of the top five restaurants in the United States. This French restaurant is led under the auspices of Chef André Rochat, and though there is a menu from which to choose a meal, the fixe prix, multi-course dinner offers the perfect mix of food and wine pairing along with the chef’s favorite dishes. As if the food wasn’t amazing enough, the view is one of the best in the city. Ask for a table by a window so you can watch the sun set on the west and the lights come on along the Strip to the east. Set aside plenty of time for an experience at Alize. This isn’t a meal to be rushed.
1220 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
When you first show up at Bodega, you could easily mistake it for a popular neighborhood taqueria. Between the Airstream trailer serving tacos and the picnic tables, it looks like a low-key spot. It is that, but as you see the Ubers full of models and clubgoers arriving and disappearing into the small taco joint, you get a sense there might be something more going on. Look around for a guy with an earpiece at the back of the room and tell him your friend sent you, and you might just get directed to a back door that looks like an entrance to a Porta Potti. Pass through here and you’ll enter a graffiti-filled men’s washroom. It’s only after passing through yet another door that you will enter one of South Beach’s hot hidden nightclubs....
Singel 460, 1017 AW Amsterdam, Netherlands
From its new location on the Singel, Supperclub maintains the old traditions of one of Amsterdam’s most innovative nightclubs. In few other upscale restaurants can you take off your shoes, get in an oversize bed with friends, and savor an unconventional five-course meal over the course of an evening. But supperclub is not for everyone. Part culinary journey, burlesque/vaudeville club, cocktail bar and experimental free state, it’s a unique if somewhat pricey venue for a fun, quirky evening with friends or business colleagues. When not wintering in India, flamboyant Howie may greet you, ushering your posse to La Salon Neige, where you’ll scoop courses from hospital bowls, ash trays and sensual models dressed in slices of Carpaccio, brandishing salad dressing in syringes and deep-fried cricket tidbits—crunchy croutons! Opt for the upper level lounge and you can watch from above as dykes, belly dancers and aerial artists perform. Don’t worry about crumbs in bed; get into the act while the drag queens vamp and the dancers swirl. Between courses, enjoy a Lavender Love or Leap of Faith cocktail in the Chapter 21 bar. Or venture to the downstairs smoking room that doubles as a gay toilet. While puffing on a joint, don’t be surprised if spontaneous music erupts or locals engage you in conversation. There are supperclubs in Istanbul, London, Los Angeles and San Francisco, but this is the original. And there’s nothing conventional about it!
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