Top 10: Cliffside Restaurants around the World
Bewitching views guaranteed.
Whether you’re wanting to dine along the Swiss Alps, alongside a cliff in Bali, within a grotto or overlooking the coastline in California; we’ve thankfully compiled a list of the top cliffside restaurants to visit around the world. Unfortunately, this might not be suitable for anyone with acrophobia.
Looking for a restaurant that will take your breath away? Look no further than Berggasthaus Aescher. Just under a two-hour drive from Zürich, Berggasthaus Aescher sits cliffside on the Ebenalps edge interlinked to the enormous caves. Although getting to Berggasthaus Aescher’s front door isn’t as convenient as others, we can guarantee that after the gondola ride and short hike, relaxing with a hearty meal and breathtaking views of the nearby Alps will certainly be worth the effort.
Champagne & Oyster Bar
Although Positano in itself is majority cliffside, Le Sirenuse’s Champagne & Oyster Bar will definitely serve up a view to the beautiful city of the south that you’ve never experienced before. With views of the mesmerising pebbled beach and colourful rooftops parallel and below; the venue is equip with a pool, bar and restaurant – perfect for your next European summer getaway. Don’t forget the locally sourced oysters!
Over two hours’ drive from Switzerland’s capital, Bern, Chez Vrong encapsulates its history, passion and surroundings through each of their meals or drinks served. With 100 years of history, what once was a family farmhouse getaway, today, Chez Vrong still maintains its family tradition using its own organic products sourced around the Alps. Decorated in a heavy wooden influence, whilst cuddled up by the woollen blankets guests can enjoy Marinated Calf, Findler Beef Stew or Honey Mascarpone Mousse to name the few. “Found locally, enriched with international influences.”
Inside Banff’s Rimrock Resort Hotel is Eden – celebrated widely for its delicately crafted French cuisine and its extensive wine collection of over 17,000 bottles. Sitting almost cliffside on Sulphur Mountain and a short walk from Banff Upper Hot Springs, Eden is a fine dining experience like no other in the region. With a team comprised of Certified Sommeliers, there’s no doubt that each meal and experience at Eden will be crafted and choreographed to your liking. Enjoy everything from Cold Smoked Arctic Char Salad, Waygu Beef Striploin, seasoned Bison and an irresistible Chocolate Ganache to finish your visit.
El Kabron Cliff Club
Under an hour from Seminyak, El Kabron Cliff Club is the perfect stop regardless of your reason to visit. Whether you’re searching for sun, afternoon drinks, a dip in the pool or an exquisite meal, El Kabron has it all. Found perched up alongside Uluwatu cliff in Bali’s southern region, this day club is in without doubt one of the region’s most popular destinations. With a continuous interior and menu change, each visit to El Kabron will be a different experience to your last; especially with ‘Modern Authenticity’ as their forefront.
This is a venue definitely not suitable for windy days! Located in China’s city of Yichang is the incredible Fangweng restaurant. Found in a region known as the Happy Valley – which is surrounded by a series of enormous cliffs, caves and natural park land; Fangweng elegantly sits within a cave that hangs off a cliffside. Although the entrance to the restaurant is via a building, the venue itself hangs several hundred feet above the ground that’s only accessible by walking along the 30 metre long plank platform – all to enjoy an undisturbed view of the Yangtze River and delicious food.
Located on Puglia’s coastal line, Grotta Palazzese is far from any Italian dining experience you’ve ever endured. The natural cave, now open dining terrace, allows visitors to embrace the history, individuality and overall ambience of the venue. This unmissable destination serves a delectable Tasting or A’La Carte menu for guests to choose between – all of which serve the true taste of the region. Relying heavily on the seafood caught locally, guests can expect everything from Charcoal Octopus, to Stockfish Morro, Snapper and Scallops – all of course paired with one of their 300 labels of national and international wines.
Sitting on the shoreline of Phranang Beach in Thailand is The Grotto part of Rayavadee Krabi Resort. Seated under an ancient limestone cliff, guests will be able to bury their feet in the sand as they enjoy a range of light and fresh meals that surely fit the ambience of The Grotto’s surroundings – regardless of your time of visit. On your visit try the Chorizo Stuffed Squid and the Caramelised Banana Parfait paired with any of their delicious cocktails. With front row seating like this, The Grotto definitely needs to be added to your list.
Found on its own private two-hectare peninsula in the south of France; Notre Restaurant part of Cap Estel Hotel is by far the best way to experience the Mediterranean. Only 10 minutes away from Monaco, the cliffside venue was voted the Best Sea-Front Hotel in France in 2011. Since then, Cap Estel and Notre Restaurant has been welcoming guests to experience the jawdropping panoramic views of Côte d’Azur. This is definitely a venue that needs to be explored to be believed.
Inside California’s Big Sur Post Ranch Inn, guests will find Sierra Mar. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking some of the most bewitching views of the sea that encases a sunrise and sunset like no other. The cliffside venue operates from breakfast through to dinner – and even serves an impressive international wine menu to its visitors from their wine cellar with over 14,000 bottles and counting. Sierra Mar is the true definition of “California dreaming.”