10 Weirdest Places for Restaurants in the World
Would you feel comfortable eating lunch in prison? How do you feel about seafood under the sea or dinner in a tree? These nine restaurants from around the world have taken dining to places you’d never expect — literally. Read below to see some of the strangest, coolest and most dangerous places to eat in the world.
1. Modern Toilet – Taipei City, Taiwan
The idea for this odd restaurant was conceived by one of the owners while he was reading while sitting—where else?—on a toilet. Initially it only sold chocolate ice cream in containers shaped like a squat toilet, but once the humorous spin became a great success, a full-fledged, bathroom-themed eatery emerged. Today, Modern Toilet is a chain with locations across Asia and it has plans for further expansion. If the idea piques your curiosity, drop in to have a seat at one of the (non-working) toilets where meals are served in toilet bowl-shaped dinnerware.
The Catacombs Restaurant might be a mainstay of Lancaster, Penn. dining, but you’d have a tough time finding it on Google Maps. Carved into the earth beneath a brewery, the Catacombs offers tours as well as dinner and, unsurprising given its proximity to Bube’s Brewery, drinks.
3. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – Rangali Island, Maldives
Located at the Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island Resort is a gorgeous and intimate underwater restaurant (seating capacity is 14 people) that is more than sixteen feet below sea level. Opened in 2005, the all-glass restaurant has a menu consisting of fresh seafood, beef rib eye, veal, and other gourmet dishes. Encased in a transparent acrylic roof, the restaurant offers its diners a 270-degree panoramic view of sea creatures swimming in the Maldives’ crystal clear waters. While a zinc paint coating protects Ithaa’s steel structure from corrosion, the saltwater and marine growths adhering to the paint will eventually break it down. Make a reservation while you still can.
4. Medici Fortress, Italy
At the 500-year-old Medici Fortress just outside Volterra, Italy, prisoners help chefs prepare special meals, which are open to the public about once per month. Just be aware while you’re working through your meal, though, that this place is no joke or gimmick. It really is a maximum security prison.
5. Dinner in the Sky – Montreal, Canada
Got an appetite for high altitude? Originating in Belgium, the concept involves a crane hoisting guests, who are securely strapped into “dining chairs” 160 feet up in the air, along with a table, wait staff, and everything that’s required to enjoy a meal floating above the ground. The novelty-based mobile restaurant has gained popularity worldwide and is now offered for limited run periods in cities around the globe, including Montreal.
6. Redwoods Treehouse, Warkworth, New Zealand
The Redwoods Treehouse in Warkworth, New Zealand, isn’t technically a restaurant — it’s a venue where weddings, parties and corporate events take place. But, the Treehouse does offer catering for the venue which costs $3000 to book before considering food and drinks.
7. The Bubble Room, Captiva Island, Florida
Opened in 1979, this eclectic restaurant decorated with classic toys from the 1930s and 1940s started as a small one-room eatery, and today has grown into a multi-themed restaurant occupying all three stories of the house it originated in. Staff are known as “bubble scouts,” each wearing a different crazy hat. Moving trains are on all three floors and photographs of old-time movie scenes and stars adorn every available wall space. “It’s always Christmas at the Bubble Room” is a theme made evident by the presence of the many Father Christmases, the Elf Room, and year-round Christmas lights. Music from the 1920s to 1940s serves as the restaurant’s soundtrack, and the bright and cheerful pastel colors of the venue make it a near-hallucinatory experience. Favorites on the current menu are original items offered since the restaurant’s early days such as Socra cheese (a cheese served flamed tableside), Bubble Bread, and many of the colossal-sized desserts.
8. The Rock, east Africa
The Rock, located off the southeast coast of Zanzibar, is aptly named. Built on top of a massive rock in the Indian Ocean (which was originally used as a fisherman’s post), the restaurant opened in 2010 and is accessible by foot . . . at least, during low tide. Otherwise, the restaurant offers a boat to shuttle you across the water.
9. The Yurt, Solitude, Utah
The Yurt at Solitude fits 24 guests at a time, only stays open for four hours a day, four days a week, doesn’t allow anyone under 13 to dine there and costs $130 per person. Above all, you have to walk a half-mile in the snow just to get there. The good news? At least the Yurt provides snowshoes.
10. Safe House – Milwaukee, USA
This Midwestern U.S. restaurant has a rather nondescript exterior, but that seems to be the precisely the point. Everything related to the spy-themed restaurant is based on the CIA definition of a safe house, which is meant to be a seemingly innocent premise where an intelligence organization would conduct its covert operations in relative security. Nowhere will you find a sign advertising “Safe House”, and you even need to know the password to enter the establishment. If you ever find yourself in Milwaukee, this top-secret restaurant is worth seeking out; though remember, you didn’t hear it from us.