Get a side of stunning views of the Amalfi Coast with your dinner at Ristorante La Sponda in Positano, Italy.

  • An excellent dining experience comes down to more than just the food.
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  • From rooftops with unobstructed views of city skylines to a Wes Anderson-inspired restaurant in India, these are some of the most beautiful restaurants in the world.
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While excellent food is paramount, ambiance is another huge factor when it comes to dining out.

Whether you seek stunning views, unique locations, or candlelit romance, these are 21 of the world's most breathtaking restaurants.

Sirocco, Bangkok, Thailand

You might get vertigo at Sirroco, which is dizzyingly perched on the 63rd floor of the 5-star Lebua Bangkok hotel - 250 metres in the sky. The restaurant and its panoramic views of the city below are so popular among visitors that guests are advised to make a reservation weeks in advance.

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Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare, Italy

Tucked away in a dimly lit limestone cavern with views of the crashing waters of the Adriatic Sea, it's no wonder Ristorante Grotta Palazzese has repeatedly been voted the most romantic restaurant in the world.

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Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives

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At Ithaa, a restaurant at the Hilton Conrad in the Maldives, visitors can dine 16 feet below sea level while surrounded by panoramic views of the bustling ocean and marine life, and even the occasional snorkeler.

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Restaurant Lasserre, Paris, France

Nothing says "glamour" quite like Paris does, and Restaurant Lasserre, located just off the Champs-Élysées, takes the cake with its gold accents, giant chandeliers, and Michelin-Starred haute-cuisine.

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Sheesh Mahal, Udaipur, India

This open-air restaurant, located in The Leela Palace Udaipur, lets guests take in outstanding views of Pichola Lake while dining under the stars.

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Westlight, Brooklyn, New York

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Located in Brooklyn, New York, this stylish, glassed-in cocktail bar and restaurant has views of Manhattan that are so incredible they belong on the big screen.

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Mozaic, Bali, Indonesia

Mozaic seems more like a tropical oasis than a restaurant, as guests dine on award-winning wine and food in the middle of a lush garden.

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Agrikol, Montreal, Québec, Canada

Co-owned by artist Roland Jean, this hip and colourful, super stylish French-Caribbean restaurant in Montreal feels like an island getaway year-round.

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Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant, Diani Beach, Kenya

At Ali Barbour, guests can dine inside of a cave that is thought to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old. If that wasn't magical enough, the cave is covered in candles, and open to the stars above.

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Canlis, Seattle, Washington

This upscale, fine-dining restaurant in the heart of Seattle has stunning views of the city and of Lake Union that rival its incredible tasting menu.

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Ristorante La Sponda, Positano, Italy

Nestled in the picturesque city of Positano on Italy's famed Amalfi Coast is the Michelin-starred Ristorante La Sponda. Arched floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea and vine-coated roofs of the town make this charming restaurant an experience to remember.

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Nautika, Dubrovnik, Croatia

At Nautika, guests can enjoy unforgettable views of the Adriatic Sea, as well as the historic fortresses of Lovrijenac and Bokar. The celebrity hangout has hosted stars like Eva Longoria, Dick Cheney, and Roger Moore.

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Clos Maggiore, London, England

Clos Maggiore's flowery interior and crackling fireplace will reignite any spark, and was voted world's most romantic restaurant in 2016. For an extra beautiful dining experience, request their enchanting conservatory with its retractable roof.

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Turandot, Moscow, Russia

Located inside Turandot Palace, which is rumoured to have cost a whopping R750 million to build, Turandot is dripping in luxury, with plush velvet seating, gold accents, and frescoed ceilings.

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El Farallo´n, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

This stunning seaside restaurant is carved into rocks on the very tip of Cabo San Lucas, and an extremely picturesque place to watch the sunset.

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Tosca, Hong Kong

Located inside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hong Kong, this chic restaurant stuns with lavish décor, like fountains and intricate chandeliers. The epic views of Hong Kong don't hurt either.

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Elements, Scottsdale, Arizona

Guests can enjoy award-winning cuisine while overlooking Camelback Mountain through floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Dionysos Zonars, Athens, Greece

With unrivaled views of the ancient Acropolis, dining at Dionysos Zonars is heaven for art buffs. The art lesson continues, however, as the interior was designed by Greek painter Yannis Moralis, and ceramist Helen Bernardaki.

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Terasa U Zlaté studne, Prague, Czech Republic

Terasa U Zlaté studne's features a dazzling terrace overlooking the rooftops of Prague. While the building dates back to 1528, the restaurant opened around 1900, and predates the hotel on which it sits. In the summer, guests can use a private gate to visit the Royal Gardens of Prague Castle, which was formerly a private entry for Emperor Rudolph II.

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Grillmarket, Reykjavik, Iceland

Originally housed in a cinema that burned down in a fire, Grillmarket's new building closely resembles its former digs, and is inspired by the Art Nouveau style. The interior, however, is a modern twist on Icelandic tradition, filled with natural wood, leather, tree trunk inspired tables, and stone walls.

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Piada, Lyon, France

Piada was opened by siblings Mathilde and Arthur Plaza, who were born to Italian parents in France. With their restaurant, the Plaza siblings brought a dream to reality; their mother had always wanted to bring a piadina shop, or Italian sandwich shop, to France. The colourful restaurant was designed by Spanish design firm Masquespacio.

It is one of the restaurants featured in "Delicious Places: New Food Culture, Restaurants and Interiors" by publisher gestalten.

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Pink Mamma, Paris, France

Pink Mamma is located in a four-floor building, where each level has a different colour scheme. Here, the eatery's greenery-filled space makes for a romantic dining experience, where guests can enjoy heaping amounts of Italian food and fresh mozzarella.

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Pink Zebra, Kanpur, India

The restaurant's design was inspired by filmmaker Wes Anderson with its whimsical stripes and combination of kitschy styles.

When creating the concept for the restaurant, designers from the firm Renesa Studio wanted to give the restaurant the illusion of "dipping a zebra into a deep pink sea," according to the "Delicious Places" book.

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