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What could be better than whale watching while you sip your cocktails or tucking into your Maldivian meal as a shark swims past?

From medieval village restaurants along the Côte d'Azur to aquarium-style restaurants in the Indian Ocean, here are some of the top sea view restaurants in the world.

Barbados: The Cliff

Popular among the stars, The Cliff in Barbados is the ultimate sea view restaurant in the Caribbean. Set on a cliff top and dramatically decorated with Olympian-style torches, this open-air restaurant offers its guests an unbeatable dining experience. Make the most of your evening and arrive early to enjoy cocktails in the bar as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea, followed by watching sting rays floating in the moon-kissed sea below. The friendly staff, stunning setting and delicious food will make this a night you’ll never forget; make sure you try the scallops or Caribbean shrimp curry and of course, leave room for dessert.

Thailand: Baan Rim Pa

As one of Thailand’s most famous restaurants, Baan Rim Pa serves the finest taste of Asia with food from all four regions of the country. Fresh seafood dishes, chicken and duck are served with a diverse list of fine wines to choose from. This award-winning cliffside restaurant boasts panoramic views over the beautiful Andaman Sea, where you can hear the waves lapping against the rocks while tucking into fresh crab or Andaman lobster. The atmosphere in Baan Rim Pa is second to none with soothing music playing from the grand piano in the bar area, adding even more magic to the evening.

California: Sierra Mar

Another award-winning cliff top restaurant is the Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn along the Californian coast. This restaurant in Big Sur offers two evening dining experiences, the first being a four-course menu and the second, a nine-course tasting menu guaranteed to leave your taste buds tingling. The innovative menu serves organic, seasonal foods from the surrounding areas accompanied by unique breads, tasty cocktails and an extensive collection of North American wines. As this area is known as the whale watching capital of the world, be sure to keep a look out during your meal, as you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a whale.

Maldives: Ithaa

This underwater restaurant has perhaps the best sea view the world has ever seen. At the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island aquarium-style restaurant, enjoy a magical dining experience deep below the surface of the mysterious Indian Ocean. The ocean is home to mantra rays, dolphins, turtles and whale sharks, so you’ll be spoiled with marine life as you tuck into some Western and Asian-inspired Maldivian cuisine. The restaurant is relatively small with only 14 available seats, making this a unique and intimate dining experience, perfect for couples.

France - La Chévre d’Or

Located in a quaint medieval village called Ezo, La Chévre d’Or serves a delicious Michelin-starred menu of French cuisine. The restaurant has a prime location along the Côte d'Azur between Nice and Monaco, where diners can admire rooftop views over villas and houses leading down to the stunning azure sea. The outdoor terrace at the restaurant is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails if you want to admire the yachts moored in the sea below. The menu, created by top chef Ronan Kervarrec, serves fresh local produce from the surrounding regions and aims to combine a fine balance between textures and flavours in order to give guests an unforgettable dining experience. Now you have five different sea view restaurants to eat your way through, bon appétit!

This article was put together by Aimee Avory-Adams, a travel writer and destination marketer. When Aimee isn’t dreaming about jetting off on her next holiday, you can find her writing on the lowcostholidays blog.

Image courtesy of Ithaa Maldives, Post Ranch in California and The Cliff, Barbados


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