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6 Best Underwater Restaurants for a Unique Food Tour

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 Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Maldives.  Photo courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Maldives. Photo courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

These standout restaurants of the world offer wonders beneath the waves that you can dine in during your trip to find fascinating and rich ecosystems that captivate visitors.

Whether the enchanting setting wraps you in the wonder of passing marine life or has you thinking of an elaborate villain’s lair, you can bask in the pleasures of a gourmet meal focused on accentuating distinct flavors and complimenting the unforgettable scenery.

  1. 1. Restaurant Under, Norway
  2. 2. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the Maldives
  3. 3. Ossiano, Dubai
  4. 4. Koral, Bali
  5. 5. Submarino Restaurant, Spain
  6. 6. Cargo Hold Restaurant, South Africa
  7. Dine at the Best Underwater Restaurants on Vacation

1. Restaurant Under, Norway

Norway’s Under, which in Norwegian can also mean “wonder,” is semi-submerged in the icy waters of the North Atlantic at 16 feet below sea level.

The three-level structure becomes a journey to the seafloor with a champagne bar transitioning from the shoreline below. The dining room provides a 36-foot-wide panoramic backdrop of the ocean floor for an immersive experience among the rarely visited marine ecosystem.

The architecture blends the harmony of nature’s rugged beauty with the delicate flavors of gourmet dishes featuring innovative seasonal menus which embody the southern tip of the Norwegian coastline.

Learn more: Norway Vacations & Tours

2. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the Maldives

The pristine turquoise waters of the Maldives provide the picturesque setting for any tropical getaway with Ithaa Undersea Restaurant providing access to the vibrant life in the Indian Ocean.

The dining room is located 16 feet below sea level. Glass walls frame the restaurant providing views to the colorful coral gardens on the seafloor and a panoramic view of the marine life swimming over the ceiling for a 180-degree view. Indulge in a four-course lunch or a seven-course dinner.

Do not forget to bring a camera because the views of the wild marine life are stunning.

Learn more: Maldives Tours & VacationsMaldives Travel Guide

3. Ossiano, Dubai

Prime positions with captivating aquarium views, this outstanding dining experience connects you with modern tapas-style cuisine from renowned chefs.

Mediterranean flavors whisk you away on an underwater delight with their tasting menus. This progressive restaurant hits all senses and sets an ambiance of romance and high-end culinary adventures for every guest.

Said to be one of the top must-see restaurants in Dubai, from the moment you arrive to the time you depart, you are indeed one with your underwater surroundings.

Learn more: Middle East & North Africa Tours and Vacations

4. Koral, Bali

Favorite dishes served artisan-style with a twist is the feature this dining experience proudly presents.

Set and signature menus delight guests who indulge at this unique bistronomic underwater restaurant. Feast on Indonesian-inspired dishes created with coastal flavors in a laid-back, smart-casual environment. The ambiance is enhanced by the venue’s hypnotic soundtrack that makes you feel like you truly are one with the ocean.

As the restaurant only takes children 12 years and over, the scene is set for a one-of-a-kind romantic night out.

Learn more: Bali Tours & Vacations 

5. Submarino Restaurant, Spain

The iconic architecture of Valencia’s Oceanography Center captures the imaginations of visitors, but the submarine restaurant located at the center of the park will capture your heart.

Submarino Restaurant overtakes the lower-level of the structure decorated with a glass wall looking into the aquarium running the entire length of the perimeter.

The immense blue water of the exhibit hosts more than 10,000 fish while the restaurant offers traditional regional cuisine from land and sea including famous Valencian paella and a wine list curated with celebrated varietals from around Europe.

Learn more: Spain Tours & VacationsSpain Travel Guide

6. Cargo Hold Restaurant, South Africa

The culinary experience on a phantom ship takes your adventure to new heights in Durban amidst the sensational setting preserving exotic elegance mixed with local ingredients.

Guests dine with sharks inside the replica of South Africa’s legendary ghost ship with floor-to-ceiling glass walls at the stern. The greater 40-acre uShaka Marine World provides views of the ocean and shark tank.

The enchanting combination of historic ambiance and the company of sharks provide a surreal environment in which to enjoy the sophisticated flavors of traditional regional cuisine, as well as elegant international flavors.

Learn more: South Africa Tours & VacationsSouth Africa Travel Guide

Dine at the Best Underwater Restaurants on Vacation

The ambiance and aesthetics of where we choose to dine are as important as what is on the menu, and with more innovative and creative options out there, your visit really does become more of an experience than just a meal out.

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