Food & Drink

Pretty Little Restaurants With Big Water Views

Isn't everything better when you're gazing at the ocean?

Felix of Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong

By Marnie Hunter

Jul 28, 2022

These are some of the loveliest restaurants around the world with water views. Because we’re all hungry for seascapes and aquatic energy.

Baan Rim Pa, Phuket, Thailand

Baan Rim Pa, Phuket restaurants with water views
Courtesy of Baan Rim Pa, Phuket

The View: The crush of waves on the rocks below adds another sensory layer to romantic Baan Rim Pa, an open-air, two-story teak house on a cliff above a crescent of golden sand. The sun sets on boats bobbing against a backdrop of hills fading into the Andaman Sea.

The Food: Panaeng ped (duck curry with lychee) and goong lai sarong (prawns hand-wrapped in vermicelli and quickly fried) are highlights of the Royal Thai menu, which features recipes formerly served only in Thailand’s Grand Palace.

Tip: Don’t miss live jazz and blues in the piano bar.

Sierra Mar, Big Sur, CA

Sierra Mar of the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur restaurants with water views
Sierra Mar. Courtesy of Post Ranch Inn

The View: Diners gaze out on the Pacific Ocean and rocky headlands from the Post Ranch Inn‘s restaurant, Sierra Mar, perched on a secluded cliff 365 meters above the surf in Big Sur. Angled-glass walls and tables on varying levels ensure views of the expansive ocean, out past the sinewy southern coastline.

The Food: The four-course prix fixe menu changes daily, combining Asian, French, and Mediterranean influences with seasonal organic ingredients. Grilled squab breast with foie gras crostini, endive and huckleberry gastriqueShaved good liver with pickled rhubarb, Sicilian pistachio and green apple gelée, and oysters on the half shell with Champagne mignonetteShigoku oysters with cucumber, balsamic and wild herbs were recent first-course choices.

Tip: Go for lunch or dine before sunset to enjoy the sweeping ocean views. Lunch and specific dinner times are open to guests who are not staying at the Post Ranch Inn. Reservations are required for dinner.

Ambrosia, Santorini, Greece

Ambrosia Restaurant in Santorini restaurants with water views
Courtesy of Ambrosia Restaurant

The View: Perched on the edge of Santorini’s volcanic crater in the village of Oia, Ambrosia‘s terrace tables look out over the steel blue Aegean Sea, the rocky caldera rim, and a gentle rise of volcanic islands.

The Food: Signature appetizers include baby calamari in pesto and ouzo along with salmon tartar with avocado, grapefruit, chilli and lemongrass. Move on to lamb cutlets with a red grape and mint sauce or shrimp with grilled mango.

Tip: Outdoor seating is available April through October. Reserve terrace tables a month in advance.

Rosellinis, Ravello, Italy

Rossellinis Restaurant. Courtesy of Palazzo Avino restaurants with water views
Rossellinis Restaurant. Courtesy of Palazzo Avino

The View: Terrace tables at Rosellinis—in the Palazzo Sasso—look out on the craggy cliffs and coves of the Amalfi Coast, where fishing boats dot the cerulean waters of the Mediterranean 300 meters feet below. If you want to sit inside (or can’t get a table outside), ask for a window seat or you won’t have a view. You’ll also find amazing views at the hotel’s less-acclaimed-but-still-wonderful Terrazza Belvedere.

The Food: Michelin-two-star Rosellinis looks to local Mediterranean ingredients for a Southern Italian menu peppered with updated Neopolitan dishes such as crystallized amberjack fillet served with roasted artichoke and potato salad with anchovy sauce.

Tip: Rosellinis is open only for dinner, and only from mid-March through October. Reservations are accepted, but tables are first-come, first-served. Arrive early for a terrace table and daylight views.

Felix, Hong Kong

Felix of Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong restaurants with water views
Felix. Courtesy of Peninsula Hotel

The View: Sweeping views of Hong Kong’s dramatic cityscape captivate diners at this 28th-floor restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel, created by avant-garde designer Philippe Starck. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the city’s neon skyline, Victoria Harbour ships, and the bustling shopping district of Kowloon.

The food: The contemporary menu features fresh seasonal dishes such as crab salad and tuna tartar with dandelion salad, slow-cooked sea bass with black shrimp mousse, and grilled Australian lamb.

Tip: Felix provides a glamorous perch for Hong Kong’s nightly laser and light show at 8 p.m.

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La Chèvre d’Or, Eze, France

La Chèvre d'Or restaurants with water views
Courtesy of Chateau de la Chevre d’Or

The view: High above the Mediterranean in the medieval hilltop village of Eze, the restaurant of the hotel Chateau de la Chevre d’Or offers one of the most spectacular views along the Cote d’Azur. Diners look down over tiled rooftops onto St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat’s luxury villas and yachts bobbing on the mottled blue sea.

The food: The Michelin-two-star restaurant features gourmet French cuisine by chef Ronan Kervarrec, with a menu that may feature morel ravioli or sole stuffed with squid.

Tip: Enjoy the view well into the evening during the summer months, when it’s warm enough to enjoy a cocktail or an after-dinner drink on the bar’s outdoor terrace. Reserve a month in advance for summer weekend nights.

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