Enjoy dinner with a view? How about dinner with all the views? Whether it’s a full view of a remarkable city or a proper mountaintop panorama, we love a revolving restaurant – far from a gimmick, the best ones combine a view you couldn’t otherwise get with a great dining experience. Here are some of our favourites.
Confiteria Giratoria 360°, Bariloche
Unlike most revolving restaurants, Argentina’s Confiteria Giratoria gets its enviable height by sitting not at the top of a manmade tower, but on top of a 1,405m-high mountain. At the peak of Cerro Otto just outside San Carlos de Bariloche, you can access it by cable car. The restaurant gives you a fantastic 20-minute panorama over the Argentinian Lake District, so the natural scenery is also in contrast to the usual cityscape you get from a revolving restaurant.
O Bar and Dining, Sydney
Sydney has a few revolving restaurants, but O Bar and Dining stands out for its genuine fine dining creds. Aussie celebrity chef Michael Moore provides a modern Australian menu using the country’s best produce, with a degustation menu showing off the highlights. And up on the 47th floor of the Australia Square building, the views – which include the Opera house and Harbour Bridge – are some of the best in any world city.
Take a spin: If you want a standout hotel to match, you’ll plenty in Sydney, such as the five-star Shangri-La Hotel. Further north in Queensland, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise also has its very own revolving restaurant, Four Winds 360°.
360 Restaurant, Toronto
The CN Tower was the world’s tallest tower for years, and remains one of Toronto’s major sights. So it was inevitable that the city would want to make the most of the view with a revolving restaurant. The ethos of 360 Restaurant is fitting for one housed in a national landmark – the whole menu is loudly and proudly Canadian, from the oysters to the wine.
Take a spin: The CN Tower is a bit of a must-do in Toronto – especially if you’re staying centrally. There are lots of hotels within a few minutes’ walk, like the Rex Hotel on Queen Street West and the Westin Harbour Castle on the Harbourfront.
Al Dawaar, Dubai
Well of course Dubai has a revolving restaurant. Al Dawaar is in the Hyatt Regency Dubai, serving a high-quality international buffet – the varied food is what you’d expect of a quality, catch-all hotel dining experience, but the view of Dubai’s glitzy skyline is absolutely knockout.
Take a spin: You could stay in the hotel itself, or, if you want a different but equally impressive perspective on Dubai’s famous skyline, there’s the Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building.
Sphere Restaurant, Berlin
Berlin’s Fernsehturm (Television Tower) is Germany’s tallest building and home to one of Europe’s best-known revolving restaurants. The food at Sphere Restaurant is decent, but it is all about the view as the cityscape changes over the course of an hour from the eclectic west of the city to the tower blocks of East Berlin, giving you a visual sense of the city’s past divisions.
Have you been to a revolving restaurant? Which is your favourite one?