10 best rooftop restaurants in the world

Memorable dinner experiences guaranteed at these elevated venues, offering the perfect mix of fine food and fine views.

June 12, 2021
Best rooftop restaurants in the world
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To have drinks on rooftop bars is something all people love, but even better is to have a full lunch or dinner with these spectacular views in front of your eyes.

Here’s our list of the 10 best rooftop restaurants in the world. A list filled with both fine dining restaurants and more casual eateries – all with one thing in common: a grand view over a city or ocean.

If you want a unique and memorable rooftop experience, you should definitely book a table at one of these rooftop restaurants.

1. Quince Rooftop
/ San Miguel, Mexico

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Quince Rooftop - Photo: https://quincerooftop.com/
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Earning top spot on this impressive list of the best rooftop restaurants in the world is Quince Rooftop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Incidentally, San Miguel also was rated by Travel and Leisure #1 city in the world two of the past three years.

Quince is so much more than a restaurant, it is a true destination. With perfect views in all 250+ seats, this rooftop has it all.

First-time guests who come for lunch often end up staying all day and eating late-night sushi while dancing to the beat of the DJ. The food, music, service, cocktails, atmosphere, and clientele come together to make “The Quince Experience.” Both elegant and hip, Quince caters to a diverse crowd offering casual fare, fine dining and French pastries.

After helping to make Quince “the #1 Rooftop Destination in the World”, according to Robb Report, the owner and chef have continued to evolve Quince’s “global collective” menu. Stuffed lobster drizzled with chile Manzano cream, crispy kale leaves atop black truffle risotto, and the Texas steakhouse filet are just some of the highlights of the menu.

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Quince Rooftop - Photo: https://quincerooftop.com/
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Quince’s lead partner hosts his chefs every few months to one of his favorite culinary cities, including Lima, New Orleans, New York and Mexico City, just to name a few. These global stops have provided unique inspiration for Quince’s menu. After visiting Peru, Quince’s culinary team created a menu of delectable sushi creations that use Japanese techniques, Peruvian spices, and sometimes include some Mexican pepper heat or Texas-style accents.

As the evenings progress at Quince, stunning sunsets appear, and the energy escalates. The music is always happy, hip, and familiar to most generations, and ushers a multicultural clientele into the night. Quince’s mixology, rated top 10 in Mexico, is prepared while the mixologists showcase their tricks and impress guests with uniquely curated cocktails.

Quince is not only a restaurant or a rooftop destination, it’s a complete experience and a gift to one’s soul.

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QUINCE ROOFTOP

Cuna de Allende 15, Zona Centro, Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto

Monday – Thursday: 12pm–1am | Friday: 12pm–2am | Saturday: 11am–2am | Sunday: 11am–1am

Website: www.quincerooftop.com

Instagram: @quincerooftop

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2. Horizon Grill
/ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Horizon Grill - Photo: www.banyantree.com

Located in the beautiful Banyan Tree hotel, this lovely terrace venue offers both a world-class grill and a high-end bar, both overlooking the city and the Petronas Twin Towers.

Horizon Grill is a fine-dining restaurant, known for its open-air terrace, relaxing atmosphere, stylish furniture, and unique style.

Decorated with its very own little river and plenty of lush greenery, Horizon Grill gives you the impression of being in an urban oasis up in the sky.

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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the Horizon Grill focuses on international seafood and meat cuts, as well as signature dishes meant to showcase the culinary wonders of Kuala Lumpur.

One floor above, you can find Vertigo Rooftop Bar, which offers both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a spacious open-air terrace.

Comfortable lounge furniture, jaw-dropping views, a fantastic lounge-like atmosphere, and live music, make a visit to Vertigo a must, particularly if you're looking for cocktails inspired by local flavors.

HORIZON GRILL

2 Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Daily Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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3. Asmani Restaurant
/ Antalya, Turkey

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Perched on top of the suberb Akra Hotel, located on the seafront in Antalya, Asmani Restaurant, Bar & Terrace offers a fantastic mix of elegant dining and panoramic views.

Asmani means "a place that belongs to the sky, moon and sun" in the Ottoman language, and this fits perfect with the setting found on the 10th floor. With a soft and natural decoration, where stylish dining tables are combined with charming lights, fire-pits and water features, here you are surrounded with amazing vistas over both the Mediterranean and the city skyline.

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Asmani Restaurant - Photo: www.asmanirestaurant.com/

Using fresh, seasonal and high-quality ingredients, Asmani serves a menu offering a blend of traditional tastes from the Turkish and World cuisines, with a modern touch. From risotto, daily catch and kebab, to a menu filled with favorite sushi varieties. Complementing the food is a great selection of wines and special cocktails.

Open nightly, Asmani Restaurant is a fantastic venue for special moments with your friends and loved ones, as well as for business meetings and crowded celebrations. All night you will be accompanied by a great atmosphere and the peaceful sound of the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.

ASMANI

Şirinyalı Mh. Lara Cd. No:24 07100 Muratpaşa, Antalya, Turkey

Daily: Dinner

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4. Tomo
/ Dubai, UAE

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Hands-down one of the best Japanese restaurants in Dubai, Tomo operates both as a restaurant and a bar and offers jaw-dropping views of Duba's new skyline.

Located on the 17th floor of the world-famous Raffles Hotel, this rooftop venue features both indoor and outdoor seating, delicious dishes, and expertly mixed cocktails.

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Tomo - Photo: www.tomodubai.com

Tomo's high-end Japanese cuisine is helmed by the talented chef Chitoshi Takahashi and features a wide variety of sushi dishes, noodle dishes, and the ever so popular Waygu Beef.

Drink-wise, expect traditional cocktails, world-spirits, sake, champagne, beer, and even wine, as well as a variety of signature drinks that mix Sake and Shochu with sophisticated ingredients.

As you can imagine, Tomo is a rather pricey destination, but the experience is well worth it.

TOMO DUBAI

Sheikh Rashid Road Wafi City, Dubai

Daily: Lunch / Dinner

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5. Le Terrazze Ritual
/ Sardinia, Italy

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With a location in the heart of Costa Smeralda, in the northern part of the Italian island Sardinia, Le Terrazze Ritual breathes natural exclusivenes.

Open during two months in the summer, the rooftop restaurant and mixology bar is made up of several beautiful terraces, carved into a rock, right in the middle of the green and luxuriant nature.

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Available for an apertif to an amazing sunset, Le Terrazze Ritual is also a fantastic choice for a memorable rooftop dinner. Here you can indulge in cuisine where flavors of tradition meet exotic notes, created by Chef Ricardo Pacifico.

Make reservations and enjoy Italy and Sardinia at its finest. After dinner you can also head down to the Ritual Club, a classic and vibrant venue for night time fun.

LE TERRAZE RITUAL

SP59, 07021 Arzachena SS, Sardinia

Daily: from June 24

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6. Marea Restaurant at Hotel Delfino
/ Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Marea Restaurant - Photo: www.hoteldelfino.com/

Set in a protected reserve in Massa Lubrense, right where the Sorrentine Peninsula plunges into the sea of the Sirens, Hotel Delfino is totally immersed in nature, and an oasis of peace and tranquility.

A fantastic place to stay, but also an amazing venue to enjoy a lunch or dinner with a view, thanks to the Marea Restaurant.

Surrounded with panoramics over the Mediterranena, with Capri almost within touching distance, the rooftop restaurant is open daily to all, serving traditional and classic Italian cuisine with a contemporary touch.

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Marea Restaurant - Photo: www.hoteldelfino.com/

Visit for a sunny lunch, when you can enjoy 'catch of the day', as well as other light summer dishes. Or come for a romantic dinner around sunset, and choose from a menu including spaghetti with clams and lukewarm seafood salad, Avellino fusilli with porcini and prawns, or a seared tuna steak with sesame.

Complementing the food is an excellent selection of wines, and combined with the setting and views, Marea Restaurant is bound to offer an unforgettable experience.

Combine your dinner with an aperitif at the MiraCapri Sunset Lounge, which during daytime is an exclusive oasis for guests staying at Hotel Delfino, complete with a saltwater swimming pool with a 360-degree view of the coast.

MAREA RESTAURANT

Via Nastro d Oro, 2, 80061 Massa Lubrense NA, Italy

Daily: Lunch / Dinner

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7. RedSky
/ Bangkok, Thailand

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Located amongst one of Bangkok's busiest streets, and within steps of world-famous shopping malls like the Siam Paragon, the MBK, and the Central World, this rooftop bar is the perfect destination to relax after a busy day shopping.

Located on a 5th floor, this multi-level venue offers a beautiful rooftop bar, a delicious rooftop restaurant, and superb views of Bangkok's skyline.

The rooftop bar features a diverse array of signature cocktails, classic cocktails, and world spirits.

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RedSky - Photo: www.bangkokredsky.com

The restaurant, which features both indoor and outdoor seating, offers superb high-end cuisine inspired by local flavors, and it's easily one of the best restaurants Bangkok has to offer.

While the rooftop bar works on a first-come, first-served basis, you need to make reservations for the restaurants, so we encourage you to make those well in advance.

For the bar, arriving early will secure you good seats and even better service. Plus, the opportunity to enjoy a jaw-dropping sunset.

If you're looking for an even more exclusive experience, head one floor up and discover the CRU Champagne Bar, a wonderful experience even on its own.

REDSKY

Centara Grand, Central World, 195 Phayathai Rd, Bangkok

Daily: Lunch / Dinner

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8. SE.STO on Arno
/ Florence, Italy

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Located on top of the well-known The Westin Excelsior, this rooftop venue works both as a restaurant and a bar, offering guests delicious food, fantastic drinks, and inspiring views.

Overlooking the Arno river, SE.STO features modern Tuscan cuisine, a relaxed and casual atmosphere, a small outdoor area, and floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuring you get fantastic views no matter where you sit.

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SE.STO on Arno - Photo: www.sestoonarno.com

Open for both lunch and dinner, and operating on a first-come, first-served basis, SE.STO is a fantastic location for those looking to eat delicious food in a modern environment while escaping Florence's crowds.

A perfect spot for a relaxing lunch in the sun, the bar features delicious wines, world-beers, and expertly mixed classic cocktails.

SE STO ON ARNO

Piazza Ognissanti, 3, 6th floor The Westin Excelsior, Florence

Daily: Lunch / Dinner

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9. Area 31
/ Miami, USA

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Overlooking the Miami River, and offering some of the best views of the city Skyline, Area 31 is a fantastic restaurant-bar combo that aims to deliver excellent service and even better experiences.

Located on the 16th floor of the Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Area 31 offers both indoor and outdoor seating options, comfortable lounge furniture, spacious dining tables, a laid-back yet exclusive atmosphere, and attentive and dedicated staff.

Area 31 focuses on sustainable local dishes, made fresh from ingredients from the surrounding areas.

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Area 31 - Photo: www.area31restaurant.com

This same principle expands to the bar's signature cocktails, which change according to the season to better reflect the venue's sustainable spirit.

Stylish, modern, and with a vibrant and sophisticated vibe, Area 31 is the perfect destination for a romantic date or a night out with friends.

Open from breakfast to late at night; Area 31 is also an excellent choice for when you're looking to escape Miami's heat and eat (or drink) something delicious.

AREA 31

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131-2123

Daily: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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10. Aroma Restaurant
/ Rome, Italy

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Aroma Restaurant - Photo: www.aromarestaurant.it

This Michelin starred restaurant is located on the luxurious Hotel Palazzo Manfredi and offers not only one of the best views Rome has to offer, but also some of the best food.

Up here, you can enjoy jaw-dropping views of the Colosseum and many other of Rome's historic sites; not only that, but with only 28 seats in the restaurant, you can rest assured the attention you'll get will be beyond compare.

Roman-born Chef Di Lorio's mouthwatering gourmet food comes in two varieties, á la carte or tasting menus, plus the option to wine pair following the recommendations of a premium sommelier.

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Aroma Restaurant - Photo: www.aromarestaurant.it

Both options will result in some of the best Italian cuisines you'll ever eat, as well as access to the restaurant's bar, which features a fantastic wine collection, as well as champagne and cocktails.

As expected, reservations in advance are a must, as you won't be able to visit this place otherwise.

AROMA RESTAURANT

Via Labicana, 125, 00184 Roma

Daily: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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