Looking for something a little more exciting than your typical fine dining establishment? Look no further, but be forewarned; these weird restaurants certainly are not for everyone. Hopefully you’ll see that dinner doesn’t have to be boring, and there are weird restaurants of all kinds all around the world.
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1. Alcatraz (Japan)
Step into your cell at the Alcatraz Restaurant in Japan where your evening begins with a lethal injection (a cocktail). You’re surrounded by servers posing as doctors and nurses, and to get their attention, you bang on your cell door. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself in darkness. They shut down all the lights several times throughout the evening, and there are even demonstrations played out. Chow down on Dead Chicken and be ready to streak down the cell block in your wheelchair.
2. Open Desert Restaurant Australia
This open desert restaurant, Sounds of Silence, is found in Australia. It’s more than just dining, it’s a four hour experience with star gazing, story telling, and delightful dining. Your evening includes a buffet, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), entertainment, desert, and transportation to and from Voyages Ayers Rock Resort.
3. Dinner in the Sky (Around the World)
Turn the other way if you’re afraid of heights. Dinner in the Sky has you dining 50 meters above the ground served by a professional wait-staff. Dinner in the Sky can be reserved for up to eight hour time chunks, and even personalized. Want your logo on the bottom of the platform? You can do that. Accommodating up to 22 people at one time, Dinner in the Sky prides itself on safety. It can be set up just about anywhere, and has received approval for use in over 15 countries, including the U.S.
4. Robotic Staffed Restaurant (Germany)
Forget incompetent servers who forget your order. At this restaurant in Germany, you place your order through a touch screen and your food is auto-delivered through robotic rails. Watch the video below to see the robotic staff in action. I don’t know about you, but I think this could be good or bad. What do you do if your order is screwed up? Does it come with a notepad and pen for you to send a complaint back up? Do you talk to someone through the monitor?
5. Under the Sea (Republic of Maldives)
The Ithaa restaurant on Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, you literally dine under the sea. This isn’t just some mere illusion. You’re surrounded by glass, with a complete 180 degrees view of ocean life swimming around you. Very beautiful, but maybe a little nauseating if you have any fear of water, sharks, drowning, or recurring dreams of being crushed by water. No reservations for kids under 12.
6. Smallest Restaurant in the World? (Finland)
This restaurant in Finland consists of a small cabin nestled into beautiful flora. There’s ONE table on the inside of this restaurant. If you’re claustrophobic, it may help to use the second table outside on the porch. That’s it. Two tables.
7. Absolute Blind Dining (London)
Explore your senses by dining completely in the dark. Your servers and guide staff are all blind, as the owners believe they are best suited to the job. They’re carefully trained, but they already have good use of their other senses. You aren’t allowed to move around, so you’re encouraged to use the (lighted) restrooms before settling in to your table. If you do have to get up after you’re seated, you simply call your server’s name and they’ll assist you.