PHOTOS: World's best restaurants with sunset views

10:43 AM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
  • Tugra Restaurant and Lounge in the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul: On the first floor of the original Ciragan Palace, you'll be transported back to the heyday of the Ottoman Empire at Tugra. You'll feel like royalty with the bedazzling Bosphorus River before you and a mouthwatering selection of Külbasti options – quail fillet, minced lamb loin, beef tenderloin, or free-range chicken – served with smoked mashed eggplant, roasted red pepper, and pomegranate and red onion relish. If y
  • GB Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens: Greeks are late-night folks, preferring to dine long past sundown, so sunset is all about setting the mood with cocktails and appetizers. The rooftop at Hotel Grande Bretagne offers views of the reddening sun sinking into the ancient Acropolis. It also offers mod-Mediterranean bites like roast scallops with celery, fennel, and pear; octopus terrine with sweet peppers, smoked eggplant, and wild oregano; and a stepped-up class
  • Carl Gustaf Lounge in Gustavia, St. Barth's, French West Indies: The hillside Carl Gustaf Lounge offers some of the most extravagant views of the tony Gustavia harbor, a red-roofed home-away-from-home for the likes of hip-hop mogul and musician Jay-Z and iconic fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier. You'll forget about the celebrity culture, though, after a few refreshing glasses of Planter's Punch, light tapas (they also have a "Made in France" cheeseburger) and homema
  • LAGOON by Jean Georges at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort in Bora Bora, Tahiti: Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten applies his love of local ingredients to this French- and Asian-inspired feat with gorgeous views of Mount Otemanu (the restaurant hovers above calm, paradise waters). Start with rice cracker-crusted tuna or foie gras brûlée with strawberry and balsamic jam, then splurge on the slow-cooked moonfish with truffle vinaigrette and mashed potatoes or the grilled veal tenderloin with carameliz
  • Pesta Lobster at the Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran, Bali: It doesn't get better than Pesta Lobster on the Kisik private jetty at the remote Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran, Bali. To get to this true "toes in the sand"-style eatery, you'll wind down a path leading to a wooden pier with sunset views that literally stretch straight into the sea. Enjoy a five-course lobster dinner accompanied by tranquil bamboo xylophone music and you'll feel like you're in another worl
  • Rock House on Harbour Island, Bahamas: Travel to the quiet, celebrity-driven Harbour Island in the Bahamas for an unforgettable food experience at Rock House. Opt for private dining cabanas or grab a good table in the main British Colonial-style building where you'll feast on local stone-crab claws served over Japanese seaweed salad, sake-marinated Chilean sea bass, and vanilla-bean-and-honeycomb swirl ice cream made in-house. Rock House Hotel
  • Chez Hortense in Cap Ferret, France: Just because the dress code says casual doesn't mean you shouldn't dress to impress. This is, after all, arguably one of the most luxurious resorts in France, about an hour outside of Bordeaux. On the terrace of Chez Hortense you'll watch the peninsula's dunes silhouette against the bright sunset as you dig into fresh oysters and mussels, grilled turbot, and fried strawberry tiramisu. Palmer Bridgers,
  • Echoes Boutique Hotel and Restaurant in Katoomba, Australia: At the edge of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, you'll find a diner's Eden at Echoes' Restaurant with views of mountains and exotic valleys. Cozy up next to an open fireplace in the stone-clad dining room and chow down on tempura soft-shell crab with green papaya salad and finger-lime salsa, pan-roasted barramundi with creamy cabbage, and seared guinea fowl with mushroom duxelle, garlic purée, heirloo
  • Aqua Taverna in Mykonos, Greece: Dance into the evening with a picturesque view of the sea and surrounding windmills, seafood pasta, and feta wrapped in phyllo with honey and sesame and poppy seeds, accompanied by some of the best-priced, crispest white wines on the island. Flickr/Randy Levine
  • Stonehill Tavern at St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach, Dana Point, Calif.: Chic and creative twists on classic tavern favorites under the California sun overlooking the Pacific Ocean keep you dreaming at the St. Regis in Dana Point, Calif. This Tony Chi-designed tiled tavern offers a burger with black truffle cheese and a root beer float, or you can kick it up a notch with Kurobuta pork short ribs braised in riesling with stone fruits, white polenta, and ginger. Or, stick a fork into the lobster pi
  • Asiate at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City: The elegant Asiate occupies spectacular prime real estate in Manhattan, and chef Toni Robertson holds court with stunning seasonal offerings like summer corn velouté with Maine lobster or Atlantic halibut with citrus sabayon. The cocktail list is equally inventive and well executed, with options like the Asian Poire, featuring a smooth combo of Purity vodka, pear nectar, passion-fruit purée, almond syrup, and sparkling sake. Enjoy one at a
  • Hacienda Cocina y Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Savor beachfront views as you take in the sunset shadowing the famous Land's End rocks and enjoy the no-frills experience of casero – or homemade – Mexican cuisine enhanced by local ingredients. Don't pass up the cool local tequila list, either. Start by sharing the sea bass ceviche with tomatillo sauce; the house salad with strawberry, mango, goat cheese, jicama, and tamarind vinaigrette; the fried calamari with poblano pepp
  • La Tantina de la Playa in Bidart, France: If you love food you have to travel for, then look no further than this hard-to-find gem in Bidart, hidden down the Plage du Centre leading down a cliff. But once you get to this upscale seafood shack, you'll be rewarded with very fresh fish of the day. And don't miss the classic fish soup. Simplicity and privacy triumph at this locally recommended French delight. SebastienM
  • Beach House Restaurant, Kauai, Hawaii: Watch the sun dip into the Pacific waves while you munch on slow-braised pork with sweet and spicy onion marmalade and mandarin orange-star anise gastrique, seafood corn chowder with rock shrimp and fresh fish, and the island's catch-of-the-day fish sautéed in macadamia-nut butter. Local food is the name of the game (praise to the chefs for seriously supporting the fishing community). Flickr/wallyg
  • Kula's Restaurant at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania: Get away from it all and escape with a date to the African-oriented Kula's at the Four Seasons, where you will be surrounded by the captivating image of the orange sun warming the World Heritage-listed plains of the Serengeti. Expect theater-style cooking using local African produce like yams, plantains, mangos, oranges, and ugali (white corn polenta), plus great wines, an extensive cocktail menu, a mod interior, and
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KUSA - Dining by candlelight gets the star treatment in Hollywood flicks, but some of us " early eaters, arsonphobics, and iPhone-ready photographers " prefer to set our gastronomical groove to the beat of a gorgeous sunset.

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