At the Kayabukiya tavern in Tokyo you will be served drinks by two Japanese Macaque monkeys named Yat-chan and Fuku-chan. They are both certified employees who receive their wages in the form of soya beans.
The Human Banquet
Some of you probably know that Nyotaimori (meaning female body plate) is a popular method of serving sushi in Japan. Well, recently the Japanese took things to the next level by not just eating off of the bodies but by eating the bodies themselves. Wait a minute…relax (sort of), the bodies are edible creations made in the kitchen by an artistic staff. At the table you are provided with a scalpel and a plate. You and your party of faux cannibals are then left to dissect the “body” and eat its innards. Beware, things can get messy as these bodies “bleed”.
New Lucky Restaurant
Maybe in the United States it would be seen as a bit morbid. In India however, a country with over a billion people, death and graveyards are not as separate from society as in the west. So when Krsihan Kutti Nair started a successful tea stall outside a cemetery in Ahmadabad not too long ago and he needed to expand, there was only one logical option…the space between the graves (painted green).
The Pop-Up Diner
The Italian town of Ferrara recently introduced an interesting concept. For 60 Euros you can buy a dinner for two and then, on the scheduled evening, receive a text disclosing the location of the meal/table, which inevitably will show up somewhere on the historical streets of the town.
Sounds of Silence
The only diner on our list that is located in the middle of the desert, this roofless dinner experience takes you into the middle of the Australian Outback right next Ayers Rock and gives you a view of the stars that you could only dream of.
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This Dutch family restaurant located in Amsterdam is entirely staffed by children (almost). There are a couple of adults who supervise everything but the premise is simple. Part restaurant, part culinary school, and part day care, parents drop their kids off in the morning and then return after work to enjoy what their children put together.
Dalu Robot Restaurant
Patrons at the Dalu Robot Restaurant in Jinan, China are no longer being served by flesh and bone but rather by a robotic army of waiters. Since the change has been implemented there has been a good reaction with customers noting the fact that the robots don’t give you an attitude…and work for free.
This popular chain of Taiwanese restaurants gives patrons the pleasure of eating from a toilet bowl all while seated on a toilet bowl. Drinks are served in small plastic urinals and although one would think that such a restaurant would be a gross mess, it is actually very clean. According to the owner the point is to shock and confuse the senses.
Dinner in the Sky
Although it is based in Belgium, this airborne dinner party can be taken anywhere in the world. Diners are strapped around a table that is suspended in the air by cranes and served by a small staff that that comes along for the ride.
The Unsicht-Bar, essentially meaning invisible bar in English, is found in Cologne, Germany. There is no light allowed and before patrons are led down into the pitch black dining area by their blind hosts they must leave behind cell phones, watches, and any other photon emitting electronics.
The Fortezza Medicea near Pisa, Italy is a 500 year old fortress that presently serves as a maximum security prison…and a classy up-scale restaurant. In order to dine at this popular location guests generally have to book reservations months in advance and then undergo intense security checks by the Italian police. Once inside, they are served by robbers, murderers, mafia members, and even treated to the virtuoso piano skills of Bruno, who is among those doing life for murder.
The Robot Couple
For years people in the town of Yiwu, China wondered how the local diner was staffed from 6am to 3am (21 hours) every day by the same couple. Well, it turns out that it wasn’t the same couple. After the story of the “Robot Couple” reached the ears of a journalist from the Today Morning Post he decided to investigate and discovered that it was in fact two couples, a set of twin brothers that had married a set of twin sisters.
This is the only restaurant on our list that requires a password to gain entry. Don’t worry though, if you don’t know the password the guards will just make you do something embarrassing to get in. Why the password? The restaurant is spy themed, as you could probably tell from the name.
Dinner in a Gondola
This isn’t the only high altitude eatery on our list but it is the only one that occupies a gondola. At Stuckli Sky Dining you get to enjoy the Swiss Alps from the four person ski lift while feasting on a four course meal.
Modeled after an ancient Japanese castle, Ninja New York is part maze, part restaurant, with waiters that dazzle the guests with their insane acrobatics as they enter into the mysterious world of the ninja.
If you’re one of those people that get bored easily, especially with mundane everyday tasks like eating, then consider a trip to Disaster Cafe in Lloret de Mar, Spain where you are guaranteed to feel the full weight of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake at every meal.
Advertised as the world’s first ever undersea restaurant, the Hilton Undersea Resort & Spa opened Ithaa (meaning “pearl”) in the Maldives in 2007. Situated just a couple meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean it provides amazing panoramic views of the surrounding coral reef.
Dinner on the Titanic
This Australian restaurant takes you half way around the world and a century back in time onto the maiden voyage of the doomed RMS Titanic. It even has separate quarters for first and second class. Don’t worry though, survival is guaranteed.
The 180 year old Kalin Tavern somehow managed to get itself into a bit of a fix. You see, its customers can start their meal in Slovenia, cross the room, and finish it in Croatia (the owner even painted a bright yellow line across the floor to mark the spot). This, of course, wouldn’t be as much of an issue if it weren’t for the fact that Slovenia is in the European Union and Croatia is not. It just puts a bit of strain on their political relationship, which translates into some confusing moments when tipsy Slovenians accidently go out the wrong door and wind up running into the less than impressed Croatian border patrol.
This concept restaurant is based on the “Ogori System”. In Japanese “ogori” means to treat somebody else food”. In other words, you order your food…for the next person.
At this restaurant, located a few hours north of Manila in the Philippines, you’ll have the chance to blow off all that steam from a hard days work before sitting down to dinner with your family. The outlet comes in the form of a wall upon which patrons shatter plates, glasses, and even TVs. The best part? You don’t have to worry about cleaning it up.
Found in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Conflict Kitchen only serves the local cuisine of nations that are currently at odds with the United States.
As one of the world’s most intense restaurants where else would El Diablo be but sitting on the tip of a volcano? And what’s more, when your restaurant is precariously situated over a deep well of lava, who needs to buy an oven? These are all good questions and the owners of this smokin’ hot grill answered correctly when they opened it on top of the Islote de Hilario volcano.
This chain of restaurants run by the North Korean government has expanded throughout China and southeast Asia featuring typical North Korean cuisine and entertainment. Hey, if you can’t feed your own people feed someone else’s – at least you get money for it right?
Heart Attack Grill
A somewhat controversial eatery, Heart Attack Grill deliberately serves “food so bad for you it’s shocking”. Emulating a hospital, the waitresses are dressed as nurses who take orders (prescriptions) from the “patients”. A tag is then wrapped around the customer’s wrist with their order which can include anything from a quadruple bypass hamburger to flatliner fries. And oh yea, if you weigh in at over 350 lbs., you eat free.