CARGO HOLD // DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
How about lunch under the watchful eye of sharks? TheCargo Holdrestaurant is part of the uShaka Marine World theme park, which boasts 32 aquarium tanks, with acrylic glass walkways leading to five shipwrecks. The Cargo Hold is nestled inside the stern of the Phantom Ship—a 1920s cargo steamer—with plenty of glass so diners can watch both the shark tank and a marine wildlife tank as they eat
ATRIUM BAR // BERLIN, GERMANY
The Atrium Barinside the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin isn’t underwater, but it definitely has an aquatic feel. The hotel atrium serves breakfast, and the bar is open all day. Hanging above the bar is a 80-foot-high aquarium called the AquaDom. The world’s largest cylindrical aquarium contains a million liters (260,000 gallons) of salt water and 1500 tropical fish. Don’t worry about it falling; the aquarium has been there since 2004.
5.8 UNDERSEA RESTAURANT, MALDIVES
5.8 Undersea Restaurant at Hurawalhi Maldives Resort is constructed almost completely of acrylic glass for a world-class view. The name comes from the fact that it sits 5.8 meters (about 19 feet) below the surface of the Indian Ocean. The walls and roof are domed for a spectacular view of the wildlife that calls the Maldives’ coral reefs home. But it may not be the best place for a big group: The restaurant can only accommodate 16 people.
ITHAA UNDERSEA RESTAURANT // MALDIVES
Ithaa Undersea Restaurantat the Conrad Maldives Hotel on Rangali Island claims to be the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant (the name comes from a Maldivian word that means “mother-of-pearl”). The domed walls and roof offer a constant background of marine animals and coral scenery that can be enjoyed alongside lunch and dinner, all served 16 feet below sea level. Mid-morning cocktails are also on offer, and the place can be reserved for special occasions such as weddings.
AQUARIUM RESTAURANT // FOUR LOCATIONS, USA
For an underwater dining experience far from the sea, check out Aquarium, a chain of four restaurants, with locations in Denver, Nashville, Houston, and Kemah, Texas. In Nashville, you’ll dine in the glass-enclosed sections of a 200,000-gallon saltwater fish tank. In Denver, there’s a million-gallon aquarium. The various locations have tours outside of dinner, theme park rides, and educational programs.