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Special Report: The Ultimate Restaurant List for Private Jet Travelers

Sometimes you want to enjoy the city you are in, you want a good meal and a great view, but you don’t want or don’t have the time to get out of your hotel and go halfway across town. In this first of three parts we profile city rooftop restaurants with haute and fun cuisine housed in hotels, so your bed is a mere elevator ride away. 

While gourmands will drive hundreds of miles to dine at a highly-awarded restaurant, private jet travelers appreciate the value of time – their time. Yet, the still want the best possible experience. The Ultimate Restaurant Guide for Private Jet Travelers presented by Private Jet Card Comparisons features restaurants with spectacular views, set on high-floors atop skyscrapers, all in hotels.

By selecting hotel restaurants with panoramic views – from New York’s Central Park to Hong Kong Harbour and the Eiffel Tower, like flying privately, it’s a great experience and you save time. You are just an elevator ride away.

In this guide, you’ll find restaurants at hotels in The Americas; Europe, the Middle East & Africa; and Asia/Pacific.

What were the criteria to be included?

– Had to be a full-service restaurant – not just a bar or lounge
– Had to be in a 4/5-star/lifestyle hotel with great suites you can bed down in
– Had to be rooftop or high floor with spectacular and memorable views
– Had to provide a fantastic dining experience equal to the views

The Americas

1. Atlanta, Nikolai’s Roof, The Atlanta Hilton
2. Austin, Geraldine’s, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt
3. Boston, Top of the Hub, Mandarin Oriental (same building)
4. Buenos Aires, Kayla Restaurant, Alvear Icon Hotel & Residences
5. Chicago, Nomi Garden, Park Hyatt
6. Chicago, LH on 21, London House Hotel
7. Chicago, Cindy’s Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
8. Chicago, Terrace 16, Trump International
9. Dallas, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Hyatt Regency
10. Dallas, Ser Steak + Spirits, Hilton Anatole
11. Denver, Fire, The Art A Hotel
12. Detroit, Iridescence, Motor City Casino & Hotel
13. Houston, Spindletop, Hyatt Regency
14. Indianapolis, The Eagle’s Nest, Hyatt Regency
15. Las Vegas, Twist, Waldorf Astoria
16. Las Vegas, Top of the World, Stratosphere
17. Las Vegas, Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Paris
18. Las Vegas, Rivera, The Delano
19. Los Angeles, The Roof Garden, The Peninsula Beverly Hills
20. Los Angeles, JG Rooftop, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
21. Los Angeles, La Boucherie, InterContinental Downtown
22. Los Angeles, Sora, InterContinental Downtown
23. Los Angeles, Boxwood Restaurant, The London West Hollywood
24. Los Angeles, The Highlight Room Grill, Dream Hollywood
25. Los Angeles, LA Prime, Westin Bonaventure
26. Miami, Area 31, Kimpton EPIC Hotel
27. Miami, Watr, 1 Hotel South Beach
28. Nashville, Bourbon Steak, JW Marriott
29. New York, Asiate, Mandarin Oriental
30. New York, The Aviary NYC, Mandarin Oriental
31. Orlando, Capa, Four Seasons at Walt Disney World
32. Philadelphia, Jean-Georges, Four Seasons at the Comcast Center
33. Philadelphia, Nineteen (XIX), The Bellevue Hotel
34. Phoenix, Orange Sky, Talking Stick Resort
35. Phoenix, Compass Arizona Grill, Hyatt Regency
36. Rio de Janeiro, Galini, Sofitel Ipanema
37. Saint Louis, Cinder House, Four Seasons
38. San Diego, Top of the Hyatt, Manchester Grand Hyatt
39. San Diego, STK, Andaz
40. San Francisco, Top of the Mark, InterContinental Mark Hopkins
41. Sao Paulo, Skye Restaurant, Unique Hotel
42. Sao Paulo, Seen, Tivoli Mafarrej Hotel
43. Tampa, Armani’s, Grand Hyatt

1. Atlanta, Nikolai’s Roof, The Hilton Atlanta

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Russia in the Deep South. You get amazing views of Atlanta and food to match. According to Gayot, when Nikolai’s Roof opened in 1976 its focus was Russian cuisine. Today, the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant on the top floor of Hilton Atlanta offers 30th floor  “stunning city views” contemporary fare may be enjoyed à la carte or in three-, four- or six-course options, although you will find its original influence with piroshkis, pastry purses stuffed with braised short rib and parsnips, accompanied by béarnaise sauce.

2. Austin, Geraldine’s, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

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Recommended by Austin-based Keith Waldon, MD of Departure Lounge, a luxury travel agency based in the city, Zagat says of Geraldine’s, “Globally influenced shareable plates and a well-curated cocktail menu are the focus of this contemporary Rainey Street destination occupying the fourth floor of the Hotel Van Zandt. The roomy restaurant, bar and lounge are bathed in earth tones, and feature free live music most nights.”

3. Boston, Top Of The Hub, Mandarin Oriental (same building)

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Top Of The Hub is atop the Prudential Center, so not technically a hotel but within the same complex as the Mandarin Oriental (and also a Westin and Sheraton), so just a quick elevator ride, and the only entry for Boston. Gayot says, “Perched on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center, Top of the Hub features floor-to-ceiling, two-story windows with 360-degree views of the city, from Cambridge to Southie…At dinner, guests can order à la carte or select the three-course prix-fixe menu or a five-course tasting menu. Wine pairings are also available. Starters range from yellowfin tuna tartare with taro chips and duck confit pappardelle to a jumbo lump crab meat cake and pan-seared foie gras. When making a reservation, be sure to request a window table.” Mains feature a variety of seafood, steaks, poultry, pasta, and vegetarian options. There are also private rooms that share the main dining room’s great views.

4. Buenos Aires, Kayla Restaurant, Alvear Icon

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Located on the 32nd floor of the Alvear Icon, this modern restaurant integrates the silhouette of the city and the river through its large windows. The menu includes entrees such as pickled mullet fish, smoked duck, black pudding croute, among others. A special mention deserves the homemade bread, with organic flours made with sourdough. The main dishes include Argentine meats, pastas, and fish.

5. Chicago, Nomi Garden, Park Hyatt (Seasonal)

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An urban sanctuary seven floors above downtown Chicago, NoMi Garden is a summertime haven for light seasonal cuisine, crafted cocktails and intriguing wines. Herb gardens and blooming flowers surround the rooftop, which serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers city and sunset views. Thanks to Patrick Gallagher, president of NetJets for finding this one. It was recently voted to the best rooftop brunches by Thrillist.

6. Chicago, LH on 21, London House Hotel

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“They have literally stacked the (roof) deck at this tri-level bar and restaurant in the London House Chicago hotel. Three swanky indoor and outdoor spaces (LH on 21, LH on 22 and the private LH Cupola) offer up craft cocktails and New American fare in ultrachic surroundings with views of the lake, river, Loop and River North,” says Zagat. Mains include roast duck with hay baked squash, cranberry and baby beats, short rib, chicken roulade and striped bass with roasted figs, mascarpone, and fennel.  

7. Chicago, Cindy’s, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

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This was a close call but comes to us by way of a friend in Chicago who admits the city lacks many fine dining options that meet our criteria. The table seating may remind you of a picnic with wood benches. Make sure you get a reservation as there is healthy bar activity and you will end up waiting at ground floor elevators. Gayot writes, “This rooftop bar and restaurant at the trendy Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers killer panoramic views of Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park and Lake Michigan beyond via a small terrace open during warmer months or glassed-in windows from the main dining and congregating area…The menu focuses on Midwestern-inspired dishes that change with the seasons and local food availability. A private seating area off to the side can be reserved for intimate gatherings.”

8. Chicago, Terrace 16, Trump International

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Terrace 16 is the replacement for AAA Four Star, Two Michelin stars Sixteen having opened last summer the reincarnation has a more casual flair, but still provides quintessential views of the Windy City. Chicago Business writes, “The executive chef is Nick Dostal, who had worked under Thomas Lents during Sixteen’s heyday and at Grace before that, a hopeful sign of what might be to come…With its glittering chandeliers and spare-no-expense decor, the 65-seat dining room aims for opulence.”

9. Dallas, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Hyatt Regency

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Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck atop Reunion Tower, the iconic 560-foot landmark with its distinctive glowing ball will let you see as far as Fort Worth on a clear day, but D Magazine reports, “The festive vibe and spectacular views, however, are not the only draw to Five Sixty. The food quality stands above many other upscale spots in town.” There is a stationary, ultra-contemporary illuminated glass bar located at the center of the restaurant while diners rotate. Wine aficionados will appreciate an extensive list of more than 400 labels, as well as nearly one dozen brands of sake plus by-the-glass selections.

10. Dallas, Ser Steak + Spirits, Hilton Anatole

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“The restaurant exudes a fantastic presence of fine dining with great views of the city,” says D Magazine of Ser Steaks + Spirits. Gayot says, “Once the food arrives you may find yourself forgetting all about the sparkling skyline beyond the windows.” In terms of topping your steak, think smoked bleu cheese, pimento cheese, white bbq sauce, bourbon sorghum onions, green chorizo gravy, or foie gras.

11. Denver, Fire, The Art A Hotel

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Thanks to Preferred Hotels & Resorts CEO Lindsey Ueberroth for starting our Fire with this one. Zagat writes, “On the fourth floor of the glitzy ART Hotel, this high-design restaurant and bar, flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows that peer over the cityscape, turns out New American cuisine with Colorado influences alongside smartly curated cocktails, an eclectic beer program and an extensive roster of bottled wines on full display in a glass-encased cellar.”

12. Detroit, Iridescence, Motor City Hotel & Casino

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One of only four AAA Four Diamond winners in the state of Michigan and the only one in Detroit, its 16th-floor location provides top views. Metro Detroit notes, “Iridescence’s shimmering interior, with its hip-to-ceiling windows affording views of the city below.” It adds, “But the restaurant doesn’t just look rich, the kitchen’s modern American cuisine lives up to the dramatic design, featuring 4-diamond fare and a Wine Spectator Award-winning list. Such dishes as Black Angus beef, Thai-style cioppino, and South African lobster tail, and togarashi-dusted Alaskan grilled halibut cement Iridescence’s reputation for decadence.” 

13. Houston, Spindletop, Hyatt Regency

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Gayot says, “High atop the downtown Hyatt Regency is the city’s only revolving restaurant. Spindletop, named for the oil well that started the state’s oil boom in 1901, is only open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, but the spectacular view of downtown makes it a special occasion place, especially for visitors. Executive hotel chef Frank Majowicz turns out a regional, seasonal menu using locally sourced produce. A classic appetizer is the avocado dome with jumbo lump crabmeat and jicama slaw. The restaurant also offers a signature paella using spicy chorizo sausage mixed in with the seafood. Mesquite smoked chicken, seared salmon, and grilled beef filet may round out the entrées. Pastry chef Regina Martinez whips up sweets such as apple jalapeño tarts served with dulce de leche ice cream, and the signature chilled Grand Marnier chocolate soufflé. The wine list puts a focus on California wines.”

14. Indianapolis, The Eagle’s Nest, Hyatt Regency

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Indy Magazine says, “Glide slowly around the downtown skyline while treating yourself to an outstanding dining experience. Consistently voted one of the top 50 “Most Romantic Restaurants” in the U.S. by OpenTable, The Eagle’s Nest is sure to impress your date, friends or family. Our menu, which changes on a seasonal basis, includes classic American continental cuisine with a flair of elegance and creativity. Join us at sunset for dinner or relax in our lounge with a cocktail or dessert. The romantic atmosphere, superior service, great food, and unforgettable view will make it a night to remember!”

15. Las Vegas, Twist, Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

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Mentioned by multiple panelists, located on the 23rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, Forbes Travel Guide says, “The views from Twist by Pierre Gagnaire’s 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows are as noteworthy as the chef, one of France’s most esteemed culinary masters.” Known for its six-course tasting menu the guide adds, “Pierre’s Surf ’N’ Turf is the ultimate indulgence—this isn’t just a lobster tail and a steak. Gagnaire takes the classic idea and turns it on its head, offering Nebraska prime beef carpaccio, Florida clam salad and shaved foie gras; along with chestnut soup, razor clams, sautéed mushrooms and caramelized hazelnuts; and a fanny bay oyster, scented with coconut milk and seasoned ginger and Sapporo foam.

16. Las Vegas, Top of the World, Stratosphere

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Located more than 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip in the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner Top of the World Restaurant offers breathtaking views of Las Vegas as the restaurant revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes. Gayot calls it one of the most romantic restaurants in the U.S. American prime and wagyu steaks, seafood towers, Colorado lamb and other American fare round out the menu.

17. Las Vegas, Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Paris Hotel

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Zagat says, “The 11th floor of the Paris Las Vegas’ Eiffel Tower replica, where magnificent views of the Strip and Bellagio fountains complement delightful French fare and fantastic service; true, you might have to take out a second mortgage to pay the check, but it’s sure to be a memorable experience.”

18. Las Vegas, Riviera, The Delano

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After Saint-Tropez and London, Riviera comes to the Las Vegas restaurant market offering Alain Ducasse’s take on French and Italian cuisine. Menu items inspired by the food markets of Provence and Italy create the carefree and vibrant nature of the Riviera, with a focus on simple, fresh plates by Executive Chef Bruno Riou and the best seasonal ingredients from the West Coast. Riviera already snagged AAA Four Diamond ratings, Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, and best restaurants with a view from Las Vegas Magazine.

19. Los Angeles, The Roof Garden, The Peninsula

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While mostly known as a power breakfast spot, Renshaw Travel president David Lowy says, “The Roof Garden is perfect for dinner where you can book a table in a cabana for the ultimate in views and private dining.” The Roof Garden serves Californian cuisine throughout the day, with many dishes marked with the ‘Naturally Peninsula’ designation – low in fat and cholesterol. On weekends in the summer, chefs barbecue fresh fish, chicken, steaks and the special Angus Beef Burger, served with Maui sweet onion and Hook’s two years aged white cheddar. There’s a full dinner menu, including dishes like Seared Ahi Tuna Loin, Wild Striped Bass, Whole Grilled Branzino, Chilled Lobster Tostada, Roasted Mary’s Chicken Breast, and Hanger Steak Chimichurri.

20. Los Angeles, JG Rooftop, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

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“Great views, stunning food,” says Vista Global chairman Thomas Flohr, who noted that Los Angeles is a top destination for both VistaJet and recently acquired XOJET. The lobster burger is so good, you might order a second. While the menu is more limited than Vongerichten’s main dining room downstairs, we are told if there is something you want, there is a good chance you bring it up to the rooftop venue.

21. Los Angeles, La Boucherie, InterContinental Downtown

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Eater says, “The upscale French steakhouse will be a moody spot for steaks, seafood, and evening rendezvous. A wine room will offer 1,200 bottles, and there will be lots of hidden nooks and private dining spaces for VIP types.” Booths lookout via floor-to-ceiling that offer panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline from the 71st floor. Boucherie’s menu features reimagined French classics; premium steaks and seafood, all created with the finest ingredients from around the world. The dining experience is enhanced by a cheese atelier, charcuterie cave and an extensive, carefully curated wine list featuring up to 1,200 hand-selected international and American wines.”

22. Los Angeles, Sora, InterContinental Downtown

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Named by Gayot and Los Angeles magazine to their lists of best Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles, Sora is located on the 69th floor of the InterContinental Downtown hotel with private booths set up against the floor to ceiling glass windows. You can also sit at the sushi bar encircled by a conveyor belt where you pick your own treats as they pass by.

23. Los Angeles, Boxwood Restaurant, The London West Hollywood

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Hell’s Kitchen (Gordon Ramsey) is gone, but Gayot says, it’s still worth the trip: “The hillside dining room boasts views of the city from the large windows dressed with gold blinds. Marble or wood tabletops are surrounded by chairs and round banquettes. Through the transitions with the restaurant, chef Anthony Keene has proved to be a solid presence in the kitchen. He presents seasonally inspired menus that might include starters such as peas & carrots with morel mushrooms or Hudson Valley foie gras with pear and gingerbread pudding. Global influences appear in dishes like Sonoma lamb loin and breast with yogurt, za’atar, crab apple mostarda, and jalapeño sauce. The chocolate and caramel tart with pistachio and sea salt ice cream provides a sweet and savory finale.”

24. Los Angeles, The Highlight Room Grill, Dream Hollywood

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From TAO Group, The Highlight Room Grill is set to the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills. Enjoy a meal of fresh California fare paired with extensive wine and cocktail offerings. More restaurant for breakfast and lunch, during dinner it starts to get that packed, hotspot vibe, it’s a Forbes pick for best new hotel rooftop restaurants. Think açaí bowls, lobster BLT, crab cakes and pasta.

25. Los Angeles, LA Prime, Westin Bonaventure

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Located on the 35h floor of The Westin Bonaventure Gayot writes, “L.A. Prime takes pride in providing a grand dining experience, with a unique setting, quiet, elegant atmosphere and fine cuisine. We’ve found the rack of lamb to be without fault…you’ll also find typical sides like potato gratin or jumbo asparagus. Finish with chocolate mousse or crème brûlée. If the view doesn’t induce vertigo, the 32-page wine list might. It offers bottles from all over the world at a variety of prices, with an emphasis on France and California, as well as many verticals.”

26. Miami, Area 31, Kimpton EPIC Hotel

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Elysee Miami says, “This breathtaking16th-floor restaurant claims to take Miami social life to soar new heights. Sustainability-certified, the menu is seafood-centered, and the cocktails change with the seasons. Some of the ceviche dishes are almost too pretty to eat. In fact, the restaurant is named after the Fishing Area 31 region of the Western Central Atlantic. Reviewers love Area 31’s food and service, but almost across the board, they reserve their highest praise for the views that most describe as spectacular.

27. Miami, Watr, 1 Hotel South Beach

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Ocean Drive says of the 18th-floor lounge and restaurant Polynesian cuisine and Japanese fare inspire the menu, which revolves around fresh seafood and tilts toward lighter dishes. The cocktail menu is notable for its creativity and sense of humor (drinks include Be My Hula Boy and Tickle Me Please). The magazine recommends assorted dim sum washed down with a Whisky a Go Go – house-blended Angel’s Envy bourbon, Montenegro, lemon and honey-coconut shrub.

28. Nashville, Bourbon Steak, JW Marriott

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With 360-degree views of the Nashville skyline, Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, located on the 34th floor of JW Marriott Nashville, offers guests an innovative American steakhouse and timeless dining experience with a twist. Featuring interiors by renowned hospitality designer Tihany Design, Nashville’s first Michael Mina restaurant is a showcase for the finest American beef and seasonal shellfish, paired with a breathtaking wine list of more than 500 selections and classic American cocktails. Thanks to the Jet Linx Aviation team for letting us know.

29. New York, Asiate, Mandarin Oriental

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Travel + Leisure says, “The 16-foot-high windows in this Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s restaurant, Asiate, offer views of Midtown Manhattan’s sleek vertical marvels and the leafy urban oasis of Central Park. From the elegant 35th-floor dining room, the buzz of the city recedes, leaving a glittering metropolis.” Chef Toni Robertson “mixes Asian flavors and classical French training to the menu,” according to the travel magazine. Entrees include Atlantic halibut with shishito pepper and citrus sabayon, as well as Long Island duck with summer berries and hibiscus.

30. New York, The Aviary NYC, Mandarin Oriental

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Grant Achatz may be America’s answer to Heston Blumenthal, and he comes to New York from his Chicago base at the Mandarin Oriental with its stunning views of Central Park. Perhaps a bit more on the lounge side, The Aviary is his alcoholic answer to the molecular gastronomy he performs on his food, so get ready to be entertained. The New York Times recommends black truffle explosion; octopus croquette; tempura Hawaiian shrimp; giant crispy pork skin. It notes, “Steamed mussels in cream with leeks and bacon are $35. If any pot of mussels is worth that much money, this is it. Vegetable crudités may sound like nothing. They’re very much something, a miniature forest of fruits and vegetables treated this way and that, then set on chipped ice with a dip — a harmonious, understated vadouvan-squash cream the last time I went.” Beverage director Micah Melton scours auctions and private sales for old bottles of spirits. Some of the older ones go for $500 an ounce straight up. Others are mixed into what the menu calls dusty bottle cocktails, for example, a $475 old-fashioned stirred from bourbon bottled in 1969. 

31. Orlando, Capa, Four Seasons at Walt Disney World

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See the fireworks at Walt Disney World nightly. With two outdoor terraces and an elegant dining room, the 17th-floor steakhouse serves fresh Florida seafood, Spanish-influenced tapas and expertly grilled cuts from its wood-burning grill in a romantic setting. Casa was named among the Best 100 Wine Restaurants in the US by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

32. Philadelphia, Jean-Georges, Four Seasons at the Comcast Center

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Elevating Philadelphia’s culinary scene, Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten presents a new 59th-floor destination at the Four Seasons Hotel and Comcast Center. From power breakfasts to sophisticated dining and private rooms, it is destined to be the hot, power table in the City of Brotherly Love when it opens in mid-2019.

33. Philadelphia, Nineteen, The Bellevue Hotel

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On the 19th floor of The Bellevue Hotel, enjoy the sunset or city lights al fresco from Nineteen’s balcony. Its modern American menu ranges from Roasted Rohan Duck Brest to Golden River Bay Salmon and Carolina Mountain Trout Filet. Don’t forget the Beef Fat Fries or Maple Syrup Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Farm Bacon. An extensive Raw Bar is perfect for starters or an entire feast.

34. Phoenix, Orange Sky, Talking Stick Resort

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Rated AAA 4-Diamond and USA Today 10 Best, Orange Sky is the signature fine dining restaurant at Talking Stick Resort with one of the best sunset views in Arizona and an award-winning wine list. Located at the top of the hotel on the 15th floor, Orange Sky offers floor-to-ceiling windows with 360-degree views of the Valley’s signature orange sunsets. Private dining and event spaces are perfect for receptions, dinners, conferences, board meetings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, intimate dinner parties, and corporate dinners. Directional Aviation chairman Kenn Ricci (Flexjet, Sentient, PrivateFly, Nextant Aerospace) tipped us off to this one.

35. Phoenix, Compass Arizona Grill, Hyatt Regency

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Given to us by the Jet Linx Aviation team in Scottsdale, Gayot writes, “Arizona’s only revolving restaurant, Compass has a circular dining room on the Hyatt’s 24th floor offering one of the city’s best views. The menu is now more Mediterranean/Spanish, not Southwestern, but there are nods to border cuisine with blue masa calamari, chile lime crab cake, and seared scallops with Sonoran winter wheat and Arizona goat cheese.”

36. Rio de Janeiro, Galani, Sofitel Ipanema

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Rooftop Guide says, “From this great roof terrace at Galani Restaurant, called 23 Ocean Lounge, you get an awesome view of the sea, Ipanema and Rio’s environment…You can order Brazilian cuisine with an international touch. A popular rooftop restaurant by both locals and tourists book your table in advance or be here in good time to get a seat.”

37. Saint Louis, Cinder House, Four Seasons

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Chef Gerard Craft is the executive chef and owner of Cinder House, located on the 8th floor of the Four Seasons St. Louis. He’s Food & Wine Best New Chef, Food & Wine Innovator of the Year, and 2015 James Beard Foundation Award-winning Best Chef: Midwest Craft has been a pioneer for the Midwest dining scene. SmartFlyer CEO Michael Holtz says, “Chef Craft has made that space the hottest restaurant in downtown town. He has lived all over the world and brought his unique flavors to the rooftop deck facing the Gateway Arch that defines St Louis.”

38. San Diego, Top of the Hyatt, Manchester Grand Hyatt

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San Diego Magazine writes, “As locals, we’re required by the city charter to visit this 40th-floor bar and restaurant at least once a year, usually on someone’s birthday or major life event. Top of the Hyatt underwent a multimillion-dollar revamp in 2015, adding sofas and swivel chairs next to the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook San Diego Bay. It is, without a doubt, the best view of the water (and Mexico off in the horizon) in the city.” On Sundays, there’s a champagne brunch featuring king crab legs, oysters, egg benedict, seared sea bass and more.

39. San Diego, STK, Andaz

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USA Today says, “Rooftop STK is Andaz San Diego’s newly refreshed and rebranded poolside lounge that offers incredibly picturesque views of the Downtown San Diego skyline. It is a sexy, swanky and scenic spot to enjoy handcrafted cocktails, and delicious dishes from a menu specially created by Executive Chef J.C. Colón. By day, The Rooftop by STK will sweep you away with stunning views and creative regional cuisine for breakfast and lunch. By night, The Rooftop by STK is San Diego’s ultimate rooftop destination and nightlife experience high above the city, with live DJs spinning underneath the star-lit San Diego sky at the see-and-be-seen nightclub and lounge.” USA 

40. San Francisco, Top Of The Mark, InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel (Sunday Brunch)

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Eater writes, “High atop the Intercontinental is the Top of the Mark, offering 360 views of the city, bays, and bridges. While it serves a bar menu during the week, as a restaurant it shines for events and for its extensive Sunday brunch (Dungeness Crab, Oysters on the Half Shell, Smoked Salmon, Dim Sum, made to order Omelettes, Prime Rib, etc.), although you might find the decor a bit dated. 

41. Sao Paulo, Skye Restaurant, Unique Hotel

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Award-winning Brazil-based lifestyle journalist and event planner Juliana Asaasd says, “Skye Restaurant at Unique Hotel has great views of São Paulo, sexy deck with a pool, and seriously good food by star chef Emmanuel Bassoleil” 

42. Sao Paulo, Seen, Tivoli Mofarrej Hotel

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Sayaad also points to Seen where the varied cuisine under the command of chef William Ribeiro winner of the Veja Comer & Beber award is characterized by classic dishes executed with high-quality products. On the 23rd floor, you can enjoy the 360 degrees views of the São Paulo skyline. Another attraction is the sushi bar run by chef Massahiko Enohi, whose menu of traditional Japanese cuisine with contemporary touches can be harmonized with the sake letter developed by sommelier Yasmin Yonashiro.

43. Tampa, Armani’s, Grand Hyatt

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Zagat’s calls Armani’s, with its 14th-floor views, “extraordinary.” Located in the Grand Hyatt this Italian fine dining restaurant features homemade pasta and its signature Wild Boar Sausage Pasta. You’ll find the likes of Roasted Branzino, Grilled Tiger Prawn or Mushroom Risotto.

Europe, the Middle East & Africa

1. Abu Dhabi, Ray’s Grill, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
2. Amsterdam, Ciel Bleu, Okura Hotel
3. Athens, GB Roof Garden, Hotel Grand Bretagne
4. Bahrain, Re Asian Cuisine, Four Seasons
5. Belgrade, Mama Shelter, Mama Hotel
6. Berlin, Hugos, Hotel InterContinental 
7. Berlin, SkyKitchen, Andel’s Hotel Berlin
8. Cape Town, Granary Café, The Silo
9. Cairo, The Roof Top, Kempinski Nile Hotel
10. Cairo, Revolving Restaurant, Grand Nile Tower
11. Cairo, Upper Deck, Four Seasons Nile Plaza
12. Copenhagen, Sticks’n’Sushi, Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center
13. Copenhagen, Sukaiba, AC Hotel Bella Sky
14. Doha, Al Matbakh, Arumaila Boutique Hotel
15. Doha, Zengo, The Kempinski Residences
16. Dubai, Al Muntha, Burj Al Arab
17. Dubai, Mix by Alain Ducasse, Kempinski Emerald Palace
18. Dubai, Prime68, JW Marriott Marquis
19. Dubai, Namu, V Hotel by Curio
20. Dubai, At.mosphere, Armani Hotel
21. Florence, B-Roof, Baglioni Grand Hotel
22. Florence, SeSto, Westin Excelsior
23. Geneva, Izumi, Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues
24. Hamburg, Heritage Restaurant, Le Meridien
25. Istanbul, Mikla, The Marmara Pera Hotel
26. Istanbul, Spago, The St. Regis
27. Istanbul, Le Fumoir, Georges Hotel
28. Istanbul, Safran Restaurant, Ceylan InterContinental
29. Jerusalem, Rooftop Restaurant, Mamilla Hotel
30. Johannesburg, View, Four Seasons The Westcliff
31. Johannesburg, Flames, Four Seasons, The Westcliff
32. Johannesburg, San Deck, Sandton Sun Hotel
33. Kuwait City, Sintoho, Four Seasons
34. Lisbon, Rossio, Altos Avenida Hotel
35. London, Aqua Shard, Shangri-la (same building)
36. London, Aviary, The Montcalm Royal London House
37. London, Radio Rooftop, ME Hotel
38. Milan, Ristorante Armani, Armani Hotel
39. Monte Carlo, Le Grill, Hotel de Paris
40. Moscow, Conservatory Restaurant, Park Hyatt
41. Munich, The Terrace, Mandarin Oriental (seasonal)
42. Munich, Brunch in the Sky, Hilton On The Park (Sundays only) 
43. Nairobi, The View, Movenpick Hotel & Residences
44. Oslo, The Roof Foodbar, The Thief Hotel
45. Paris, L’Oisseau Blanc, The Peninsula
46. Porto, The Yeatman, The Yeatman Hotel
47. Prague, Zlata Praha, InterContinental Hotel
48. Reykjavik, Grillio, Radisson Blu Saga Hotel
49. Rome, La Pergola, Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
50. Rome, Le Terrazza, Hotel Eden
51. Rome, Mirrabelle, Hotel Splendie Royal
52. Rome, Imago, Hassler Roma Hotel
53. Venice, Terrazza Danieli, Hotel Danieli
54. Vienna, Le Ciel by Toni Morwald, Grand Hotel Wien  

1. Abu Dhabi, Ray’s Grill, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

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Located on Level 63, this contemporary steakhouse offers stunning 360° views of Abu Dhabi and the Arabian Gulf. Start with oysters or pan seared foie gras then Smoked Lamb Shank with Creamed Cabbage and Crispy Bacon; Beef Wellington with Truffled Celeriac Purée, Grilled Asparagus, Red Wine Sauce; or Seafood Mixed Grill of Kingfish, Lobster, Yellow Fin Tuna, Salmon, Grilled Oysters and Jumbo Shrimp. 

2. Amsterdam, Ciel Bleu, Okura Hotel

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Several of our contributors point us to this Dutch treat. Two Michelin stars mark Chefs Onno Kokmeijer and Arjan Speelman menus which provide a different perspective of this favorite. Guide inspectors write, “At Ciel Bleu visitors can expect a spectacle: the view of the city is fantastic and the modern elegance of the decor is a feast for the eyes. The technically accomplished chef reveals his true character, producing an astonishing variety of international cuisine, surprising in its creativity and unexpected combinations of flavors.”

3. Athens, GB Roof Garden, Hotel Grand Bretagne

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Michelin writes, “Set on the 8th floor of the Grande Bretagne hotel, this elegant rooftop restaurant offers spectacular views across Syntagma Square towards The Acropolis. Sunny, modern Mediterranean cooking uses fresh ingredients and is accompanied by an extensive wine list. Service is smooth and efficient.” We agree. The view is breathtaking as you look out on such historical sites. A top pick by Wine Spectator fours years in a row it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

4. Bahrain, Re Asian Cuisine, Four Seasons

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Time Out Bahrain writes, Last year, this high-end fusion Asian restaurant scooped our most prestigious accolade – Restaurant of the Year – and this year it scoops the Best Asian award. And deservedly so. Since opening, the restaurant has introduced a new kind of fine-dining to the island, with an expert kitchen team, trained by notable celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, transforming regional classics into refined, beautifully flavoured and elegantly presented dishes. From the contemporary, 50th floor setting to the highly professional servers and buzzing atmosphere, re Asian Cuisine continues to set standards high on Bahrain’s restaurant landscape. This year, the team has also launched a leisurely Saturday brunch experience which is excellent. In general, a dining experience here is pricey, but for special occasions this restaurant comes highly recommended and is certainly one to visit.

5. Belgrade, Mama Shelter, Mama Hotel

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Located on the 4th floor roof, the Mama Shelter restaurant offers a culinary experience inspired by the Serbian traditions, simple, tasty and generous.Find its gigantic bar in the heart of the room, its opened kitchen and a wood-fired oven pizzeria. Name by Forbes as one of Europe’s best new rooftop restaurants, its 5,000 sq. ft. terrace overlooks the city and offers an exceptional view. It also offers an outdoor bar, a giant table football, tennis table, and a spectacular braseiro.

6. Berlin, Hugos, Hotel InterContinental

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The one Michelin star Hugos Restaurants on the 14th floor of Hotel Intercontinental in Berlin-Tiergarten guests will experience the perfect combination of panorma, food and service. Reserve one of three private dining rooms, each with a different view – east, west or south. West looking at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is pictured above. Choose a four, six or eight course tasting menu.

7. Berlin, SkyKitchen, Andel’s Hotel Berlin

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Michelin writes, “It is worth making your way out to Lichtenberg to sample the voyage culinaire on offer on the 12th floor of Andel’s Hotel. The 3- to 11-course set menu showcases a creative, modern cuisine full of contrasts with local and international influences. The setting is relaxed yet stylishly chic, and the view is wonderful. The Skybar is two floors further up.”

8. Cape Town, Granary Cafe, The Silo

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A pick from Embark Beyond CEO Jack Ezon, Conde Nast Traveler writes, “Colorful artworks from the collection hang in the ground floor entrance and around the hotel, including commissioned pieces by Frances Goodman, Jody Paulsen, and Pierre Carl Vermeulen. From there, you shoot up to the reception on the sixth floor and the hotel’s Granary Café, where you get an eyeful of the waterfront on one side and Table Mountain on the other through the building’s huge “pillowed” window bays by U.K. industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick. You’ll also get a sampling of the brashly eclectic interior design overseen by owner Liz Biden (think colorful silk fabrics, European and Asian antiques, African art, and industrial details).”

9. Cairo, The Roof Top, Kempinski Nile Hotel

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Located on Floor 11 The Roof Top is Kempinski Nile Hotel’s open air dining venue above the River Nile and positioned as the sun sets on the horizon. The menu is limited compared to other restaurants in the hotel, but there are freshly prepared mezze trays presenting local ingredients, and you can order from the menus of other restaurants in the hotel, including the specialty beef shawarma. Most of all you have the views.

10. Cairo, Revolving Restaurant, Grand Nile Tower

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This is the former Grand Hyatt now trading as Grand Nile Tower and it offers some of the best views you will find of Cairo. It rotates 360 degrees in 75 minutes, bringing the Pyramids, the Nile River and the entire city into view. It offers French cuisine with a show kitchen. 

11. Cairo, Upper Deck, Four Seasons Nile Plaza

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With table seating and a menu that includes salmon filet, sea bass with lemon butter sauce, surf and turf and a full sushi bar as well as sandwiches and salads, despite its name, Upper Deck Lounge makes our restaurant list with its floor to ceiling glass windows and rooftop views.

12. Copenhagen, Sticks’n’Sushi, Tivoli Hotel

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Situated on top of Tivoli Hotel & Congress Centre in Central Copenhagen, this large restaurant, with stunning views, a rooftop terrace and cocktail bar, can accommodate groups up to 85 people for dinner. On the casual and fun side of the dining spectrum, Sticks’n’Sushi also has a wide range of meat, from free-range chicken, veal and wagyu beef to sustainably caught fish and organic pork. They also make vegetarian and vegan food and use as much organic produce, as they can. The hotel has some decent suites, and is modern, not luxury, but good if you are there for a night and want fun place to host your Danish team or partners.

13. Copenhagen, Sukaiba, AC Hotel Bella Sky

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On the 23rd floor, 76 meters above ground level, restaurant and bar Sukaiba Copenhagen is a new restaurant and bar experience in 2018 based on sustainability and local ingredients. Guests can choose from an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner alike and making room for both light meals and more ‘all-round’ food experiences.

14. Doha, Al Matbakh, Arumaila Boutique Hotel

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Part of Bill Heinecke’s Minor Hotel Group, the Arumaila Boutique Hotel is host to this rooftop Indian restaurant which offers sunset views of Doha’s skyscraper filled skyline in the new Souq Watif complex. Qatar Living recommends, “Nalli Nahari, lamb shanks braised in old Delhi spiced gravy, which had been cooking to perfection for six hours prior to our arrival.” It says, “Overall, Al Matbakh is the North Indian experience you’ve been looking for. You will get all the old favorites with a few new items. The menu is simple and effective, and each dish is crafted with passion that translates into the flavor.” 

15. Doha, Zengo, The Kempinski Residences

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nspired by the world travels of Chef Richard Sandoval and the ancient spice routes from Asia to the Far East, Zengo’s menu offers a unique spin on authentic Pan-Asian cuisine. The menu ranges from sushi, sashimi and hand-crafted dim sum to curry dishes, grilled entrees, and wok dishes. Hand-muddled mocktails, with a focus on Asian flavors, complement the diverse menu. I Love Qatar writes, “Zengo is an Asian inspired restaurant located on the 61st floor (with) panoramic views of the sea and Doha cityscape. The menu offers a large variety of Asian dishes including sushi, tempura, dim sum and stir fries. The dumplings are a popular item!”

16. Dubai, Al Muntha, Burj Al Arab

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At the top of perhaps one the world’s most iconic hotel 200 meters above the gulf waters, modern French cuisine accompanies your 27th floor view. You have “the entire (Dubai) skyline right in front of you,” says Vista Global chairman Thomas Flohr.

17. Dubai, Mix by Alain Ducasse, Kempinski Emerald Palace

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Mary Gostelow of The Gostelow Report says, “An impressive and stunningly beautiful place to dine, both in the setting and food presentation.” Mix by Alain Ducasse pays tribute to the local produce. Surprisingly perhaps, it’s the first restaurant of the famous chef in the United Arab Emirates and also the largest in his restaurant group. It is zoned to create an intimate, welcoming atmosphere. Spread over three floors, guests have an option to enjoy al fresco dining on the sixth floor rooftop, surrounded by views of the sea and The Palm Jumeirah. There is a private chef’s table hidden from view in the central dome of the Palace, where you ascend in a private elevator. 

18. Dubai, Prime68, JW Marriott Marquis

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Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the glossy white interiors of Prime68 with natural light. Located on the 68th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis if you want steaks with your view, this is the place. In fact, it won best steakhouse from Awards Dubai, Food & Travel Arabia, Time Out Dubai and the World Travel Awards. There are also private dining rooms seating up to 15 (above) so good for group business dinners. 

19. Dubai, Namu, V Hotel by Curio

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Located on the 31st floor of the V Hotel (formerly the W Hotel) in Dubai’s Al Habtoor City CNN named it as one of its “Best rooftop and sky-high restaurants in the world.” Dubai’s only licensed Korean restaurant, according to TimeOut Dubai, Namu is “taking the open kitchen concept to a whole new level (featuring) a square island with four live stations, each focusing on methods incorporating either steam, action, fire or ice.”

20. Dubai, At.mosphere, Armani Hotel

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Award winning travel journalist Julia Assad likes At.Mosphere Restaurant in the Burj Khalifa, which while not in the hotel, it is just an elevator ride up from the Armani Hotel. This is “the place” for eating at the top of the world. Perched at the 122 floor at the World’s highest skyscraper – Burj  Khalifa, this restaurant serves degustation menus. 

21. Florence, B-Roof, Baglioni Grand Hotel

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On the fifth floor of the Grand Hotel Baglioni you can find the restaurant B-Roof, where you can enjoy haute cuisine with a panoramic view of Florence’s skyline. You will feel like you can almost touch Brunelleschi’s dome and Giotto’s Tower. The restaurant is also the ideal setting for events of all kinds, especially receptions, ceremonies and weddings, thanks to the versatility of the spaces, the multi-level terraces, the trellises and the typical wrought-iron balustrades. Blogger Wandering Eater writes, “The food satisfied my stomach and craving for Tuscan fare. The service was very courteous and friendly. But the thing that really takes this experience to another level were my eyes being fed by the marvelous vistas from my table and the unparalleled views of Florence if you are able to go to the outdoor terrace.”

22. Florence, SeSto, Westin Excelsior

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Michelin says, “Situated on the sixth floor of the Westin Excelsior hotel, this modern, designer-style restaurant is the jewel in the hotel’s crown. While the view of Florence through the large windows is stunning enough in winter, in summer the superb terrace gives guests the impression of flying above the city. Imaginative cuisine with robust flavors created by an experienced and highly skilled chef.” I’ve stayed at the hotel. It’s a solid choice.

23. Geneva, Izumi, Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues

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Geneva is turning Japanese at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues over Izumi, its rooftop Nippon restaurant with picture perfect views of Mont Blanc, the old city, its eponymous lake and the gurgling Rhone River directly below. While the city has strong competition in the luxury hotel sector, the rooftop view is definitely a point in favor of staying here. 

24. Hamburg, Heritage Restaurant, Le Meridien

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Chef Rasmus Schulte Rahde and his team serve steaks, fish. Michelin inspectors say, “Heritage offers a fantastic view of the River Alster and appetizing cuisine to boot. Menu options include international dishes such as the North Sea turbot with black beluga lentils and lime Hollandaise sauce, as well some delicious smelling (thanks to the 800° US Southbend Broiler) prime mature steaks.”

25. Istanbul, Mikla, The Marmara Pera Hotel

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Located on the roof top floor of the Marmara Pera design hotel, “Mikla is urban, sleek and stylish. The restaurant is funky retro with chrome 70’s and 50’s furniture and a stunning wooden rail-sleepers bar,” says Newsweek, adding, “The magical views over the city stretch to the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace where you almost travel back through time to the heart of the Old Istanbul.” The restaurant is funky retro with chrome 70’s and 50’s furniture.Both the menu and the general feel of the restaurant reflect the Turkish-Scandinavian background of Mehmet Gürs, the Chef-Owner. It’s ranked #44 on World’s Best 50 Restaurants in 2018.

26. Istanbul, Spago, The St. Regis

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Crowning The St. Regis Istanbul, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant combines stunning views of Maçka Park and the Bosphorus with a warm, contemporary design and original artwork. A distinctive white, ribbed vaulted ceiling unfolds onto floor-to-ceiling glass, connecting an intimate dining room with a spectacular lounge. A zinc and leather-topped bar anchors the lounge and frames the exhibition appetizer kitchen, which invites guests to observe our chefs in action. The linear spaces are further defined by beautiful, intricately patterned wood plank and inlaid mosaic.

27. Istanbul, Le Fumoir, Georges Hotel

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Wallpaper named Georges Hotel to its list of best business hotels, and its Le Fumoir restaurant is considered as one of the best French restaurants in Istanbul. Le Fumoir is ideal for lunch or dinner, and there’s soft jazz playing in the background. The rooftop terrace offers a stunning view of Bosphorus and Golden Horn.

28. Istanbul, Safran Restaurant, Ceylan InterContinental

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Safran Restaurant on the top floor of the Intercontinental Hotel offers incredible rooftop views of the palaces and mosques glittering on the Bosphorus. Live classical Fasıl music adds the finishing touch to an authentic atmosphere. Academie Internationale de la Gastronomie awarded Safran Restaurant for its Turkish and Ottoman cuisine with sophisticated setting. If you are looking for a fine dining environment with a view, this is a good pick.

29. Jerusalem, Rooftop Restaurant, Mamilla Hotel

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Mamilla’s Rooftop restaurant offers a large and varied menu for both lunch and dinner, featuring fresh natural ingredients infused in simple cooking; from grilled meat and fish dishes, fresh salads and pastas, to a selection of yummy desserts. Says Michael Holtz, CEO of luxury travel agency SmartFlyer, “There is a great chef, fresh ingredients, and beautiful views of the old city.”

30. Johannesburg, View, Four Seasons The Westcliff

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The Four Seasons Hotels The Westcliff makes our list for its elevated hillside position. A suburban 5-star hotel View (and Flames below) both offer incredible 240-degree views of the city. View serves contemporary dishes, and EATOut says, “At View, the food – and not the chef – is the star. The seasonal menu offers refined and honest contemporary cuisine – a richly satisfying experience with delicacies like crayfish and foie gras. View’s urban chic interior opens out onto a sunset terrace, where diners can take in sweeping views of vibrant Johannesburg.”

31. Johannesburg, Flames, Four Seasons The Westcliff

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EATOut describes the menu as “fusion with Asian, Italian and Thai influences and flavors. Start off your meal with three light salads – the shaved vegetable salad with beetroot, carrots and chia seeds comes with a perfectly poached runny egg, which has a crispy batter. There’s a Thai-inspired soup with mussels, line fish, prawns, Asian sausage and udon noodles. The Kudu carpaccio is served with grilled zucchini, artichoke and roasted hazelnuts – just the right flavours to prepare your appetite for mains. Also worth trying is the apple-and-fennel cured salmon with lime, buttermilk, rye toast and rooibos vinaigrette.”

32. Johannesburg, San Deck, Sandton Sun Hotel

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Rooftop Guide says, “San Deck Bar and Restaurant is all-day dining and drinking rooftop terrace, situated on the 6th floor of the fabulous five star Sandton Sun Hotel. Located north of the city center, this large venue offers several unique outdoor spaces and a lovely view over Johannesburg’s economic and lifestyle hub skyline.The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with the cuisine being a fresh take on South African flavors and served as both sliders, sharing plates and full meals. The drink menu also takes inspiration from the local, with a wide selection of South African beer, wines and spirits, that are also mixed into signature SAN cocktails.”

33. Kuwait City, Sintoho, Four Seasons

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Sintoho in the Four Seasons offers panoramic city views high above Kuwait City with a mix of flavors from Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo for a pan-Asian feast.

34. Lisbon, Rossio, Altos Avenida Hotel

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We found Rossio via Lindsey Ueberroth, the CEO of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Forbes writes, “The rooftop restaurant at the Altis Avendia hotel is worth a visit for the rooftop views over the beautifully tiled square of Restauradores. If weather allows (it usually does), insist on a table on the terrace. Chef João Correia is proud of the fact that his robust, rustic cuisine is inspired not by fine dining but by his grandmother’s cooking in the central province of Ribatejo. There’s no use of liquid nitrogen or spherified anything, just a desire to feed people well.”

35. London, Aqua Shard, Shangri-la

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Aqua Shard is not actually part of the Shangri-la hotel, but it is in the same building, thus it makes our list. Located the 31st floor, the restaurant serves innovative contemporary British cuisine paired with spectacular London views. Gayot writes, “Aqua Shard offers views over London from the 31st floor of Europe’s highest building, and an interior done in a purple and grey color scheme with comfortable banquettes covered with Liberty print. Add to all this dishes using seasonal local ingredients and a dash of exotic flavors and you have a winner. Potted rabbit comes with baby vegetable pickles and rosemary toast; roast halibut is accompanied by charred onion, confit orange peel and nasturtium leaves with a passion fruit and honey dressing adding a sweet note. Or go for roasted Cornish lamb loin with carrots, mint yogurt and puffed rice. Desserts range from salted caramel chocolate mousse with crispy Mandarin to poached pear with honey sponge and ricotta, and there’s a good selection of British cheeses as well.” 

36. London, Aviary, The Montcalm Royal London House

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Conde Nast Traveller writes, “There’s something pretty special about taking in panoramic views of Finsbury Square and the City.” Think local, sustainable sourced products all fresh by the day. In addition to coal oven steaks, you’ll find roast fillet of Peterhead cod, Jerusalem artichoke, apple, shitake mushrooms, hazelnut butter or fillet of red deer, cauliflower, shallot, pickled walnuts, salsa verde.

37. London, Radio Rooftop, ME Hotel

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Blogger Heroine in Heels reports, “Radio is a rooftop restaurant bar above the ME Hotel. It’s got a bit of a reputation of the kind of place where the cool kids hang out. Leggy blondes taking Instagram photos, and men in Gucci slippers sipping champagne in the sun. However for all its cool kid vibe, it’s surprisingly welcoming for us regular folk. This mix is perfect though, as it means I get to indulge in a bit of people watching.”  Aside from the views, there is a variety of Mediterranean inspired dishes. 

38. Milan, Ristorante Armani, Armani Hotel

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Michelin notes Ristorante Armani, stating, “Elegant and carefully prepared contemporary cuisine served on the seventh floor of a palazzo which is totally dedicated to the world of Armani. Superb views of Milan combine with a decor of black marble and backlit onyx to create an exclusive and fashionable ambience.”

39. Monte Carlo, Le Grill, Hotel de Paris

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Located on the 8th floor of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Le Grill offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Mediterranean. The roof opens entirely, so you can enjoy lunch in the sun and dinner under a starry sky on warm days. The cuisine features grilled meats that have built the restaurant’s reputation. The renovations are a return to an illustrious past, the renaissance of a magical place and the promise of an exhilarating experience. Michelin points to its “very good” wine list.

40. Moscow, Conservatory Restaurant, Park Hyatt

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Rooftop Guide says, “You get one of the best views in Moscow with stunning sights of the Kremlin and the Bolshoi. Come early to get a table on the outdoor terrace. The decor is rather simple, classy and uncluttered. The rooftop bar at Conservatory Lounge & Bar Terrace serves fabolous cocktails and there is really nice food, both for lunch and dinner.

41. Munich, The Terrace, Mandarin Oriental 

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Open during the summer months, The Terrace is one of Munich’s best-kept secrets for al fresco dining or sip cocktails. The newly redesigned terrace features a lounge area with a bar. With Oriental statues and large potted plants, the blue and turquoise design mixes chic Asian touches with a Mediterranean look and feel. Guests will be able to enjoy a menu featuring a mix of Asian, Latin American and Mediterranean delicacies, whilst taking in the stunning view, showing everything from the twin domes of the Munich Cathedral to the undulating Alpine horizon.

42. Munich, Brunch in the Sky, Hilton On The Park

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On Sundays only, enjoy a brunch buffet, live cooking from the chefs at Tivoli and gorgeous views of the city at the popular ‘Brunch in the Sky’ event. Hilton on the Park’s Salon Marco Polo, located on the 15th floor of the hotel.

43. Nairobi, The View, Movenpick Hotel & Residences

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With a name like The View you know this has to either be a talk show or restaurant that offers some very impressive perspectives. Movenpick’s revolving restaurant on the 24th floor offers 360-degree vistas of the Kenyan capital while you enjoy traditional Swiss specialities. A variety of fondues and veal zurichoise with crisp white table cloths and immaculate settings will make you think you might be in Zurich.

44. Oslo, The Roof Foodbar, The Thief Hotel

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Michelin says, “During the summer season Thief FoodBar on The Roof holds its doors open. You’ll enjoy pre-batched cocktails together with sizzling snacks and delightful summer dishes based on the finest seasonal ingredients. With splendid views across the Oslo Fjord and Tjuvholmen it is the ideal place to be stolen away from everyday life.” You’ll find seating for 100 guests on the deck with the salty fresh air, and a sizzling Josper grill preparing light summer dishes and grilled meats and seafood. Look forward to spring chicken cured in porter beer, malt-marinated beef steak and tagliatelle alle Vongole, among other delicacies. There are now glass panels and heating that extend the season.

45. Paris, L’Oiseau Blanc, The Peninsula

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The Gostelow Report’s Mary Gostelow gives us L’Oiseau Blanc located on the 6th floor of The Peninsula Paris. The restaurant offers French cuisine, highlighting the best national products hand-picked everyday at the market. Each week there is a new menu inspired by seasonal ingredients. The aviation-themed interior celebrates flying aces Charles Nungesser and François Coli who attempted to cross the Atlantic in 1927 from Le Bourget.

46. Porto, The Yeatman, The Yeatman Hotel

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Of this two star Michelin restaurant, CNN reports, “Chef Ricardo Costa creates tasting menus that are a contemporary interpretation of traditional Portuguese flavors, and his dishes are always ideal for pairing with The Yeatman’s vast collection of local wines.” Michelin adds, “This stylish restaurant has a bright decor combining the classical and the contemporary, as well as phenomenal views of Oporto across the river. The young chef conjures up innovative cuisine showcased via several menus, with dishes based around seasonal ingredients and a superb balance of flavors. The wine cellar is one of the best in Portugal.”

47. Prague, Zlata Praha, InterContinental Hotel

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Zlatá Praha at the Intercontinental Hotel Prague offers spectacular views over the city by day and a more intimate candlelit atmosphere after sunset. Executive Chef Roman Dolejs and his team use the freshest ingredients available, all sourced from local suppliers. Highlights include a candlelit dinner overlooking the city and Sunday Brunch. Come at sunset for amazing views.

48. Reykjavik, Grillio, Radisson Blu Saga Hotel

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Michelin says, “Located at the top of (the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel); the unusual ceiling depicts the zodiac signs but it’s the 360° views that will steal your attention, especially at sunset. The young team deliver an array of ambitious Nordic dishes with clear flavors.”

49. Rome, La Pergola, Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria

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Heinz Beck’s three Michelin star La Pergola in the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria offers stunning views of the of Rome in a classically decorated dining room. Andy Hayler, the only person to have eaten in all Michelin three star restaurants in a single year says, “Fagotelli carbonara is the restaurant signature dish, and was as good as ever, the liquid filling of the pasta delightful, the seasoning precise. Black cod mash with celery infusion and crust was also excellent, the fish beautifully cooked and the celery having deep flavor.” He adds, “Service was superb from start to finish, as polished as you could wish for.” If you are an oenophile, he notes the wine cellar contains 65,000 bottles of wine, with 3,500 different labels offered on the list.

50. Rome, Le Terrazza, Hotel Eden

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A favorite with several of my expert helpers, Le Terrazza brings Michelin star fine dining and spectacular views. Chef Fabio Ciervo is focused on fresh produce and herbs in his bold and native cuisine. Guide inspectors write, “Sitting in the modern, elegant dining room of La Terrazza, your attention is drawn to the spectacular roof-garden restaurant overlooking the city’s rooftops. Also competing for your attention is the creative and original cuisine which has a hint of local flavor, although the main influence here is the chef’s imagination.”

51. Rome, Mirrabelle, Hotel Splendide Royal

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Directional Aviation Chairman Kenn Ricci brings us this gem. Michelin writes, “Boasting stunning views from the 7th floor of the Hotel Splendide Royal, Mirabelle offers a selection of local specialities in an elegant setting. An impressive wine cellar includes a range of Italian and international bottles. The Mirabelle has one of the most elegant gourmet terraces in Rome, and in summer, the panoramic terrace transforms into a gorgeous roof garden that offers open-air dining with spectacular views.”

52. Rome, Imago, Hassler Roma Hotel

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Recommended to us by Ted Teng, CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World, CNN reports, “Perched at the top of the Spanish Steps, this luxury hotel has an unsurpassed view of Rome. The same view is also available from the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Imàgo, located on the sixth floor, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Naples-born chef Francesco Apreda pays tribute to his experience working in Japan with dishes like blue lobster with hijiki seaweed salad and Parmesan cheese, or risotto with red chicory, Robiola cheese and coriander seeds. They all combine traditional Italian cuisine with flavors of the East.”

53. Venice, Terrazza Danieli, Hotel Danieli

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Known as one of city’s most important landmarks, Hotel Danieli is a patrimony of Venetian excellence. Set on Riva degli Schiavoni, the Luxury Collection property dominates the lagoon and is just steps away from the Bridge of Sighs and the famous monuments of Piazza San Marco. The rooftop restaurant, Terrazza Danieli, is a staple for locals and tourists alike. The venue boasts spectacular views of the Grand Canal complemented by the finest traditional Italian cuisine. Michelin’s inspectors say, “This restaurant boasts breathtaking views of Venice. As is fitting in this historic city, which has long acted as a crossroads between East and West, the menu blends local dishes with exotic spices and flavours. Pleasant alfresco dining on the terrace in summer.”

54. Vienna, Le Ciel by Toni Morwald, Grand Hotel 

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Michelin writes of its one star appointment at the top floor of the Grand Hotel Wien, “The atmosphere up on the seventh floor is classically elegant and, quite naturally, the best tables are those on the roof terrace. The kitchens serve distinctive and creative food made using the best quality produce. Attentive service.”

Asia/Pacific

1. Bangkok, Chef’s Table, lebua at State Tower
2. Bangkok, Mezzaluna, lebua at State Tower
3. Bangkok, Sirocco, lebua at State Tower
4. Bangkok, Breeze, lebua at State Tower
5. Bangkok, Le Normandie, Mandarin Oriental
6. Bangkok, Elements, The Okura Prestige
7. Bangkok, The Penthouse Grill, Park Hyatt
8. Bangkok, Vertigo, Banyan Tree Bangkok
9. Bangkok, The Bull & Bear, Waldorf Astoria
10. Beijing, China Grill, Park Hyatt
11. Chengdu, Flair, The Ritz-Carlton
12. Guangzhou, Catch, Four Seasons
13. Hong Kong, Tosca, The Ritz-Carlton
14. Hong Kong, Tin Lung Heen, The Ritz-Carlton
15. Hong Kong, Café Gray Deluxe, Upper House
16. Hong Kong, Caprice, Four Seasons
17. Hong Kong, Pierre, Mandarin Oriental
18. Hong Kong, Man Wah, Mandarin Oriental
19. Hong Kong, Felix, The Peninsula  
20. Hong Kong, Restaurant Petrus, Island Shangri-la
21. Kuala Lumpur, THIRTY8, Grand Hyatt
22. Macau, Robuchon au Dome, Grand Lisboa Hotel
23. Osaka, Les Saisons, Imperial Hotel
24. Osaka, Kura, Conrad Hotel
25. Seoul, Bicena, Signiel Hotel at Lotte World Tower
26. Seoul, Stay, Signiel Hotel at Lotte World Tower
27. Seoul, Continental, The Shilla Hotel
28. Shanghai, Sir Elly’s, The Peninsula
29. Shanghai, Ristorante Niko Romito, Bulgari Hotel
30. Shanghai, Scena Italian Restaurant, The Ritz-Carlton Pudong
31. Shanghai, Jin Xuan, The Ritz-Carlton Pudong
32. Shanghai, Flair Rooftop Restaurant, The Ritz-Carlton Pudong
33. Shanghai, Dining Room, Park Hyatt
34. Shenzen, Elba, St. Regis
35. Singapore, Spago, Marina Bay Sands
36. Singapore, Ce La Vi, Marina Bay Sands
37. Singapore, Jaan, Swissotel The Stamford
38. Singapore, Nami, Shangri-la Hotel
39. Sydney, Altitude, Shangri-la Hotel
40. Tokyo, Kamon, Imperial Hotel
41. Tokyo, Peter, The Peninsula
42. Tokyo, Signature, The Mandarin Oriental
43. Tokyo, Kozue, Park Hyatt
44. Tokyo, Azure 45, The Ritz-Carlton
45. Tokyo, Hinokizaka, The Ritz-Carlton
46. Tokyo, Towers, The Ritz-Carlton
47. Tokyo, Washoku Souten, Prince Gallery Kioicho

1. Bangkok, Chef’s Table, lebua at State Tower

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Chef’s Table is poised to be the latest victory for Deepak Ohri, the CEO of Lebua Hotels & Resorts, which operates two hotels in the skyscraper, as well as Mezzaluna, winner of two stars from Michelin in each of the guidebook’s first two years of rating city establishments. Vincent Thierry, who led 3-star kitchens at the George V in Paris and the Four Seasons in Hong Kong, is hoping to make it a hat trick in Bangkok. Early reviews predict Chef’s Table, which features an open kitchen and Instagram worthy views, will be the first in Thailand to get Michelin’s highest rating. Four of Lebua’s restaurants make our list, but we’re not alone. USA Today recently spotlighted the more than a dozen restaurants and bars atop the tower’s top eight floors being billed as the world’s first “Vertical Destination.”

2.  Bangkok, Mezzaluna, lebua at State Tower

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Under the guidance of chef Ryuki Kawasaki, Michelin writes, “Perched on the 65th floor of the lebua Hotel, Mezzaluna offers sky-high and breathtaking views. Toast to the high life at Sky Bar before settling in for a gastronomic journey. The accomplished chef and his team deliver European delights with Japanese precision in a seven-course set menu, along with some surprises. The flavors are balanced and sophisticated, and the food is creative and technically precise. A wine list of substantial proportions and prices accompanies.”

3. Bangkok, Sirocco, lebua at State Tower

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Sirocco on the 64th floor of the Dome at State Tower gets credit for turning rooftops into al fresco fine dining venues from well, rooftops with nothing. You’ll feel like a titan of the universe (OK, more than usual) as you survey skyscraper packed Bangkok, the Chao Phraya River and temples glistening in evening lights. Food is fresh Mediterranean fare and is sourced from local markets. The tasting menu includes the likes of freshly flown in, chilled Alaskan king crab with osetra caviar, citronella emulsion, and yuzu, and Dover sole “a la plancha” accompanied by Soulard foie gras and piquillo pepper farce. The spectacular outdoor staircase with the dome lit in the background will tempt even the most private among you to post some pictures on Facebook or Instagram. A new chef recently arrived from The Ritz in Paris and many expect it to earn its first Michelin star in 2019.

4. Bangkok, Breeze, lebua at State Tower

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The Bangkok Post writes, Breeze is a fine-dining restaurant for a special occasion. Serving delectable Chinese-inspired cuisine on a stunning terrace – 51 stories above the Chao Phraya River – this is a Bangkok restaurant with added ‘wow’ factor. The menu here spans the entire Asian continent and the kitchen boasts talented staff who mix tradition with modernity to create truly unique offerings. Add to this the most remarkable cocktails in Bangkok and you can see why Breeze is packed almost every night of the week.”

5. Bangkok, Le Normandie, Mandarin Oriental

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Awarded two Michelin Stars in the first two Michelin Bangkok guides, Le Normandie is acclaimed for its contemporary French cuisine by Chef Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier. Situated in the hotel’s Garden Wing, Le Normandie offers views over the Chao Phraya River through floor-to-ceiling windows. The elegant surroundings featuring vintage crystal chandeliers and stunning flower arrangements create a unique air of sophistication. It’s for its splendid menu, impeccable service, elegant ambiance, and superb river views.

6. Bangkok, Elements, The Okura Prestige

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Michelin writes, “With impressive city views from its terrace, this restaurant on the 25th floor of the hotel is an ideal spot for a date. Inside, the décor is chic and it’s all centered around an open kitchen with oversized industrial light fittings and walls made with charcoal – one of the ‘elements’. The modern cuisine creatively fuses the best of French and Japanese dishes, and there is a set menu that offers a varied selection.” The Okura Prestige is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

7. Bangkok, The Penthouse Grill, Park Hyatt

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Asia Lifestyle writes, “At The Penthouse Grill, the urbane interior, with leather banquette seating and floral arrangements, contrasts with a clatter from the open kitchen. Here, you can delight in a gourmet brasserie menu, and ensconce yourself in the plush bergère chairs. The restaurant offers traditional French cuisine made with high-quality products, including a delectable selection of grilled mains.”

8. Bangkok, Vertigo, Banyan Tree

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Vertigo offers an al fresco dining experience set atop a roof terrace overlooking the Bangkok cityscape. Dine on seafood and premium steaks 61 floors above the city. Try the Vertigo Sunset, a combination of pineapple, cranberry and lime juices blended with Malibu.

9. Bangkok, Bull & Bear, Waldorf Astoria

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Specializing in grilled meats and seafood, Bull & Bear is a branch of the New York original. It offers a live raw bar along with a custom made grill designed for smoking, slow roasting, baking, and grilling. With a wide variety of menu choices, guests can enjoy options from roasted fish, a one-kilogram porterhouse or a 55-day dry aged steak. With an eye-catching interior, upbeat vibes and dazzling views, Bull & Bear is the perfect place to socialize, celebrate and indulge. 

10. Beijing, China Grill, Park Hyatt

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From The Telegraph’s best dining in the sky is the 66th floor China Grill atop the Park Hyatt with 360-degree views of Beijing A “dramatic Chinese lantern” at the building’s apex, featuring a soaring glass pyramid ceiling and glass walls will make you fell like you’re flying. China Grill focuses on premium meat, fish and seafood. There is a semi-private dining area on the mezzanine level overlooking the main dining space. The day I was there we were actually above the clouds in bright sunshine on a raining day.

11. Chengdu, Flair, The Ritz-Carlton

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Travel and lifestyle journalist Juliana Asaad says Flair Restaurant & Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Chengdu is atop one of the most stunning buildings in town and not has only good food and drinks, but also a cool vibe and great views and is a perfect venue that will impress your dinner guests. She says, Flair has been named to various the best in the city restaurant lists.  With a mix of lounge and restaurant seating, make sure you book a table if you want dining room seating. 

12. Guangzhou, Catch, Four Seasons 

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At 1,340 feet above Guangzhou’s streets, Catch is nearly a quarter mile in the air. The menu focuses on seafood such as lobster three-ways or seafood platter for two which includes lobster, oysters, abalone, scallops, crab and clams. Diners can watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen, providing you can tear yourself away from the picture windows.

13. Hong Kong, Tosca, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

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Inspired cuisine of Tosca 102 floors up in the air you might think you are actually flying over Hong Kong instead of in a hotel. High ceilings, stately fountains and majestic chandeliers lend a Romanesque feeling to this stylish dining destination, open for lunch and dinner. The innovative Italian menu features improved favorites and thrilling interpretations of the region’s notable cuisine, and an open kitchen allows guests an even more theatrical dining experience. I’ve enjoyed both this and the first rendition in the original Ritz-Carlton in Central. 

14. Hong Kong, Tin Lung Heen, The Ritz-Carlton

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You can cover two meals at The Ritz-Carlton, each with spectacular views, and neither makes you leave the building. Michelin says of the two-star rated Cantonese venue, “ the vast windows bring in plenty of daylight at lunch and make it a good spot from which to watch the sun go down. Among the signature dishes are barbecued Iberian pork with honey, and double-boiled chicken soup with fish maw in coconut. There are also several charming private rooms.”

15. Hong Kong, Cafe Gray Deluxe, Upper House

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On the 49th floor of the stylish Upper House in Pacific Place (a sister to Swire’s East Hotel in Miami), Modern European dining at Café Gray Deluxe includes stunning views of Victoria Harbour. Opened in 2009, the acclaimed restaurant is headed by Chef Gray Kunz, whose signature cuisine favors organic seasonal ingredients, drawing on a lifetime’s experience in European, Asian and American kitchens. Its hillside location gives it an even more elevated perspective. 

16. Hong Kong, Caprice, Four Seasons

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Perfect for power lunching, Classic French cooking takes on global accents and gets two Michelin stars at Caprice with an extensive selection of wines to accompany Chef Guillaume Galliot’s inventive dishes. Located in Central you have views across the harbor over to Kowloon.

17. Hong Kong, Pierre, Mandarin Oriental

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It’s not fake news when CNN Travel Guide picks the two-Michelin starred Pierre for one of its top restaurants in the world. We’ve dined here and agreed it’s the real deal. Pierre Gagnaire’s 25th-floor perspective is a backdrop for his modern French cuisine. The location is amid Hong Kong island’s towering skyscrapers and high enough to get that dining in the sky perspective, but still close enough that you can watch locals scurry along the streets below.

18. Hong Kong, Man Wah, Mandarin Oriental

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Man Wah says Renshaw Travel president David Lowy is a must for the best Cantonese food with an up-close view of Central’s skyscrapers, including I.M. Pei’s famous Bank of China Tower looking up the famed Peak. The hotel, the first post-war luxury property in the former Colony, after a massive renovation remains classic and beloved.

19. Hong Kong, Felix, The Peninsula

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Felix, on the 28th floor of the Peninsula Hotel, with its Kowloon location provides unobstructed views across the bustling harbor to Hong Kong Island skyscrapers and twinkling lights in the distance on The Peak. Set in a Philippe Starck design, there are floor-to-ceiling windows while modern fine dining includes offerings like crab salad and tuna tartar with dandelion salad, slow-cooked sea bass with black shrimp mousse, and grilled Australian lamb. If you are there an 8 p.m. you can have a front row seat for a nightly laser and light show. The name honors the hotel’s former general manager Felix Bieger

20. Hong Kong, Restaurant Petrus, Island Shangri-la

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Perched high above Central in a neighboring tower to Cafe Gray Deluxe, also with breath-taking views of Victoria Harbour, Restaurant Petrus brings a European fine-dining experience with a modern interpretation of contemporary French cuisine. With one of Hong Kong’s best wine cellars, recent awards include Best Californian Wine Selection, Best Wine List by the Glass Selection and 3 Glass Categories for Restaurant Petrus’ Wine List, China’s Wine List of the Year Awards, 2018, and Best By-the-Glass Wine List in Asia 2017, plus Best of Award of Excellence, Wine Spectator (USA), 2000-2018. The chandeliers are classic Shangri-la’s Asian interpretation of European elegance.

21. Kuala Lumpur, THIRTY8, Grand Hyatt

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With the kitchen and bar strategically located in the middle of the restaurant, diners will get to enjoy the astounding view of the city at 360° from the 38th-floor location, including the Petronas Towers. THIRTY8 serve a wide variety of cuisines, which includes Western, Chinese, and Japanese, and despite the mix, it still gets top reviews for dining as well as the view.

22. Macau, Robuchon au Dome, Grand Lisboa Hotel

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One of many restaurants from the late chef Joel Robuchon, this gastronomic restaurant in Macao (formerly known as Robuchon a Galera) sits high atop the 48-story Grand Lisboa hotel. Featuring the culinary creations of executive chef Julien Tongurian, Robuchon au Dôme has been described as arguably Macao’s best restaurant, and one of the top restaurants in all of Asia, offering French cuisine with a refined sensibility. The restaurant’s “Prestige Menu” features such offerings as imperial caviar and king crab refreshed with crustacean jelly, and a crispy waffle scampi seasoned with espelette pepper.

23. Osaka, Les Saisons, Imperial Hotel

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From the 23rd floor, Les Saisons in The Imperial Hotel Osaka has long served as Japan’s reception hall, feting countless foreign and local guests over the years with hospitality and delicious cuisine. At Les Saisons, the kitchen blends the latest culinary techniques with classical French recipes handed down over generations to offer guests the taste of today’s French haute cuisine. As you take in Les Saisons’ romantic, panoramic views of the urban nightscape, you can enjoy the restaurant’s carefully hand-picked and constantly evolving seasonal menu, meticulous service, and richly varied and flavorful wines. It’s classic Japan at its finest.

24. Osaka, Kura, Conrad Osaka

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Located on the 40th floor, Conrad Osaka’s Japanese restaurant is well suited for the teppanyaki and sushi experience, 180 meters above the ground with breathtaking views of the sprawling city. Paying homage its home as the ‘gourmet city’ the restaurant offers only the finest of Japanese produce from around the country. Enjoy a truly theatrical dining experience at KURA, where you are invited to interact with the chefs to find out more about the product and watch them showcase their skills. The restaurant features a sushi bar, teppanyaki grill, and a private chef’s teppanyaki table. Inspired by traditional Japanese patterns and modern design element, space is inviting and enjoyable, perfect for a casual dinner for two, business meetings, and special occasions. A private dining room with city views is also available.

25. Seoul, Bicena, Signiel Hotel at Lotte World Tower

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Ted Teng, the former CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World pointed us to this and its sister below. Located in Lotte World Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Seoul, Bicena sits on the 81st floor, over 1,000 off the ground. The International New York Times says, “The stunning views at this traditional Korean fine dining restaurant are matched by great food and service – no surprise that it has earned itself a Michelin-star with its full course menus for lunch and dinner.”

26. Seoul, Stay, Signiel Hotel at Lotte World Tower

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Stay is located on the same floor as Bicena and this French restaurant shares an equally stunning view of downtown Seoul but unlike its neighbor, the interiors here are less traditional and take a bright and spritely approach with gold trimmings and marble tiles.

27. Seoul, Continental, The Shilla Hotel

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A favorite of mine, Michelin says, “If you are looking for a classy French restaurant with all the elements of classic French luxury, Continental is a solid bet. Perched on the 23rd floor of The Shilla Seoul, the restaurant is decorated in rich colors, with large tables and French empire chairs. What’s more, the bright dining room offers diners a fantastic view of the city. The meticulously-prepared food is beautifully plated and is served in two different set menus of your choice.”

28. Shanghai, Sir Elly’s, The Peninsula

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“It’s absolutely breathtaking looking across the river onto the lit up Pudong skyline,” says Vista Global chairman Thomas Flohr. Awarded one Michelin star by The Michelin Guide Shanghai 2018, French Chef de Cuisine Charles Benoit Lacour and his fellow countryman, Executive Pastry Chef Lucien Gautier, curate contemporary dining experiences inspired by classic French culinary techniques and the freshest local produce. Restaurant Manager Dorlco Yip, who used to work at The Peninsula Hong Kong, is an experienced restaurant manager. The three create the best dining experience for guests.

29. Shanghai, Niko Romito, Bulgari Hotel

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Echoing the glamorous design of its namesakes in Beijing and Dubai, Il Ristorante – Niko Romito celebrates the rich heritage of Italy from the 47th floor of The Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai, showcasing top-of-the-city views. A partnership between Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts (one of Marriott International’s half dozen luxury brands) and Chef Niko Romito, one of the world’s most celebrated chefs with 3 Michelin stars for his Reale restaurant in Abruzzo the focus is on purity and simplicity combining the finest Italian and locally sourced ingredients with time-tested and innovative techniques.

30. Shanghai, Scena, The Ritz-Carlton Pudong

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Hotel developer Marc Dardenne pointed us to Scena, located on the 52nd floor of The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong. Sit down to large sharable portions of Italian fare amid a casually elegant setting, complete with rustic wooden beams and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that offer breathtaking views The Bund and metropolitan skyline.

31. Shanghai, Jin Xuan, The Ritz-Carlton Pudong

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Jin Xuan Chinese restaurant is a discerned choice for social and business dinners. Located on the 53rd floor of The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, this dining destination tempts you with authentic, creative Cantonese cuisine and regional favorites from other Chinese provinces.

32. Shanghai, Flair, The Ritz-Carlton Pudong

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The highest rooftop restaurant and bar in China, Flair takes al fresco dining to new levels with views of Pearl Tower, The Bund and Hongkou shore. This stunning venue in Shanghai offers delectable tapas-style staples from Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Thailand, and China.

33. Shanghai, Dining Room, Park Hyatt

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The 91st Floor Dining Room at Park Hyatt Shanghai is a European restaurant featuring refined European provincial cuisine in an elegant and serene setting with signature wine pairing menus. Lunch and dinner are served with spectacular views over the city.

34. Shenzen, Elba, St. Regis

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Named by The Telegraph as one of the 20 best rooftop restaurants in the world, on the 99th floor Elba provides a contemporary take on Venetian-inspired décor where metallic silver and grey mosaic tiles line the entrance and a shelf displays a preview of fine wines. Moving into the dining room, natural light streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows and sleek, crystal column chandeliers illuminate modern, face-shaped white chairs and an eclectic, complementary array of regal gold, eggplant, and sienna armchairs, which are joined by sleek modern black tables. Plush black area rugs top smooth charcoal-colored marble floors, which, together with a backdrop of neutral hues and metallic accents, highlight an open kitchen as well as wall mosaics featuring colorful Venetian masks and playing cards. 

35. Singapore, Spago, Marina Bay Sands

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Silver Kris says, “Looking through the large windows at Spago’s bar terrace with the pool and palm trees beyond, it’s easy to imagine I’m having drinks and bar bites in an open-air cabana by the beach – instead of 57 stories above the city by Marina Bay Sand’s famous infinity pool. The sophisticated colonial decor continues over to the more formal air-conditioned fine dining area with its glamorous gold tiled ceiling. The white French doors around the dining room show off the views of the bay.” Puck displays his extensive range with dishes such as sesame miso cones of spicy-sweet big eye tuna tartare with shaved bonito, scallions and masago to hand cut agnolotti with white corn and mascarpone.”

36. Singapore, CE LA VI, Marina Bay Sands

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A choice of several of my contributors, tantalize your palate with award-winning, innovative Modern Asian delights at CÉ LA VI Restaurant. Perched on top of Marina Bay Sands on level 57, you get 360-degree panoramic views of the city skyline and Singapore Straits dotted with freighters to enhance your dining experience. Executive Chef Joseph Sergentakis offers signature items such as King Salmon Roll, Hokkaido Scallop & Oyster Ceviche, Cast-Iron Roasted Rangers Valley “Black Market” Ribeye, and Grilled Rangers Valley “Black Market” Beef Tomahawk. In addition to special cocktails, there is an extensive list of fine wines, sakes, beers, liqueurs, and spirits.

37. Singapore, Jaan, Swissotel The Stamford

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Gayot writes, “Swissôtel The Stamford’s intimate 40-seat restaurant, helmed by chef Julien Royer, serves southern French cuisine. The 70th-floor dining room’s ornate Murano crystal chandelier-enhanced interior is merely the backdrop to views of Singapore’s urban and marine landscape in every direction. From the first bite of bread, meals live up to the surroundings. Starters like smoked Trondheim Bay scallops wrapped in rosemary sticks and served on a slab of polished wood deliver a feast for the palate, once we take our eyes off the attractive presentation. At dinnertime, enjoy the twinkling lights of Singapore’s soaring towers and ships in the harbor along with such dishes as moist Atlantic cod festively placed among baby squid, chanterelles and crunchy green beans, and four cuts of pork, of which the fatty belly under crispy skin tastes especially delectable.” It’s in the same complex as the Fairmont, and both share an excellent gym.

38. Singapore, Nami, Shangri-la Hotel Singapore

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In the former location of Blu, embark on a gastronomical odyssey of NAMI Restaurant & Bar and enjoy panoramic city views from level 24 of the Tower Wing. From the kitchen comes authentic and traditional Japanese cuisine, created with refinement and precision, reminiscent of a royal feast. The menu is a celebration of the country’s four seasons, promising the best seasonal ingredients from Japan in elegant and refined dishes.

39. Sydney, Altitude, Shangri-la

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The floor-to-ceiling windows at Altitude Restaurant at the Shangri-la in Sydney give postcard views of Sydney Harbor accompanied by a fine dining take on Australian cuisine. An 18-person private dining room is available for more intimate gatherings. Awards include “Restaurant of the Year” from Tourism Accommodation (NSW), Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year from Luxury Travel Guide, UK, and Three Hats from Gault & Millau.

40. Tokyo, Kamon, Imperial Hotel 

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A pick from former The Leading Hotels of the World CEO Ted Teng, Kamon is situated atop the Imperial Hotel’s main building offering teppanyaki. Choose from a selection of steaks and seafood, then watch as your meal is expertly prepared tableside on an open grill, and enjoy the views.

41. Tokyo, Peter, The Peninsula

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Peter offers the Tokyo skyline and views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and Hibiya Park from its 24th-floor venue. Grilled fare includes premium cuts of meat and fresh seafood including 40-day Japanese dry-aged strip loin or Kagoshima pork Kurobuta, grilled Hokkaido scallops. Japan Today puts it this way: “Peter is a great choice when you want a refined but casual dinner with the best of good honest food (especially a really good steak) in a fun and stylish place. The bar is worth having a drink at before dinner, or why not stick around afterward and enjoy the scene and some of their famous cocktails. If you happen to be in the mood for a feast on Sunday, try their Prime-cut Sunday Brunch.” By the way, Peter refers to the current president of the Peninsula Hotels group Peter Borer.

42. Tokyo, Signature, The Mandarin Oriental

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Signature, the hotel’s restaurant helmed by Chef Nicolas Boujéma, is constantly reinventing fine French cuisine, adding doses of modern flair. Test your palette on foie gras in ravioli with snow peas and duck velouté, all while looking out at the twinkling lights of Tokyo.

43. Tokyo, Kozue, Park Hyatt

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Movie buffs will remember Park Hyatt Tokyo’s bar from “Lost in Translation” however, its fine-dining Japanese restaurant Kozue shares those famous views, to Mount Fuji by day with the endless city in front of you. The Guardian lists it as one of the 10 best fine dining restaurants in a city that has more Michelin stars than any in the world. A Life Worth Eating reports, “Traditional amber wood and handmade pottery carried by waitresses in kimonos contrast against floor-to-ceiling windows and granite slabs overlooking one of the most impressive restaurant views in the city. The dishes themselves are very traditional in flavor — there are no twists — but their presentation and the finesse with which the waitresses explain their components make this type of cuisine extremely accessible to westerners.” Signature dishes include wagyu beef tenderloin. There’s also an extensive sake list.

44. Tokyo, Azure 45, The Ritz-Carlton

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Overlooking Tokyo from The Ritz-Carlton’s 45th floor, Azure 45 has emerged after a complete transformation, revealing an East meets West fine dining concept that draws from Japan’s rich textiles, warm woods, and geometric patterns. Chef de cuisine Shintaro Miyazaki leads the kitchen of the Michelin-starred restaurant, where modern French cuisine is brought to life through highly visual presentations. It’s one of three restaurants from this hotel that fits our criteria.

45. Tokyo, Hinokizaka, The Ritz-Carlton

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Hinokizaka welcomes you with the true essence of traditional, yet contemporary Japanese cuisine which is awarded a Michelin star. The restaurant is also one of the best place to appreciate vista of Tokyo which is featured by four areas for each of Kaiseki, Sushi, Tempura and Teppanyaki. Each area has distinguishing design evoking the art of Japanese cuisine in a fine balance of modern Eastern and Western atmosphere. There is also a private chef’s table and an old Japanese tea house for private dining with breathtaking cityscapes serving all of those featured Japanese cuisines.

46. Tokyo, Towers, The Ritz-Carlton

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Akaushi prime rib from Kumamoto and fresh seasonal fish sourced from local fishermen, the menu includes a medley of seafood and chops, perfectly partnered with an expert selection of wine. The eye-catching space features dark wood, leather seating and metallic sculptures. A highlight for visitors to the new Towers is likely to be the first class beef. Center stage is Akaushi, a red beef from Kumamoto in southern Japan. The meat was personally selected by Chef Laloum for Its lean and juicy qualities, which he believes have an affinity with meat flavors often seen in his native France. The chef has also masterminded a special sauce, designed to heighten the five-star qualities of the beef: a contemporary twist on the classic Béarnaise sauce, it contains a mix
of tarragon, horseradish, and mint.

47. Tokyo, Washoku Souten, Prince Gallery Kioicho

Washoku Souten is a 126-seat restaurant conceived as a garden in the sky and located on the 35th floor of the Prince Gallery Kioicho in Tokyo. Delicate, dehydrated plants strategically arranged on the walls create an atmosphere of a forest or garden within the surrounding clouds. There’s also a private dining room with killer views (above).

How I put this list together

To compile this list I used my own travels, extensively researched various lists and articles about top restaurants filtering out the ones that didn’t meet the exacting criteria, and of lots of help from experts in dining out while traveling. My special and heartfelt thanks to Mark Dardenne (CEO and Luxury Hotel Developer), Jack Ezon (CEO of Ovation Vacations), Thomas Flohr (Chairman of Vista Global), Patrick Gallagher (President of NetJets), Mary Gostelow (Editor of Gostelow Report), Michael Holtz (CEO of Smart Flyer), David Lowy (President of Renshaw Travel), Deepak Ohri (CEO of lebua Hotels & Resorts), Kenn Ricci (Chairman of Directional Aviation), Juliana Saad (Award-winning Brazil-based journalist),Ted Teng (former CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World), Lindsey Ueberroth (CEO of Preferred Hotels), and Jamie Walker (CEO of Jet Linx Aviation with his base teams across the U.S., who each used their extensive worldwide travels, plus many others for their assistance with feedback about their local markets.

Doug Gollanhttp://douggollandotcom.wordpress.com
I am Editor-in-Chief of Private Jet Card Comparisons and DG Amazing Experiences, and a Contributor to Forbes.com.
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