15 of the Most Unique Restaurants Around the World
At these quirky restaurants, people come for the atmosphere and stay for the food.
Heart Attack Grill—Las Vegas, Nevada
Of all the unique restaurants on our list, this one is absolutely the least healthy, so if you’re trying to stick to a diet, steer clear of Heart Attack Grill. Waitresses are dressed as nurses, customers’ orders are called prescriptions, and customers themselves are referred to as patients; Heart Attack Grill really leans into their theme of giving you a heart attack. And they honestly just might. With Single, Double, all the way up to Octuple Bypass burgers, ranging in size from 8 to 32 ounces of beef, just your main dish could have over 9,000 calories. You can add on Flatliner fries, order disgustingly unhealthy drinks, and even order cigarettes from your waitress, with candy cigarettes an option for kids. Your “nurse” will take your blood pressure before you eat, and you can opt to be weighed in, too. If you weigh over 350 pounds, you eat for free.
Kayabukiya Tavern—Utsunomiya, Japan
We’re headed back to Japan for this unique restaurant! This traditional sake house has one interesting addition that makes it anything but “traditional”: monkeys! Two monkeys are currently employed by the Japanese restaurant. The younger macaque monkey, Fuku-chan, will bring you a hot towel before your meal to clean your hands, while the older macaque, Yat-chan, will actually take your drink order and bring you your beverage. More monkeys are currently being trained as servers at this restaurant. You can leave your furry waiter a tip in the form of boiled edamame. You’ll have to be careful about when you go, thought—the monkeys work very short shifts—but while they’re in the restaurant, they enjoy playing with all the customers as shown in videos like this one.
The Airplane Restaurant—Colorado Springs, Colorado
This unique eatery is exactly what it sounds like: a restaurant inside a fully intact Boeing KC-97. The plane was originally built in 1953 and was converted into a restaurant in 2002. The inside has been cleared out and overhauled, and seats 274 dinners. Another bonus? The food is incredible—much better than what you’d normally get on an airplane! Open for lunch and dinner, expect classic Americana cuisine, and a room full of memorabilia and rare flight artifacts. Just make sure you don’t order one of the things you should never eat at a restaurant.
Chodovar Brewery and Spa—Chodova Plana, Czech Republic
This company has a long proud tradition of brewing beer—over 500 years! But they didn’t stop there. After enjoying a delicious meal at the Beerarium, Stara Sladovna, located in the original malt house of Chodovar Brewery, offers an authentic beer garden experience, with an additional outdoor terrace which looks out over gardens and the historical local downtown. This restaurant seats 300 people, but the beer menu, compiled by the first certified beer sommeliers in the Czech Republic, isn’t what makes this dining experience so unique. When you’re finished with your dinner, head to the restaurant’s spa, and take a beer bath in the brewers’ original beer blend before being wrapped in fleece and handmade quilts to rest and rejuvenate your skin.
Lapland Hotel’s SnowVillage Restaurants—Kittilä, Finland
Be sure to wrap up as warmly as you can before visiting these unique restaurants in Finland—two of them are made completely of snow and ice! The Lapland Hotel’s SnowVillage features three restaurants, The Snow Restaurant, The Ice Bar, and The Log Restaurant, which has the same menu as the Snow Restaurant but is open all year and is a bit warmer. The Snow Restaurant serves classic Finish cuisine including salmon soup and reindeer filet and is expected to reopen December 12, 2019. The Ice Bar offers blankets to their clientele to stay warm in their candlelit bar, serving Nordic-themed cocktails and hot chocolate. Need more uniqueness? Try staying at the wackiest places you can rent on Airbnb.