Would you like a side of sunset with that? The 16 best restaurant views in the world

Food is the number two reason to go to these places.

Neil Churchill November 26, 2014

While the face of your dining partner should always be enough to hold your gaze between mouthfuls, we are a little partial to jaw-dropping scenery when enjoying a meal.

So where better to dine than these places: the restaurants with the best views in the world.

If there's any you think we've forgotten, feel free to let us know in the comments below. But you'd be hard pressed to find better vistas than these:

Name: The River Cafe

Where: Brooklyn, New York

What: Hidden under the Brooklyn Bridge, with views of the East River, the Statue of Liberty and the iconic New York skyline. If you fly all the way to NYC and don't go to The River Cafe, you've wasted your trip. The River Cafe Brooklyn New York Name: Piz Gloria

Where: Schilthorn, Mürren, Switzerland

What: A revolving restaurant more widely known as the lair of James Bond's arch enemy Blofeld. The 360 degree rotation takes 55 minutes and offers views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks. Piz Gloria restaurant.

Name: Le 180

Where: Château Saint-Martin & Spa, Vence, France

What: Sweeping views of the Côte d'Azur from the former 12th century Templar Knight Commandery. The kitchen has a two Michelin star rating. Château Saint-Martin & Spa restaurant. Name: Mikla

Where: The Marmara Pera hotel, Istanbul

What: The hotel rooftop gives stunning views of Istanbul at night, most notably the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. The Turkish-Scandinavian cuisine is just as memorable. Mikla Istanbul. Name: La View

Where: Kupu Kupu Barong Villas, Bali

What: There's no bad seat in the house here. The tropical forest is almost too close to comfort when you know what creatures lurk in the undergrowth. Book the Twilight or Birdnest dinner to ramp up the romance levels. Kupu Kupu Barong Villas. Name: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Where: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

What: 7,800 ft above sea level at the rim of the largest unbroken caldera in the world. "Where Versailles meets Maasai" Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is fit for a King. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Tanzania. Name: At.mosphere

Where: Burj Khalifa, Dubai

What: Found on level 122 of the tallest building in the world, At.mosphere has it easy for incredible views. But don't forget to look directly down at the world's highest musical fountains from above. At.mosphere Burj Khalifa view. Name: Dasheene (main image)

Where: Ladera Resort, St Lucia

What: A combination of dramatic views and creative Californian-inspired Creole cuisine, help make this mountain top hideaway the most celebrated on the island. Dasheene, Ladera Resort, St Lucia Name: The Signature Room at the 95th

Where: John Hancock Center, Chicago

What: The best view in Chicago, which in this skyscraper, meal-with-a-view-loving city is saying something. Floor-to-ceiling windows with 360 degree views of the awesome skyline. The Signature Room at the 95th Name: Ithaa

Where: Conrad, Maldives Rangali Island

What: The world's first all-glass undersea restaurant. This is heaven for soft crab and swordfish lovers, sat 16 feet beneath the surface with 180 degree views of coral gardens; not so much for people with seafood allergies. Ithaa Conrad Maldives. Name: Sierra Mar

Where: Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

What: Stunning cliff top views of the Pacific Ocean, and a nine-course tasting menu to leave you feeling physically as well as mentally satisfied. Sierra Mar Big Sur. Name: The Grotto

Where: Rayavadee Hotel, Krabi, Thailand

What: If all caves were as amazing as this one, they'd be a darn sight more popular. Hidden under an ancient limestone cliff on the edge of Phranang Beach, The Grotto is only accessible by boat. The Grotto Rayavadee Hotel Krabi. Name: Sunset da Mona Lisa

Where: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

What: Voted in the top five coolest restaurants in the world by the New York Times, so it's doing something right. Carved into a cliff overlooking the Bay of Cabo, with a stunning view of the famous Arch at Land’s End. Sunset da Mona Lisa Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Name: La Sponda

Where: Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy

What: The postcard image of every literary author's whimsical dream of a Mediterranean outpost. The Almalfi coast restaurant is lit up by 400 candles every evening, and the kitchen has a Michelin star rating to boot. La Sponda Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy Name: Tampu

Where: Sanctuary Lodge, Cusco, Peru

What: The closest hotel to Machu Picchu, there's nothing surprising about Tampu - and that's a good thing. Peruvian dishes and views of the Sacred Valley and Urubamba River. Tampu Sanctuary Lodge, Cusco, Peru Name: Altitude

Where: Shangri-la, Sydney

What: The 36th floor is all the height you need to take in the sensational Sydney harbour view through Altitude's floor-to-ceiling windows. The clever folk dim the lighting allowing for maximum visibility of the vista below. Altitude Shangri-la, Sydney