There are plenty of restaurants in the world; some good, some bad. But there are also a lot of places in the world whose restaurants can be downright weird and extraordinary. Whether it's due to the location, like right in front of a waterfall, or the concept, like staging 7.8 magnitude earthquakes while diners eat, these restaurants are some of the most interesting and weird places you can eat. If you'd like to know what these places are--maybe you want to try them out for yourself--then keep on reading to find out.
Hard Days Night Hotel Restaurant, Liverpool
This restaurant is located within a 110-room Beatles-themed hotel in Liverpool, England. On the wall, you'll see photos of all the people that appeared on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. And if you're looking to do some extra Beatles touring, the hotel isn't that far from where The Beatles used to play in their early days--the famous Cavern Club.
We would love to be surrounded by everything Beatles for at least one day on our trip to England. We think this is the perfect place to settle down during our stay.
The Exchange Bar & Restaurant, New York
The Exchange Bar & Restaurant is one that is themed on the New York stock exchange. What's really interesting about it is that it isn't just a theme, it's the concept of the restaurant. What this means is that the food prices go up and down depending on the demand, just like the stock exchange. What this means is that you could be paying more or less than the friend who recommended the restaurant to you.
You could end up paying a lot less if you like one of the less popular options. It seems like an interesting choice of meals if you're short on cash.
Hibaritei Café, Tokyo
Hibaritei Café in Tokyo, Japan's Akihabara has one of the most unique twists on the casual dining experience. Maybe casual isn't the right word to use here. All of the servers at this restaurant are men who have to dress in elaborate maid costumes while they work. Why? Because maid cafes are very popular in Japan and having them all be male outs a whole new twist on things.
That wouldn't stop us from checking this place out. From what we hear the experience is quite fun and interesting and unlike any other maid cafe in Japan.
The Pale Blue Door, Berlin
This restaurant was completely constructed from scraps found all around the street of Berlin where it is located in one of several central community gardens. It was made by British set designer Tony Hornecker, who is featured in the photo below. He has said that he doesn't make a profit from the restaurant and is more focused on giving Berlin a unique attraction.
The fact that the whole restaurant is made of recycled scraps just makes this so much better. We would love to help support the work that went into this "set-piece" and hope we can visit someday.
Chillout Ice Lounge, Dubai
This restaurant is the Middle East's first ice lounge. Everything here from the tables to the chairs and, of course, the decorations are completely made out of ice. Even the drinks you order are going to come in ice glasses. If you like sub-zero temperatures then you're going to love this place. Just don't forget to bring a jacket. Even though it might be hot in the summer, this place is seriously cold.
It's not just the idea that makes us want to check this place out, it is also very pretty. The purple lights everywhere and the art that goes into making all of these sculptures is truly a sight to behold.
Coach Bus Restaurant, Shenyang
In China, a couple decided to buy a coach bus and convert it into a restaurant. For the price of about $3,200 USD, they were able to renovate the bus and turn it into their very own barbecue restaurant. They decided to park it in an old residential compound in Shenyang and since then they were open for business! By maintaining the original parts, like the seats, they managed to make a completely new and comfortable dining experience.
We think this is a really cool concept and would love to try it someday. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like this restaurant on wheels is one to move, but there is one that may be able to accommodate that.
Casa 1028, Ecuador
That's not the only bus that has been converted into a restaurant. This one is the first bus restaurant in Ecuador and it allows you to tour the town of Quito at night while dining on the bus. The concept was to be able to bring all of the scenery to the restaurant experience. And it is really effective. Many people love to experience the sights while eating great food.
What do you say? Would you want to eat food while seeing the sights? Or would that kind of thing make you feel car sick? We'd definitely love to give it a try.
Haohai Robot Restaurant, Harbin
This restaurant in Harbin China is unique in that just about all of its staff is a bunch of robots. This twenty robot staff does everything, and we mean everything. They cook the food, serve it to the guests, and even provide entertainment. The only thing they probably don't do is manage the business. The robots are also capable of showing up to twenty different facial expressions so you know how they're feeling at all times.
This whole venture doesn't come cheap, as they each cost more than $30,000 USD. And that's not including the price of the restaurant itself, so it's amazing that they went to such lengths to make this a reality.
Barbie Restaurant, Taipei
If you've loved the most popular fashion doll in history, then you'll love this place. In the city of Taipei, Taiwan they have a whole restaurant dedicated to this Mattel doll. Everything is themed Barbie from the food and menus to the waitresses. If you've ever wanted to be surrounded by Barbie everywhere you look then you have to go and try this place out for yourself.
Themed restaurants like this are actually very popular in Taiwan, so if you aren't so into Barbies you'd probably be able to find something more to your liking elsewhere.
Airbus A380 Themed Restaurant, Chongqing
If Barbie wasn't your thing, maybe you'd like to go to an airplane restaurant. Themed after the Airbus A380, this restaurant comes with everything that an airplane has. You'll find the same windows, overhead lighting, and even similar seating. Of course, there are some specialized seats, too, made just for the restaurant. But one thing they don't have is that airplane food, and for good reason.
If you've ever dreamed of having luxury food on an airplane, sans the turbulence and lack of space, then this is the place for you.
Cafe Neko, Vienna
Named after the Japanese word for "cat", this cafe in Vienna is the first of its kind in Austria and is home to five adopted cats. They were all rescued from a shelter and are allowed to roam free in the cafe. You can also pet them (assuming the cats will let you) as you enjoy a selection of Japanese teas, homemade cakes, and farm juices.
If you can't make your way over to Austria, rest assured there are many similar cafes in other cities as well, such as San Diego, New York, Paris, and Copenhagen among others.
Club Count Dracula, Bucharest
Likely a play on the fact that vampires originally come from Romania, this restaurant in the city of Bucharest is the place that vampires gather to dine. This one-of-a-kind restaurant has all manner of medieval themes. Rooms full of coffins or a room called "the cellar" are some of the things you might find here. If you think of yourself as a denizen of the night, you might want to try coming here for some grub.
Although they don't serve any blood here, they do have a variety of barbecue options. So maybe if you were looking for something more raw or visceral this isn't the place for you after all.
D.S. Music Restaurant, Taipei
If you like the thought of all of these themed restaurants, then get ready for this one. Also located in the capital of Taiwan, D.S. Music Restaurant is a hospital-themed restaurant where all the servers are dressed as nurses. They will serve you drinks from an IV bag on a hospital bed table and make sure that you are getting all the nutrition you need.
If you were hoping for some sort of band to be playing, guess again. The name of the restaurant doesn't seem to have anything to do with the theme. Sorry.
Heart Attack Grill, Las Vegas
If you liked the idea of a hospital-themed restaurant and were looking for something more hardcore or a bit closer to home, then you're in for a treat. This restaurant in Nevada will allow you to live out your wildest fantasies. And we mean that literally. Aside from serving you the most unhealthy food possible (a 17-pound burger called "quadruple bypass") you have the option of getting paddle spanked by the nurses after your meal.
You will also don hospital gowns as you dine on a slew of other medical-themed items like different colored fluids in syringes and drinks from an IV bag.
Hajime Robot Restaurant, Bangkok
If you liked the idea of Haohai having robot companions serving you your food, then you'll love this one as well. This restaurant, while it doesn't have any robots cooking the food, does have a robot who serves the food to you and even dances. Actually, the food might be a bit nicer considering it is made by human hands. But hey, a robot serving you the food is pretty cool!
If you want to check this place out, you're going to have to book yourself a trip to Thailand. It could be worth it, though, since Thailand also has many other cool places to check out.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to live blind, there are many options you can try to simulate the experience. One such experience that the Opaque restaurant in West Hollywood, California helps you understand is what it's like to dine while being unable to see anything. All of the waiters are blind themselves and they serve you a three-course meal while you can't see.
You honestly can't come close to understanding what it's like to be blind until you've at least put yourself into a situation where you have to perform daily activities without any hope that your eyes will help you. But even then it wouldn't be the same.
Twin Stars, Moscow
The main concept of this restaurant is fairly simple: hire as many identical twins as you can, and only identical twins, and make a theme out of that for your restaurant. We're not sure whether they each take a table to serve or if they serve the tables together, but we can't imagine that being very easy for the customers to tell who they're supposed to be speaking to.
Either way, this is a really cool concept for a restaurant. Although we can't say it would be easy to find all of the staff you need, we can be sure it brings in the people.
When this restaurant was put in place (it was shipped in from Singapore where it was built and then sunk into place in the Maldives) it was one of several restaurants at what used to be the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. This literally nautical restaurant is situated 16 feet below the surface of the water and sports a massive panoramic window that allows viewers to see the ocean around them in a 270-degree field of view.
It has both survived an earthquake and the ensuing tsunami and has also managed to survive the pressure for over fifteen years. Time is running out though; its expected lifespan is only twenty years.
Modern Toilet, Taipei
Yet another themed restaurant that located in Taipei. This restaurant is--you guessed it--themed around toilets. You sit on toilets, eat from toilets, heck even the glass table is built on a toilet. Don't worry, though, they are all sanitary. Hilariously enough, a lot of the food also looks like something from a toilet. For example, the dessert below is meant to look like a poop emoji.
As gross as this may seem, as long as you're able to look past the whole toilet thing, this is actually a pretty cool restaurant and a popular one at that.
Robot Restaurant, Tokyo
Strobe lights, rave music, deep bass, and dance routines. You get all that and more when you come to this restaurant. Oh, and endless robots, of course. This place is deep in the heart of Kabukicho, the part of the Shinjuku district of Tokyo known for much adult entertainment, so you shouldn't be surprised if you spot a dozen half-naked women a well. Don't be afraid, this place is really popular.
It may seem like a lot and will probably give you sensory overload, but if you like neon, robots, and cyberpunk, this is the place for you!
Cabbages & Condoms, Bangkok
Yes, you heard that right folks. This restaurant is all about the cabbage...and condoms. If you don't believe us you can scroll down and take a look for yourself and maybe even do a bit of searching on Google. Everything here is themed with sexual protection in mind. Even the decorations are made of condoms. They have a couple of mannequins made of them, too.
All of this is to hopefully raise awareness of the need for sexual protection. They even give out free condoms, so if you're going to wine and dine before heading back to his or her place, then this just might be the place to go.
Disaster Restaurant, Catalonia
If you travel to Spain and you want one hell of a kick, then you should visit the Disaster Restaurant. If you do know what that name implies, we want to let you know that it isn't a real disaster. But you do get to dine with the threat of a 7.8 Richter scale earthquake. We're not kidding. This place has a ton of videos that you can check to confirm we aren't lying.
Why you would want to go somewhere where they simulate really powerful earthquakes, we don't know. But clearly they've been doing well enough for themselves to prove that people want it.
So, unfortunately, this restaurant had shut down at some point only to reopen in a more modern setting. But before then, it was a very strange experience. You would walk through a morgue set and get seated at a medical bed with wheelchairs for seats. This was a collaboration with the bar next door called "The Clinic" which also had a medical theme.
It does seem, however, that the food is something truly special. It is based on molecular gastronomy, which means tailor-making the food to appeal to your tastebuds.
Christon Café, Tokyo
You can probably find a bunch of different themed restaurants in Tokyo. This one just so happens to be very Christian in design. There is a giant crucifix, tons of stained glass windows, and a whole lot of Mother Mary and Jesus statues. They also have coffin-shaped menus for some reason. It has become a very popular place for women-only gatherings, specifically Gothic lolitas.
If you were hoping to go to church in Japan, then maybe this can be a partial fix for that craving. Just don't forget to say Grace.
Dinner in The Sky, Various Locations
You can find one of these in Belarus for sure, but there are also a few spread across the world. The concept is exactly what it sounds like: you have dinner in the sky. You get strapped into some seats seated at a table that surrounds the chefs and their kitchen. Then a crane lifts the whole structure into the air where you will soon enjoy a lovely dinner with up to 24 people.
We hope you're not afraid of heights because this thing goes quite high up there. But it wouldn't be dinner in the sky otherwise, huh?
Fortezza Medicea Restaurant, Volterra
This restaurant in Italy is no ordinary restaurant. It is, in fact, a prison. That's right. If you have ever wanted to dine in a prison for any strange reason you have a chance. The servers here are actually inmates and the food is... well, it's not prison food, but something much better. Although you will be eating your meal with plastic cutlery.
We're not really sure what the appeal is here. It seems like it's just a gimmick, but it seems to work well enough that people keep coming back.
Wageningen University & Research Restaurant, Wageningen
This university is located in the region of the Netherlands known as Food Valley. They describe themselves as "the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme 'healthy food and living environment'". At the restaurant located within, you'll be monitored by cameras at all times so that companies and researchers can gauge your reactions to new food products and packaging.
Would you want to be watched while you experience and eat new foods? It seems a bit too much like "Big Brother" for us.
Edelstein Café, Tokyo
This cafe in Tokyo is dubbed Tokyo's first schoolboy cafe. What exactly does that mean? It means that all the waiters cater to readers of the "boy love" genre of Japanese comic books (known as manga). All of the waiters typically dress up in attire that is common for high schoolers to dress up in. At this cafe, they also act out instances from famous manga scenes.
If you're a reader of all things manga, you might actually enjoy this restaurant, given that you are also interested in a sexy schoolboy theme.
Witches in Britches Theatre Restaurant, Melbourne
This restaurant in Australia is veiled in a Halloween theme that never ends, kind of like Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas", Here, you'll experience humour and campiness that comes with any Halloween-themed anything. It's quite kitsch, but that's exactly what people go there for. The restaurant puts on live musical theatrics to entertain diners while they eat.
The menu is pretty simple, being a basic bistro menu, but that's probably not what you are going to go there for. Seems like a pretty fun place for events!
Ninja Theatrical Restaurant, New York
This restaurant boasted a unique twist on the dining experience. Themed around feudal Japanese culture, this restaurant has ninjas dropping down from the ceiling, popping out from the shadows, and generally coming out of nowhere to serve you your food. While it's expensive, it's a really fun way to spend a birthday dinner if you like that sort of thing.
It was, unfortunately, shut down permanently in 2020 after 15 years in service. The only reason given for the closure was "an emergency".
Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare
This restaurant offers one of the most stunning views of any restaurant in Italy. It's set up in a limestone cave right beside the ocean, so you'll be able to take in the sea breeze while you dine leisurely. It has been around in one form or another since the 1700s, so it's no surprise that this is one of the most popular destinations for cuisine in the country.
If you're looking for good food and a great view, this is definitely the place to go. It might be a little expensive, but it will certainly be worth it.
Bird’s Nest Restaurant, Thailand
We hope you aren't afraid of heights. If you liked the concept behind Dinner in the Sky, you'll probably like this one even more. This restaurant in Thailand is just what it sounds like--dinner up in a "bird's nest". You'll sit in a little booth where you'll be lifted at least sixteen feet off of the ground. You can enjoy your food and the view in a quiet, quaint little spot atop the trees.
It's just as romantic as it sounds. You won't have much room for a lot of people, so try bringing your date with you to this magical spot.
Alcatraz E.R., Japan
We hope you don't have an easily upset stomach or get too queasy. In fact, it's a wonder why this restaurant is able to exist at all. Obviously themed around the Alcatraz Prison, this restaurant also adds to the game by bringing you tons of gore and creepy gothic themes. But if you're into the occult and things of that nature, you might feel right at home here.
As for us, we're going to stay away. We'd rather not dine on things that literally look like they were stolen from some man in a sketchy street surgery.
Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, Villa Escudero
This has got to be one of the most interesting destinations for food on this list. It is literally a restaurant situated in front of (and nearly inside) a waterfall. Located in The Philippines, you'll literally be dining in the water with the water crashing down right behind you. It's one of the best restaurants to go to if you want to dine and bask in nature's glory.
We just hope you don't mind getting wet. The waterfall drains out down the river that the picnic tables are set up in. You better remember to bring the right gear.