Dining by candlelight gets the star treatment in Hollywood flicks, but some of us — early eaters, arsonphobics, and iPhone-ready photographers — prefer to set our gastronomical groove to the beat of a gorgeous sunset. There is nothing like the five-sense experience of soaking in the early evening’s rosy glow, indulging in seasonal mojitos and the sea’s catch of the day while watching the swelling sun dip into the breathtaking surrounding landscape on a hot summer’s night.
From the pristine nature of the Scottish Highlands and New Zealand to the thrilling rooftops of Manhattan and Monarch Beach, Calif., to the clubby hot spots of Mykonos, St. Barths, and Goa to the quiet mountains of Asheville, N.C., and Yosemite National Park to the private corners of the Earth, Bora Bora, Cap Ferret, and Bali, you’ll find that some of the greatest views are accompanied by stellar food. From fried alligator sushi rolls in Louisiana to stone crab claws in the Bahamas to quail Külbastı in Istanbul to roasted pigeon in Paris, there is something for the adventurer in each of you.
Mark Twain used his wordy wit to give passionate praise to sunsets: "They are soft, sensuous, lovely — they are exquisite, refined, effeminate." Perhaps fittingly, that quote is from the Connecticut native’s travel book, The Innocents Abroad.
The Daily Meal agrees and has your go-to list of the very best restaurants with food and sunsets worth the trip halfway across the globe. The culinary concoctions at these scenic restaurants are executed with local flair and fresh ingredients in a fabulous atmosphere (from live DJs to ultra-romantic privacy), but we all know it’s the photo of the picture-perfect sunset that will last forever. Now that’s bragging rights.
Check out our slideshow to see these stunning views for yourself!