While every city has its grand, luxurious dining rooms, packing in hundreds of hungry diners each night, there are also plenty of restaurants on the other end of the spectrum, which serve meals to only a handful of guests at a time, and in some instances only one or two.
In some cases, like at the intimate Solo Per Due in Italy’s Lazio region, one lucky couple is pampered hand and foot for an astronomical price. In others, like at a small tiny counter in Beijing, the room is simply too tiny to accommodate more than a few diners. One thing is for certain, though: guests receive personalized service at these dining establishments.
To judge the smallest restaurants in the world, we took a look at not only restaurants that just have room to accommodate a party of two, but also those in major cities that squeeze as many people as possible into exceedingly tight spaces.
And while some might consider cosmopolitan jewel-box restaurants to be too precious for their own good, often they’re just examples of an enterprising chef or restaurateur trying to make the most out of a (cramped) situation. From New York to Beijing, these holes-in-the-wall are sometimes less than 300 square feet, and range from completely off the radar to in-demand hot spots with impossibly long waiting lists.
Here’s a roundup of some of the tiniest restaurants you’ll encounter on a journey around the world.
Dan Myers is the Eat/Dine Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @sirmyers.