Dining in the Maldives is as much about romancing the sea as it is about pleasing the taste buds. Imagine being seated mere steps away from the ocean, or better still, underneath it, as gourmet cuisine prepared by world-class chefs arrives at your table. Luxury resorts on private islands house exquisite restaurants with unforgettable views and concepts. Below, we list the 10 best restaurants in the Maldives:
Restaurants with Stunning Ambience
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Conrad Maldives:
Situated 16 feet below sea level, this restaurant lets you dine on modern European specialities while gazing at tropical fish through the all-glass walls and ceiling. Go for the six-course dinner if really hungry.
Borderless Dining, Dusit Thani:
This is not a single restaurant but rather, a concept crafted by Dusit Thani. Guests can choose between various dreamy locales such as the beach paired with the choicest creations for a meal of a lifetime.
Sea.Fire.Salt, Anantara Veli:
Fiery sunsets are yours to enjoy at this over-water restaurant featuring al fresco tables on a wooden deck. Highlights of the menu include freshly caught seafood cooked your way, and super-delicious grilled steaks.
Fresh in the Garden, Soneva Fushi:
While most theme restaurants in the Maldives revolve around the sea, at Soneva Fushi, you can dine in the embrace of the forest. The open-air, Mediterranean restaurant perches on wooden stilts to offer spectacular views of the jungle.
Restaurants with Authentic Cuisine
Reethi Restaurant, One&Only Reethi Rah:
Ocean views, an open kitchen, and a smorgasbord of Mediterranean and Asian treats make Reethi Restaurant one of the very best. Mondays are Italian-themed with gnocchi and risotto on offer, while Fridays are dedicated to Indian cuisine.
Muraka, Mirihi Island Resort:
This restaurant scores well on authenticity as well as ambience, with its spectacular over-water location. Don’t miss out on the Maldivian tuna and lobster bisque.
KITCHEN, W Maldives:
Whatever the time of day, this restaurant won’t disappoint. The semi-buffet breakfast and à la carte dinner are a favourite with many. When you’re not busy drinking in the sunset, you can watch the chefs work their magic at the open cooking stations.