There’s nothing better than heading out to a restaurant and having someone else cook for you, is there? You don’t have to think about what you could make with the food in your refrigerator, you don’t have to spend hours preparing it, and you definitely don’t have to worry about doing the dishes when you’re done. Yes, it’s always a good idea to let someone else do the hard work for you, and there’s a high chance that you have a favorite restaurant that you love to go to time and time again.
However, if you’re looking for someone different and if you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone, you’ll be happy to know that there are other restaurants available in this world. Many of them are pretty ordinary with their normal menu, their normal decor, and their normal staff, but there are others that are a little out of the ordinary. There are some pretty bizarre restaurants on this planet, but it’s fair to say that some of them don’t seem like they’re from this planet at all…
Heart Attack Grill – Las Vegas, United States
As you can probably tell by the name, this restaurant doesn’t boast healthy food options that will help you maintain your diet. Instead, it’s high-calorie meal is only a small part of this overall experience. Staff at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas are dressed up as doctors and nurses, and they make sure that everyone who makes their way through the doors and into their “hospital” wears a hospital gown and are treated as patients.
The burgers are huge, the fries are piled up, and the food is beyond anything you could imagine – but there’s a price to pay if you don’t finish your meal. Anyone who leaves food on their plate gets a flogging by a nurse and her paddle.
Devil’s Island Prison Restaurant – China
If you’re planning on making your way to China sometime soon, you can work out for yourself whether you want to visit the Devil’s Island Prison Restaurant. As you can tell by the name, this eatery gives people the chance to take on the role of a convict in a gruesome prison – and that’s exactly where you’ll eat your food.
The owner of this place supposedly created the restaurant to supposedly entice people away from the life of crime, by giving them an opportunity to see what the worst would be like. Patrons are dressed in jumpsuits, they are handcuffed, their fingerprints are taken, and they are treated with very little respect. Surprisingly, it’s extremely popular!
Ninja – New York City, United States
Have you ever wanted to be a ninja? Have you always thought of yourself as the ultimate ninja master? Well, we may have found the coolest – and the weirdest – restaurant for you. Located in New York City, this eatery features real-life ninjas that fall from the ceiling, jump out of cupboards, and sneak up on you in jump attacks set to scare you and force you into submission.
The whole place is dark and dingy, and it’s enough to put you on edge. However, if you’re a ninja in training, this might be a great place to take on some competition and show the ninja world what you’re made of. Just make sure that you don’t actually hit any of the other ninjas, because that may result in a lawsuit on your hands…
Robot Restaurant – Tokyo, Japan
Japan is known for being on top of the technological game, and there’s no doubt about the fact that the Robot Restaurant is a true testament to that. Human servers make very few appearances in this establishment, as most of your food and drink is served to you by robotic waiters and waitresses.
As if that wasn’t enough, this restaurant also puts on a show that people wait months to see for their very eyes. Robots, strobe lights, cosplay, and all kinds of lights and sounds take part in regular shows that make their way through the restaurant and keep people on their toes. It’s something that really does need to be seen to be believed.
Magic Restroom Cafe – Los Angeles, United States
Los Angeles is full of weird and wonderful restaurants and cafes, but there’s no doubt about the fact that the Magic Restroom Cafe flushes all of the others down the toilet. That’s because this place is actually a themed restaurant, and the theme just happens to be commodes.
Customers are invited to sit on their very own toilet seat, and they are then given the chance to taste their specialty menu. As if this place couldn’t get any more hilarious, their specialty menu includes foods that are made from noodles, Boba-style drinks, and other foods that will definitely see you headed to the real bathroom yourself.
O.Noir – Toronto, Canada
The world is full of dining-in-the-dark experiences, but O. Noir in Toronto is perhaps one of the strangest. Diners make their way from the daylight of the outside world and into the darkness below, and they are led to their tables so they can experience what eating in the pitch darkness is really like.
The idea behind this restaurant is to allow your other senses to become heightened, giving you the chance to taste the food in technicolor – although not literally. All patrons will be able to see is the braille alphabet on the wall, and will instead have to rely on their touch, their taste, and their smell.
A380 In-Flight Kitchen – Taipei, Taiwan
When you think of airplane food, you probably think of horrible food that’s been reheated in a mile-high oven and food that’s dry as a bone. However, the A380 In-Flight Kitchen takes airplane food to a whole new level. That’s because this restaurant is served within an old A380 airplane that’s firmly on terra firma…
Complete with flight attendant waitresses and trays like the ones you would find up in the air. The whole concept of this restaurant is to simulate what it is really like when you’re above the clouds and eating in the skies, but we have a feeling that the food is much better down below…
Dinner in the Sky – Worldwide
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to eat your dinner while suspended a whopping 165-feet in the air by a crane, then you’re in for a right treat. Dinner in the Sky can be found across the globe in numerous different locations and offers 22 lucky (or unlucky) customers the chance to taste some delicious delights above some of the most beautiful destinations that this world has to offer.
Of course, it’s not for the faint-hearted, and anyone who suffers from vertigo might want to give this one a miss. You don’t want to waste the food you eat, and you certainly don’t want to give an unsuspecting victim below you a strange shower.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – The Maldives
When you head to a restaurant, you normally head to one that’s above ground and one where your dinner isn’t staring back at you through reinforced glass. However, we’re here to tell you that you can experience something a little different if you make your way to the Maldives.
That’s because the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant offers customers the chance to dine in the world’s first aquarium-style restaurant, and it’s as weird as it sounds. Sitting 16-feet under the Indian Ocean, you can chow down on your fish course while the fish swim nonchalantly beside you. If that doesn’t give you some serious food guilt, then we don’t know what will…
Dick’s Last Resort – Across the United States
If you’ve ever stumbled across a Dick’s Last Resort restaurant across the United States and quickly made your way out of the door, we don’t blame you. This restaurant chain is unlike any other in the world, and it’s fair to say that their customer service is legendary.
That’s because the staff who work here are trained to be as rude to you as possible – and the people who visit this place expect as much. You’re made to sit in hats that feature personal insults, staff will throw napkins at you, and you’ll be lucky if you get your food without about ten eye rolls. It’s not for the faint-hearted, this place.
‘S Baggers – Nuremberg, Germany
Although this restaurant may now be permanently closed, there’s no doubt about the fact that its legacy has continued ever since. After all, who could forget the rollercoaster restaurant? Located in Nuremberg, Germany, this restaurant boasted a staff of zero.
That’s because customers simply ordered their food on touch screen menus, and simply waited for the food to whizz along the series of rails that snaked their way through the restaurant. Thankfully, this food is covered with lids and strapped down onto the rails pretty tightly, because we can imagine that soup on a rollercoaster is never going to end well.
Mars 2112 Restaurant – New York City, United States
The Mars 2112 Restaurant is now closed, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t once one of the most bizarre restaurants in New York City. Located right by Times Square, this restaurant was opened in 1998 and quickly became a hotspot for alien lovers and wannabe Martians.
Customers were led to their table by actors dressed up in their alien attire, and they were seated in a room that had been transformed into the landscape you would expect on Mars. This themed restaurant seemed to do well for a while, but it seems as though Mars got a little too full up for the Martians’ liking. Maybe we’ll get to go back there at some point.
The Pale Blue Door – Berlin, Germany
Berlin is arguably one of the coolest cities in the world, and it’s full of all kinds of weird and wonderful eateries that everyone can enjoy. The Pale Blue Door is one of the weirdest that this place has to offer, and that’s due to the fact that it’s made from pieces of scrap that have been found across the city.
There’s wood everywhere, there are rickety staircases, and there are string lights illuminating the whole place inside one of the wonderful community gardens in Berlin. Customers sit on plastic chairs and tables, but the owner says that’s all part of the unique experience he provides.
The Barbie Cafe – Taipei, Taiwan
The Barbie is one of the most famous dolls ever to be created in this world, and her brand has since been transformed into various merchandise, food, and so much more. Well, what if we told you that there was once a Barbie-themed cafe in Taipei?
Aptly named The Barbie Cafe, this place was decked out in pink from floor to ceiling before it closed its doors a few years ago. Everything about the establishment was created as an ode to the Mattel doll, and the staff who worked here all donned their Barbie outfits for their shifts. Of course, you have to be a fan of the doll to enjoy this one.
Fortezza Medicea – Volterra, Italy
If you’re the kind of person that loves to check out the finest and most exclusive eateries that the world has to offer, then you probably head to restaurants that are difficult to bag a reservation for. While Fortezza Medicea is notoriously difficult to book, that actually has something to do with the fact that this restaurant resides in the middle of a working prison.
Yes, all of the inmates in this prison are employed in this restaurant, and they are all trained to cook your food, serve your drinks, and bring your food to your table. The reason it takes so long to actually eat here? Anyone who makes a reservation has to go through some serious and in-depth background checks.
The Hobbit House – Manila, Philippines
With a name like The Hobbit House, you’d probably expect this restaurant to transport you to Hobbiton from Lord of the Rings, right? Well, not quite. This restaurant in Manila is actually one of the only eateries in the world that is run completely by those with dwarfism.
The place is decked out in all kinds of bright lights and colors, and this restaurant holds regular open mic nights and events that show off the talent of the little people. The Hobbit House is pretty popular, and there’s no doubt about the fact that the food is truly something special.
New Lucky Restaurant – Ahmedabad, India
If you ever find yourself taking a trip to Ahmedabad in India, you might want to weigh up your eating options and decide if the New Lucky Restaurant really is somewhere you want to eat. That’s because you’d not only have to share the restaurant with living customers, but also the dearly departed.
Yes, this restaurant has actually been built atop numerous graves, and the owner seems to believe that they have been incredibly lucky to him. The tables are placed to give people the chance to see the graves in great detail, and they share their tea and buttery rolls alongside passed away an unknown number of years ago. It’s a no from us…
Nyotaimori Restaurants – Japan
The people of Japan seem to love to eat their food in weird and wonderful ways, which is why the Nyotaimori chain of restaurants has proved to be so popular with locals and tourists alike. Instead of offering their food on dishes, this restaurant actually serves its food on human bodies.
You’ll be happy to know that these bodies are completely alive, and are actually servers who spend hours training to lay as still as possible, so they don’t disrupt the sushi and other food products that are laden on their unclothed bodies. Customers aren’t allowed to speak to the servers, and any lewd behavior is prohibited in this place.
Redwoods Treehouse – Warkworth, New Zealand
New Zealand as a country is known for providing visitors with incredible natural beauty, and there’s no doubt about the fact that Redwoods Treehouse does just that. Located in the Warkworth area of New Zealand, this treehouse restaurant is located right in the middle of a giant redwood tree, and can only be reached through a walkway that snakes through the forest.
It’s a wonder to behold from the inside and the outside, but it’s not somewhere you can walk up to and grab a table. The restaurant is only available for those who want to hire out the whole thing, so you better start saving some money.
Hospitalis – Riga, Latvia
Hospital-themed restaurants seem to be all the rage at the moment, and Hospitalis in Riga is another restaurant that has adopted such a theme. However, there’s no doubt about the fact that this one stands out from the crowd because this place takes its customer service to a whole new level.
While customers do get the chance to feed themselves with surgical instruments such as scissors and scalpels, they also get the chance to be put in a straight-jacket and for the nurses to feed them instead. This choice is weirdly popular, which means that the restaurant is never short of customers.
The Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya
Nobody likes to share their food, right? Well, what if we told you that you could share your food with giraffes? The Giraffe Manor in Nairobi has become extremely popular over the years thanks to the many adorable giraffes that surround this amazing manor.
The elegant manor is a great place to eat some of the most delicious food that Kenya has to offer, but it’s also a great place to hang out with animals that you rarely get to see otherwise. The open windows entice these tall creatures to eat with you as you have your breakfast, and it’s one of the best ways for you to get face-to-face with these animals.
Christon Cafe – Tokyo, Japan
Christianity is one of the most popular religions in China, but most people don’t expect to see a Christian-themed restaurant as they make their way down the street. However, that’s exactly what Tokyo has to offer. The Christon Cafe is a real feast for the eyes, and anyone who wants to feast here will have to first decide what they want from the coffin-shaped menus.
As if that wasn’t enough, the whole restaurant is covered in statues, stained glass windows, crucifixes, and so many other Biblical pieces. It’s a strange choice for a restaurant, so you might be surprised to hear that it’s pretty popular.
Disaster Cafe – Lloret de Mar, Spain
If you live in a country where earthquakes are a common occurrence, there’s a high chance that you don’t think too much about them. However, there are others who have never experienced such a thing before and would like to do so. That’s where the Disaster Cafe comes in to play.
The cafe, in Lloret de Mar, is a rather bizarre eatery that gives people the chance to eat their dinner while in the midst of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The room shakes, the food goes everywhere, and patrons are expected to pretend as though the natural disaster is really happening.
Twin Stars – Moscow, Russia
It’s always amazing to see identical twins in the flesh, and many people get the chance to see this as they walk down the street. However, the Twin Stars restaurant in Moscow offers something else, as this is a restaurant based entirely around twins.
Every single member of staff in this place, from those behind the bar to those serving the food, are hired in twos with their twin by their side. This can leave many people seeing double, but it’s proven to be a hugely popular eatery. In fact, it’s particularly popular with customers who are twins themselves, as they seem to love being around others like themselves.
Safe House – Milwaukee, United States
If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a CIA agent, you’ll probably be excited to know that you can make all of your spy-filled dreams come true if you head to Milwaukee. That’s because this place is home to the Safe House, which is based on an actual safe house that would be used in proper missions.
You can’t enter this establishment without a very specific password, and you have to solve a few clues before you’re even allowed your meal As if that wasn’t enough, the whole place is decked out in all kinds of cool spy memorabilia, such as sliding bookcases, electric chairs, spy cameras, and so much more.
The Bubble Room – Captiva Island, Florida
If you’re the kind of person that loves to be surrounded by color, dolls, and all kinds of bizarre oddities, you might want to take a trip to The Bubble Room in Florida. This place is full to the brim with toys, dolls, Christmas decorations, bubbles, and music hailing from the 1920s and 1940s.
It’s the land equivalent of the It’s A Small World After All ride, and it seems as though some people love this vibe. However, there are many people who also find this a little creepy, and there are even some who just can’t get on board with the all-year-round Christmas room.
The Clinic – Singapore
Singapore is one of those destinations that seems to be on everyone’s bucket list, but it’s safe to say that a certain kind of person would also add The Clinic to their bucket list. This restaurant has been created to replicate a hospital clinic, and the staff are more than willing to become your doctors and nurses for the evening.
They will bring your food to your table where you’re sat in a wheelchair, and they’ll even “operate” on the food that they cook up underneath bright UV lights that look as though they’ve been taken straight from a hospital ward. We guess that if you contract food poisoning, you’ll be in the right place.
Rock Restaurant – Michanwi Pingwe, Zanzibar
Have you ever been to a restaurant where you can walk on the way there, but you have to float back to dry land when you’ve finished? Well, the Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar isn’t your average restaurant. What this restaurant lacks in size it makes for in character, because it’s located on a small rock just a short way away from the shore.
Anyone lucky enough to bag one of the 12 tables inside will have to make sure they’re keeping track of the tide, because depending on the sea levels, a walkway may be exposed, or the rock may be surrounded by water. Either way, it’s incredibly beautiful.
Fangweng Restaurant – Xiling Gorge, China
Are you the kind of person that lives your life on the edge? What about if you literally lived your life on the edge? Fangweng Restaurant in China is one of the most bizarre places we’ve ever seen because it’s located on a sheer cliff edge in the Xiling Gorge.
Customers who make their way to this restaurant will enter the establishment through a boring old door, and soon make their way across a walkway that offers plummeting views of the gorge below before they’re then taken into a cave for their dining experience. The food is delicious, and the restaurant even offers bungee jumping opportunities – but we’d advise anyone who wants to do this to eat their food afterward.
Cat Cafe Nekorobi – Tokyo, Japan
There are two kinds of people in this world. There are those who love cats more than life itself, and those who aren’t too fussed. If you’re part of the first category then you’ll definitely appreciate the Cat Cafe Nekorobi – but if you’re part of the second category, you’ll probably think this is pretty weird. As you can tell by the name, the Cat Cafe Nekorobi is all about our feline friends.
The whole restaurant is full of cats, and you can eat your miso soup while the cats each their own lunch next to you. The cats are treated like royalty here, which means that your presence may sometimes be a little unwanted. After all, you know how fickle those felines can be…