Today, getting entertainment with your meal isn’t limited to a hibachi chef making a small volcano out of a mountain of onions, or fake knights pretending to joust. These funky restaurants offer entertainment so unique you’ll want to say yes to the dessert menu just so you can see more. Here are 10 restaurants around the world with bizarre entertainment.
At around 7 p.m. every night, the staff at Kayabukiya Tavern in Japan switch shifts and the dinner servers are, well, a little unconventional but totally adorable. Small monkeys wearing sports jackets bring diners everything from bottles of wine to entrees, and accept soybeans as “tips.”
At the Hajime Dalu restaurant, diners cook their own seafood, meat, vegetables and more on small burners in the middle of the table. But they probably get distracted by the dancing robots that periodically come up and down the isles getting down to pop music!
Dinner in the Sky is a culinary craze in more than 40 countries. You eat — and are served — suspended 160 feet above the Earth. It has become such a popular business, it’s created spin-off experiences like marriage in the sky and showbiz in the sky. Your table, your food, your server, yourself and your fellow diners are suspended in the sky during your meal, harnessed to your seats.
Diners at the Disaster Café in Spain aren’t just paying for food; they’re paying to experience a simulated 7.8-magnitude earthquake. The staff wears construction helmets, and food is served on super sturdy, heavy dishes so they won’t break during the disaster. With that in mind, don’t wear white or your favorite clothes because things will spill.
If you’re a stickler for great service, be warned, that’s not exactly what you’ll get here! At Ed Debevic’s, the servers are supposed to make snarky comments to diners, and sometimes even stand up on your table and dance, just to bug you!
At this old-timey, family-style restaurant serving classic American food like root beer icies and onion rings, you order your food over a telephone and have it delivered to you via a small overhead train.
Leave it to the French to come up with such a flirty dining concept. At Restophone, each table is equipped with a telephone, from which you can call any of the other tables to chat and flirt with the other patrons, or even ask someone to dance in the nightclub area.
Everything about an evening at this restaurant is magical, from the setting — inside an old monastery, the oldest restaurant in Europe — to the entertainment — a live Mozart concert. Guests dine at elegant, candlelit tables with white tablecloths. The restaurant is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Inside the gorgeous Wynn hotel is this theatrical restaurant, where the walls and ceiling “switch” every 20 minutes. In a very Cirque de Soleil-manner, the ceiling will open up, revealing gorgeous chandeliers with flower petals that morph into different shapes. The walls might suddenly look like a rainforest and you never know what simulated environment you’ll be dining in next.
At Hatraklin, every dish is inspired by a movie scene, and when you eat, that movie will be playing in the background so you can pretend to be your favorite character. For once, the food you see on TV actually magically appears in front of you.