The World’s Most Beautiful Remote Restaurants

A love of travel often goes hand in hand with a love of food. And when traveling requires a more adventurous—sometimes treacherous—journey, the dining experience becomes that much more exciting and immersive. From feasting on authentic Thai cuisine in a hanging treepod on a remote island to dining on fresh fish on a tiny island off the coast of the U.S. mainland, these six hard-to-reach restaurants are destinations worth building a trip around.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Three Chimneys

Three Chimneys: Loch Dunvegan, Scotland

This five-star Scottish restaurant sit on a single-track road (B884) on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, which is located between the villages of Dunvegan and Glendale, so visiting by car is recommended. (The nearest train station is over 50 miles away, and while the restaurant is accessible by taxi, they must be booked in advance.) Many guests make the trip to stay at the Three Chimneys lodge and dine in the intimate, award-winning restaurant led by Chef Scott Davies. threechimneys.co.uk

Willows Inn: Lummi Island, Washington

Take a two hour journey from Seattle to Willows Inn (including a cash-only ferry transport from Gooseberry Island) to dine at this fish-focused, prix-fixe, reservation-only restaurant. Visitors to Willows Inn dish out $195 a head for a tasting menu featuring dishes such eggplant and caramelized squid, reefnet caught smoked sockeye, toasted birch branches, and grilled geoduck clam. willows-inn.com

Photo: Paul Raeside / Courtesy of Soneva Kerr Treepod Dining

Soneva Kerr Treepod Dining: Koh Kood, Thailand

For some, just getting to Thailand is off-the-grid enough. Looking to take it up a notch? Try booking dinner in a hanging treepod at the Soneva Kerr resort, located on Thailand’s fourth largest (but least populated) island, Koh Kood. Getting that reservation, however, may mean booking a stay at the resort. Per Soneva’s website, “After a 90-minute flight to Koh Mai Si (MSI), our private airport island, you will be taken by a luxury speed boat to the resort’s jetty where our team will welcome you.” soneva.com

 

Photo: Erik Olsson Photography

Fäviken: Jämtland, Sweden

To get to one of the most famous restaurants in the world, Fäviken, travelers first need to get to Stockholm. From there, it’s an hour-long flight to Jämtland, a remote Swedish county filled with mountain vistas and very few people. The entire population is roughly 130,000 residents, or three people per square mile. Under Chef Magnus Nilsson, who took over in 2008, Fäviken was named “the world’s most daring restaurant,” by Bon Appétit for its focus on locally foraged, fished, hunted, and farmed fare. Fäviken accepts dinner reservations for up to six people, which can be booked online several months in advance. favikenmagasinet.se

Photo: Courtesy of Chart Room

Chart Room: Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Where the Pacific Ocean meets the Bering Sea lies one of the world’s richest fisheries—meaning one of the most decadent seafood brunch experiences can be found here. Chart Room in the Grand Aleutian Hotel is a local favorite, but it also draws visitors to the area to dine on fish caught in the Alaskan Dutch Harbor, which, along with neighboring Unalaska, is the only natural deepwater port in the Aleutians. (Sound familiar? The Aleutians are also where Discovery Channel’s The Deadliest Catch takes place.) grandaleutian.com

Photo: Courtesy of Damon Baehrel

Damon Baehrel: Earlton, New York

Snagging a reservation at this remote, one-man-operated restaurant will take about a decade. But if you’re willing to wait until 2025, the small down of Earlton, New York, (about 30 miles south of Albany) is home to Damon Baehrel, a much buzzed-about eatery from the chef of the same name. Following what he calls a “Native Harvest” method of preparation, Baehrel sources most of the food he serves at his small establishment from his 12-acre property. Acting as the maître d’, chef, sommelier, dishwasher, food runner, and all other conceivable restaurant roles, Chef Baehrel has faced controversy along with his notoriety. But one thing everyone can agree on? The food is outstanding—if you ever get the chance to try it. damonbaehrel.com

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