The World’s Largest Underwater Restaurant

Having dinner underwater is as good a reason as any to visit Southern Norway. That’s where you’ll find the world’s largest underwater restaurant. Fittingly called "Under," the restaurant — the first of its kind in Europe — has 3-foot-thick walls and is designed to withstand harsh weather and rough seas. The 110-foot-long structure resembles a giant concrete tube that's half-submerged in the water. The structure is designed to integrate into its marine environment over time, functioning as an artificial reef. The restaurant, which opened in March 2019, seats 35 to 40 guests each night, who can watch sea life go by through a 36X13-foot panoramic window as they eat. Under has three levels that together span 5,300 square feet. As you might imagine, seafood is what’s on the menu, but it’s not your average run-of-the-mill fish lineup. Danish chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen creates locally-sourced dishes that include cod, lobster, mussels, and truffle kelp, which is a local type of seaweed that apparently tastes like truffles. The restaurant recommends that guests allow four hours “to fully escape into our Immersion menu.” The experience and the food aren’t cheap — the average meal at Under can cost upwards of $400.