Underwater Dining: Norway’s First Underwater Restaurant Opens
Luxury underwater dining is going to become the next big luxury hit.
“Under” in Lindesnes, Norway, is Europe’s first and the world’s largest luxury underwater dining venue. Five meters under the sea at Norway’s southern tip, diners can watch the marine life pass by as they eat.
Predictably, it’s already becoming one of the most coveted dinner reservations in the world.
Despite only having its soft opening in March, Under already has more than 7,000 reservations, paying guests won’t be able to get into the restaurant until April.
Because the restaurant is only capable of serving 40 guests at a time, it will take months to work through the build-up. The earliest reservations available for two guests are currently in August.
Guests will dine on a set tasting menu, consisting of seasonal, local ingredients and fresh seafood. Despite a mouth-watering menu, it’s probably not the food that most people are waiting for.
“The fascination is just this movement from above water to underwater through the building,” Kjetil Traedal Thorsen, the founder of Snoehetta, the design mastermind behind Under. “The big window exposes the underwater not like an aquarium, it’s the real thing.”
More than half the sperm whale-shaped structure is submerged underwater, where guests can have an immersive experience in Norwegian waters. The venue, after Maldives and Dubai, has taken underwater dining to the next level.
Diners will enter the restaurant through its uppermost level, which includes a foyer and cloakroom. The middle level houses a champagne bar and the main restaurant space is located on the lowest floor.