Go Deep Sea Dining in this Incredible Underwater Restaurant

March 26, 2019 - 4:59 pm

Adventurous entrepreneurs have put restaurants in all sorts of places—Abandoned factories, inside a cave, 160 feet up hanging from a crane—but few locations look as breathtakingly as Norway’s Under. It’s Europe’s first underwater restaurant with a dining room more than 18 feet under water. The striking, half-sunken building was designed by the boundary pushing architecture firm Snøhetta. The restaurant aims to give diners a transformative experience when they come in. A statement on Under’s website reads, “We hope to provide you with a new perspective of the ocean’s complexity and to improve your relationship to the sea. With this outlook you will also have a better understanding of the food you eat.  

That food will come from Norwegian chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard. Ellitsgaard is planning an 18 course tasting menu full of things you won’t find anywhere else—think sea arrow grass, mahogany clams and varieties of mushrooms and berries specific to Scandinavia.  

A dish of mahogany clams at Under restaurant
Stian Broch

And the longer Under stays in business, the more it will become part of the frigid environment. According to designers “the rough concrete shell will work as an artificial reef, welcoming limpets and kelp to inhabit it.”

All of it adds up to a once in a lifetime sort of meal, including just getting to the restaurant. Finding Under is no small feat. It sits on the southernmost tip of Norway in the town of Lindesnes, a five-hour drive from Oslo. The closest airport is in the town of Kristiansand, which only has 9,000 people in it. It’s so remote that the restaurant includes recommendations for where to stay overnight for anyone who comes to eat there.

Even though it may look like nothing else you’ve ever seen, Under is not the only remote underwater restaurant on Earth. Even further from the mainland you’ll find Subsix in the Maldives, a club that looks like it’s straight out of The Little Mermaid. The two restaurants are about 5,000 miles apart, so if you have a real travel bug you can do the world’s longest bar crawl.

people eating in Under restaurant
Ivar Kvaal

If you do want to eat you better start planning. Reservations are booked up through September, but you can get on the waiting list in case something opens up.