The World's Most Gorgeous Glass Restaurants

These dazzling, translucent spaces—from Los Angeles to Vienna—offer diners a setting so spectacular, it’s worth the trip... From converted greenhouses to new-fashioned observatories, some of the most brilliant restaurants are heading toward the light, opening inside of glass structures with more windows than walls. No matter the cuisine, light-filled spaces make dishes delightful—here are eight glass-enclosed tables to book around the world.

De Kas, Amsterdam

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De Kas, Amsterdam

There’s no table overlooking a canal, but the garden view is aplenty at De Kas, a star amongst Amsterdam’s flourishing restaurant scene. The original 1926 structure—a municipal nursery for greenery and flora for the city—was scheduled to be demolished, until Michelin-starred chef Gert Jan Hageman brought it back to life. The seasonally-driven concept is surrounded by its own gardens—vegetables aren’t just grown on-site, they’re grown in view.restaurantdekas.nl

Sky Garden, London

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Sky Garden, London

Not long ago, the Shard’s sky-high restaurants were privy to London’s most dramatic dinner with a view through its 31st and 32nd floor-to-ceiling windows, but Sky Garden raised the roof—yes, literally. Atop the wonky-shaped building, aptly monikered the "Walkie-Talkie," Sky Garden serves up its array of eateries (from cocktail bars to proper restaurants) within a three-story glass dome over 500 feet in the sky. skygarden.london

Ocho, San Antonio, Texas

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Ocho, San Antonio, Texas

Sidled up to Hotel Havana along San Antonio’s lush River Walk, a glass observatory houses Ocho. The Mediterranean Revival–style building was built in 1914 by a self-made grocer, who might delight in just how much spotlight food gets in this refashioned and sun-drenched restaurant. Vibrant interiors pop with steel beams polished in turquoise, while the chic chandeliers are hardly necessary in the daytime as light floods this pan-Latin restaurant with Texan swagger. havanasanantonio.com

Eberly, Austin, Texas

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Eberly, Austin, Texas

A clutch of four distinct areas—from a rooftop terrace to a historic 150-year-old bar which was replanted from Greenwich Village—now connect to create Eberly. The study is the coziest of its quarters and stands right in the center, designed after 19th-century British greenhouses (cue Kew Gardens), accented with hanging ferns and potted greens. Windows on either side look onto the other sections of the restaurant, while across the ceiling, celestial windows pour natural light over crowded brunches. eberlyaustin.com

Nuestro Secreto, Buenos Aires

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Nuestro Secreto, Buenos Aires

No translator is needed to understand the name of this pocket park restaurant, secreted alongside the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires in the posh La Recoleta district. The standalone glass pavilion centers on the asado, an Argentinian, convivial gathering of friends and family for an outdoor barbecue—which, in Nuestro Secreto’s case, is soundly indoors. Of course, all of the glass throughout the structure—from the roof to the walls—is designed to open wide to the outdoors, making the asado a bonafide al fresco spectacle. fourseasons.com/buenosaires

Commissary, Los Angeles

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Commissary, Los Angeles

Vegetables are the feature at Roy Choi’s Commissary, but the attraction is the space itself. Its greenhouse-inspired structure is built like it means it—suspended plants thrive throughout the airy space. The all-window restaurant bathes in the signature L.A. glow that filters through ceilings and walls as hip hotel guests lay about the adjacent pool. eatatpot.com

Palmenhaus, Vienna

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Palmenhaus, Vienna

Originally commissioned in 1901 as a palm house for Vienna’s former imperial palace, Palmenhaus is a luminous restaurant which now thrives inside the historic structure. Not forgetting its namesake, tropical plants still populate the gargantuan greenhouse, as do Vienna’s tourists who’ve arrived to sample the staple drink—espresso with whipped cream—in a brilliantly lit space. palmenhaus.at

Terrain Garden Café, Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania

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Terrain Garden Café, Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania

To the delight of style-driven and glassy-eyed horticulturalists, this restaurant is the flagship of terrain, a garden retail concept by none other than the same company behind Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Among its retail store, bonafide nursery, mushroom house, and more, the concept sticks to the property’s original roots, formerly a nursery that opened over 130 years ago. The Terrain Garden Café opened inside the property’s original greenhouse, serving leafy greens to green thumbs. shopterrain.com