Openings and Closings

World's Highest Restaurant Opens in Dubai

Move over, Space Needle and Stratosphere restaurant! The world's tallest restaurant has just opened in Dubai, and the view and prices are as high as you can get without wings.

Atmosphere is located on the 122nd floor of Dubai's Burj Khalifa building. The Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building and includes an Armani-designed hotel and observation deck. Patrons take an ear-popping 57-second ride up 1,350 feet on a private glass and chrome elevator to reach the restaurant and lounge.

Prices at Atmosphere are as high as the view. Entrées average about $90, and appetizers cost about $50. Don't think about just taking the elevator up for a quick drink, because lounge patrons have to spend a minimum of $54 per person (which probably equals one martini and some free nuts).

Atmosphere's vertical height makes it the highest restaurant in the world, though the Guinness Book of Records has yet to verify it.


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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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