To reserve an entire restaurant for you and your date you have to be exceedingly wealthy. That, or find an exceedingly small restaurant.
Here are three restaurants that consist entirely of one table. Each is in Europe. And each claims to be the world’s smallest restaurant. Which one deserves that dubious title? You be the judge:
The Kuappi restaurant is in a quaint wood cabin on a less-than-quaint street of apartment buildings in the small town of Iisalmi, smack in the the middle of Finland. Although a sign out front boasts of this restaurant’s supposed status as the world’s smallest locals seem to think more of Kuappi’s wide selection of alcohol served in airplane mini-bottles. “Don’t miss their bar,” a local advised us about Kuappi. Which made us laugh when we got there. In this place with barely enough room for one table and two chairs it is hard to miss anything.
Why it should be the world’s smallest restaurant: It’s the only one of these three restaurants in a self-contained building. The others are part of some larger complex.
Why it shouldn’t: While there’s only one table inside the restaurant there’s also another one outside on the terrace.
Solo per Due
What could be a better dining experience than eating in a gourmet restaurant located on a posh central Italian estate once owned by a poet? Having that restaurant all for yourself and your hot date. Solo per Due (“Just For Two”) is all about personalized service for two guests—and two guests only—per night. And this service extends beyond the meal. Maybe you’d like the restaurant to put on a personalized firework display for you, create a centerpiece of your date’s favorite flowers and arrange for you to drive to dinner in a Ferrari—Solo per Due can accommodate you. If you have to ask the price you can’t afford it.
Why it should be the world’s smallest restaurant: While there are waitstaff that hang around in the same room as you in the other world’s smallest restaurant contenders, at Solo per Due you’ll have the room to yourself. When you want service you summon help by ringing a bell on your table.
Why it shouldn’t: The restaurant is part of a large estate where you can also spend the night.
Dinner For 2
An enormous castle in the center of Salzburg seems an unlikely place to find a candidate for the world’s smallest restaurant. But then Dinner For 2 seems an unlikely name for an establishment that regularly serves dinner to four people at once.
The Dinner For Two Restaurant is perched on the top floor of a castle that was built in 1350, was a home to the Monastery of St. Peter for hundreds of years and is today the Hotel Schloss Mönchstein. Up to four guests sit on red velvet couches in the restaurant’s one room enjoying the food from a menu personalized for their dining party (along with panoramic views of Salzburg’s old city). The hotel itself is one of the best in Europe and a superb place to stay even if you can’t get a Dinner For 2 reservation.
Why it should be the world’s smallest restaurant: The physical area of the dining room is the smallest of the three contenders.
Why it shouldn’t: The restaurant can accommodate 100% more people than the two restaurants reviewed above. And, oh yeah, it’s in a giant castle.
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