World’s Largest Underwater Restaurant to Open in Norway

By Paul Joseph

Underwater dining is more commonly associated with idyllic destinations outside of Europe, but a new restaurant of this kind is set to open in Norway, it has been confirmed.

Slated to open in April 2019, Norway’s ‘Under’ restaurant will serve up fresh seafood 16.5 feet below the sea to 80-100 guests – making it the world’s largest underwater eatery.

Designed by renowned architectural firm Snøhetta, Under is half-submerged into the sea, while three-feet walls protect it from the area’s rugged waters.

A 36 x 13-foot panoramic window in the dining room allows guests to enjoy extraordinary marine vews, while muted lighting will be installed on the seabed so that guests can observe the marine life in any weather.

“What makes it so complicated and unique, is the fact that it isn’t going to be a simple, concrete storage tank,” says Arne Marthinsen, the project manager for SubMar Group, which is responsible for the project’s marine operations.

“But rather an amazing, unique experience for people due to the location, the architecture, the interior, the underwater view and of course the delicious cuisine.”

Acclaimed Danish chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen will curate an exceptional menu crafted from locally sourced produce that includes cod, lobster, mussels, and truffle kelp.

Nestled at the southernmost tip of Norway in the coastal village of Båly, Under will simultaneously function as a marine research center when it opens in April 2019.

By Paul Joseph