Stellar food, VIP service and a guarantee that you'll get the best seat in the house: It’s little wonder why there’s a wait to get a table at the restaurants below. And we do mean “a” table. Each of these places has just one dining table, upping the ante on hard-to-land reservations. Just think, you'll never have to give the side-eye to those obnoxiously loud people at the next table—because did we mention there isn't one?
At Ultraviolet in Shanghai, there are only ten seats at a single table available every evening. The restaurant itself is in a secret location, and the journey there is one you won’t soon forget. At 7:30 PM a tinted van picks you up and drops you off at a crumbling local factory. Enter a white-walled room as a gong signals the start of your multi-sensory dining experience. You'll feast on an avant-garde 20-course menu (think egg gruyere raviolo, and veal shank with ground sesame seed sauce and salted lime) as moving images show up on the surrounding walls. Music, fragrance, lighting and theatrical staff performances round out your night. Book your spot ($900 per person) via the restaurant’s website. Photo by Scott Wright, Limelight Studio.
Talula's Table, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
By day, you’ll find an epicurean market with homemade specialty foods and globally imported goods at Talula's Table in historic Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. By night, the space transitions into a cozy one-table restaurant serving a group of 10 to 12 guests. You'll get a seasonal eight-course tasting menu, plus an artisanal cheese course, espresso service and dessert, all made with locally sourced ingredients. Make sure to have your guest list handy when you book: Reservations ($108 per person), accepted one year in advance on Talula's website, are for the entire table only. Photo courtesy of Talula's Table Facebook.
minibar by José Andrés, Washington, D.C.
The inventive kitchen at minibar by José Andrés, a restaurant-within-a-restaurant in D.C., offers theatrically presented, eclectic dishes for a total of 12 guests. Seats start at $250 per person and open up 30 days in advance. If you get in, prepare to dive into star chef and Top Chef Season 13 guest judge José Andrés's rotating tasting menu of 25 to 30 courses, which have included the likes of salmon-pineapple ravioli with crispy quinoa, and beech mushroom risotto with truffle. Photo courtesy of minibar by Jose Andres Facebook.
Solo Per Due, Italy
Forty miles north of Rome lies a little place called Solo Per Due (Italian for “just for two”). The tiny restaurant, with only one table for two, is set inside the remains of a 19th-century Roman villa. Summon your waiter with a silver bell when you're ready to start your dinner, an Italian feast featuring fresh local produce, sheep's cheese, homemade pasta and bread, and sweets. Bookings (about $280 per person) are accepted only by e-mail at info@soloperdue. Want to go big? You can pay extra for a fireworks display. Photo courtesy of Solo Per Due Facebook.
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