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Sometimes a traditional restaurant just isn’t enough. Diners want to be dazzled, entertained, or even just provided with a ludicrous gimmick. For every hundred restaurants offering up the same old thing, there are the rare exceptions that offer something truly unique. From the unusual to the gimmicky, these restaurants run the gamut from opulent to ill conceived. Some are thriving, and others have been forced to close their doors. Either way, these 10 strange, bizarre, and unusual restaurants from all across the globe are refusing to be just another ordinary place to get some food.

1) Ninja (New York, USA)

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The Concept:

As one Yelp reviewer put it, “It’s like you walk through a tunnel and get transported back in time to some dark and secretive Japanese village.” It’s Medieval Times, but with ninjas instead of knights. Plus you get your own private dining room instead of an arena full of tourists.

Why It’s Awesome:

Um, because there are ninjas.

Website: www.ninjanewyork.com

2) Kinderkookkafé Vondelpark (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The Concept:

Your meal is prepared and served by children. The very same children that likely need to be constantly reminded to wash their hands and not put things in their mouth.

Why It’s Awesome:

Because it breaks pretty much every child labor law in the book.

Website: www.kinderkookkafe.nl

3) Dinner in the Sky (Brussels, Belgium)

The Concept:

The name is pretty self explanatory. It’s dining at altitude, and you’re hoisted hundreds of feet in the air for a memorable experience where the view is unencumbered by annoying things like windows and a floor.

Why It’s Awesome:

Because you can pretend you’re cheating death while eating five star cuisine.

Website: www.dinnerinthesky.com

4) Modern Toilet (Taipei, Taiwan)

The Concept:

A toilet themed restaurant in which food is served in plastic toilet bowls, to diners sitting atop toilet seats.

Why It’s Awesome:

Because there’s nothing quite like eating your meal out of a toilet bowl.

Website: www.moderntoilet.com

5) Dans Le Noir “In the Dark” (Paris, London, and Moscow)

The Concept:

Diners are served in the dark in order to fully appreciate the tastes they’re experiencing from their food. The darkness heightens the senses so customers can fully appreciate their meal.

Why It’s Awesome:

Because you can pretend you’re Daredevil.

Website: www.danslenoir.com

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