You might have danced in Cuban caves, swam through Mexican caves or even explored formations in bat caves. But you’ve probably never actually eaten in one before. Well, now you can.
Introducing the Cavern Grotto in Arizona, a restaurant located 200 feet underground in the Grand Canyon Caverns along the famous Route 66. There, diners seated at one of four tables (a fifth may be added, depending on popularity) can scope out a 360-degree view of the geological formations that are said to be roughly 345 million years old.
Now that’s a meal with a view.
The restaurant itself is located below the ground on a main, elevated platform where up to 20 visitors can gorge on an all-you-can-eat, American-style lunch, which includes a side, entree and dessert bar along with two glasses of wine or beer ($63 CAD). Dinner is the same idea, only with an extra side and salad bar added to the mix ($88 CAD).
Of course, it would be impossible for this lantern-lit restaurant to actually have all of the cooking facilities underground too — not only are there technical difficulties, but the equipment would obstruct the diners’ view. As such, the meals are delivered via a pulley system, where staff can communicate with the employees upstairs by phone.
Sure, prices may seem steep even with these bells and whistles, so it’s cool to know that a guided tour through the caves for a real, immersive experience is also included in the cost.
“During our tours, there’s not much time to linger in just one spot, since there’s so much to see,” owner John McEnulty told the Smithsonian in an interview.
Holy grotto. Not even Batman could boast that kind of service in his underground dwelling. You might want to add this one to your list of places to go in the very near future. If you can get a reservation, that is.