Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Restaurant
The view: The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge’s perch on the edge of the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world provides spectacular panoramas of the flat otherworldly expanse of seasonally toasty brown or vibrant green grasses dotted with wildlife. Game on the crater floor—from wildebeest to big cats—is visible with binoculars, and animals roam freely on the property.
The food: Pan-African dishes like duck with kumquat and chili marmalade are served in the domed dining room.
Tips: Dining is included in the stay. Twice-daily game drives are offered.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.