When it comes to choosing the best restaurants, many different criteria come into the spotlight. In our competitive reality, simply cooking tasty food is not enough to receive global recognition. A talented chef should be a visionary, an artist who doesn’t fear to say a new word in the world of gastronomy, same as Vincent van Gogh once did by choosing the unbeaten path of Impressionism instead of the cold Dutch artistic traditions.
The unparalleled dining of today is an immersive experience that includes multiple aspects: from the ambiance at your table to the very last spoon of your dessert. In this review, we have listed our selection of Europe's highest-rated restaurants that never fail to intrigue and surprise even the most demanding gourmands.
Located in Lisbon’s Chiado district, Belcanto is one of the most acclaimed fine-dining establishments in Europe. It is number 5 in our World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 selection. Belcanto is the flagship outlet of acclaimed Chef José Avillez, who is a celebrity cuisine master, known for his expansive empire in Lisbon, which consists of restaurants, bars, and an entire Portuguese bairro (neighborhood).
The decor is elegant and luxurious, with contemporary leather furniture, chandeliers, and white tablecloths. Guests can choose among two conceptual tasting selections or an à la carte menu consisting of creative and classic Portuguese dishes like scarlet shrimp with apples served in a curry sauce and crispy suckling pig with puffed potatoes. The restaurant’s wine list is extensive and varied with over 350 labels. For an impeccable gastronomic experience, there is no better place than Belcanto in Portugal.
DiverXO is a unique dining space that has become a brilliant setting for the avant-garde and creative cuisine of Chef Dabiz Muñoz. It is the only restaurant in Madrid to have been awarded the coveted three Michelin stars, making its chef the second-youngest person in the world to receive such high recognition.
On our platform, it has bagged the number 6 spot on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The quirky interiors, designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán, resemble a gastronomic spaceship equipped with luxurious white captain’s chairs, unusual wall paintings, shining lamps, and sculptures of immovable creatures like flying pigs, multicolored butterflies, and silver-black ants. Chef Muñoz presents a tasting menu of 12 courses full of psychedelic dishes like poached pigeon with Palo Cortado wine macaroni, chicken broth in laksa with bacon topped with wild trout roe, and red mullet with sansho pepper in spine emulsion.
Geranium is the inventive fine-dining restaurant of Chef Rasmus Kofoed that invites guests to taste nature while simultaneously observing it around them. It is located just outside the center of Copenhagen on the 8th floor of the National Football Stadium in Fælledparken. Once you step inside the premises, you are greeted by a large, light, and airy dining hall with an open kitchen. The multi-space restaurant offers a modern Scandinavian decor consisting of blonde wood.
The kitchen presents a seasonal changing menu called Spring Universe, focusing solely on local seafood and vegetables from organic and biodynamic farms in the country. Some of the artful creations you can find here are lobster with milky cheese, pickled celeriac with sole, razor clams with sour cream, and oyster tartlet with truffle seaweed. Geranium has held the 9th position on our list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Wolfsburg is a small city in Western Germany, famous for only two things – the headquarters of Volkswagen automobile company with its amusement park, Autostadt; and the nearby three-Michelin-starred Aqua in the Ritz Carlton Hotel. It has comfortably held the number 16 position on our selection of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
The decor of Aqua is elegant and sleek, complete with crispy white tablecloths, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, a grand 2-meter chandelier, and chestnut wall panels. Chef Sven Elverfeld runs the kitchen and presents an elaborate prix-fixe menu inspired by regional German specialties. Expect to find dishes, such as foie gras with blood sausage, braised chicken thigh with fresh peas in morel jus, short rib Wagyu beef with fermented black salsify, and lobster with shaved cauliflower. The meal is accompanied by a Wine journey curated by their in-house sommelier, Marcel Runge.
Martín Berasategui, Spain's most renowned chef, has another masterpiece to his name – the eponymous restaurant located just 7 kilometers away from San Sebastián in the Basque Country. This esteemed establishment proudly holds the maximum of 3 Michelin stars out of the chef's impressive total of 12.
One of his culinary legends is Iberian ham Aljomar with delicate glass bread, a dish that has delighted diners since its inception in 1989. Another internationally acclaimed creation is exquisite mille-feuille of smoked eel and foie-gras. What’s more, chef’s baked royal fish with shellfish al pil-pil, champagne, and hazelnut cream topped with caviar was hailed by the Michelin guide as one of the Top 5 Dishes in Spain for the Year 2022.
Uliassi is Italy's newest three-Michelin-starred restaurant listed in the 2019 edition of the prestigious guide. It is a seafood venue that manages to capture the magic of the ocean in its creative menu. Opened in 1990 by Chef Mauro and sister Catia Uliassi, the place sits directly on the beach in Senigallia on the eastern coast of Italy. It is a picture-pretty location that changes with the seasons, passing from the brightness of summer to the melancholic colors of autumn.
The menu offered by Uliassi is a contemporary cuisine elegantly rooted in evolving traditions. Visitors to the establishment can relish classic delicacies like cuttlefish liver with turbot, red mullet with parsley soup, and amberjack in puttanesca sauce. Among its many accolades, Uliassi has earned the 25th position on our platform's selection of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Named after a vibrant neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, Ikoyi is a two-Michelin-star restaurant located in the heart of London that takes inspiration from African ingredients and spices and transforms them into exquisite dishes that excite the palate. Using the finest organic products carefully sourced from the British Isles, the menu crafted by Chef Jeremy Chan and co-owner Iré Hassan-Odukale, is a fusion of West African delicacies infused with a worldly inspiration.
The elegant and trendy interior incorporates warm and earthy tones, precise straight lines, and graceful curves. A blend of a variety of materials, such as copper, oak, steel mesh, and leather adds to the sleekness and style and embodies Ikoyi's dining philosophy, which harmoniously combines tradition with innovation.
The only 3-Michelin-star restaurant in Austria, Amador presents an impeccable fusion of contemporary and traditional cuisine. Set on the green outskirts of the city, Amador is housed in a former wine estate with vaulted ceiling, exposed red bricks, and elegant design. With its muted color palette, sleek furnishings, and dim lighting, the interior design perfectly complements the refined culinary experience it offers.
Founded by the celebrated chef, Juan Amador, who is known for his innovative and daring approach, this fine-dining establishment presents a regularly changing tasting menu, starting with an impressive array of tapas and showcasing his mastery of flavors, textures, and techniques. Given its location, it comes as no surprise that Amador ensures an extensive wine list with a wide array of local and international labels. The restaurant's sommeliers are highly knowledgeable and passionate about wine, ensuring that each guest's dining experience is perfectly complemented by the ideal wine pairing.
Housed in a historic building that was once a town hall in East London, The Clove Club stands as a distinguished establishment that has received two Michelin stars, earned a place on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, and ranked first in the Sunday Times' top 100 list. Led by Chef Isaac McHale, the venue presents a menu that celebrates seasonal ingredients and traditional techniques, while incorporating contemporary elements. The team at The Clove Club sources the finest produce from local suppliers and respects the quality and integrity of every product they use.
The restaurant's interior reflects a stylish and modern aesthetic, combining a minimalist look with touches of luxury. The open kitchen allows diners to witness the culinary magic happening before their eyes, as the skilled chefs artfully craft each dish, among which you can find raw Orkney scallop, smoked Wiltshire trout, or veal sweetbread baked in hay.
Thanks to its three coveted Michelin stars, along with the unmatched talent of Chef Gilles Goujon, L'Auberge du Vieux Puits has uplifted the tiny village of Fontjoncouse and put it on the map of French fine dining. The culinary maestro understands his ingredients like no one else and knows how to perfectly combine the flavors and textures of the freshest locally sourced produce and present the dishes in the most refined and beautiful way.
Embraced by the sleek, pastel-colored interiors of the elegant dining room, you can explore the rich character of contemporary French cuisine: egg filled with tuber melanosporum served with mushroom purée, foamy truffle emulsion, warm brioche bun, and velouté; sautéed Mediterranean grouper with tarragon; or crystal zucchini flower stuffed with lobster sorbet. Chef Gilles Goujon’s ideas are executed with sincerity and expertise – the core of his culinary excellence.
Hidden in the small French town of Azay-le-Rideau, L'Aigle d'Or is a lovely country house-styled haven, inviting you to discover a modern take on centuries-old culinary traditions. The tasteful beige and blue-colored interiors of the restaurant set a soothing atmosphere for its guests. Chef Simon Desiles orchestrates the kitchen, creating a playful selection of delectable dishes.
On the menu, you will find reenvisioned classics à la française, such as langoustine in kadaif noodles served with green asparagus, veal carpaccio, or broccoli and Stilton soup with homemade garlic bread. Their strawberry and rhubarb dessert is a refreshing, sweet ode to summer. And thanks to the welcoming nature of Eleanor Thomas, overlooking the front of the house, you will always feel like a dear friend at this fantastic venue.
Contrasting the Baroque architectural grandeur of Santiago de Compostela with its bright, funky interiors, Casa Marcelo invites you to experience an innovative approach to Galician and Asian fusion cuisine. The atmosphere of this Michelin-starred restaurant is nothing short of fantastic: a large central table and a kitchen connected to the dining room allow guests to interact with the chef and observe the intricacies of plated masterpieces’ preparation.
Food connoisseurs will be pleasantly surprised by the elements of Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, and Peruvian food cultures subtly highlighted in the à la carte selection at Casa Marcelo. The menu here tantalizes your taste buds with delicacies, such as bao buns, a light salad made of locally sourced cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, or fresh Huelva prawns. Their exquisite tiramisu is a perfect sweet finish to an unforgettable meal.
Nestled in a historic 18th-century building that used to be a warehouse, Alma offers you to relish Mediterranean fare with international touches, awarded with two Michelin stars. The interiors of the place are worthy of mention as well: the beautiful aesthetic of the ancient stone floors and arched ceiling are tastefully highlighted by the minimalist designer furniture and light fixtures.
Each dish crafted by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa reflects his extensive knowledge of traditional Portuguese and global haute cuisine. For a genuine treat, you should order shellfish and pasta broth with coriander; lamb with cauliflower and sweet red pepper; or glazed baby carrots with goat cheese and bulgur. If you are open to sampling new intriguing flavors, take a glass of Laphroaig – a 10-year-old Islay single malt – an unexpected bouquet of smoky, peaty, and vanilla notes.
The visionary of his eponymous restaurant, Enrico Bartolini is the most prominent chef in Italy: he has been awarded more Michelin stars than any other culinary master in the country. The establishment on the third floor of the MUDEC reinterprets classic cuisine in a contemporary way and offers two tasting menus: Best of and MUDEC experience.
Some of the highlights you can find here are spaghetti with smoked eel and baby squid, beetroot risotto with Gorgonzola sauce, and roasted sole with chicory bouillabaisse sauce. They also boast a wine list of over 7000 Old and New World labels to pair with your meals.
One-Michelin-starred Borkonyha Winekitchen in Budapest, run by Chef Ákos Sárközi, is a fine-dining restaurant serving skillfully executed dishes inspired by Hungarian cuisine. The interiors are minimalist and vintage, made of leather furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrors, and monochromatic tile flooring.
The kitchen here uses top-class produce to surprise the demanding guests with beautifully plated, flavorful dishes, including duck liver mousse with beetroot and blackcurrant, monkfish with butternut squash and potatoes, and cucumber soup with horseradish and crab, to name a few. The venue's wine list features over 200 labels from all over the country, such as Kreinbacher Syrah Nagy-Somló 2017, known for its velvet texture with a hint of chocolate and plum, and Sauska Cabernet Franc Villány-Siklós 2018, a local favorite thanks to its fine-grained tannins with fresh minerality.
Enoteca Pinchiorri is a three-Michelin-starred restaurant, situated on the first floor of the 18th-century Palazzo Jacometti Ciofi, which nowadays has become a luxurious hotel. Run by Chef Riccardo Monco and maître d' Alessandro Tomberli, it serves contemporary French haute cuisine with an Italian twist. Enoteca’s wine list is renowned across the globe thanks to the gargantuan collection of over 70,000 bottles.
Indulge in a rising crescendo of culinary delights in the elegant and balanced ambiance of its five small dining areas and the pretty courtyard patio adorned with lush greenery. You can choose between a degustation menu or an à la carte selection and enjoy dishes, such as lobster and pistachio gratin with chickpeas, sole filet with red onions, and roast pigeon with honey. In desserts, you won’t be able to resist the sweet charms of crispy hazelnut puff pastry with passion fruit jelly.
The bold, enthusiastic, and confident approach of Septime’s chef, Bertrand Grébaut, has helped him and his team earn the coveted Michelin star and one more award for sustainability. This hip and trendy venue, with its metal industrial elements adding a modern feel to the simple interiors, is committed to serving great food.
The kitchen at Septime uses the market produce from the Île-de-France region, and they only collaborate with responsible farmers and fishermen. Book a table at this fabulous Parisian restaurant to enjoy delicacies, such as celeriac broth with burnt lemon, red tuna miso jelly, or confit lamb with a side of sourdough flatbread topped with yogurt dressing. The lightest pavlova with the fresh note of citrus fruits will elevate your dining experience to new heights.
The town of Modena draws the appreciators of the world’s best engineering with the symphony of roaring motors during the Lamborghini test drives on the local autodrome. And if you happen to be here, you should treat yourself to a truly artistic dinner at the three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana restaurant. The simple style of the interior design is tastefully enhanced by striking canvases of Damien Hirst and other contemporary artists.
The menu showcases specialties from Modena and Emilia with classic international recipes reinvented with a playful touch. The names of the dishes are very poetic: Five ages of Parmigiano Reggiano in different textures and temperatures; Autumn in New York, summer in Modena; and Oops! I dropped the lemon tart sound intriguing, to say the least. Top it with a glass of fragrant and refined Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2013 – an incredible complement to your meal.
Walk along the beautiful lavender-scented footpath, which will take you to the iconic two-Michelin-starred country house restaurant for a spectacular feast. A must-visit place for gourmands, Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons is led by Chef Raymond Blanc and his protégé, Luke Selby, who together bring classic French cuisine to Britain, balancing the authentic flavors with modern influences.
Each serving here shows an eye for detail: roasted Cornish lobster with mango and cardamom; beetroot tartare and horseradish; and milk-fed English lamb with ratatouille will leave you wanting more. Pair it with the young, fruity Austrian Grüner Veltliner Ried Renner by Schloss Gobelsburg, relax on their charming terrace, and let the view and the amazing scents of surrounding vegetation make you forget about all the monotonous daily routine.
Duomo – a two-Michelin-starred brainchild of Chef Ciccio Sultano – invites you to sample Sicilian cuisine in its intimate dining rooms. The comfortable and welcoming vibe here is achieved thanks to the simplicity of the interior design: crisp white tablecloths, carpeted flooring, warm mustard and noble blue-colored walls. Chef Sultano’s creations are based on his deep knowledge of the region and his impressionistic approach to mirroring specific moments and moods.
The menu of this gourmet haven won’t leave even the pickiest guests indifferent, featuring dishes, such as cannoli stuffed with Mazara red prawns and caviar, stuffed rice tartlets, fried artichoke with garlic cream, and cherry tomato cartamusica (semolina crackers). For the finale, the culinary masters have prepared a dessert that tastes as Sicilian as it can get. Incredibilmente pistacchio consists of four differently-textured elements: original, sorbet, praline, and a light mousse, bringing you back to childhood.
Booking a table in the sun-filled, spacious, light-colored dining room of Parkheuvel should be on everyone's Rotterdam checklist. The first restaurant in the country to be awarded three Michelin stars, it guarantees you superb fine dining with a breathtaking view of the River Maas. Chef Erik van Loo immediately wins your heart with the classic finesse of his sauces, and his son Juliën adds a youthful touch and diversity to the preparation process.
Get ready to change your perception of Dutch fare with dishes, such as Bresse chicken, langoustine ravioli, and lamb with fermented garlic, turnip, and green herbs. Enhance your gourmet experience by ordering the exquisite raspberry dessert – a playful combination of sweetness, tender white chocolate, spiced rum, and basil.
Massana – a Michelin-starred family-run venue established by Chef Pere Massana and his wife Ana Roger – maintains its high standards set 30 years ago and brings originality thanks to the involvement of owners’ children and their dedication to providing a positive future to the business.
By using contemporary cooking techniques to accent the unique flavor of each ingredient and reconceptualizing the restaurant’s signature dishes, the culinary team achieves a balance between innovation and tradition. Try their grilled duck that has been on the menu for over 20 years, or indulge in mussels marinated with lime and coriander, Galician beef cannelloni, and duck foie gras with crunchy sweet bread and corn. End your meal on a sweet note with their pear, white chocolate, kombucha, and ginger quartet becoming an elevated dessert on your plate.
The warm shades of yellow and terracotta, along with a colorful nature morte collection of Salzburg’s Esszimmer, invite you to relish a Michelin-starred meal created by Chef Andreas Kaiblinger. His philosophy is characterized by incorporating Asian and Mediterranean spices to show the individuality of each dish.
The menu boasts various culinary masterpieces, including curd cheese gnocchi with spinach, Jerusalem artichoke, and nuts; rack of deer with pumpkin, walnuts, and grapes; and salmon with apple, Italian chicory, and anchovy. The professional maître d', Andrea Kaiblinger, will recommend a perfect wine pairing carefully selected for each dish.
The owner and chef of La Finca, Susi Díaz, has been at its helm for 38 years. She drives inspiration from hearty home recipes elevating them with impeccable technique and elegant execution. Chef Díaz creates dishes deeply rooted in local culture thanks to using local produce: fish, seafood, and aromatic herbs.
To experience this Michelin-starred perfection, try squids with onions and snow peas, prawns with gnocchi and octopus, red mullet with cuttlefish rice, and gray mullet from El Hondo. For the delight of every sweet lover, La Finca offers heavenly lemon tarts and fragrant coffee.
A three-Michelin-starred establishment in La Perrière exudes an ambiance that makes you believe that you have been taken to a magical snow kingdom: the aesthetic of white futuristic furniture and massive light fixtures is something you will only find at Le 1947 à Cheval Blanc. Orchestrated by Chef Yannick Alléno, the place boasts exquisite and unique contemporary cuisine.
The dishes you will sample here are creative and bold, including spiced milk-fed lamb shoulder, French onion soup, green asparagus and Parmesan risotto, and mashed potato with cured egg yolk and black truffle. Make sure to arrange the booking in advance – the restaurant has five tables only.
Nestled in the heart of Kinsale, Bastion is a modern venue, loved by locals and appreciated by critics, hence the coveted Michelin star. Run by a powerful duo – Chef Paul McDonald and his wife Helen – the place invites you to taste mouthwatering Irish seafood dishes in its warm and welcoming dining room, featuring a large bar counter, vintage furniture, and intimate candlelight.
On the restaurant’s menu, you will find many skillfully crafted specialties: cured langoustine prepared with buttermilk and horseradish, pork shoulder with mustard-coated turnips and rhubarb, or rabbit and foie gras served with blackberries and gingerbread.
The legendary Le Taillevent restaurant in Paris is the benchmark of French classicism, awarded with two Michelin stars. Once the grand mansion of the Duke of Morny, this fine-dining venue is a perfect choice for a special occasion thanks to its elegant interiors made up of dark beige wood panels and ornaments on the walls, muted color palette, and blinding white tablecloths.
Dishes here include poached oysters and foie gras broth flavored with leeks, ginger, and lemongrass; scallops carpaccio with mango chutney and passion fruit juice; and rockfish soup with fennel, sea urchin, and saffron. The sweet crêpes Suzette are divine, flambéed with the zesty Grand Marnier liqueur.
Šibenik’s exceptional gem – Pelegrini – reflects Chef Rudolf Štefan’s culinary vision. The restaurant, boasting one prestigious Michelin star, will immediately fill you with a cheerful and relaxed mood thanks to the stunning sea view from its terrace, lush potted plants, and colorful artisan crockery. Croatian cuisine, known for its focus on seafood, is what Chef Štefan will be preparing for you here.
Pelegrini’s kitchen uses exclusively the freshest locally sourced ingredients: mussels, oysters, sea urchins, fish, lamb, and veal. Their menu is seasonal and never fixed – it changes with the availability of products and always draws inspiration from the regional gastronomic background.
Located inside a historical building in the very center of Prague, La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise represents an amalgamation of international and Czech cuisines – a magic taking place in the kitchen led by Chef Oldřich Sahajdák. The moment you enter this Michelin-starred culinary oasis, you will be awestruck by its grandiose glass chandeliers, an open kitchen, and wine storage, illustrating the philosophy of transparency that is key here.
Among the ever-changing dining options, you might be able to savor mushrooms with quail egg and celery root, cream-topped carp, summer vegetables with rabbit kidney and cheese, or garlic chicken with corn. The meticulously selected wine pairing for each dish echoes the seasons' uniqueness and complements the leitmotif of each specialty.
Built in 1920 in Wingen-sur-Moder by René Lalique – the great Art Nouveau jeweler – Villa René Lalique is a living and vibrant tribute to its creator that has been converted into an exceptional hotel and refined restaurant. The property is spread across six acres of National forest. The hotel’s design is luxurious and opulent with elements of leather, silk, crystal, and wall-to-wall cream carpeting.
The two Michelin-starred gourmet haven is managed by the Australian chef, Paul Stradner, who creates an innovative menu of international cuisine. He is joined by pastry chef Nicolas Multon and Romain Iltis – Alsatian head sommelier, who oversees the exceptional wine cellar housing over 60,000 bottles from around the world. Some of the amazing delicacies at Villa René Lalique are poached sea bass in Cabernet sauce, goose liver terrine with button mushrooms, and Wagyu beef with an emulsion of potatoes and truffle.
Named after the chef himself, Restaurante Iván Cerdeño is an upscale fine-dining establishment serving Manchegan cuisine (food from La Mancha). Housed inside the monumental Cigarral del Ángel, it is a country mansion set among lush gardens on the banks of the Tagus River. The elegant property boasts stunning views with a skyline of cypresses and olive trees against the backdrop of the city of Toledo.
The ambiance is high-class, with picture-perfect furniture, rich polished wood flooring, intricate design elements, and large windows. Chef Cerdeño offers his guests set menus that are created from memory and based on the seasons. You can enjoy unique specialty items like grilled deer marrow topped with shrimp tartare, roasted partridge with sardines in a Malvar wine marinade, and beef steak with charred corn and caramelized onion. They also feature an excellent wine cellar with amazing vintages.
Restaurant 360 is a fine-dining gem with an epic panorama in Dubrovnik. Its beautiful round terrace stretches along the Medieval walls and fortress of St. John Castle and opens up into a unique sea view and the old town. The interior decor is elegant, complete with a combination of stone walls, historic design pieces, and a glassed-in kitchen.
The culinary team is managed by Dubrovnik-born Michelin-starred Chef Marijo Curić, who believes in respecting the resources of the land when cooking. He creates unique specialties by mixing old French techniques with modern favorite dishes of Dalmatian cuisine. Some of the food here is fried scampi in vermicelli noodles, tuna tartare with wasabi cream, and scallops with artichoke foam. Along with exquisite wine pairing, they also offer customized cocktails with your meal.
Standing next to the Medieval castle walls in Tossa de Mar, Spain, La Cuina de Can Simón is the only Michelin starred restaurant in the area. It is situated inside an old fisherman’s house that was built in the year 1700 on the outskirts of what is today the historic spot of the town. The establishment is a family-run place that was started in 1988 by the Lores-Gelpí family.
Currently, the brothers Josep María and Xavier conjure up contemporary dishes that pay homage to their family heritage. In keeping with their traditions, they serve classical Catalan cuisine, such as lobster rice, mixed meat stew, cuttlefish with creamy risotto, grilled grouper with sea cucumber, and veal steak with toasted bread. The restaurant has an elegantly rustic ambiance with a pre-dining bar in the main hall, an upper mezzanine seating area, and a fishing-inspired decoration.
The Blue Apron has been winning the title of Best Restaurant in Offaly County by the Irish Restaurant Awards for 6 years in a row. The place has a low-key decor made up of beige and soft blue color tones, ladder-back chairs, small black tables, and carpeted flooring, which give it a homely welcoming atmosphere. The dining area and kitchen are simultaneously run by husband-wife duo, Sarah and Kenan Pehlivan, who are constantly striving to impress their guests with something new.
The menu features local delicacies like Irish dry-aged rib eye, slow-roasted shoulder of lamb, roulade of corn-fed chicken with wild mushroom mousse, salmon Wellington, and fried monkfish with peas. The Blue Apron also offers a wine list consisting of labels sourced from independent sustainable vineyards all over Europe.
Midori is the first Michelin starred Japanese restaurant in Portugal. Located inside the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Penha Longa Resort, it is a modern establishment that presents distinct Asian fine dining with Portuguese touches. The interiors feature a sophisticated light-filled space with intimate surroundings, complete with contemporary furniture, hand-painted murals, and a breathtaking view of the Sintra Mountains.
Chef Pedro Almeida is the brains behind the seven-course Kiri tasting menu and the nine-course Yama selection offered at Midori. His cooking draws heavily from a love for Japanese food garnered from his time working with sushi chef Paulo Morais. Some of the unique specialty items you can find here are nigiri of sardine cured in seawater, smoked tuna with charcoal seared toro, squid sashimi with dashi broth, scallop udon noodles, grilled Wagyu beef with mustard, and pork sukiyaki with bell pepper.
The White Room is the oldest restaurant in Amsterdam in its original condition. It is overseen by three-Michelin-starred Chef Jacob Jan Boerma and combines classic elegance with modern furnishings. Guests can picture themselves as prince or princess while sitting in the opulent white and golden dining room that dates back to 1885, complete with chandelier lights, vintage artwork, and lavish sofa chairs.
Chef Boerma and his culinary team showcase the rich seasonal ingredients on jewel-like plates by skillfully balancing acidity, sweetness, and spice in each dish. You can relish scrumptious specialties, such as roasted pigeon with baby carrots in hazelnut sauce, raw tuna with peppery shiso leaves, cod with jalapeño in beurre blanc sauce, and smoked eel with tonka beans served with kimchi. For a truly royal gastronomic experience, visit The White Room by Jacob Jan Boerma.
Vinkeles is a unique Michelin-starred restaurant situated inside the five-star Hotel Dylan in a former 18th-century Roman Catholic almshouse, where the original wood and stone have been incorporated into the modern interior. Visitors get to dine in a refined setting while overlooking a timeless courtyard through gigantic windows.
Head Chef Jurgen van der Zalm manages the kitchen at Vinkeles after having taken over the reins from his former mentor, Chef Dennis Kuipers. He creates a delicious traditional French menu with contemporary and modern touch. For instance, you can find plump langoustine combined with Nashi pear and mint, smoked local eel with saffron, and lobster with sea lavender served with wild garlic aioli. For effortless wine pairings, you can trust the recommendation of their sommelier, Natasja Noorlander.
Ammolite is a rare and valuable opal-like organic gemstone which requires several factors to appear simultaneously in the same place in nature for it to be formed. In the same way, Ammolite – The Lighthouse Restaurant is a unique experience for all senses that beautifully combines ambiance, variety, and quality. Its decor is timelessly chic and elegant, with slightly transparent drapes covering the dining space in a warm golden hue. The front of the house is made up of velvety purple armchairs, carpeted flooring, and hanging crystal light fixtures, which give it an intimate and tranquil vibe.
Head Chef Peter Hagen West presents two set menus – Around the World and Green Forest – both comprising seven courses. The restaurant manager, Marco Gerlach, helps with outstanding wine recommendations which are expertly explained and perfect for pairing with your meals.
If you are looking for French fine dining in the Rhineland, there is no better place than Waldhotel Sonnora. It was founded in 1978 by Chef Helmut Thieltges, who had been at the helm of the property till 2017, until his untimely death. Today, the remodeled establishment is managed by an exemplary pair of hosts – Magdalena Brandstätter and Clemens Rambichler. The latter is one of Germany's best chefs and specializes in French haute cuisine with a creative modern touch, while the former handles the front of the house.
You can find exemplary specialties like sole with baby spinach leaves, poached Gillardeau oysters with caviar, beef tartare with foie gras flavored in Muscat vinegar, and langoustines with cauliflower in Champagne sauce. End your meal with sweet delights, such as candied clementine with Tahiti vanilla froth and Blancmange with baked apple ice cream.
Situated on the shoreside in Poreč, facing its island namesake, Sv. Nikola is a wonderful seafood restaurant offering top-notch service to its guests. It features an al fresco terrace seating along with a first-floor lavish dining room boasting beautiful views of the island. The venue creates a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere with wood-paneled flooring, black leather-furnished chairs, wall-mounted lamps, and a cream-white color tone.
The menu focuses on traditional Croatian and Italian cuisine while being seafood-centric. You can sample exquisite local specialties, such as Istrian dry-cured ham, fish filet in scampi-scallop sauce, beefsteak with tartufi (black truffle) sauce, and cream of scampi vellutata soup with mushrooms. The wine list consists of unique local and Italian labels that perfectly complement your food.
Owned and managed by Chef Michel Kayser and awarded two Michelin stars – Restaurant Alexandre is a fine-dining haven nestled in an idyllic garden shaded by Lebanese cedars. The serene property houses a trio of rooms and a library lounge decorated in a natural color palette.
The kitchen under the guidance of Chef Kayser elevates simple fresh ingredients into a flavorsome gastronomic experience. The top-quality produce forms the backbone of the five-, eight-, and eleven-course tasting menus. Some of the specialty dishes presented at Alexandre are zucchini flower filled with truffle mousseline, sautéed snails with potato risotto, pan-seared octopus tail with lemongrass, and roasted pigeon breast with argan oil. End your meal with decadent desserts like chocolate mousse, and macaron citron while sipping on Duval-Leroy Champagne or superb Languedoc-Roussillon wines.
Adler is nestled on the edge of Germany’s stunning Black Forest. It is a characteristic hotel and restaurant that has been run by the Fehrenbacher family for an impressively long time. Today, Chef Daniel Fehrenbacher is the fourth generation to take over this charming establishment, and he has been successfully retaining its Michelin star every year since 1990. The atmosphere can be described as minimalistic and chic, decorated using elements of wood, metal, fabric, and artwork.
Chef Fehrenbacher serves modern French cuisine that showcases what the region and changing seasons have to offer. Patrons of the restaurant can relish exquisite items: sardine with artichoke in tomato chutney, scallops with parsley in pepper sauce, pork belly with onion topped with yuzu, tuna with summer truffle, and beef steak with Pretzel dumplings. For connoisseurs of fine wines, Adler offers astute Riesling and Weissburgunder to pair with the meals.
Thyme Restaurant, set in the center of Athlone, is a neighborhood gem and the only venue in the Midlands to have received a Michelin Bib Gourmand. It has been named the top restaurant in Westmeath in the Ireland's 100 Best Restaurants List compiled by The Sunday Times. Thyme offers delectable cuisine without the fuss of being formal. The owner and chef John Coffey believes in highlighting the region's local produce in his menu while providing an unmissable dining experience.
Patrons can find innovative dishes: slow-cooked pork cheek with pickled apple purée, County Cork Wagyu beef loin with smoked potatoes, and roasted cod with wild garlic aioli. In desserts, you can relish sweet mango parfait with coconut and vanilla panna cotta with poached pears. The lovely restaurant, with its stripped floors and gilt-framed mirrors, is an ideal place to have a memorable meal in Ireland.
Nestled in the middle of the Alsatian countryside in the tiny village of Laubach lies a two-starred gourmet restaurant – La Merise. It is a remarkable new construction built out of old materials to seamlessly blend in with its natural setting. The owners Christelle and Cédric Deckert have designed the property themselves to combine tradition with refinement. The restaurant premises is a classic Alsace house made of timber and sandstone, surrounded by an orchard, a herb garden, several beehives, and beautiful mountains.
The interiors are minimalist and subtle, with a harmonious combination of high-quality modern materials. The menu is a re-interpretation of French cuisine, complete with delicacies like red mullet with Madras curry, roast pigeon breast with ginger, and North Sea prawns with green beads of olive oil. Their brilliant in-house sommelier, Joël Brendel, creates a wine selection that honors local labels and French vintages.
Located in the foothills of Almansa Castle, Maralba is a family restaurant that offers updated Manchego cuisine to its visitors. The brainchild of Albacete-born Chef Fran Martinez, it is a two-Michelin-starred establishment that showcases the region’s produce. The decor is inviting and upscale, with elements of wood, glass, marble, and leather gracing the premises. The dining room is made of gray marbled flooring, hanging diffused light fixtures, wooden wall panels, and a glass-walled wine cellar.
Under the helm of Chef Martinez, the kitchen presents two seasonal tasting menus celebrating mostly Mediterranean seafood. You can find scrumptious delights like sous vide prawns with pea purée in velouté sauce, roasted duck with puréed potatoes, and liver pâté with freshly baked bread. Maralba also features optional wine pairings with labels from La Mancha and the east coast of Spain.
The brainchild of the acclaimed two Michelin-starred chef Claudio Sadler, his eponymous restaurant has been a stronghold of Milanese cuisine for over 30 years. It recently moved to a new location in the Casa Baglioni Hotel – a beautiful Art Nouveau-style building dating back to 1913. The decor has a contemporary feel with an elegant dining room featuring a Baroque flourish of cherubs on the walls, beige and white color tones, soft armchairs, and modern light fixtures.
Under the guidance of patron Chef Sadler, the kitchen presents a menu of impeccable balance between traditional and innovative flavors based on Mediterranean ingredients. The delicately plated dishes include red prawns with porcini mushrooms, roasted wild duck with Barolo glaze, Kobe beef with red onion, and spaghetti with scorpion-fish sauce.
Enveloped by the picturesque Tuškanac Forest, lies the trendy chic restaurant – Dubravkin Put. Just a stone’s throw away from Zagreb's city center, it is one of the first venues in the area to feature a wine bar. The interiors are cool and minimalistic in design: dark brown furniture with white cushioning, low-key lighting, pastel-colored walls, and wooden flooring.
The kitchen creates a seafood-rich menu of Dalmatian cuisine paired with fine local wines. Some of the popular dishes you can sample here are Dalmatian brodet (fish stew with herbs), tagliatelle with white truffles, Adriatic sea bass with basil, dry-aged rib-eye with smoked potatoes, scallops with ginger cream, and rack of lamb with grilled vegetables. It is an ideal place to sip on an intimate drink in a stylish surrounding or have a get-together with friends.
Jeny is a gourmet restaurant situated 250 meters above sea level in the old part of Tučepi, at the foot of the magnificent giant, Biokovo mountain. It has been captivating visitors with spectacular views and amazing Dalmatian cuisine since its inception in 1986. Jeny can attribute its success to its owners – Vlado and Milenko Čović. Milenko oversees the front of the house, while Vlado is at the helm of the kitchen.
The restaurant has developed a single seasonal tasting menu that showcases contemporary classical cuisine: grilled scallops, pistachio-crusted lamb chop, and crispy skin roast duck. The ambiance is created using modern elegance, clean lines, and a palette of neutral colors that perfectly harmonize with the breathtaking backdrop of the Makarska River. It also has an al fresco terrace seating with a panoramic vista of the Adriatic Sea.
The Waterside Inn is a gastronomic institution serving inspirational French cuisine since the early 1970s. Nestled on the charming side of the River Thames in the quaint 16th-century village of Bray, it is a bastion of culinary excellence run by the famous Roux family. The kitchen is under the guidance of Alain Roux himself, along with an army of 24 professionals led by the Belgian head chef, Fabrice Uhryn.
You can indulge in dishes à la française by ordering from the à la carte menu or trust the team and dive deep into the seven-course tasting selection. Diners can relish specialty items like rabbit filet with celeriac fondant, poached halibut in sea urchin sauce, and lobster with truffle in Parmesan cream. For wine lovers, the cellar houses around 1,000 different French labels.
Housed in a 19th-century building at Laan van Roos en Doorn, Calla’s is a refined fine-dining establishment that has been dominating The Hague’s food scene for over 20 years. As soon as you step inside, you feel you have entered a discreet and serene haven. The interiors are complete with beautiful materials like marble, aluminum, organza, and stainless steel.
The kitchen is run by Chef Ronald van Roon, who is a member of Les Patrons Cuisinier and presents a classic French menu. Visitors can sample delicious dishes, such as yellowtail kingfish with green pepper in wasabi, marinated duck liver with rhubarb, veal sweetbreads with garden herbs, and sea bass in lobster sauce. The wine list combines the Old and the New World while pairing seamlessly with your meal.
The Restaurant Guru team is happy to congratulate each of these fabulous establishments, setting an incredible example of how passion, hard work, and dedication can lead to tremendous success.