Where In The World To Eat

The List

147 of the greatest restaurants around the globe, according to those who eat, cook, and travel for a living.


Photos by Tim Enthoven

There's no shortage of food-focused Instagram feeds that will direct you to the tastiest avocado toast in cities like Paris, London, New York, L.A.—hell, even Charleston. But when you're faced with the make-or-break travel dilemma of where to eat in Hong Kong, Mendoza, Dakar—destinations where trustworthy recommendations are harder to come by but all the more vital—you have one shot to get it right. (Who knows when you'll be back in Chengdu...) That's why we enlisted and cross-referenced the impassioned guidance from the real experts, our network of chefs, food writers, and most-in-the-know travelers. What follows is a tear-it-out, laminate-it, take-a-phone-pic-of-it globe-spanning hit list so you will never waste a meal again.

Africa + The Middle East

GHANA

Chez Clarisse
Accra

“Ivorian cuisine that's heavy on seafood. Get the wild tilapia with attiéké (cassava couscous) and alloco (sautéed sweet plantains).”
Cherae Robinson, founder/CEO of Tastemakers Africa

Gold Coast Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
Accra

“Sundays are for soup. The nkatenkwan, or groundnut soup, is best eaten with your hands.”
Cherae Robinson

SENEGAL

Chez Loutcha
Dakar

“Massive flavor. The best thiéboudienne, or Senegalese fish and rice, you'll find outside a local's home.”
Cherae Robinson

SOUTH AFRICA

The Pot Luck Club
Cape Town

“My favorites: the chickpea fries, pig's head, and carrots with goat cheese ricotta. There's also sweeping views of Table Mountain. Make reservations months in advance.”
Cherae Robinson

East Head Café
Knysna

“It's touristy because it overlooks the Knysna Heads, but I had two utterly memorable breakfasts here.”
Sarah Khan, food and travel writer

Max's Lifestyle
Umlazi

“The best place to get braai, amazing South African-style grilled meat. Go on a Friday or Saturday night to hear local Kwaito music.”
Cherae Robinson

ISRAEL

Machneyuda
Jerusalem

“A joyfully chaotic spot just off the Machane Yehuda market using fresh Israeli-grown ingredients.”
Peter Jon Lindberg, contributing editor

Studio Arcadia by Chef Ezra Kedem
Jerusalem

“It's a glass-enclosed dining room atop an olive tree-covered hill outside the city. The food is simple but extraordinary.”
Anita Lo, chef/owner of Annisa

Muscat Restaurant
Rosh Pina

“It's the kind of place that raises its own lamb and picks fresh produce at 2 P.M., then serves it at 7 P.M.”
Michael Solomonov, chef/co-owner of Zahav and Dizengoff in Philadelphia

Tzfon Abraxas
Tel Aviv

“Sit at the counter and eat whatever the chef is preparing that day. If they have the baked hraime with tomato and tahini, order it.”
Alon Shaya, chef/partner of Shaya, Domenica, and Pizza Domenica in New Orleans

Elbabor
Umm al-Fahm

“Outstanding Palestinian food, and the Kebab Elbabor brings me to tears every time.”
Michael Solomonov

LEBANON

Tawlet
Beirut

“It began as a development project, bringing together female home cooks from various religious sects. It's since become a living catalog of Lebanon's food tradition.”
David Prior, contributing editor

Asia

CHINA

Duck de Chine
Beijing

“My go-to place for Beijing duck. They're crisped in ovens using date wood to enhance the flavor.”
Justin Bergman, Shanghai correspondent for Monocle

Yu Zhi Lan
Chengdu

“Try the free-range duck egg-yolk noodles, hand cut and served in a soup with two slices of truffle and baby bok choy. Reservations are a must.”
Justin Bergman

The Chairman
Hong Kong

“Call ahead to reserve the steamed crab set atop fresh, wide rice noodles in a sauce of aged Shaoxing wine and chicken oil.”
Bill Addison, restaurant editor at Eater.com

Lung King Heen
Hong Kong

“The best dim sum in the world. Get a double order of the BBQ pork buns.”
Deana Saukam, food writer

Rōnin
Hong Kong

“From Matt Abergel and Lindsay Jang, the duo behind Yardbird, comes the nearly-impossible-to-find 24-seater. Your reward is some of the most inventive Japanese-inspired seafood menus around: flower crab with a sliver of uni, sea bream karaage (deep fried) with pickled jalapeño tosazu, saba (mackerel) sashimi uncommonly paired with persimmons, and the super-tender Kagoshima beef with mushroom that's served with egg yolk, to name a few. While the menu changes daily, the organizing principle—‘raw,’ ‘smaller,’ and ‘bigger’—remains the same.”
Pilar Guzmán, editor in chief

Tim Ho Wan
Hong Kong

“The baked buns with barbecued pork and steamed egg cake are to die for.”
Justin Bergman

INDIA

Bombay Canteen
Mumbai

“Amazing vibe, some of the best Indian/fusion food I've ever had.”
Sarah Khan

Bukhara
New Delhi

“We love that nothing about this place—the decor, the yogurt and cane-vinegar marinated barrah kebab (leg of lamb)—has changed in 30 years. The result is the most masterful North-West Frontier tandoor-style cooking imaginable. Best of all, you eat everything with your hands.”
Pilar Guzmán

Indian Accent
New Delhi

“Unquestionably the best restaurant in New Delhi, thanks to the baingan bharta, a classic Punjabi eggplant dish served inside a cornetto cone made with sun-dried tomato. Dinner reservations are tough—go for a weekday lunch.”
Justin Bergman

JAPAN

Takotsubo
Hiroshima

“The freshest seafood from the Seto Inland Sea. My order is different every time, depending on what the chef recommends. Trust him.”
Masaharu Morimoto, chef and TV personality

Otomezushi
Kanazawa

“You'll get a tour of Toyama Bay and beyond: four species of ebi; deep-sea bream, crunchy and sweet; raw firefly squid; plus a duo of anago and unagi. It's a meal you'll never forget.”
Luke Burgess, former chef at Garagistes in Hobart, Australia

Aronia de Takazawa
Tokyo

“This four-table tasting-menu restaurant pushes the boundaries of Japanese cooking. You're at the mercy of the chef, but that is a great thing. Book far in advance.”
Grant Achatz, chef/co-owner of Alinea in Chicago

Eatrip
Tokyo

“This place is an island of warmth in Tokyo.”
Sam White, co-owner of Ramen Shop in Oakland, California

Ishikawa
Tokyo

“The kaiseki meals are perfectly assembled, multi-course progressions that rarely hit a false note.”
Gabe Ulla, food writer

Jimbocho Den
Tokyo

See “Tokyo Counter Culture,” page 80 of full issue.

Kadowaki
Tokyo

“I loved the abalone with fish-liver soy sauce—the ideal combination of briny-fresh seafood and umami.
Dominique Ansel, baker

Katsukura
Tokyo

“Get the tonkatsu, or fried pork cutlet. The panko crust is light and crisp, the pork juicy and rich.”
Mitchell Davis, executive vice president of the James Beard Foundation

Kyubey
Tokyo

“The fish is insanely fresh, and the attention to detail is remarkable. The omakase is downright perfect.”
Jose Garces, chef/owner of Amada, Distrito, Tinto, and others in Philadelphia

L'Effervescence
Tokyo

“A feeling of calm washes over you the moment you walk into this beautiful dining room. Don't miss the tableside tea service. It's exquisite.”
Sean Brock, chef/co-owner of Husk and McCrady's in Charleston

Mikawa Zezankyo
Tokyo

“I remember eating battered and fried uni wrapped in shiso leaf and never wanting it to end.”
Gabe Ulla

Sushi Saito
Tokyo

“One of the greatest sushi omakases in the world.”
Ken Oringer, chef/co-owner of Uni, Toro, and Coppa in Boston

Sushi Sho
Tokyo

“The most extraordinary omakase sushi meal no one can find.”
Gail Simmons, author, special projects director for Food & Wine, and judge on Bravo's Top Chef

SushiYa
Tokyo

See “Tokyo Counter Culture,” page 80.

THE PHILIPPINES

Your Local
Makati

“I still dream of the pomelo salad with shrimp, winged beans, wild rocket, yuzu, nam jim, pickled quail eggs, and Thai coconut ‘ice cream.’ ”
Ashlea Halpern, contributing editor

SINGAPORE

Burnt Ends

“Sit at the bar and watch them break down a whole side of beef, then roast it in a 1,000-degree wood-fired oven or grill it over coals.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Restaurant André

“French technique, Asian influences, and seamless service.”
Tim Ryan, president of the Culinary Institute of America

Sin Huat Eating House

“A sweltering dump open to the street and the prostitutes of Geylang. The chef wears shorts, a grotty T-shirt, and rubber wellies. It's also delicious. Get the crab bee hoon on rice vermicelli.”
Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, and TV personality

SOUTH KOREA

Mingles
Seoul

“The modern restaurant movement has arrived in Seoul, and Mingoo Kang is its leader.”
Matt Rodbard, food editor/writer

TAIWAN

Din Tai Fung
Taipei

“The best soup dumplings in the world.”
Deana Saukam

VIETNAM

Cuc Gach Quán
Ho Chi Minh City

“Traditional Vietnamese served in an elegant setting—a rarity here, since the best authentic food is usually dished out in dives with plastic tables.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Australia

Brae
Birregurra

“Faultless service and delicious food that's seamlessly paired with killer beverages. Simple as that.”
Luke Burgess

Franklin
Hobart

“Impeccable ultra-locavore cooking from one of Australia's top youngish chefs, who's doing justice to the incredible bounty of Tasmania.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Attica
Melbourne

“Ben Shewry's cuisine is thought-provoking and unusual...in a good way.”
Simon Rogan, chef/owner of L'Enclume in Cartmel, England

Chin Chin
Melbourne

“One of the few places I've been that really lives up to the hype. I went there twice on a three-day visit.”
Sarah Khan

Sean's Panaroma
North Bondi

“Down-to-earth fresh seasonal cooking that oozes with the endless warmth and charm of chef/owner Sean Moran.”
Kylie Kwong, chef/co-owner of Billy Kwong in Sydney

Bennelong
Sydney

“Reclaimed its spot in Sydney's top tier when Peter Gilmore took over the kitchen and made the tourist landmark the Opera House smart and respectable again.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Bills
Sydney

“Pretty much invented Aussie breakfast culture, then exported it worldwide.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Billy Kwong
Sydney

“Delicious Chinese food with intriguing Australian notes.”
Joanna Savill, food writer

Golden Century Seafood
Sydney

“Dave Chang called the pipis with XO sauce and vermicelli his favorite dish on earth. Nobody goes here before midnight.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Rockpool Bar & Grill
Sydney

“Try the live South Australian clams steamed with serrano ham, white wine, and flageolet beans.”
Kylie Kwong

Spice I Am
Sydney

“Still the best down-and-dirty Thai food in town, and that's saying something in Sydney.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Canada + Mexico

QUEBEC

Liverpool House
Montreal

“Exactly the kind of offal-y, hearty cooking you crave on a winter's night in Quebec.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack
St. Benoît de Mirabel

“Chef Martin Picard is a demigod of French-Canadian decadence. There's no telling what he'll prepare. Reservations are taken via the website and usually fill up long before the season even opens. Be flexible with your travel dates if you can.”
Gail Simmons

MEXICO CITY

Contramar

“Gabriela Cámara's extraordinary restaurant is always my first stop. It feels like the city's dining room.”
Alice Waters of Chez Panisse

El Bajío

“Their empanadas, made with plantain dough and filled with black beans and cheese, are phenomenal. So are the carnitas and crab with black salsa.”
Ken Oringer

Pujol

“Chef Enrique Olvera's ‘living’ mole has been stewing for hundreds of days—ingredients are added daily, so it's different every time you try it. This place is elegant but not stuffy. And it won't break the bank.”
Gabe Ulla

VERACRUZ

El Negro del Estero

“The focus is on the mariscos, prepared as simply as possible. Crab claws, shrimp, and lobster are all served platter-style with lime and salt. Try the pulque, made from agave, that tastes like a sweet tequila.”
Cherae Robinson

Central + South America

ARGENTINA

La Cabrera
Buenos Aires

“Unbelievable steaks and grilled sweetbreads and great Argentine wines. It's B.A.'s most assured parrilla.
Peter Jon Lindberg

Miramar
Buenos Aires

“This off-the-beaten-path cantina porteña is the perfect lunch spot.”
Ignacio Mattos, chef/co-owner of Estela and Café Altro Paradiso in New York City

1884 Restaurante
Mendoza

“Francis Mallmann's lavish steak house inside the Escorihuela Gascón winery isn't in a hurry—and you shouldn't be either. Have a Fernet and soda at the bar. Switch to a Malbec, something made close by. Eventually, that perfectly wood-fired ojo de bife will arrive, and you're capping dinner with a brandy. Or two.”
Paul Brady, senior editor

BOLIVIA

Gustu
La Paz

“Every glass of wine and beer is produced in Bolivia. The caiman sashimi is caught by indigenous Tacana hunters within a quota system that allows populations to stay healthy. When you're there, you have the feeling that you're part of something important.”
Nicholas Gill, food writer

BRAZIL

Bira de Guaratiba
Rio de Janeiro

“The authentic moqueca, Brazilian fish stew, is amazing, as are the large prawns topped with crispy garlic crumbs.”
Margot Janse, executive chef of Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek, South Africa

Irajá
Rio de Janeiro

“Wildly creative Brazilian dishes served inside (and outside) a beautiful old mansion.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

D.O.M.
São Paulo

“An amazing culinary celebration of Brazil.”
Margot Janse

CHILE

Boragó
Santiago

“They've been creating a database of Chilean ingredients for years. So when an Atacama Desert herb is at its peak, which may be only a few days per year, a foraging community collects it for the restaurant. They put out around 500 dishes annually, some of which might only appear during a single service.”
Nicholas Gill

PERU

Central
Lima

“Chef Virgilio Martínez's menu is based on the altitudes of Peru, and while it might sound like a pretentious conceit, it's actually the clearest way to taste and understand the country's endemic ingredients. It's an adventure into a food frontier, and Martínez is a keen guide.”
David Prior

La Mar
Lima

“The definition of ceviche in Peru, and therefore the world. Pro tip: Don't eat the black scallop unless you have a stomach of steel.”
Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, chefs/co-owners of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats in New York City

URUGUAY

La Huella
Maldonado

“Pretty much your fantasy of a beachside grill, albeit a haunt of the ultra-wealthy.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Europe

AUSTRIA

Gut Purbach
Purbach

“This elegant country inn in eastern Austria, close to the Hungarian border, specializes in Austrian game dishes like sandpiper and red-legged partridge.”
Georges Desrues, food writer

CROATIA

Toklarija
Sovinjsko Polje

“The most memorable dish is in the hills of Istria: a tangle of homemade tagliolini piled high with a bounty of truffles shaved tableside.”
Fiorella Valdesolo, editor in chief of Gather Journal

DENMARK

Kadeau
Bornholm

“Precise and delicious cooking in one of the most beautiful locations on the planet.”
Matt Duckor, senior editor at Epicurious

Amass
Copenhagen

“One simply cannot live without Matt Orlando's fermented potato bread.”
Seen Lippert, former Chez Panisse chef and world traveler

Manfreds
Copenhagen

“The kind of place you can while away an afternoon, drinking natural and biodynamic wines paired with edible haiku like spring onions with pistachio cream and elderflower.”
Bill Addison

Noma
Copenhagen

“Name a restaurant trend of the past ten years and it is likely to have originated from the mad mind of chef René Redzepi. There are plenty of imitators, but there's only one master.”
David Prior

Relæ
Copenhagen

“Any restaurant that opens these days promising affordable tasting menus and creative cooking probably owes chef Christian Puglisi a great debt. Six years in, and now overseen by executive chef Jonathan Tam, Relæ remains one of the most influential and thoughtful in the world.”
Gabe Ulla

ENGLAND

Market Bistro
King's Lynn

“This place is a revelation—unpretentiously locavore-ish, welcoming, and personal. The house-made breads are brilliant.”
Kate Sekules, food and travel expert

The Clove Club
London

“This is where young British chefs take aspects of gourmet pub fare and good local ingredients and bring them to a whole new innovative level. I had super-tender fried chicken with pine salt that was excellent.”
Dominique Ansel

Gymkhana
London

“The city's most ambitious and luxurious Indian restaurant, right in the heart of elegant Mayfair.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Kitchen Table
London

“James Knappett harvests his own samphire from the Cornish coast, collects verbena from his mom's backyard in Cambridgeshire, and makes biscuits with pine. He's a freaking savant.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Kitty Fisher's
London

“A devilishly cozy restaurant hidden away in Shepherd Market, with wood-paneled walls, dusty-pink velvet banquettes, and raffish, informal service. The aged Galician beef is a must.”
Skye McAlpine, food writer and Instagrammer

Lyle's
London

“Chef James Lowe's food—like his springy salad of pea shoots, podded peas, and Ticklemore cheese—represents an evolution of British cuisine from sturdy nose-to-tail cooking to an elegant celebration of the delicacy of the English seasons.”
David Prior

Nopi
London

“Amazing and surprising use of Mediterranean herbs. Sit at the communal table downstairs, right by the kitchen pass, with a view of all the action.”
Steve Wilson, co-founder/CEO of the 21c Museum Hotels

Ognisko
London

“Like being invited to the most fabulous dinner party. I love the blini with herring, the goose confit, smoked eel salad, golonka, and steak tartare.”
Kate Sekules

The Quality Chop House
London

“Warm, unpretentious, and just plain delicious—with food and wine to match.”
Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and founder of Shake Shack

The River Café
London

“Quite possibly my favorite Italian restaurant in the world.”
Danny Meyer

Rochelle Canteen
London

“Everything works for me inside the walls of Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold's art-world lunch spot.”
Andrew Tarlow, owner of Wythe Hotel, Diner, and Marlow & Sons in New York City

Spring
London

“By far the prettiest dining room in London—and the food is exquisite.”
Skye McAlpine

St. John
London

“Buttery Eccles cakes with Lancashire cheese, meat pies, and tongue with pickled walnuts—all cooked to perfection. You'll wonder how Britain ever came to suffer from a poor culinary reputation.”
Skye McAlpine

FRANCE

La Ferme de la Ruchotte
Bligny-sur-Ouche

“Frédéric Menager trained in some of Paris's best kitchens before turning his hand to rearing poultry. Every weekend he cooks lunch beneath his family home, serving the best local produce from the area.”
James Henry, chef at Belon in Hong Kong

Brasserie Georges
Lyon

“An Art Deco jewel serving traditional local cuisine like tablier de sapeur, or pan-fried tripe, and wonderfully fresh seafood. It's also one of the few brasseries to brew its own beer.”
Georges Desrues

Paul Bocuse
Lyon

“Everything on the menu is classic and delicious. Eat it all, if you can.”
Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli

Restaurant Chez Michel
Marseille

“The best bouillabaisse I've ever had in my life.”
Daniel Humm, chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad in New York City

Le Bistrot du Paradou
Paradou

“Stone floors and walls, family tables, pastis, and beautifully executed recipes that Grandmother would have cooked. Go for Friday lunch.”
Libby Travers, food writer

Au Vieux Comptoir
Paris

“It would be a shame to miss the magret de canard, but you can never go wrong with the specials. I plan layovers in Paris just so I can devour their mind-bending sweetbreads.”
Dawn Hagin, chief inspiration officer at Lark Hotels

Chez L'Ami Jean
Paris

“Still a top contender for best traditional bistro in town, albeit more Basque-inflected than your typical place.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Clamato
Paris

“I go for a glass of wine and wonderful-quality oysters. It reminds me of how the city was when I first lived there.”
Alice Waters

Clown Bar
Paris

“Where you'll find all the best chefs on a Sunday night after their own restaurants close. There's insanely good offal dishes and a natural-wine list.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Frenchie
Paris

“I usually secure a reservation before our flights are even booked. Chef Grégory Marchand's technique blows me away.”
Ford Fry, chef/owner of The Optimist, BeetleCat, and others in Atlanta

L'Ambroisie
Paris

“Everything here is special, from the gorgeous eighteenth-century decor to the chocolate tart, which is the absolute best.”
Daniel Humm

L'Astrance
Paris

“The most balanced and joyfully bright tasting menu. Always inspired and perfectly executed.”
Seen Lippert

Le Baratin
Paris

“The lovely veal brains with lemon butter sauce, chives, and soft baby potatoes are simple and perfect.”
Dominique Ansel

Le Chateaubriand
Paris

“The tasting menu is executed at just the right rhythm, and the wine pairings are phenomenal. Call exactly three weeks ahead for a reservation.”
Deana Saukam

Le Comptoir du Relais
Paris

“It's always crowded. Go for lunch and order the oeufs mayonnaise, terrine of pâté, and whatever seems seasonal.”
Mitchell Davis

Le Servan
Paris

“The super-talented Levha sisters have updated the classic bistro.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Miznon
Paris

“Probably the best lunch spot in Paris. Get the whole roasted head of cauliflower, legendary in the inner circles of Paris.”
Ken Oringer

Septime
Paris

“Thoughtful food that lets the produce tell its story, alongside a delightful wine list and an ambience that feels like home.”
Libby Travers

Le Club 55
Ramatuelle

“This place near St-Tropez has some of the best beachfront dining anywhere. Crudités with anchovy dipping sauce and whole grilled fish are my go-tos.”
Ken Oringer

GERMANY

Shiso Burger
Berlin

“I'd fly back for the bulgogi cheeseburger alone.”
Sarah Khan

ITALY

Ristorante da Cesare
Albaretto della Torre

“I have fever dreams about Giaccone's local wild mushroom and peach salad.”
Fiorella Valdesolo

Ristorante Battaglino
Bra

“A traditional Piedmontese restaurant with dishes like the mythical finanziera, a stew of offal and cock's crests.”
Georges Desrues

Buca dell'Orafo
Florence

“I long for the tortino, a simple omelet made with artichokes or porcini, depending on the season. It's so delicious it defies science.”
Mitchell Davis

Lo Scoglio
Marina del Cantone

“You could try to reproduce the three-ingredient zucchini-garlic spaghetti. But even with the addition of the secret ingredient—a bit of starchy pasta water, which gives it an ineffable creaminess—the whole experience is the very definition of gestalt.”
Pilar Guzmán

L'Alchimista on the Piazza
Montefalco

“This is Umbria on a plate. Rabbit worth crossing the globe for.”
Julie Gibbs, cookbook publisher

Cesare al Casaletto
Rome

“Thoughtfully rendered classics like cacio e pepe and pasta alla gricia, and so many dishes that have virtually vanished from Roman menus: skate and romanesco soup, brisket meatballs, and roasted liver.”
Katie Parla, co-author of Tasting Rome

Roscioli
Rome

“If you love French wine and Italian food like we do, you're in the right place.”
Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli

Dal Pescatore
Runate

“The cooking emphasizes excellence and comfort over gimmicks: chestnut gnocchi with bottarga, saffron risotto in a pool of aged balsamico, and grilled eel from the Po River.”
Alan Sytsma, food editor of NYMag.com/Grub Street

Ardigna
Sicily

“Deep in the Trapani hills, you'll find a never-ending parade of old-school Sicilian hits prepared by Italian grandmothers—literally.” Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli

Da Vittorio
Sicily

“The spaghetti with sea urchin is the best in the world.”
Deana Saukam

Viri Ku Cè
Sicily

“Seafood served straight from the boat—raw, marinated, fried, grilled. There's no menu, they just bring you whatever is fresh that day until you tell them to stop.”
Deana Saukam

Da Celeste
Venice

“A family-run restaurant on one of Venice's fishing islands. You sit out on the pier, with lagoon views and not a soul in sight. The whole oven-baked turbot is exquisite.”
Skye McAlpine

THE NETHERLANDS

Rijks
Amsterdam

“Great people, stunning food and concept—I go here to be inspired.”
Margot Janse

NORWAY

Maaemo
Oslo

“Chef Esben Holmboe Bang may be Danish, but he's redefining Norwegian cuisine at this innovative eight-table spot by turning ingredients like salted mutton and pine butter into craveable tasting menu staples.”
Matt Duckor

PORTUGAL

Zé Bota
Porto

“Big multi-ingredient platters blend the flavors of sea and land. Standouts include the veal in Madeira sauce, the miraculous cod, and the leite creme for dessert.”
Dawn Hagin

RUSSIA

White Rabbit
Moscow

“Vladimir Mukhin gives a futuristic twist to obsessively researched sixteenth-century Russian recipes and archaic Slavic ingredients most Russians know only from fairy tales. Get the Forward to the Past tasting menu, which might include moose milk or the caviar of an albino sturgeon.”
Anya von Bremzen, food critic and memoirist

SPAIN

Asador Etxebarri
Apatamonasterio

“There's a considered approach to every dish—house-salted, house-churned, house-made—and then there's that ice cream. Incredible.”
Libby Travers

La Paradeta
Barcelona

“Queue outside until they let you in, choose the raw seafood and the way you want it cooked, then pay and collect it from the kitchen. Super-simple, canteen-style.”
Margot Janse

Paco Meralgo
Barcelona

“A breezy tapas bar doing the classics right. Order cuttlefish fritters, grilled fish, Iberian sausage, and lots of wine.” Matt Rodbard

Quimet & Quimet
Barcelona

“An always-packed, always-fun wine bar where everything comes out of a can or a jar, conservas-style.”
Ken Oringer

Elkano
Getaria

“Most of the seafood is prepared on a large outdoor grill, which you can smell as you approach the restaurant.”
Daniel Kessler, co-owner of Bergen Hill in New York City

Ca Na Toneta
Mallorca

“The owners source everything from the island, even some of the clay for the plates.”
Andrew Tarlow

Rafa's
Roses

“The sweetest percebes (goose barnacles), briny house-cured anchovies, and John Dory on the bone almost brought tears to my eyes.”
Luke Burgess

SWEDEN

Fäviken
Järpen

“The breakfast is outrageously good: porridge served with cloudberry compote, fresh whey cheese, and black currant juice.”
Matt Duckor

Ekstedt
Stockholm

“Niklas Ekstedt took all the electricity out of the kitchen and cooks purely with live fire.”
Peter Jon Lindberg

Matbaren
Stockholm

“The beauty, tradition, and craftsmanship of Scandinavian food. The best seat is at the bar.”
Marcus Samuelsson, chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author

SWITZERLAND

Kronenhalle
Zurich

“The food is delicious, the champagne and wine list extensive, and it has a museum-quality collection of art from the likes of Miró, Chagall, Picasso, and Matisse.”
Daniel Humm

TURKEY

Kantin
Istanbul

“Chef Semsa Denizsel's Black Sea anchovies with spiced rice alone are worth the trip.”
Katie Parla


Our contributors had a few opinions about where to eat in this country too. For their domestic recommendations, go to cntraveler.com/best-restaurants.