If high-quality restaurants spur your travel routes then you’re very similar to me.
I can’t fault authentic street food but there is nothing I enjoy more than an amazing restaurant with faultless food, impeccable service and good wine. After so many years and so many destinations under my belt, I think I have a fairly good grasp of some of the world’s top restaurants.
I have been incredibly lucky to visit some of these during my time exploring, others I am still hoping the next time I throw my map it will land on their country of origin.
When you think of incredible dining experience, you often associate this with high prices and small portions but this isn’t necessarily the case. Some of the best restaurants around the world are family owned, local and truly authentic with just good food and passionate owners behind its success.
Check out some of the very best restaurants from around the world to help you decide where you’ll be travelling to next.
Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
Osteria Francescana is an Italian michelin starred restaurant owned and run by Massimo Bottura. Located in a quaint back street, Osteria Francescana is the epitome of fine dining without the pretentiousness.
The menu is creative, fierce and most of all carefully crafted to fuse together the wealth of knowledge Massimo has in creating a dining experience you will never forget.
Eleven Madison Park, New York City
Eleven Madison Park is a Contemporary American restaurant located in the heart of Madison Avenue in New York City. If you’re planning a trip to New York, you should definitely see if there is any availability during your trip as this really is a remarkable restaurant.
Enjoy 8-10 courses carefully crafted by Chef Daniel Humm and get ready for something truly amazing.
Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
Asador Etxebarri is a Spanish restaurant nestled beneath the mountains.
Serving an extravagant tasting menu, you’ll find the best prawns in the world, homemade chorizo tartare and of course, perfectly cooked steak. Head chef and owner Victor Arguinzoniz lives just moments from the restaurant and home grows a lot of his produce which only adds to the authenticity and experience.
Quintonil, Mexico City
Quintonil is the perfect spot for vegetarians and those looking to try something new. The discreet restaurant is located in the upmarket Polanco with stylish décor, the finest of waiters and perfect wines.
There is a particular emphasis on vegetables and greens which I was quite surprised at, but don’t be fooled, these dishes pack a punch and in my opinion the best restaurant in the whole of Mexico.
El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
The second restaurant on this list from Spain, El Celler de Can Roca is a traditional family run restaurant in the small provincial city of Girona.
The presentation of dishes at El Celler de Can Roca is out of this world and something which really needs to be seen to be believed. From cold-grilled sea urchin to veal shin and sourdough ice cream, I assure you that you won’t have enjoyed anything like this in your life.
Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
Once you’ve visited Gaggan, you’ll understand why this is a two-time winner of the best restaurant in Asia, and it’s not just because of head chef Gaggan’s personality (but it doesn’t hurt).
The 19-part tasting menu is referred to as the aptly named Gaggan Experience and that’s something I can certainly contest too. The modern menu explores India’s rich and exciting culinary delights.
The Clove Club, London
From my home country, the UK, The Clove Club is as quirky Shoreditch restaurant curated by three friends.
They previously ran a supper club from a flat but in 2013, the three men decided a more permanent home was needed and so The Clove Club was born. Choose from a five or seven-course tasting menu which changes with the season and the Scottish chef’s choices for the day, a real delight in a laid back setting.
Attica, Melbourne, Australia
Attica is a modern Australian restaurant located in Melbourne.
The relaxed environment may not be the norm for some of the other restaurants on this list but it offers something fresh, exciting and a little different.
The food created by Ben Shewry place it as one of the most in-demand restaurants in the whole of Australia with his flair for flavour, immaculate presentation of sheer perfection, Attica is the place to dine in Australia.
Hailed as a no-nonsense gastronomic experience, Ralae is a magnificent New Nordic restaurant in Copenhagen.
With a 4 & 7-course menu, you can enjoy inventive dishes served without pretension in a smart, minimal space, for a truly wonderful dining experience. Relae is relatively new, first opening its doors in 2007 but don’t let this deter you in the worldly experience Relae offers.
Borago, Santiago, Chile
Borago is a unique restaurant which takes influence from its diverse surroundings in Chile.
From herbs to meat and vegetables, everything head chef Rodolfo Guzmán masters up in his kitchen if fresh, organic and local making for only the very best.
Santiago is a remarkable destination to explore so kill two birds with one stone with this impeccable restaurant & dining experience.