Food & Dining

Top 10 Best Dine-In Restaurants

So you’re looking for the absolute best restaurants to dine in? That’s an entirely subjective list of restaurants, to be sure. What’s great for one may be ho-hum for another. Yet if you’re truly after an enthralling dining experience, you will want to try out any (or all) of these 10 restaurants. They’re located all over the world, which just goes to show that foodies can be found everywhere.

  1. Eleven Madison Park, New York City. Every year, this restaurant invariably makes it every list of “best restaurants”, and for those who have tried dining in here it’s not at all surprising. The setting is magnificent, the food is exquisitely fantastic, and the service is terrific. The people here have made restaurant dining into an art form. You have to try at least one of their many versions of the roasted duck, and then you can also taste the celery root cooked in a pig’s bladder.
  2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy. The best restaurant in Europe is located in a quiet spot in Modena. This is the brainchild of the famed chef Massimo Bottura. At first it almost closed down, as Bottura experimented heavily and daringly. But the food will entrance you, as it’s influenced by music and art. The place itself has 3 rooms with elegant designs and premium modern art.
  3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain. In northern Spain you can find medieval Girona, where the 3 Roca brothers run this fantastic restaurant. The dishes here are quite complex, with innovative techniques mixed with creatively chosen ingredients. These dishes are designed to evoke the emotions of the region, and the wine pairings are legendary. Try the 7-course Classics menu, with favorites like the prawn with vinegar that will entrance your taste buds.
  4. Mirazur, Menton, France. Located on the French side of the Riviera, but just a few minutes away from the Italian model, this restaurant is where Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco displays his culinary talent. Their ingredients come fresh from the nearby Ventimiglia market, or from their own backyard farm. Mirazur has recently celebrated its 10th year, and it means to stay on for many years to come. You have to try out the oyster with tapioca, shallot cream and pear, along with the monkfish with topinambur puree and Piedmont hazelnuts. This place mixes the cuisine of Argentina, France, and Italy.
  5. Central, Lima, Peru. For the last few years, Central restaurant has firmly established its reputation as the best restaurant in South America. In fact, this restaurant has even been cited for the increase in Lima tourism. Score a reservation here and you will get to enjoy a meal with more than 17 courses. It’s an experience that will give you a fantastic trip through classic Peruvian cuisine. It’s a showcase of Peru’s incredible biodiversity, with a heady mix of familiar dishes with exotic fruits. The seafood dishes here are especially delectable.
  6. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain. This is a rural area, but don’t let that stop you. This place seems simple at first, with an unpretentious vibe mixing with simple grilled dishes. Yet the results are sublime, which happens when you mix expert grilling techniques with high quality super-fresh ingredients. The most magnificent dishes are the ones that seem to be the simplest. These include the fantastic beef chop, giant Palamos prawn, salted anchovy on toast, and homemade chorizo. The establishment’s vibe is clearly rustic, and downstairs from the restaurant is the town’s local pub. There are no airs here—just heavenly food that’s been praised and acclaimed by experts from all over the world.
  7. Gaggan, Bangkog, Thailand. For the last few years, experts have hailed this restaurant as the best in Asia, and that’s because the chef has displayed a sense of creativity that’s hard to match. Chef Gaggan Anand’s tasting menu changes constantly, so every visit will surprise you. This is the place that offers sea urchin as an ice cream flavor, and you will finally find out what Indian sushi tastes like. Each dish seems designed to start a conversation about it, while the place also offers warm Thai hospitality.
  8. Maido, Lima, Peru. It seems like it’s a great time to be a foodie in Lima, as two of the best restaurants in the whole continent are in this city. However, Maido is actually a Japanese restaurant, and here you can try classic sushi along with creative fusions of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. You can try the sea urchin rice with fish hotdog to start with!
  9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain. Here’s another Spanish restaurant that has earned worldwide acclaim. The chef is known simply as “Andoni”, and he’ll offer a meal with 20 courses that showcases the best of Basque cuisine. Some of those courses are offered in the lushly decorated gardens found around the restaurant.
  10. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria. Finally, we have an extremely modern setting that gives you a theatrical presentation of their dishes. They combine fresh local ingredients with exacting techniques, and the results are terrific. Try this place for lunch, and you may forget to leave!

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