Best Fine Dining Restaurants

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. etc . . . to find  the best fine dining restaurants.

But when you’re faced with the make-or-break travel dilemma of where to eat in Hong Kong, Mendoza, Dakar— or other destinations where trustworthy recommendations are harder to come by but all the more vital—you have one shot to get it right.

We enlisted and cross-referenced  some of the impassioned guidance from the real experts.

Restaurant Martin Berasategui

San Sebastián, Spain

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Best Fine Dining Restaurants

Restaurant Martin Berasategui is a three Michelin-starred restaurant near San Sebastián in the Basque Country in the north of Spain.

This relatively small region has a higher ratio of Michelin stars per capita than Paris, and Berasategui was one of the earliest.

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Best Fine Dining Restaurants

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The menu offers a contemporary take on Spanish flavors and has been created by chef and owner Martín Berasategui who holds 8 Michelin stars in total, the most of any Spanish chef.

Maison Lameloise

Chagny, France

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This restaurant is named after the Lameloise family, who have owned this Burgundy restaurant since 1921, and adopted its current name in 1960.

The restaurant is set in a 15th century inn which is an experience in itself, but combined with an inventive menu and an extensive wine list, it’s a gastronomic adventure.

Most Peoples reviews attest to the popularity and memorable quality of this restaurant.

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For almost a century, in this former coaching inn in Chagny, Lameloise has rigorously perpetuated the highest French culinary traditions.

This fantastic historical gourmet tradition is now continued by Eric Pras, whose cuisine – fresh, precise and delicate – pays tribute to the richness of Burgundy’s soil and gives new life to this unmissable gastronomic experience in the south of the Côte de Beaune, with its three Michelin stars.

L’Auberge de l’Ill

Illhaeusern, France

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Some Michelin-starred restaurants in France are true family businesses.
Auberge de l’Il in the charming village of Illhaeusern is one of them.
It is a 4th generation restaurant that has been run by the Haeberlin family for 130 years.

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Best Fine Dining Restaurants

The restaurant was established as a country inn called l’Arbre Vert in 1882 by the current patron Marc Haeberlin’s great-grandparents.
The original inn was destroyed in a bombing raid in WWII in 1945. Marc Haeberlin’s father and uncle Paul and Jean-Pierre Haeberlin built a new restaurant on the same site after the war.

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The restaurant opened in 1950 and was renamed Auberge de l’Ill.

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Auberge de l’Ill is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday till Sunday.
The restaurant offers a 5-course Menu Tradition  a 7-course Menu Haeberlin and an a la carte menu.

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Best Fine Dining Restaurants

Auberge de l’IIl is a legendary restaurant. Only Paul Bocuse has had his three stars longer (since 1965).
The restaurant, with its magical riverside location, stands out with its welcoming charm and its authentic hospitality.

The ambiance is chic but not stuffy, the service is very professional but not formal, the quality of the food is as excellent as it is reliable.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Great Milton, United Kingdom

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Discover inspired cuisine at one of the most celebrated Michelin star restaurants Oxfordshire has to offer.

Each dish uses the freshest seasonal produce, enlivened with classic French-flair.

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Described as “a twist of imaginative genius”, Raymond Blanc’s dishes utilise the freshest, best quality ingredients. The two-acre kitchen garden produces 90 types of vegetable and 70 varieties of herb.
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Best Fine Dining Restaurants

The hotel’s wine cellar is home to around 600 different wines from around the world. Around 60% are of French provenance.

Take your seat at one of the best restaurants in Oxford, and anticipate a culinary experience that you will treasure forever.

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Opening times:
Breakfast: 7:30am to 10:00am
Lunch: 11:45am to 2:15pm
Dinner: 6:30pm to 9:30pm

dress code is smart casual.

Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890

Napoli, Italy

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The restaurant’s wine cellar supposedly boasts 25,000 bottles of wine and is housed in an ancient tunnel!

This two-Michelin-star restaurant is generally regarded as one of Italy’s finest.

Prepared with produce from the chef’s own 6-hectare farm, the seasonally changing menu includes such hallmark dishes as lightly seared tuna in red-pepper sauce and pasta with clams and courgettes.

The international wine list is one of the country’s most extensive and best. Reservations are essential.

The restaurant is part of the hotel of the same name and also organises cooking courses.

The Campania region’s most famous restaurant and Michelin two-star, Don Alfonso is a gourmet temple that draws foodies to the Sorrento peninsula every year.

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Chef Alfonso Iaccarino and his wife, Livia, opened the restaurant in 1973 and show no signs of slowing down when it comes to adding creative new ways of sharing their culinary philosophy with their guests: a program of cooking classes, and the Relais, a boutique property with eight suites and an apartment for travelers who want to turn a dining experience here into a culinary vacation.

Thirty-seven miles from Naples, the restaurant makes a great spot for lunch before you continue on to the Amalfi Coast, another 45-minute drive away. Closed Monday (and Tuesday from October–May).


Chicago, Illinois

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Alinea is not a restaurant, or at least not in the conventional sense. So say Alinea’s founders, chef Grant Achatz and restaurateur Nick Kokonas. Instead, it continues to push the boundaries of a meal with dishes that are fun, emotional, provocative and blur the lines between art and food.

There’s nothing typical about Alinea’s food, whether it be the green apple helium balloon that floats past your table or the milk chocolate, pate sucree, violet and hazelnut dish served à la Jackson Pollock.

Kokonas and Achatz don’t like to sit still. Their constantly evolving restaurant Next, where the cuisine changes every four months, keeps them on their toes, and they have also taken Alinea on the road in the past, having opened it in Madrid for a month in early 2016. They also operate the experimental cocktail bar The Aviary in Chicago.

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Alinea uses the Tock booking system, developed by Kokonas himself, so diners need to buy a ‘ticket’ in advance of the meal.

Who needs a meal followed by a show when you can have both together?

That’s because eating at Alinea, which involves around 20 courses over about three hours, is more than simply dinner-it’s culinary theater.

Perhaps it could qualify for a Tony Award along with its Michelin stars, because you’re even invited backstage afterwards to meet the talented protagonists in the kitchen.

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Alinea provides such a vivid, visceral experience, that you’ll even forget about the somewhat painful and entirely inhospitable booking procedure. Neophytes have nothing to fear here as there’s a veritable army of charming, clued-up helpers and servers to guide you effortlessly through each and every dish.

And guidance is certainly needed because the only menu you’ll see is the one presented to you like an award certificate as you leave.

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Best Fine Dining Restaurants

The cooking is strikingly original and very clever.

It can surprise but it can also challenge; at times dishes can be playful or even whimsical. But underpinning all those clever techniques and all those dazzling arrangements and quite striking presentations is an inherent understanding of flavors and this is what gives the cooking such great depth.

Waterside Inn

Bray-on-Thames, United Kingdom

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An enchanting riverside setting… elegant surroundings, with a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere… effortless, yet impeccable, service… and of course, exquisite cuisine, as befits a three-star Michelin establishment…  Welcome to the Waterside Inn… and to a world-class culinary experience.

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Nestling on the banks of the Thames, in the charming 16th century village of Bray, this delightful ‘restaurant with rooms’ has been serving inspirational French cuisine since 1972.

Its welcoming, informal ambience belies its formidable reputation: owned by the celebrated Roux père et fils, and nowadays run by Alain Roux, the Waterside is renowned across the globe as a leading light in the world of gastronomy.

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Best Fine Dining Restaurants

Unashamedly French, exquisitely executed: every deliciously decadent concoction celebrates the superlative skills of the chefs.

Alain Roux’s passion for food is matched only by his father’s – although as a Master Pâtissier, his enthusiasm for desserts is unparalleled across the UK – and he continues to create food that delights even the most discerning palates.

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Menus change with the seasons to reflect the freshest and best produce available; diners can choose between full à la carte menu or the Menu Exceptional, available for both lunch and dinner.

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Best Fine Dining Restaurants

At lunch, there is a lighter option – the three-course Menu Gastronomique – which is perfect for business lunches or catching up with friends.

Voila Bistrot

Paraty, Brazil

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The most splendid culinary evening in Brazil.
A warm welcome is the appetiser for cuisine that combines delicate French gastronomy with selected local products and ingredients.

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Best Fine Dining Restaurants

This French bistro in Brazil has been reviewed over 1000 times and has been called a slice of Paris in South America.

The restaurant offers amazing forest views and a dining experience that is beyond compare.


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