10 Best Places to Eat: Europe


Specialty: Mediterranean Fish Stew

“This is a delightful tavern where everybody in the family works. David and his father fish, the mother is in the kitchen making the brodetto, and the sister is in charge of the desserts. In my many years of cooking and eating fish, this is as fresh as it gets. The setting is a sprawling terrazza in a small seaside town where most of the locals are fishermen. Try the spiny crab salad and fish brodetto with polenta.” —Lidia Bastianich, host of Lidia’s Italy

France – BRAS

Specialty: Le Gargouillou

“Bras is known for its commitment to local cuisine and for chef Michel Bras’s gargouillou [a dish of up to 80 vegetables, herbs, and flowers].”Joan Roca, El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

France (Paris) – CHEZ GEORGES

Specialty: Gigot d’Agneau

“This spring my wife and I took a long-overdue trip to Paris with my parents. One of the highlights was our meal at Chez Georges—a quintessential tiny French bistro, unchanged since the days when Hemingway ate there. Of all the spectacular dishes we had, the ouefs mayonnaise was perfect in its simplicity, followed closely by radishes and butter.” —John Currence, City Grocery, Oxford, Miss.


Specialty: Périgord Truffle Soup

“At this elegant wine bar, Michelin–starred chef Marco Müller serves a straightforward menu using regional products. His food is paired with wines from sommelier Billy Wagner’s 1,500-bottle cellar. Wagner knows brilliantly how to adapt the wine to the menu.” —Christian Lohse, Fischer’s Fritz at the Regent Berlin


Specialty: Spaghetti Carbonara

“Located under the Duomo, this romantic, beautiful, family-owned place has an incredible lamb blade chop, and if you stick around long enough, the live music is sure to get you dancing.”Tim Love, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Fort Worth, Texas

Monaco – Le Louis XV

Specialty: Gâteau Au Chocolat

“My first visit was in 1990, and I was completely blown away by the magical dining experience. It was the first place I discovered white truffles. Another memorable dish was légumes de Provence, very simple with shavings of black truffles.” —Hélène Darroze, Hélène Darroze at the Connaught Hotel, LondonMaurice Rougemont / GAMMA-Getty Images

Russia – Chaika

Specialty: Kamchatka Crab

“At Chaika, they thoughtfully play around with traditional Russian flavors. The chef, Dmitry Shurshakov, builds national motifs into a global context—cod liver served with apples and nuts, or herring with nori seaweed.” —Alexei Zimin, Ragout Café, Moscow

Spain – Asador Etxebarri

Specialty: Iberian Chorizo

“Sure as hell one of the most luxurious eating experiences ever. Chef Victor Arguinzoniz grills things—and in ways—never dreamed of before. Just the best ingredients in the world, grilled by the very best grillmaster on the planet.” —Anthony Bourdain, host of the Travel Channel’s No Reservationsasador-etxebarriFoodforthoughtmiami / flickr.com

Sweden – Fäviken Magasinet

Specialty: Scallops Over Juniper

“Most Swedes haven’t even been here. Chef Magnus Nilsson’s vision for new Scandinavian food is inspiring—he shows that you don’t have to live in a big city to create an authentic, delicious experience. To go there and stay and eat for a few days is a truly relaxing experience.” —Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster Harlem, New York

United Kingdom – Borough Market

Specialty: Fish and Chips

“They fry everything in animal fat for crispy goodness.” —Tim Love, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Fort Worth, Texas


Credit: TheDailyBeast 


2 thoughts on “10 Best Places to Eat: Europe

  1. Thanks for this post. Can you do one on other countries or continents. It would be great to see what restaurants have people buzzing.

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