We’re lucky enough to live in a time abundant with exquisite restaurants. Here are the ten must-visit luxury eateries, right now, from around the world.
Quadri Restaurant, Venice
Located in St Mark’s Square in one of the most romantic cities on the planet, this historic venue can boast Lord Byron, Proust, and Dumas as past diners. Now, the restaurant offers its guests a luxury sixteen-course tasting menu that features such delicacies as lagoon seafood and moeche, a crab that is only found in the Venetian islands.
Sumptuous fabric wall coverings hang artfully alongside original stucco work and make for a classic vibe that exudes old-world glamor, and large windows overlook the bustle of the square below. Simple outdoor restaurant furniture creates a beautiful space during the warmer months, with chairs and tables draped with white cloth-making for a wonderful place to enjoy the backdrop of this part of the city.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Offering diners the chance to enjoy their meal sixteen feet below the waves, the curved walls and ceiling of this space are completely transparent so that guests can be awed by the vibrant ocean life all around them. Polished wooden flooring, simple chunky wooden tables, and leather upholstered chairs add to this very special restaurant’s elegant and chic style.
Restaurant Lasserre, Paris
Complete with a Michelin star, dramatic chandeliers, and an enviable gourmet heritage (the restaurant has been running since 1942), the Lasserre has been host to notables including Audrey Hepburn, Salvador Dali, and Robert De Niro. This exquisitely beautiful restaurant offers traditional French dishes with a contemporary gourmet twist.
Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant, Diani Beach, Kenya
A truly one-off experience, this eatery is quite possibly the world’s most magical. Tucked inside an ancient coral cave, believed to be 120-180,000 years old, Ali Barbour’s only ceiling is that of the open sky and stars above. Festooned with candles, diners enter an enchanted grotto to find their table. The menu is a la carte, with seafood and traditional regional fare featuring heavily.
Sketch Lecture Room and Library, London
With its two Michelin stars, this is one of the capital’s most luxe dining destinations. Head Chef Johannes Nuding heads up the award-winning kitchen team that sends out delights to guests from the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Highlights include roasted roe deer saddle with Moka sauce and lemon risotto with fresh goats’ cheese. Meals are served in a truly fabulous space, redolent with gilt and period features.
Kitcho Kyoto, Japan
Offering a series of private dining rooms, this traditional Japanese restaurant prides itself on its use of fresh, in-season produce and a menu that seeks to engage as many of the senses as possible. The current chef is the third generation in the profession, and visitors to Kitcho Kyoto frequently cite dining here as a wondrous, culturally immersive experience.
Il Fiorita, New York
With its retro-look furniture and murals painted by artist Leanne Shapton, this restaurant doubles as a floral boutique and serves as a community education space, too. Dinner guests can choose a prix fixe or a la carte option; highlights include Sasso Chicken, served with new potatoes, grapes, walnuts, and Berber tea, and Cavatelli with buckwheat carrot, turmeric, and sumac. The restaurant’s whimsical ‘Flower Happy Hour’ runs from 5 pm-6.30 pm from Tuesday to Saturday and features cocktails such as Dancehall Spritz (prosecco, Aperol, passionfruit, and hibiscus) and Olly Olly Oxen Free (whisky, jasmine, gentian, cedrata, aperitivo, and citrus peel).
Eagle’s Eye, Golden, Canada
A truly spectacular dining experience, guests can enjoy dinner while taking in the view from their 7,700 feet above sea level position. Eagle’s Eye perches on the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort summit, and five national parks can be sighted from its floor-to-ceiling windows. The menu is centered on traditional, rustic Canadian fare, which partners perfectly with the warm wood and natural stone decor.
Visiting this restaurant in Fall is particularly recommended for a stunning, panoramic view of the season’s changing colors.
Villa Maya, Trivandrum, India
Regularly cited as one of the most elegant restaurants in the country, Villa Maya is located in a lovingly restored 18th-century manor. Both indoor and courtyard dining is offered to guests, and the atmosphere is one of peace: stepping inside this bungalow feels like leaving the outside world behind entirely. Menu favorites include the Fish Tikka and the Kerala Special.
Roots Restaurant, New Zealand
The focus on local, seasonal produce is such a key part of this eatery’s ethos that menus change daily based on the availability of the freshest fruit, vegetables, and meat, and foraged food plays a significant role in the dishes that are prepared here. There’s an emphasis, too, on warmth, intimacy, and relaxation, a cozy vibe that’s emphasized by the restaurant’s pretty private garden and open kitchen. Diners feel more like guests visiting a friend’s home than paying customers.
Telling a story through the food and drink served is an essential concern, and sustainability and a deep consciousness regarding what we put on our plates and into our bodies are at the heart of Roots Restaurant.