Europe is famous across the World for its distinctive city landscapes and architectural wonders with its glamour. The streets of European cities are beautified by ancient buildings and castles, well decorated and adorn streets rich historic features , that attracts large numbers of tourists every year.
As regards European dishes, many people would think of several common dishes and foods that are of interest to them but there’s more to European dishes than these common names.
Below are some of the top notch restaurants in Europe and the list is being updated every year based on the assessment of the performance of restaurants in Europe.
NOMA, Copenhagen, Denmark
Noma is a restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark, run by a world-renowned chef Rene Redzepi. It is one of the best restaurants in Europe thanks to its inspiration and reinvention of Nordic dishes. Restaurant Magazine ranked it as the best restaurant in the World in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014.
This restaurant offers Scandinavian or Nordic cuisines, which were reappraised by its founders Claus Meyer and Rene Redzepi. Its dishes are considered more like the inspiration of Nordic cuisine as compared to the classic Nordic dish itself.
The restaurant is situated on the waterfront in an old warehouse in the Christianshavn neighborhood in the heart of Copenhagen. The building is located at Greenlandic Trading Square, which was a trading hub to and from the Faroe Islands, Finnmark, Island for 200 years.
OLO, Helsinki, Finland
Founded by Petri Lukkarinen, Pekka Terava, and Timo Sailama, OLO located in Helsinki, Finland. It is strategically placed in central Helsinki. In 2011. OLO has been declared as the restaurant of the year in 2009 by the Finnish gastronomical society.
Located in Helsinki, OLO is a modern Nordic restaurant. This restaurant is serving its best Finnish specialty food from their menu and preparing their dishes with fresh ingredients from the region.
OLO’s kitchen offers nothing but clean and fresh flavors of the sea reign and land. It also has an airy inner courtyard over several private dining rooms. The inner courtyard is spacious and bright yet appealing and warm alike.
Onyx, Budapest, Hungary
Onyx is the in-demand restaurant located in the serene Gerbeaud House while sharing the same roof as the leading Gerbeaud confectionary. It has ultra-elegant furniture, and its kitchen is impressive. It is listed among the best restaurants in Budapest with its well-executed, reinterpreted Hungarian cuisines.
You can find excellence in every course of seasonal ingredients. This, among other things is what you can expect at Onyx. You can choose from the best international and Hungarian wines here. It has award-winning chefs, making it the best fusion restaurant in the heart of Budapest in Hungary.
Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
This is located at Åre Municipality of Järpen in Sweden. It is founded by chef Magnus Nilsson. Since 2008, the restaurant has been serving local food from the estates with just a few exceptions. Fäviken was ranked among the 50 Best Restaurants in the World in 2012 and named among World’s top ten restaurants in 2013 by Zagat guide.
The dishes served here are inspired by Nordic cuisine and uses localized ingredients from either the proximity or estate. The only exceptions are salt, sugar, and vinegar. Chef catches the fish at a local pond, and the dishes vary according to what he caught. In this restaurant , diners are usually served 14 courses along with appetizers.
Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
Osteria Francescana, an award winning restaurant, is one of the best in Italy. It has been run by the leading chef Massimo Bottura, Modena, Italy. In 2018 and 2016, Osteria Francescana ranked as the best restaurant in the World among the best 50 restaurants in the World.This restauant aws opened in 1995 by Massimo Bottura.
It was among the best restaurants in Italy to earn the honour. It was the third-best restaurant in 2013 and 2014 and second-best in 2015. In 2014, the first two restaurants were Noma and El Celler de Can Roca.
With the score of 20/20, Osteria Francescana currently holds the first position on Espresso Italian food guide. It was featured in Netflix’s original series named Chef’s Table (Season 1 Episode 1) and Somebody Feed Phil (Season 2 Episode 1).
Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sited in Parken, in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark, Geranium is a gourmet restaurant run by head chef Rasmus Kofoed, who won the award “Bocuse d’Or” in the year 2011.
Geranium is located at Kongens Have by Soren Ledet and Rasmus Kofoed, opened in spring 2007, but had to close in 2009. But it was opened again in 2010 in Parken, Østerbro.
They were ranked 45th best restaurant in the World in April same year in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants by San Pellegrino.
L’Ambroisie, Paris, France
It is located in the Place des Vosges, a period house and run by chef Bernard Pacaud. In 1962, Bernard Pacaud started as an intern at age 15 at the well-known Eugenie (Mere) Brazier restaurant, located 20 km from Lyon. Then, he spent the next three years at Tante Alice restaurant as a commis in Lyon.
Subsequently, he was promoted as chef de partie at La Méditerranée restaurant in Parish. He is recommended by Eugenie Brazier and applied with Claude Peyrot to work in 1976. In 1986, he finally opened place des Vosges, L’Ambroisie.
His classical and refined cooking pattern makes this restaurant one of the best restaurants in Europe. In 2015, this restaurant served none other than ex-President Barack Obama, along with John Kerry (US Secretary of State) and President Francois Hollande.
Maaemo, Oslo, Norway
Maaemo is the world-renowned restaurant at Oslo, Norway. In December 2010, it was opened and is owned and run by Esben Holmboe Bang, head chef. Maaemo is an ancient Norse word which means ‘Mother Earth.’ It means the restaurant is aimed to create bright, clean flavors of Norway.
Maaemo prepares cuisines from local produce to reflect the raw nature of Norway and its changing seasons. The restaurant serves a mouth-watering menu exclusively. Which refers to a pageant of dishes like mackerel with ramson, Norwegian langoustines with pine, and brown butter caramel added in Røros butter ice cream.
The Fat Duck, London, England
The Fat Duck is one of the best restaurants in London and it is run by Heston Blumenthal, proprietor and celebrity chef. It is in an ancient building built in the 16th century, which had been the place of The Bell pub previously, The Fat Duck was launched on August 16, 1995.
Even though it served the food just like that of French bistro, it soon became popular for invention and precision. It has been popular among several modern culinary revolutions, including multi-sensory cooking, flavor encapsulation, and food pairing.
It is the best restaurant in the UK. It offers a 14-course menu with dishes like mock turtle soup inspired by Alice in Wonderland, which involves bouillon packet, which looks like fob watch blended in tea.
Lasarte, Barcelona, Spain
In January 2006, Restaurante Lasarte was inaugurated. It received an award recently in 2017 as one the best restaurant in Europe.
It is founded by chef Martin Berasategui. It is a spiritual project which houses the experienced team of professionals who strive to delight you with every flavor and aroma Spain has to offer.
The new Lasarte Restaurant has surprisingly become more modern with a brighter look after a complete renovation. In the main dining room, it has a semi-private room. It also has ‘Chef’s Table’ private dining room to serve around eight people in a loft with a glass wall.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, England
The head of the restaurant is Ashley Pamer-Watts. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal was opened in January 2011. It was listed fifth among World’s 50 Best Restaurant in April 2014 in Restaurant magazine. Here, the menu is based on traditional British cuisines researched thoroughly around the British library by the leading food historians.
Several dishes have been praised here, such as a chicken liver mousse, meat fruit, created as a replica of mandarin orange. In every three months, the restaurant changes the menu, and each menu has authentic cuisines dated back to 14th to 19th centuries.
Mirazur, Menton, France
Mirazur Restaurant in Menton, France, is operated and run by famous chef Mauro Colagreco. The restaurant was voted as 35th best among Top 50 Restaurants by Restaurant magazine in 2009, 28th in 2013, and 24th in 2012. The restaurant is ranked 4th among 50 Best Restaurants in the World in 2017, and it finally reached the top 3 spots in 2018.
L’Arpegé, Paris, France
L’Arpège is a French restaurant run by chef Alain Passard in Paris. Earlier, it was called L’Archestrate. Passard bought the restaurant from Alain Senderens in the year 1986.
It was listed in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants by S. Pellegrino, it was voted 19th best in 2011. It is well regarded for offering pure vegan and vegetarian dishes.
Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden
This restaurant is located on Klara Norra kyrkogata No. 26 in Stockholm, Sweden. The restaurant opened in 2008 and has recieved seeveral awards since inception of operation.
Now it is run by pastry chef Daniel Lindeberg and chef Bjorn Frantzen, who had worked at many other reputable restaurant in Sweden. Later on, they opened their restaurant in Stockholm which was awarded the first star in 2009 and second in 2010.
El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
This restaurant opened in 1986; El Celler de Can Roca restaurant is located in Girona by Josep, Joan, and Jordi, the Roca brothers. At the begining, it was closed to Can Roca, which was the restaurant headed by their parents. In 2007, it was moved to its current location.
Restaurant magazine ranked it the World’s best restaurant in 2013 and 2015. Traditional Catalan is the specialty in this restaurant, but with some creative twists.