What is it that makes for a high-caliber hotel restaurant? In recent years, hotel restaurants have stepped up their game, so much so that they have become coveted dining spots for locals and travelers alike. The good ones no longer serve mediocre meals; instead, they create exciting and memorable dining experiences that have patrons waiting in line or booking reservations months in advance just to be able to pull up a chair.
As the trend of stylish, cutting-edge hotel restaurants continues to grow, so does The Daily Meal’s dedication to identifying the best and most impressive examples around the globe — restaurants that attract serious diners from near and far.
Our list of The 10 Best Hotel Restaurants Europe is drawn from our third-annual ranking of The 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World, in which European entries secured six of the top 10 spots on our list. To construct that list, we considered the winners and nominees from our 2013 list of best hotel restaurants; consulted the Michelin Guide and other trusted sources for further recommendations; and drew hotel restaurants from our annual lists of The 101 Best Restaurants in Asia, The 101 Best Restaurants in Europe, and The 101 Best Restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean.
There were a few rules we established in order to narrow down our nominees: The hotel had to have at least 15 rooms (so quaint, family-run bed-and-breakfasts and famed restaurants that happen to have a few rooms for the convenience of guests were eliminated). Notable restaurants located just a few steps from hotels, even if they are under the same ownership, were also excluded; to be considered, they had to be under the same roof as well as the same proprietorship.
Paris leads our list, and major cities across Europe including Venice, Berlin, and London, as well as smaller cities including Figueres, Spain, made the cut for the 10 Best Hotel Restaurants in Europe. Booking a European holiday? Then take a look at our list of the best hotel restaurants so you can not only rest and relax at your hotel, but also replenish and rejuvenate with a tremendous meal after all that exploring you’ll be doing.
#10 The Dining Room at Domaine de la Baume (Tourtour, France)
Dinner inside chef François Martin’s dining room is quite an experience. It’s a three-course affair of Provençal cuisine at a fixed-price menu. A sample dinner menu includes chilled pea soup with mint and goat cheese crisp, spelt risotto, and pigeon with baby artichokes sautéed in garlic oil with sundried tomatoes. Head pastry chef Élodie Martin highlights the sweet fruits found in the South of France that come from local orchards in many of his desserts while also adding creative flair.
#9 Acquerello Restaurant at The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace (Venice)
Under the guidance of executive chef Roberto Dal Seno, Acquerello offers a menu of locally sourced ingredients coupled with ingredients from the Adriatic coast while drawing influences from all around the Mediterranean. Appetizers include stuffed calamari cooked in a jar and “Venetian Hinterland," which consists of beef carpaccio with arugula salad, Parmigiano flakes, celery hearts, and organic salt. For mains, there are homemade and artisanal pastas along with fish dishes including cod or wild sea bass and meat dishes including veal or duck.