The summer season is the peak time for travelers to flock to Europe. The weather is ideal — the temperature is pleasantly warm over much of the continent and much more bearable than, for instance, the sweltering summer heat in the Caribbean. While plenty of people have already booked their flights and will be making their way abroad in the coming months, many are still planning their day-to-day itineraries — most importantly where to have the best dining experiences. To help with your search, we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best restaurants throughout Europe — must-dine options when considering your 2017 travel plans.
In developing this list we drew from previous years’ lists and considered published reviews and rankings as well as nominations from The Daily Meal’s own well-traveled staff and contributors. After compiling a list of about 400 restaurants from 33 nations, we categorized the restaurants by country and created a survey that was then sent out to our panel of judges from around the world — about 300 in all, including food and restaurant critics, chefs, and an array of bloggers.
Once all the results were analyzed to determine those most favored, 26 countries were represented, with honorees spread from Athens to Reykjavik, Moscow to Madrid. Dining capitals like Barcelona and San Sebastián are represented, but so are such less-expected places as Skåne-Tranås, Sweden, and Opatija, Croatia. You’ll find such internationally famous gastronomic monuments as Guy Savoy in Paris (No. 2) and the Yeats Room at Ballymaloe House in rural Ireland (No 91), along with such distinguished newcomers as Piazza Duomo in Alba, Italy (No. 12) and Clove Club in London (No. 32).
Wherever in Europe your travels take you, you’ll find trecommendations for the best and often most innovative dining on this year’s list of the 101 Best Restaurants in Europe.
Summer heat doesn’t bother you? Click here for our list of the 101 Best Restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean for 2017.