Fine Dining

The headquarters of Alice Waters, the visionary who brought the slow-food movement to the U.S., this Berkeley mecca for food-obsessed pilgrims doesn’t disappoint. There’s a strict adherence to the...
Thanks to chef Christopher Kostow, the restaurant at this St. Helena resort in the Napa Valley has reaped much-deserved Michelin attention and foodie buzz. It’s farm-driven, California cuisine, but...
Recently reappointed to a drop-dead gorgeous new space, Michael and Linday Tusk’s elevated version of a Mediterranean bistro is a special-occasion-worthy retreat. You will find new depths of...
You couldn’t ask for a more perfect setting, here in the Luberon of Provence, among the lavender. At this airy, modern-rustic getaway, the food matches the caliber of the surroundings. The spotlight...
Whether it’s the ideal roasted chicken or a gargantuan côte de bœuf you’re after, this is a Parisian tradition that, even after almost 90 years, never gets tired. The pommes soufflés are must-haves (...
With a three Michelin star status, Pascale Barbot continues to apply his classic French training to a lighter, more health-conscious, Asian-influenced cuisine. Don’t worry, it feels as decadent as a...
It’s worth visiting this Relais & Châteaux property in the Pauillac for the sole purpose of properly enjoying visionary Thierry Marx’s 15-course dinner. There’s as much laboratory-derived hijinks...
L’Arpège can make an all-vegetable menu seem as substantial as one that features meat or fish dishes. Chef Alain Passard is revered for his ability to bring the garden to your plate in unpredictable...
France's culinary superhero lives to push the envelope, deliciously. He is open to all manner of technique--historical to futuristic--and strives to present ingredients in ways you've never dreamt of...
In the heart of Champagne—specifically the town of Reims—this magnificent, manor-based dining room with its old-world opulence is a legendary place to eat. If you’re looking for quintessential French...
With this, his black-laquered jewel box on the left bank, Joël Robuchon reinvented counterside dining for sophisticates and gastronomes. Known for his clean flavors and modern way with age-old...
A darling of food critics across the country, Paul Kahan has opened three spots in Chicago. This, his first—a sleek boîte admired by design aficionados—remains the most serious. American haute...
Rick Bayless—the country’s foremost expert on Mexican cuisine—holds court not close to the border, but up north in Chicago. For lovingly prepared gourmet renditions of authentic regional Specialties...
NoMI’s taste thrills are as revelatory as its views of Chicago’s skyline and impressive art collection. Christophe David, who trained at Taillevent in Paris, can go from a simple flight of pristine...
Before there was Auberge de Soleil the boutique resort, there was the restaurant, and it was one of the first Wine Country culinary destinations. Not much has changed—the setting is breathtaking and...
San Francisco’s Fifth Floor restaurant has a new menu designed by a new chef, David Bazirgan. His Mediterranean-influenced fare features local ingredients in tasting menus, a la carte, or bar menus...
Charlie Palmer moved his townhouse charmer to a larger-scale glass-encased atrium but didn’t sacrifice any of the precision he applies to the plate. In order to see his vision properly executed in...
Michael White is a formidable team when it comes to fine Italian dining. In a warm, modern space of generous proportions on the edge of Central Park South, his newest and most impressive project is...
Born in Lucca, Edoardo Baldi brings the Tuscan dishes of his childhood to the West Coast. He pays homage to his mother and grandmothers with homemade pasta, and the seasonally driven, immaculately...
Although Los Angeles and Wolfgang Puck aren’t the first things that come to mind when one thinks of steak, Cut proves they should be. Choose from U.S.D.A. Prime, American Wagyu, or its Japanese...
You haven’t been to L.A. until you’ve had the Ivy experience. It’s an extension of a Hollywood exec’s office, where deals are born or closed. The food stands up to the high-profile scene. Sit outside...
Chef Marc Vetri is a bit of a well-kept secret. His eponymous contemporary Italian eatery is a favorite among America’s top chefs, particularly those who also specialize in this sort of food...
Innkeeper extraordinaire, proprietor, and chef Patrick O’Connell is a stickler for seamless service and locally harvested raw materials. Here, in the Virginia countryside, he works with local...
Refreshingly unusual and rich combinations--gingerbread and foie gras or rabbit and cocoa beans, for example—emerge from this Australian talent’s kitchen just off Wall Street in the Setai residential...
The quintessential 1930s New York City chophouse has been restored to its former glory and then some. Full of life, it now has the coziness and polished charm of a brasserie in addition to what some...
With food, as with everything else, simplicity, done correctly, is unbeatable. Nowhere is that rule better demonstrated than at this Greek estiatorio, an all-white, space where the best of the sea’s...
Masa Takayama is an indisputable sushi virtuoso, and this is his concert hall where he performs etudes in toro, sea urchin, or whatever premium fish has just arrived from Japan. The setting has both...
The Last Man Standing of traditional, formal French restaurants in New York City, La Grenouille’s staying power is as much the result of the gorgeous, well-cared-for interior as of its immaculate...
A study in timeless elegance, this Mid-Century Modern institution was designed in 1958 by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, who are also responsible for the Seagram’s building in which the...
Maverick British talent Paul Liebrandt is a bit of a wild card, and he puts this to excellent use in the kitchen of this Tribeca destination. He’s as devoted to seasonal produce as he is to the...

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