Not merely the best in Europe but also the best restaurant in the world, El Celler de Can Roca is run by the groundbreaking culinary innovators, the Roca brothers in Girona, Catalonia. Opened originally in 1986, in recent years El Celler de Can Roca has never been far away from the top spot. They have also acquired three Michelin stars for their modern interpretations of Catalan cuisine.
El Celler de Can Roca, Calle Can Sunyer, 48, Girona, Spain, +34 972 22 21 57
To some food writers Mugaritz is the most notable food phenomenon anywhere in the world. Opened in 1998 in Errenteria, Spain and making waves for over a decade now, chef Andoni Luis Aduriz provides no menu and delivers curious innovations like edible cutlery in his presentation of contemporary Basque cuisine.
Mugaritz, Aldura Aldea, 20, Errenteria, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 52 24 55
Although Astrance sits in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it serves up food with a distinctly Eastern flavor. With three Michelin stars, chef Pascal Barbot is known as a leading light in contemporary French food, taking traditional flavors and blending them with something a little different. His training included stints at Arpège and in the French Navy.
Astrance, 4 rue Beethoven, 75016, Paris, France, +33 01 40 50 84 40