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The World's 10-Best Restaurants? America Has Reservations

Dining at one of these establishments will set you back. The dinner menu at Alinea generally starts at $225 per person.   

| BY Donald Liebenson

Fledgling or seasoned foodies who want to experience the world’s finest dining will have to travel to Spain, Quebec, France, and the United Kingdom for the privilege. Trip Advisor's 2015 Traveler’s Choice rankings of the world’s best restaurants as reviewed and recommended by its members is up. The U.S. doesn’t fare all that well.

Bouley, a French restaurant in New York, can take bragging rights as the most highly rated American restaurant on the list, but it only comes in at No. 15.  The innovative Alinea in Chicago comes in at 16. And that’s it for American restaurants in the top 25.

Here are the top 10 (just kidding about Superdawg):

 1.     Martin Berasategui, Lesarte, Spain

2.     Europea, Montreal, Quebec

3.     Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France

4.     Adam’s, Birmingham, United Kingdom

5.     Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham, United Kingdom

6.     Geranium, Denmark

7.     PIC, Valence, France

8.     NARISAWA, Minato, Japan

9.     La Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Millon, United Kingdom

10.   Epicure, Paris, France

Suffice to say, dining at one of these establishments will set you back. The dinner menu at Alinea generally starts at $225 per person.  But as the old saying goes, if you have to ask how much it costs, it might be best to dine elsewhere. If you can stomach the tab, TribAdvisor readers indicate, the dining experience is unparalleled, if that’s your idea of a good time.

About Martin Berasategui, one reviewer rhapsodized, “The meal was culinary poetry.” A meal at Europea was described as “A masterpiece. Four hours of food, wine and creative food presentation…a dining experience we will always remember.”

But what of American restaurants? In addition to Bouley and Alinea, TribAdvisor members ranked these at the 10 best in the United States:

3. Le Bernadin, New York

4. Uchi, Austin, Texas

5. Halls Chophouse, Charleston, South Carolina

6. Victoria & Albert’s, Orlando, Florida

7. Canlis, Restaurant, Seattle, Washington

8. Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California

9. Daniel, New York City, New York

10. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Houston, Texas

Diners for whom there is no place like home can bring the world to their table. TripAdvisor posted a representative sampling of recipes from these elite restaurants. Click here to get cooking.

About the Author

Donald Liebenson

Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.  

A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.