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Top 25 Hidden Gem Restaurants Worth Traveling For

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated September 11, 2019

KAYAK and OpenTable found 25 local gems in popular destinations around the world that are worth checking out on your travels. Our research shows that 1 in 5 Americans are willing to travel for great culinary experiences - and we think these spots should be on your list. So dig in.

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4.6
4.6 (1848)
MXN500 and over
Contemporary Mexican
Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya

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About the restaurant
Alux is a restaurant inside a natural cave. A unique place to enjoy a magical evening.

The creation and formation of the cave is ancient. In this environment of true underground palaces decorated with unique stalactites and stalagmites you can enjoy a natural spectacle. With a capacity of more than 250 guests, our cavern has various environments designed for you to enjoy your stay to the fullest, all accompanied by our haute cuisine and mixology that distinguishes us in this region of the Riviera Maya.

Service only for dinners. À la carte service. Entry with reservation. Dress Code: Smart Casual. Kitchen closes at 11:00 pm. Payments are accepted with Cash, Credit and Debit Card AMEX, MasterCard and Visa. Children welcome. Smoking area. There is no corkage.

Minimum consumption $1,000.00 pesos per person.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
First time. I knew this place is very costly and more paying for the ambience. But service was great, drinks fantastic and all appetizers were very good!
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4.7
4.7 (7046)
$31 to $50
Italian
The Strip

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About the restaurant
Battista's Hole in the Wall is a local favorite serving Las Vegas since 1970. Immerse yourself with our old-time Las Vegas memorabilia and the finest authentic Italian food in a friendly, casual atmosphere. All dinners include Minestrone Soup or Italian Salad, Garlic Bread, Pasta Side, FREE House Wine (Red or White) with Dinner, and a Homemade Cappuccino for dessert. We're located just off the Strip at Flamingo and Linq Lane, across from The Horseshoe, and next to the Linq and High Roller Observation Wheel.
Dining Room Hours:
Sunday through Thursday, 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, 4:30 pm to 10 pm
Reservations by phone from 9 a.m. Pacific Time to 9 pm Pacific Time


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great Italian food. Bring your appetite, you will likely still take home food. Servers are efficient, prompt and friendly. Pay one price for your soup or salad, large loaf of garlic bread, main course, all the house wine that you can drink, red or white and a cup of cappuccino to wrap things up. We stop here every time we come to Vegas. Be sure to make reservations to avoid the wait.
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4.8
4.8 (8136)
$31 to $50
French American
Upper West Side

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About the restaurant
Delicious food and service. We came on a busy Sunday evening, but the service was spot on during our visit and food was delicious. We will come back!
Top review
ConstanceA
Dined 5 days ago
Iman was a fabulous server !!! The best server in recent memory .
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4.6
4.6 (2875)
$30 and under
Italian
Overtown

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About the restaurant
If a reservation is not available online, please call the restaurant: 305.371.7056 -
CRUST earned OpenTable’s coveted "100 Best Restaurants in America" for 2019 and Yelp’s Top 100 US Restaurants 2023.
Acclaimed chef/owner Klime Kovaceski and his Australian wife Anita are the proud owners of CRUST Restaurant, serving unparalleled pizza and modern American-Italian cuisine in the scenic and rapidly trending area by the Miami River.
The pizza toppings utilize the freshest ingredients and feature tantalizing choices such as Truffled Pizza with arugula, parmesan and truffle oil, and our signature namesake Pizza with fig, prosciutto blue cheese. Pies such as these propelled CRUST onto The Daily Meal, Eat This, and YELP "The Best Pizza in America" guides.
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Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing food and service! A wonderful experience!!
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4.8
4.8 (3541)
$50 and over
Californian
The Castro

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About the restaurant
At Frances, chef Melissa Perello’s seasonal menu reflects modern California sensibilities and focuses on ingredients from local markets, farms and producers in a casual, neighborhood setting. Named after Chef Perello’s grandmother, Frances is an ode to refined but comfortable sensibilities in both food and decor. Whether it’s the technique-rich, yet simple approach to food, or the open, familiar atmosphere and stellar service, Frances' honest, focused approach has resonated with customers and critics alike.


Top review
Abbyvip
Dined 6 days ago
This was our first time dining at Francis, and it did not disappoint. From the soft-as-a-pillow, sourdough bread with a crunchy crust to the Lumberjack cake dessert, it was all delicious. We started with a glass of French champagne, the real thing, then had pasta with black truffle, and I had the steamed sole which was wrapped in a chard leaf. It had some Farro along with it in sauce. The portions are just enough so you don’t get too full. You need room for that cake with cardamom ice cream. Reserve the 30 days ahead.
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4.9
4.9 (136)
€31 to €50
Belgian
El Gòtic

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About the restaurant
Authentic Spanish Tapas with a Belgian Twist !

Enjoy Delicious Tapas and Entrees and choose out of two ambients : (1) the Tapas bar with more informal setting and (2) the restaurant space with can accommodate private dinners and parties of up to 20 guests.
Our most popular Tapas include the crispy Argentinian shrimps on artisan curry ice-cream, steak tartare, Thai-style mussels or Belgian cheese croquettes ...and if you prefer Comfort Food: Our awarded Belgian Steak Frites ranks us amongst the top 3 steak places in Barcelona.
To finish well you will be temptedthe Belgian chocolate fondant with Canabis ice-cream ;-)


Top review
Bronxlad
Dined on Feb 16, 2024
Although French with some Spanish influence, this was our best meal in Barcelona. The shrimp with curry ice cream was unusual and good. Both the steak frites and duck were excellent.
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4.9
4.9 (5473)
$31 to $50
Italian
North End

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About the restaurant
More availability on our website. Our restaurant also offers unique private rooms for small parties starting at 4 people- email mammamariaboston@gmail.com to inquire.
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Superior local and seasonal ingredients distinguish our Italian cuisine. Our menu is updated daily to reflect market changes. Our setting is historical and unique. Five elegant dining rooms ( most with views of the city) are tucked throughout an antique brick townhouse overlooking North Square in the heart of Boston's North End neighborhood.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
We only had one night for a special dinner in Boston. We made the right choice selecting Mamma Mia. We had a private room dining experience overlooking the city and the historical Paul Revere house. The food exceedingly well done. The lobster pasta was exquisite. What more?
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4.9
4.9 (10299)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Hollywood

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About the restaurant
Welcome to The Musso & Frank Grill where we provide an authentic Old Hollywood dining experience one would have received in the early decades of last century. We welcome you to Old Hollywood!
Top review
CelebratoryDinnervip
Dined 3 days ago
We Celebrated my Birthday we ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo the Best I have ever had! We also ordered the Rib Eye Steak cooked to perfection! This was one of the best meals I have ever had! The service was Outstanding! Thank You for making tonight one memorable Birthday ever!!
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4.6
4.6 (2300)
AED 185 and over
Steakhouse
Jumeirah 2

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About the restaurant
Was superb. Nothing more to say! It was a blast, thank you for everything!
Top review
Djole
Dined 2 days ago
Very nice energy, good staff and amazing food. Will be back with pleasure
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4.7
4.7 (584)
€30 and under
Greek
Nordend-West

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About the restaurant
As always delicious.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Dec 1, 2023
Im a regular and always enjoy my stay. Any guest I ever brought is similarly satisfied by the experience - Five stars!
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4.6
4.6 (407)
$41 to $100
Mediterranean
Mona Vale

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About the restaurant
We are a newly opened restaurant & wine bar on the northern beaches, located in one of the busiest suburbs, Mona Vale. Paddock and Vine brings in rustic food too the plate and home cooking with a twist. Creating an amazing feel-like home dining experience.

We do our utmost to please all palates by bringing wine from throughout the world to be enjoyed in our venue.

Our relaxed and friendly atmosphere is created to indulge our customers in comfort.

Our bar and kitchen opens six nights a week and Saturday and Sunday for lunches.

Top review
OwenC
Dined 3 days ago
My date and I had a great experience on a Wednesday evening the service was a delight willing and pleasant to help, a tight selection of eating choices.
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4.5
4.5 (3405)
MXN500 and over
Mexican
Condesa / Roma

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About the restaurant
Rosetta is located in a large mansion in Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood. Its cuisine is rooted in a profound respect for Mexican ingredients and distinguished for its innovative combinations.
The à la carte menu is always changing in response to seasonality and produce availability, and it’s known both for the unique creations of chef Elena Reygadas and for more traditional dishes.

Top review
Rebsvip
Dined 4 days ago
Phenomenal! The lamb gnocchi and the braised short rib were highlights
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4.6
4.6 (1914)
€30 and under
German
Charlottenburg

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About the restaurant
Tucked on the edge of the River Spree, Schnitzelei serves appetizers, tapas, regional German/Austrian cuisine and cold beer in tastefully designed, rustic settings. The restaurant star draw is its schnitzel menu, which features over a dozen different creative variations including tasty options for vegetarians. Schnitzelei also boasts a beer garden where diners can relax while enjoying a cold brew.

Stop by after work with friends for a fun, relaxing meal. The waterfront restaurant's cheery ambiance also makes it an ideal choice for group outings. Schnitzelei is open all through the week.

Top review
PatrycjaB
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
The food was amazing, super delicious vegan options! Highly recommend!
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4.5
4.5 (3426)
$31 to $50
Italian
Victoria Park

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About the restaurant
“SERAFINA” in Italian translates to both “angel of the sea” and “fine evening”. Those who have been there completely agree! This beautifully romantic, candlelit trattoria is nestled in Victoria Park on a gorgeous view of the Middle River. Its doors open to the most irresistibly charming ambiance and aromas of fantastic Mediterranean flavors. Serafina has a covered and heated patio so guests can enjoy their surroundings in every season!


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MARIEvip
Dined 2 days ago
Food and service were great. We didn’t have to wait for long to be seated and our waitress was so thoughtful and made great recommendations
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4.5
4.5 (1309)
€31 to €50
Fusion / Eclectic
Rathmines

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About the restaurant
Great food, great atmosphere and the staff are more than accommodating.
Top review
Florence
Dined 7 days ago
Lovely sophisticated venue, polite and efficient staff. The food and cocktails were very nice too. Would definitely recommend. Thank you for a lovely evening.
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4.5
4.5 (257)
€31 to €50
Mediterranean
Castellana

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About the restaurant
TATEL is much more than a restaurant, it is a sensational experience that brings together the best of Spanish gastronomy, the culture of the country and the world of entertainment. TATEL Madrid offers high-quality traditional Spanish cuisine along with variations of the classics.
Top review
Fran
Dined on Jan 13, 2024
Absolutely loved my dinner here! Fabulous staff, great food, good live music and great cocktails!
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4.8
4.8 (2829)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown Orlando

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About the restaurant
Our spectacular setting and award-winning food have made us a favorite in Central Florida. Join us for lunch, dinner or happy hour inside or out on the verandah. We proudly offer fresh fish, hand-cut prime steaks, homemade desserts and Orlando’s best burger!
Top review
MariaA
Dined 5 days ago
Our food was delicious and Manny, our server. Was extremely attentive! It was really noisy and hard to talk over the noise but it was a full house.
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4.8
4.8 (313)
€51 and over
Dutch
Binnenstad/Burgwallen

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About the restaurant
Very good food. Nice outdoor area on nice evening. When I come back to Amsterdam, I will certainly return. Great service and even better meal. Thanks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Amazing restaurant! The food was delicious, the ambience was perfect and the wine selection was perfect. Highly recommended to all food lovers!
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4.7
4.7 (1559)
£26 to £40
Modern European
Holloway

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About the restaurant
Westerns Laundry is a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant focusing on seafood & natural wines. The restaurant is located in the Islington/Highbury neighbourhood of North London. It opened in 2018 and is housed in a 1950's industrial building which used to be home to the largest commercial laundry in North London. It now boasts a beautiful 60 cover dining room, which opens onto an open 20 cover cobbled courtyard with olive trees as well as an intimate private dining room. Westerns Laundry has won numerous awards for excellence and originality and is a firm favourite on the London dining scene.
Top review
Bazz
Dined on Feb 16, 2024
Have been coming here for years but not been for over 6 months (as it's not that close to me) so great to see that the food is still outstanding and as good as ever. About the best restaurant I know. Would go at least once a month if it was nearer to me. Everything on the blackboard menu is amazing so it's always worth trying things you might not normally go for. Good to see the oysters back.
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4.6
4.6 (1297)
€30 and under
Bavarian
Haidhausen-Nord

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About the restaurant
Munichs typical food and beverage restaurant. We love to have you here as a Guest and you will love the friendly environment.

We are happy to see you soon at our traditional hospitality since 1902

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Very friendly and great time! Everyone spoke English and had English menus so even better if you need to brush up on your German!
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4.7
4.7 (472)
¥5,001 to ¥10,000
Izakaya
Shibuya

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About the restaurant
It is casual Japanese IZAKAYA where to eat and drink with "waiwai gayagaya" rather than to enjoy a quiet meal.Please visit the web site once to understand us.

Booking Policy:

★Cancellation Policy:

●Cancellation fee(Yen/per person)・On the day:8000/・2days before and the day before the book date:5000※Booking for 13 people or more: From the previous day to 7 days ago:5000

★Books:

●Please be sure to select and write a course name. YUKI 4800/TSUKI 5800/HANA6800/HUKU8800(Yen/by only food, excluding tax)

●We cannot accept a request for increase the number of the people after 2days before the book date.

●We allow 2 hours for your seat.

If you do not confirm the following, we cannot allow your book.

★For allergies or vegetalian

●Check "https://kaikaya.com/ba" for food allergies

★For children

●Check "https:/kaikaya.com/bc" for child

Top review
nikkilessthan3
Dined on Feb 8, 2024
We were recommended this spot by a friend and it did not disappoint! We went to the "wrong side" of the restaurant -- for this reservation, it's on the left side when facing the building. I'm not sure if that's set upon the day or what, but just a note. They're also quite popular, so be sure to actually make a reservation or you may, like many spots in Japan, be turned away for the evening. We tried going earlier in our trip and didn't realize we needed one. The food, staff, and vibe was so fun and energetic. I think based on this reservation, which I did not know until showing up, it required a prefix or set meal, and there were a few to chose from. We think it was pricey, but it was very good and the US dollar is very strong at the moment. Since we were on our honeymoon, it did't matter too much. Now that we've been, we'll surely be back on our next visit. It was much different of a vibe that other more quiet, reserved spots. Lively and fun!
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