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The Best Restaurants in the Mediterranean: Celebrating Regional Heritage and Culinary Excellence

Whichever dazzling Mediterranean city you find yourself in, you can rest assured that here they know how to celebrate food and fine dining in the most authentic way possible. The region is famed for its vast culinary heritage that resonates around the world through exceptional traditional ingredients that are amazing in their simplicity. Delicate freshness and aromatic herbs accompany zesty lemon aromas washed down by some of the world’s best wines. Dining is always an occasion here – hours-long conversations, sharing plates, and Michelin acclaimed establishments are the standard. Let’s take a look at some of the best restaurants in the region.

Le Park 45 | Cannes

Not only is Le Park 45 one of the most celebrated restaurants in Cannes but its Michelin-starred excellence makes it one of the best in the whole region. Perched beside the gardens of the glitzy Grand Hotel, you can choose between dining on the relaxed terrace or in the elegant dining room. The seasonally-changing menu highlights the best of the French cuisine while also serving absolute originality and keeping clear from overused culinary cliches. The A-la-Carte starts with beautiful duck foie gras and langoustine carpaccio then continuing with some remarkable fish and meat dishes. Delicate fish flavors and textures are lifted to a new level with a range of aromatic herbs and the refreshing crunch of chicory and phenomenal Parma ham. One of the highlights from the whole menu is, without a doubt, the preserved veal shank with swiss chard and small pumpkin, and Osso-bucco juice.

Joël Robuchon | Monaco

Located in the famous Hotel Metropole, Joël Robuchon restaurant celebrates Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and promises an unforgettable culinary experience confirmed with two Michelin stars. All courses prepared by Executive Chef Christophe Cussac and his team are honoring the freshness of regional Mediterranean ingredients and delicate flavors not only of the region but also its culinary history and heritage. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner service every day except for Wednesdays. The evening service offers beautiful king crab and langoustine from the starter menu to foie gras-stuffed quail and uncomplicated yet delicate John Dory fillet with Mediterranean vegetables in the mains. The overall experience is not only culinary but also visual – the fantastic terrace view on Monte Carlo is unlike anything else.

Gradska Kavana Arsenal | Dubrovnik

The Gradska Kavana Arsenal restaurant located near Dubrovnik’s main square sits at the very heart of the historic district and also has its culinary approach set deep within regional traditions and customs. Locals favor the restaurant for leisurely lunches and dinners, or even business meetings, while travelers from far and wide are all about the fantastic cuisine, beautiful location and the jaw-dropping views. Chandeliers light the Viennese-style interior, while the front outdoor terrace faces the lively Luža Sq, making it ideal for people-watching. The restaurant is known for its fish specialty dishes paired with a selection of excellent wines and thus respecting an old proverb known in the region – fish is no good if it has not “bathed” three times, first in the sea, then in olive oil, and finally, in wine.

Rivea | Côte d’Azur

Rivea at the legendary Hotel Byblos offers gregarious dining and the food is directly inspired by the French and Italian Rivieras. The Alain Ducasse restaurant celebrates the straightforward tradition of Mediterranean dining culture and cuisine while providing a glamorous and satisfying experience for any food lover. Without any pretentiousness, Rivea is all about enjoying the pleasure of simple and healthy products, stemming from the region. As you might expect, a concept of sharing is not only available but is encouraged here. As the sun dips below the horizon, come together with friends to celebrate life while sharing stories, fantastic food, and enjoying excellent wine.

Barracuda | Malta

Barracuda Restaurant is certainly a Maltese fine dining legend going strong for over four decades now. Located in a pristinely-restored 18th-century villa overlooking Balluta and Spinola Bay, Barracuda is known both locally and internationally as one of the finest restaurants in the Mediterranean region. As the name implies, the menu offers excellent seafood. Lightly smoked Barracuda carpaccio with blackberry and beetroot-stained salmon ceviche are some of the most exciting appetizers we’ve seen in a while and these will certainly leave you wanting more. There’s also a great selection of dry-aged meats from T-bone to Aberdeen Angus, Iberian pork, and even wild boar loin. No dish will leave you uninspired, we can guarantee it. Impeccable presentation and service are at the very foundation of this restaurant. The incredibly broad wine selection from all over the world will satisfy any wine aficionado.

 

Lauma Breeze

Ever since reading In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne in her childhood, Lauma has been fascinated by all things travel. From sailing as well as exploring nature inland to continuously being fascinated by cities and cultures worldwide, she conveys her passion and inquisitive nature in writing.

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