With few exceptions (wine and cheese, etc.), food is at its most succulent and flavorful when it is fresh.
For the truly discerning gastronomic adventurer, a great farm-to-table restaurant is an absolute must to visit. In this list, we present seven of the absolute best farm-to-table restaurants in the world to inspire your next trip.
The Blue Hill restaurant is located in the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in upstate New York.
The Stone Barns Center began in 2001 as a nonprofit organization with goals to reconnect people with the food they eat. In 2004, the Blue Hill restaurant opened as a way for people to come enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of the farm/educational center.
Diners at Blue Hill do not order from a menu but are treated to a veritable feast created from the abundance to be found in surrounding Hudson Valley.
Outstanding In The Field
Outstanding in the Field is far from your typical dining experience.
This “restaurant” travels to different locations around the world, offering diners the chance to not only eat freshly-picked local food, but a chance to experience scenic views and locals. Guests are seated at a long table that is set out in the picturesque environment that the food being served was grown in. Hundreds of famous chefs have cooked for Outstanding in the Field in locations across the globe.
Seats at this unique dining experience sell out months in advance so plan your next gastronomic adventure accordingly!
This farm-to-table restaurant is located in the luxurious destination hotel Sublime Comporta in Grandola, Portugal. Sublime Comporta is surrounded by an untouched estate of umbrella pines and cork trees, sand dunes and rice fields.
Guests of the hotel may dine at the premier restaurant, Food Circle. Food circle offers guests an intimate and luxurious dining experience. Only 12 guests are served at a time in Food Circle, giving them the opportunity to connect with each other, with their chefs and with the fresh food being prepared and served.
Only ancestral cooking methods are used in this restaurant, taking the farm-to-table experience one step further.
Pha Tad Ke
Pha Tad Ke is a botanical garden and a breathtaking farm-to-table restaurant in one. This unique destination is located near Luang Prabang in Laos.
Guests to Pha Tad Ke can wander the gardens, learn from the permaculture demonstration farm and visit the cafe to partake in some of the bounty grown right around them. At the cafe, diners sit in a sala (a lounge, basically) amid the greenery and eat a lunch made with vegetables and herbs grown there, including bamboo and ginger.
Meats are brought in from local farms as well, for a complete and luxurious farm-to-table experience.
Le Cinq is one of three Michelin-starred restaurants in the Four Seasons Hotel George V located in Paris, France.
Earlier this year, the hotel announced its initiative to give guests a view of the sustainability of these amazing restaurants. One of these luxurious restaurants is Le Cinq. At Le Cinq, diners are treated to meals prepared by renowned chef Christian Le Squer. Christian grew up in a fishing community and feels a deep connection to local artisans, farmers, and fishers because of it.
He takes pride in sourcing the absolute best of local, seasonal foods to bring to his kitchen and his guests’ tables.
Named for its head chef, Sat Bains is located riverside in Nottingham, UK. Discerning diners from around the globe have been flocking to Sat Bains in recent years and it has consistently been voted in as one of Elite Collection’s Top 100 Restaurants.
The titular head chef takes pride in serving guests dishes locally-sourced in the immediate surroundings. They mean immediate surroundings, too. Forty percent of the herbs and vegetables used in the meals served are grown in the restaurant’s own urban garden. Many other ingredients are brought in from other locations inside of the city, showcasing all the things that can still be grown in an urban setting.
Named the world’s best restaurant of 2018 by the organization The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Osteria Francescana is a luxurious restaurant located in the heart of Modena, Italy and should be visited by anyone wishing for a truly unforgettable farm-to-table dining experience.
The restaurant treats its guests to the pinnacle of Italian dining tradition and gastronomic culture. The menu, prepared by famous chef Massimo Bottura, offers a combination of modern dining invention and ancient Italian cuisine, all of which is locally sourced.