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The Top Dining Destinations In Europe 2018

Triple Michelin-starred restaurant Schloss Schauenstein, located in an historic castle in a bucolic valley in eastern Switzerland, has been named the top dining destination in Europe by some of the world's most worldly gastronomes and galloping gourmands.



In the 2018 edition of Opinionated About Dining's Top 100 European Restaurants 2018, which weighs votes based on the experience of reviewers, chef Andreas Caminada's modern European cuisine received the highest stamp of approval from the world's most worldly taste buds. 

One of the restaurant's signature dishes is beef tongue, which mirrors the five taste sensations (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umami) and lamb belly with sea buckthorn-pickled vegetables. 

Interestingly, the win comes while the restaurant and castle-hotel remain closed during a five-month "creative break." Castle Schauenstein re-opens June 1. Rounding out the top three spots are Faviken, in Jarpen, Sweden, and Etxebarri, in Axpe, Spain. 

A look at the top 100 list, meanwhile, could be described as a reshuffling of some of the usual suspects in the world of European fine dining.  Spain's El Celler de Can Roca, for instance, may have topped the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards twice, but on the OAD list it sits in the 22nd spot. Likewise, Italy's Osteria Francescana, which was also rated No. 1 on the same list in 2016, takes the 15th spot with OAD. 

With three addresses on the top 10 list, Spain leads the country count, followed by Sweden, with two restaurants. 

Here are the top 10 restaurants in Europe 2018, according to OAD: 

1. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland 
2. Faviken, Jarpen, Sweden 
3. Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain 
4. L'Arpège, Paris, France 
5. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain 
6. Chambre Separee, Gent, Belgium 
7. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands 
8. Restaurant Frantzen, Stockholm, Sweden 
9. Restaurant Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain 
10. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy