25 of the best hidden gem restaurants in the world

One of the best parts about traveling is trying the local food. Sometimes, however, you can get sucked into tourist traps that make you pay a premium for less-than-stellar food. Your best bet is to ask a local for a restaurant recommendation or check out this list of the top 25 hidden gem restaurants in the world.

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Musso & Frank Grill in Los Angeles, California

This 100-year-old restaurant boasts the best martini town, plus great service.

Source: Open Table

Bistro Campagne in Chicago, Illinois

This French bistro in Lincoln Park is known for its Boeuf en Daube, roasted chicken and croque monsieur.

Source: Open table

Westerns Laundry in London, England

This seafood joint is known for its unique wine list and small plates. You have to try the croquettes!

Source: Open Table

Cafe Luxembourg in New York, New York

Locals and celebrities alike frequent this café located on the Upper West Side. The French onion soup is a must-try.

Source: Open Table

Rosetta in Mexico City, Mexico

This Italian eatery serves Italian fare using local Mexican ingredients and flavors.

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Alux Restaurante in Cancun, Mexico

Tucked away in a natural cavern that's thousands of years old, this restaurant has an amazing cozy ambience (and no cell service), making it the ideal date spot.

Source: Open Table

Battista's Hole in the Wall in Las Vegas, Nevada

This local "hole in the wall" decorated from top to bottom in old Las Vegas memorabilia is your classic red sauce Italian joint. (Pro tip: Get the garlic bread!)

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Terroni-Queen in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Stop by this beloved Italian place in between shopping and exploring Queen Street's historic buildings.

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CRUST in Miami, Florida

Who knew pizza could be considered fine dining? Don't believe us? Check it out for yourself at CRUST.

Source: Open Table

Mamma Maria in Boston, Massachusetts

Stop in to Mamma Maria for high-end classic Italian food when you've already eaten all the crab and lobster you can take.

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12th Avenue Grill in Honolulu, Hawaii

Find some of the best local dishes at this farm-to-table restaurant, which also has knack for quality craft cocktails.

Source: Open Table

Stella Cocktail Club in Dublin, Ireland

Try the tapas while you sip on cocktails inspired by famous movies in an "art deco" setting.

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Serafina by the Water in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

The staff at this Italian eatery speak the language and know the food. Come by for water views and a deliciously authentic meal.

Source: Open Table

Nusret Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

You've probably heard of the owner of this one—it's none other than Salt Bae! Nusret Gokce is a master butcher and will give you the best cut of meat you've ever had.

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Osteria Savio Volpe in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Stop in for Italian fare and try a little bit of everything, from the wood-fired pizza to the homemade pasta.

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開花屋 (Kaikaya by the Sea) in Tokyo, Japan

Order classic sushi and sashimi or try one of their cooked seafood dishes—or both!

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Frances in San Francisco, California

This is California dining at its best, with simple, locally-sourced dishes.

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Van Speyk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

This restaurant is located in a beautiful historic building that dates back to 1659 and serves a combination of Dutch and French eats. 

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The Tap Room at Dubsdread in Orlando, Florida

Stop in for your classic steak, burgers and potatoes. This place is located on the Dubsdread golf course and is reportedly popular with politicians, golfers and members of the military.

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Wirtshaus in der Au in Munich, Germany

There are more than a few reasons to visit this over 100-year-old Bavarian destination: the food, tavern, beer garden, live music and overall authentic experience.

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Omonia Taverna & Bar in Frankfurt, Germany

Check out this contemporary Greek restaurant with friends for a casual and fun night out.

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Paddock & Vine in Sydney, Australia

Bring your friends and family here for excellent wine, small bites, shareable plates and a solid dessert menu.

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Schnitzelei Charlottenburg in Berlin, Germany

Schnitzel lovers, welcome! Whether you're a meat-eater, a vegetarian or a vegan, there will be something here for you. And if all else fails, check out the beer garden for a cold pint.

Source: Open Table

Gilda by Belgious in Barcelona, Spain

This place is known for its "inventive fusion combinations" like sous-vide curry chicken served with ginger ice cream. You have to try it to believe it!

Source: Open Table

Tatel Madrid in Madrid, Spain

This swanky spot is great for live entertainment with a huge list of locals' favorite eats.

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According to a survey conducted by Open Table and KAYAK, 1 in 4 people have flown somewhere just to try the food. And nearly 44 percent of Americans said they'd book a flight or plan a road trip to try a specific restaurant on their wishlist.

So yes, eating on vacation is important! It's not only a social gathering, but it's an experience and can often give you a peek into the local culture. That's why Open Table compiled 25 of the world's best hidden gems in KAYAK'S most popular travel destinations, from Los Angeles to Madrid to Dubai. 

“As travelers look for more authentic dining experiences, we teamed up with KAYAK to create a guide that helps food focused travelers find all of the best tips and recommendations in one place," Caroline Potter, OpenTable's chief dining officer, said in a statement. “From where to eat and what to order to when to book and how to get there, our goal is to make dining decisions in some of the world’s most popular cities even easier.”

You can check out their full report here and scroll through the top restaurants in the slideshow above to see if your favorite made the list.

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