Whether you’re researching places for your bach party or honeymoon, any designer-wearing bride-to-be is going to want to make a res at one of these high end fashion-meets-dining hot spots around the world. From New York and London to Milan and Paris, when it comes to epic people watching, bespoke cocktails with haute couture embellishments, over-the-top decor, and perfectly plated presentations (with a side of gastronomic flair), you can't beat these restaurants.
Armani Ristorante 5th Avenue in New York City
Why: Having dinner here is what dining at home with Mr. Armani must feel like. It's full-on glam, with floor-to-ceiling strings of lights, tall windows overlooking Fifth Avenue, and one very Instagram-worthy winding staircase that holds center court in the middle of the space. Plus, there are beautiful people in every direction, a top-notch som, and the food is elevated without being stuffy. Did we mention Armani singlehandedly launched the culinary-meets-fashion dining concept and currently has 25 restaurants, bars, and clubs all over the world? Not too shabby.
What to Order: Chef Michele Brogioni's specialties, such as octopus or duck three ways, lobster Catalana style with heirloom tomatoes and avocado, and the pièce de résistance—spaghetti risottati. This decadent tower of swirled spaghetti topped with the "foie gras of the sea"—sea urchin—and bottarga shavings is nuts, we tell you.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris
Why: While you may know about this iconic hotel from influencers 'gramming it up in their palatial suites with views of the Eiffel Tower, you may not know about its ties to Christian Dior. As the story goes, the young aspiring designer was walking along avenue Montaigne when he spotted the Plaza Athénée's striking façade and vowed to open his first couture atelier across the street. Not only did he make this happen, but his legendary "Bar Suit" was even named after the hotel’s très chic bar. Nowadays you can find famous models and celebs lounging about, so go early, leave late, and snap all the pics in between.
What to Order: Champagne, obviously, along with Ducasse signatures like young carrots from Versailles, sole from the Bretagne sea coast, and chickpeas from the Hautes-Alpes mountains. #BucketListGoals, kiddos.
Thomas's at Burberry Regent Street in London
Why: There's something about popping into Thomas's for lunch (or an early dinner) after a day of shopping that speaks to our soul. And when you've finished your meal you can saunter over to the dedicated gifting area that offers everything from coffee table books and stationary, to in-store monogramming.
What to Order: Upscale British pub fare is what they do best. You can't go wrong with lobster and chips, their secret smokehouse trout with English garden vegetables and soft boiled quail’s eggs, or strawberries and cream pudding with shortbread.
Gianni's at The Villa Casa Casuarina in Miami
Why: Even if you haven't seen the Emmy award-winning docu-series The Assassination of Gianni Versace, you can still have dinner in his former mansion and channel your best Donatella ensemble for the very occasion. The Villa Casa Casuarina is magical in the most nostalgic way and transports diners to what was once Versace's actual private dining space. It's probably also the only place where you can eat pasta surrounded by Medusa motifs, hand painted ceilings, and the ornate gold-tiled "Million Mosaic Pool."
What to Order: Given that the menu incorporates dishes (and cocktails) with real gold flakes—don't sleep on the 24K golden margarita—now is not the time to be modest with the decision making. Start with the gnocchi with Alaskan king crab and truffles, followed by the Key West prawns or whole grilled loup de mer, and if you really want to #YOLO it up, there are three different Petrossian caviar tastings with all the accoutrements.
The Grand Salon at the Baccarat Hotel in New York
Why: If you love cut crystal and chandeliers galore, this is the place for you. Fun facts: There are 17 chandeliers on the first and second floors, 15,000 Baccarat crystal glasses at the bar, and it takes six people to make one very important Baccarat glass, so choose your crew carefully.
What to Order: Go for afternoon tea and sample boutique blends brewed by their tea sommelier (yes, that's a thing), along with bougie canapés, pretty petit fours, and the most insane ice cream dessert you'll ever take a bite of. Their "Bear Extraordinaire" includes a white chocolate shell painted with cocoa butter, black truffle crumble, hibiscus champagne sauce, and fondant butterflies. It's also a mere $300, or $1,500 if you want to take home the Baccarat “Zoo Bear” crystal keepsake it's housed in.
Cavalli Club, Restaurant & Lounge in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Why: When in Dubai, do it up right. This wonderland of a restaurant—set on glittering runways underneath twinkling lights amid zebra print ottomans—is one of the hottest nightlife destinations in the city and when you dine here, you're in for a very Cavalli-esque evening, complete with international DJ sets and suspended waterfalls.
What to Order: Classic Italian cocktails (served in Cavalli-approved glassware) like the negroni, Aperol spritz, and bellini, along with crispy eggplant parm, all of the carpaccios, veal milanese, and live lobsters prepared crudo style, in a salad, or simply grilled.
Ristorante Torre at Fondazione Prada in Milan
Why: It's imperative to stock up on fine Italian textiles before heading up to the sixth and seventh floors of the Prada HQ for some fine Italian carb loading. Also, if you're an art lover, their collection is just as impressive as the panorama of the city. Expect to see pieces by William N. Copley, Jeff Koons, and Goshka Macuga everywhere you turn.
What to Order: Any of the incredible fresh pastas with fragrant sauces as well as a selection of their famed Italiano pastries.
The Harrods Tea Rooms in London
Why: If you've ever stepped foot inside Harrods you know it's a fashion lover's dream come true. Its grandeur and assortment of coveted labels make this the ultimate shopping mecca in London, but their newly reimagined tea rooms are seriously next level. Their menu ingredients are sourced entirely from the Harrods Food Halls and their famed tea cake would have Marie Antoinette feeling the #FOMO—it's that good.
What to Order: Favorites like the black leg chicken club (with smoked bacon and brown egg mayo), King George sandwich (made from salt beef, pickles, and sweet mustard), or the cheddar and potato scotch pie. Don't ask, just order.
The Blue Box Cafe at Tiffany's in New York
Why: Fans of robin's egg blue boxes, Audrey Hepburn, and Big Apple brunches will undoubtedly flock toward Tiffany's for their Blue Box Cafe and Breakfast at Tiffany's themed menu options.
What to Order: The aforementioned breakfast spread consisting of croissants with Nutella and fruit preserves, seasonal berries, and a choice of: a smoked salmon bagel stack, coddled egg with chicken sausage, avocado toast with sunflower seeds and sprouts, or buttermilk waffles with Catskills maple syrup.
Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo
Why: This highly acclaimed restaurant is about to reopen in Chanel's Ginza building this month after a major refurbishment. So if you're one of the lucky ones to score a res (opened September 26), you're in for a treat. And you should probably stock up on double C accessories while you're there as well.
What to Order: The jury's still out on this one (since the menu is brand spanking new), but we guarantee you the dishes will be just as inventive and elegant as Coco's designs themselves.
The Polo Bar in New York
Why: Drinking Vesper martinis and eating $28 burgers somehow makes sense at The Polo Bar. Cozy and inviting—thanks to Ralph Lauren–designed touches like tawny leather banquettes, hunter green walls, plaid pillows, and a billion framed horse prints—this swanky subterranean lair should be a must-visit stop on every RL devotee's NYC agenda.
What to Order: Comfort food apps like pigs in a blanket, caviar and fingerling potatoes, fried calamari and zucchini with roasted tomato sauce. By all means, do not leave without sampling The Polo Bar burger. Ralph's version has all the traditional fixings, yet it somehow tastes superior in this whimsical designer setting.