The Prettiest Michelin-Starred Restaurants Around the World

It’s no secret that beauty (much like culinary preferences) is subjective. While there are plenty of gorgeously designed restaurants, I wouldn’t describe them as pretty, but rather, there are modern, playful, and artsy; chic and sleek; sultry, glamorous, and sexy; some lean into rustic, natural, and cozy; and others find beauty in minimalism to keep the focus on the food. 

To me, pretty restaurants conjure scenes of ethereal and elegant, soft and serene, and warmly lit spaces. When it comes to “pretty,” some restaurants might feature singular, stunning elements like an ornate chandelier or rare piece of art, but there’s no denying that the following eight restaurants offer the whole pretty package—tied with a flawless bow. 

The Jane (Antwerp, Belgium)

Housed in a former 19th-century Chapel, this two-Michelin star restaurant in Antwerp, Belgium, embraces diners with its striking stained glass windows and domed stone ceilings that contrast the contemporary spoked chandelier centerpiece. Soft, rosy chairs tuck into the center tables while black booths with geometric pillows line the exterior walls for a subtle contrast that emphasizes the history and modernity portrayed here.

Il Sereno Al Lago (Lake Como, Italy)

Beauty abounds in Italy’s Lake Como, but this restaurant is the region’s only one to boast a Michelin-star. Il Sereno Al Lago seats 70, but the prime reservation is at one of the 20 seats tucked into 19th-century Moltrasio stone caves with carved-out windows seamlessly framing the lake. 

Le Meurice (Paris, France)

Alain Ducasse brings a touch of Versailles to Le Meurice Hotel in Paris at his two-star restaurant. Its delicate regality of golden crown molding, antique chandeliers, and renaissance portraits is balanced by immaculate, white tablecloths and ivory chairs.

Hélène Darroze (London, UK)

The blush tones of Hélène Darroze’s eponymous restaurant epitomize pretty at The Connaught in London. The three-star restaurant is reminiscent of a dollhouse with its rosy wood panels, warmly lit sconces, and dainty furnishings.

Brasserie Boulud (Dubai, UAE)

Chef Daniel Boulud infuses that aurora of je ne sais quoi from the French brasseries of his native into Dubai fine dining at this Michelin Bib-Gourmand. Marble flooring and red banquettes make for an utterly romantic evening gathered around an open kitchen framed by brass shelving with draped plants, fresh herbs, and pastel pottery. 

Quince (San Francisco, California)

Half-moon banquettes, curved armrests, and round tables ensure a certain flow to this three-star San Francisco restaurant. The soft, earthy color palette combined with a Murano glass chandelier and Champagne cart sets a sophisticated tone that matches the artistry on the plate.

Oiji Mi (New York City, New York)

Garnet and ruby hues accentuate Chef Brian Kim’s contemporary Korean cuisine at his one-star NYC restaurant. Beige-forward dried floral arrangements and frosted, wooden partitions seamlessly blend with the jewel tones, while the intimate marble bar with plush sapphire stools offers a pop of variety. 

Les Loges (Lyon, France)

In the midst of Old Lyon, this Florentine courtyard is encompassed by three stories of a former Italian-owned Renaissance home. Dine by candlelight in royal mahogany chairs or tucked under stone arches in a velvet banquette.

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