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Would You Fly for Food? OpenTable and KAYAK Reveal the World’s Top Hidden Gem Restaurants Worth Traveling For

Travel search engine KAYAK and restaurant reservation service company OpenTable have revealed the top 25 hidden gem restaurants worth…

  • October 1, 2019

Travel search engine KAYAK and restaurant reservation service company OpenTable have revealed the top 25 hidden gem restaurants worth traveling for around the world.

Spanning the globe, from Australia to Canada, Japan, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and across Europe and the United States, these restaurants from KAYAK’s most popular cities will fulfill diners’ appetite for an authentic dining experience.

Featuring under the radar establishments and off the beaten path hotspots, the list compiles local favorites, as well as details on flight cost and when to book both your flight and your dining reservation.

Additionally, KAYAK and OpenTable share how to tip and what to order, including many of the restaurants’ most well-known dishes, so food-focused travelers can confidently plan their next vacation to the cities that ranked among KAYAK’s most popular destinations over the last six months.

To help uncover how travelers and diners are approaching their foodie escapes, KAYAK and OpenTable commissioned a survey which revealed 1 in 5 Americans will plan a trip based solely on how good they expect the food to be.

A separate survey, conducted on KAYAK’s behalf by YouGov, found that nearly three quarters (73 percent) of Americans would pick a local restaurant over a high end restaurant when traveling. Additional key takeaways from the survey include:

Americans will travel for a good meal. 44 percent of Americans said they would book a flight or train or even take a road trip or bus ride just to dine at a specific restaurant. Many also noted that they’d take a long detour (30 percent) or a day trip (42 percent) just to dine at a restaurant they wanted to try.

Good food is worth buckling in for.  61 percent of Americans would travel an hour or more to eat at a restaurant on their wish list.

Travelers seek local vs. familiar Over 6 in 10 Americans (62 percent) agree they prefer to eat the local cuisine over more familiar food when on vacation.

To help the traveling foodie uncover the best hidden gem restaurants in some of KAYAK’s most popular travel destinations, OpenTable looked to diners for their top recommendations. Here’s what we found:

12th Avenue Grill – Honolulu, Hawaii

Alux Restaurante – Cancun, Mexico

Battista’s Hole in the Wall – Las Vegas, Nevada

Bistro Campagne – Chicago, Illinois

Cafe Luxembourg – New York, New York

CRUST – Miami, Florida

Frances – San Francisco, California

Gilda by Belgious – Barcelona, Spain

Mamma Maria – Boston, Massachusetts

Musso & Frank Grill – Los Angeles, California

Nusret Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Omonia Taverna & Bar – Frankfurt, Germany

Osteria Savio Volpe – Vancouver, British Columbia

Paddock & Vine – Sydney, Australia

Rosetta – Mexico City, Mexico

Schnitzelei Charlottenburg – Berlin, Germany

Serafina by the Water – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Stella Cocktail Club – Dublin, Ireland

Terroni Queen – Toronto, Ontario

Tatel Madrid – Madrid, Spain

The Tap Room at Dubsdread- Orlando, Florida

Van Speyk – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Westerns Laundry – London, England

Wirtshaus in der Au – Munich, Germany

(Kaikaya by the Sea ) – Tokyo, Japan

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