Openings of 2023's Most Anticipated Restaurants
Check out these new openings from around the world and the US.
It is always exciting to open a new restaurant at the beginning of a new year, and 2023 is no exception. The world's most talented chefs are hard at work preparing to welcome diners to their latest ventures in spite of an ongoing crisis of living costs and harsher trading conditions.
In the past year, there has been a plethora of notable openings in London’s Harrods, New York City’s Brasserie Fouquets, and Antwerp’s Blueness, including Bjorn Frantzen’s Studio Frantzen, Pierre Gagnaire’s Brasserie Fouquets, and others. Additionally, 2022 was a year of notable awards, with the Michelin Guide revealing its inaugural selection in Florida and awarding new star ratings to 25 British restaurants.
From London to Paris to LA to Tennessee, these are the hottest new restaurants opening in 2023 as the hospitality industry gears up for a challenging year.
Dominique Crenn at La Fantaisie, Paris
The newest venture from Dominique Crenn, the first and only female chef to be awarded three Michelin stars in the United States, appears to be the right place to start our list of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2023.
We piqued our interest when the talented French chef announced she would be heading the kitchen at La Fantaisie, a boutique hotel opening in Paris this spring.
It is anticipated that the Martin Brudnizki-designed hotel will become a city-wide icon, and that its culinary offerings will be equally impressive. Diners who have dined at Atelier Crenn can look forward to Crenn's signature playful dishes, crafted from sustainable ingredients and with zero waste. A beautiful restaurant inspired by an antique greenhouse with a glass roof will serve dishes like turbot ceviche with spiced parsnip milk and Leche de Tigre.
Yannick Alleno at Four Seasons Park Lane, London
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of dining at Yannick Alleno's new restaurant, Pavyllon, in Monte Carlo's Hotel Hermitage. The food there was superb, as you might expect from a chef with a multi-Michelin star.
The Four Seasons Park Lane is now set to open Alleno's first restaurant in London this spring, one of the capital's most anticipated openings.
Bringing together the very best of both French and British produce, Alleno has created an all-day menu based on the classic French techniques he has mastered.
Akira Back at Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London
This spring, Akira Back will make his London debut. The famed Korean chef has 16 restaurants around the world, including Dosa, which received a Michelin star last year.
At the Mandarin Oriental Mayfair in Hanover Square, after several pandemic-related delays, Back will oversee two restaurants and a bar.
With a Korean-American twist on Back's signature style of modern Japanese cuisine, this is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Patrick Powell at Midland Grand Dining Room, London
As part of our roundup of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2023, we would be remiss if we did not mention Patrick Powell's latest venture. After serving at Chiltern Firehouse for four years, the Irish chef opened Allegra in 2019, which has received much praise.
The Gilbert Scott, which was previously owned by Marcus Wareing at London's iconic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, will now be taken over by Powell. The Midland Grand Dining Room will open this spring under the guidance of hotelier Harry Handelson for the fourth time.
In addition to Powell's modern European cooking, the restaurant itself is undergoing a major renovation by renowned Parisian architect Hugo Toro.
Osteria Mozza, Washington DC
In late 2023, Nancy Silverton's Michelin-starred dining concept Osteria Mozza will come to Washington DC with the help of restaurateur Stephen Starr. In one of the city's most anticipated restaurant openings of the year, the eatery will take over the 20,000-square-foot space once occupied by Dean & Deluca.
Pizzas, pastas, meats, fish and cheese will be available on the menu, along with mozzarella and prosciutto bars.
As part of the extensive space, diners will also have access to a market where fresh produce and ingredients for home cooking will be available.
Gourmet eateries and hotels are popping up all over Tennessee lately, owing to the state's recent culinary boom.
As Nashville continues to grow, Keith Mcnally and Stephen Starr's famed New York diner, Pastis, will open later this year in town. Known for its French bistro classics and celebrity guests, Pastis is sure to cause a stir.
Despite a lack of details, we do know the new outpost will be located next door to SoHo House in Nashville's Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.
Sendero, Los Angeles
During the pandemic, the Ritz Carlton closed Wolfgang Puck's WP24, which will be replaced by Sendero this February.
In addition to Corteza and Volante, Kevin Luzande will oversee several dining concepts at Sendero, located on the 24th floor of the hotel.
The Ritz Carlton is opening its Agave Library, a bar dedicated to rare tequilas and mezcals, later this month. And Francois Behuet will be competing in the 2023 World Cup of Pastry later this month.
Somni, Los Angeles
In August 2020, Somni closed its doors during the pandemic and has been sorely missed ever since. While it's not a new opening on our list, Somni does deserve a mention here. With its inventive 20-course tasting menu, the two Michelin star restaurant was a staple of the LA food scene.
With a brand new tasting menu and exemplary wine list, Somni will finally welcome diners once again in 2023. Head chef Aitor Zabala will return this August with his new menu. Akelarre, Abac, and El Bulli were among the prestigious restaurants he worked at before he decided to start his own restaurant.
Somni marks a new chapter for the talented Spanish chef. This exclusive restaurant, which serves only 14 guests per night, has a private dining area that seats six guests.
Thomas Keller Bouchon Bistro, Miami
In Miami, Thomas Keller will open his French Bistro, Bouchon, from his three-Michelin-starred Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry.
This spring, Bouchon will open in Coral Gables, Keller’s second Miami restaurant after Surf Club Restaurant, which received a Michelin star for Florida’s inaugural selection.
Thomas Castellon, the executive sous chef of Surf Club Restaurant, will head the kitchen at Keller's new restaurant. At Bouchon, you'll find classic dishes, including steak frites, roast chicken and mussels, prepared with the very best seasonal ingredients, just like you'd find in the Yountville and Las Vegas locations.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai
We are excited to announce Heston Blumenthal's newest restaurant opening in 2023, which is by no means the last on our list. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, his famed dining concept, will be brought to Atlantis, The Royal in Dubai as the chef's latest venture.
Dinner will offer gastronomic delights influenced by British cuisine dating back to the 13th century, just as its London sister restaurant does. Blumenthal has six Michelin stars to his name, so we can't wait to see what he has in store for us. One thing is certain: it won't be an ordinary dinner.