What New Restaurants Is the World Looking Forward to in 2024?
Every year, several publications come out with new restaurant openings that have them on the edge of their seats. Do you ever wonder how these brands make the headlines that can help them get a running start ahead of the competition? I do.
These most anticipated restaurant openings come from the Michelin Guide, Time Out, Elite Traveler, and The Peak Magazine. Let’s see if we can find a common denominator.
The (Almost) Hot New Restaurants in the U.S.
Tre Dita, Chicago
Chef Evan Funke, who you may know from Felix and Mother Wolf, acclaimed Los Angeles restaurants, teamed up with Lettuce Entertain You to create Tre Dita. Tre Dita is Italian for three fingers, representing the appropriate thickness of a Bistecca Fiorentina, which the restaurant will be serving. You’ll find this Tuscan steakhouse in the same building as The St. Regis Chicago hotel.
Within its walls is a temperature-controlled pasta lab and an open-hearth wood-fired grill. The aesthetics define Tuscany with marble, columns, and expansive windows.
Bar Kada, Orlando
The soon-to-be Bar Kada is next to Soseki, where chef and owner Michael Collantes earned a Michelin star for his modern approach to traditional sushi omakase. The 30-seat concept offers a carefully crafted list of ancient-method sakes and unique wines and will feature seasonal small plates highlighting local produce and seafood. Highly exclusive, they will fill only 10 seats per sitting.
Nicholas Bazik, a much-loved Philadelphia chef leading some of the top kitchens in the area, such as Lacroix at The Rittenhouse and La Peg, is opening his own with Provenance in the Society Hill neighborhood. He transformed a restaurant that once seated 90 people into one designed for about 25, with a 12-seat chef’s table, a four-seat bar, and a tasting menu for up to 10 guests. The restaurant will focus on seafood prepared using French methods with some Korean influence.
Stateline Road Smokehouse, Napa
Acclaimed chef Darryl Bell, who, at one time, could be found at the famed Michelin-starred Alinea in Chicago and Bouchon in Yountville, is opening Stateline Road Smokehouse. The first Black-owned restaurant in Napa will offer Kansas City-style BBQ in a laid-back, trendy environment with bluegrass music playing in the background. I’m there.
Seamark Seafood & Cocktails, Boston
Seamark, an anticipated seafood hotspot, will be found in the luxurious Encore Boston Harbor hotel. Arriving by way of Carver Road Hospitality, it will feature elevated classical New England fare with pier-to-plate fish, lobster, and shellfish served in an upscale, nautical environment. According to Time Out, this is the place to “see and be seen.”
A few of the many other restaurants to make the lists include Makoto Vail in Vail, Maydan Market in Los Angeles, Amado Grill in New York City, and Baraboo Supper Club in Boise.
The Much-Talked-About and Yet-to-Arrive Restaurants Around the World
If you’re already planning your 2024 travels, consider stopping by one of these acclaimed restaurants that have yet to open their doors.
American chefs Will Goldfarb and Matthew Orlando are opening Air, a place that, while it contains a farm-to-table restaurant, is much more. Air stands for Awareness, Impact, and Responsibility and perfectly aligns with the duo’s sustainable approach.
In addition to the restaurant, the 40,000 square feet of space includes a research lab and a cooking school. The restaurant highlights sustainably sourced dishes that come directly from the on-site garden and include ingredients like starfruit, lantern chilies, and jackfruit. You’ll also find charcoal-grilled duck breast and a whole coral grouper.
Jara by Martin Berasategui, Dubai
The Lana, part of the Dorchester Collection hotel group, is opening four concepts in Dubai, all operated by world-renowned chefs. Jara is a unique restaurant and the first of its kind in Dubai, paying homage to Chef Berasategui’s Basque roots. As many of you know, this chef holds a dozen Michelin stars across his restaurant empire. This one is named after his granddaughter, Jara, and is found on the 18th floor of The Lana.
Many other much anticipated global restaurants include Palais Royal in Venice, Mimosa in London, The Garden Cobham in Surrey, and Langosteria in the heart of Whitehall, London.
It almost makes you want to book a ticket. For now, sit patiently by as these unique concepts prepare for their grand openings.