The best seafood restaurants in the world

Shellfish, displayed on ice in wire baskets, are the main attraction at Seattle’s Walrus & Carpenter, where the shelling of Pacific oysters is a work of art in itself.

Such dedication to the best local ingredients unites the best seafood restaurants around the world, where what’s fresh is what’s for dinner. From spaghetti with sea urchins on the Amalfi Coast to fire-roasted crabmeat in a coconut shell on the Thai island of Koh Samui, we’ve hauled in a tantalizing variety of fish as part of Travel + Leisure100 places to eat like a local.

Consider a bouillabaisse that is oceans away from all others – cheeky and intense, rich in saffron and garlic – and can only come from a restaurant in the French fishing port of Vallon des Auffes. An equally memorable meal awaits in Lima, Peru, where culinary superstars like Eric Ripert seek out Chez Wong in working-class Santa Catalina for the best ceviche in town.

For travelers, sampling the catch of the day is one of the most satisfying ways to feel like a native — and nothing makes you like having a strong opinion. Does Honolulu’s Ono Seafoods really have the best tuna poke? You’ll have to order a portion mixed with pickled mango, kimchi, boiled peanuts and poi to decide for yourself.

—Nikki Ekstein

Restaurant Pricing Key
$Less than $25
$$$25 to $75
$$$$75 to $150
$$$$Over $150

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