The Best Restaurants in Brooklyn, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

With a rich cultural history, a young, ethnically diverse population, a booming economy and an enormous cache of cool, Brooklyn has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in America. The best restaurants in Brooklyn showcase a mixture of modern flavors and traditional cuisines influenced by its immigrants from Ireland to Eastern Europe and beyond. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Brooklyn going out to when craving something good to eat? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here, we have gathered information from in-the-know diners across the borough to curate a list of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. From local neighborhood diners, pubs and taverns to upscale, downtown fusion and cutting-edge cuisine spots, Brooklyn means business when it comes to cooking. Grab a table tonight and enjoy!

Restaurants:Meadowsweet, La Vara, Saint Julivert
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Spanish, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Williamsburg, Cobble Hill

Meadowsweet

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
940 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
This Mediterranean-influenced hotspot right by the Williamsburg bridge is one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. It's a casual and relaxed spot that's ideal for outdoor dining duRead more
96% recommended
Best Service in Brooklyn

La Vara

$$$$·Spanish·
Cobble Hill
819 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Head down to Clinton Street by the Columbia Street Waterfront district to hit up La Vara, one of the coolest and best restaurants in Brooklyn. This intimate and colorful space offeRead more
94% recommended
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Saint Julivert

$$$$·Seafood·
Cobble Hill
126 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
This stylish seafood restaurant off of Clinton Avenue is the perfect Brooklyn spot for a quiet dinner with friends and family. Grab a high-top chair at the bar for a glass of wine Read more
100% recommended
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Glasserie

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Greenpoint
416 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Creative Cuisine
At the tip of the famed Greenpoint neighborhood, the decor and cuisine of Glasserie turn it into one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. This hip and popular spot was once a 1800sRead more
98% recommended
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River Cafe

$$$$·American·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
8,446 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
Brooklyn's River Cafe, at the very top of the borough, offers some of the best views in the city. From its spot right on the East River, diners have remarkable views of Manhattan tRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Brooklyn
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Leuca

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
883 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
The upscale William Vale hotel in Greenpoint is the home to Leuca, one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. It's an excellent spot for people-watching and a selection from its exceRead more
88% recommended

Antica Pesa

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
1,047 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Antica Pesa is one of Brooklyn's finest Italian restaurants. This local Berry Street favorite is a lively local hotspot for traditional Italian dishes, with a high-energy atmospherRead more
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Cecconi's Dumbo

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
2,070 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Waterfront
Cecconi's in Dumbo is a great place for a meal and a view. Right on the waterfront in the Empire Stores market, Cecconi's features excellent Italian food and great looks at the watRead more
90% recommended
Contemporary Italian in New York / Tri-State Area
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Maison Premiere

$$$$·Seafood·
Williamsburg
529 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
This taste of New Orleans in the middle of Brooklyn is a prime spot in the middle of Williamsburg. This is the perfect place for anyone catching a movie at the nearby Nitehawk or WRead more
98% recommended
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Westlight

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
942 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
For a prime rooftop bar experience, head out to Westlight in on the border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Not only is Westlight one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn, but it's Read more
90% recommended
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Sauvage

$$$$·French·
Greenpoint
361 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
This Franco-American hot spot has an upscale, new-bistro feel in its Lorimer Street Greenpoint location. Start off the meal in this hip and happening restaurant with the daily oystRead more
87% recommended
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Seamore's-Dumbo

$$$$·Seafood·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
62 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
  • Fun
The Dumbo location of this New York City seafood favorite is one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. This is the place to go for the borough's seafood lovers. Seamore's features tRead more
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D.O.C. Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
121 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
This charming and intimate Brooklyn location is one of the borough's best spots for a quiet and romantic dinner. The wine is the big draw at D.O.C., with a plentiful selection of rRead more
100% recommended
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Atrium Dumbo

$$$$·American·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
807 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Only a few steps from the East River, the DUMBO hotspot called Atrium is one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. This industrial-style location is lively and modern and features aRead more
89% recommended
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Sofreh

$$$$·Persian·
Prospect Heights
456 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Head out to this Marks Avenue hotspot for one of the more unique meals in Brooklyn. Sofreh delivers a creative menu of Persian and Iranian favorites in a stylish, upscale atmospherRead more
93% recommended
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Have & Meyer | Vineria Naturale con cucina

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
175 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Have & Meyer is a celebrated wine bar in the heart of Williamsburg. The restaurant specialized in bold, organic Italian wines and traditional classics with local ingredients. Grab Read more
83% recommended
Good for Groups in Brooklyn

Esme

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Greenpoint
154 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Cozy
This hidden gem in the middle of the blossoming Greenpoint neighborhood is a local favorite. Esme is intimate and quiet and is a perfect spot for a quiet dinner with family and friRead more
100% recommended
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El Born

$$$$·Spanish·
Greenpoint
137 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Cozy
  • Bar Seating
This quaint spot between Williamsburg and Greenpoint is the spot to go to for tapas in Brooklyn. Grab a glass of red wine or one of their excellent Spanish beers on draft and pair Read more
90% recommended
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Taiki

$$$$·Sushi·
Boerum Hill
98 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Journey to the quiet Boerum Hill neighborhood to find some of the best sushi in Brooklyn. Taiki is an intimate and welcoming sushi restaurant with a lush, greenery-filled atmospherRead more
92% recommended
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The Osprey

$$$$·American·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
499 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
“Fly” to the area around the Brooklyn Bridge to enjoy the hearty comfort food of The Osprey. This neighborhood favorite is one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. It also boasts oRead more
88% recommended
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