Amass, Copenhagen, Denmark
A disciple of some of the world's best restaurants (Per Se, Noma, Fat Duck), chef Matt Orlando (a Southern California native) opened Amass earlier this year, and it remains one of the hottest tables in Copenhagen right now (if not all of Europe). The cuisine is New Nordic and changes daily; he's inspired by the "spontaneity" of the most perfect ingredients available each day. The sprawling industrial space is softened by an outdoor fireplace and a garden in the kitchen. Before its opening, Rene Redzepi predicted that Amass would be "Europe's opening of the year," and, based on its success, we'd say he wasn't totally off base.