Chef’s tables provide the ultimate front-row seat to the culinary action in the kitchen. When you’re sitting at a chef’s table within arm’s reach of the master who’s actually preparing each course, your dining experience is elevated to an entirely different level. The editors at Startle wanted to find some of the best spots to get up close and personal with the top toques across the country. We rounded up our seven favorite chef’s tables, from an Israeli eatery in Philadelphia to a fine dining room in Napa. Read on to find out where you need to book a reservation to watch the chef dice his way through your dinner.
Fearing’s at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Chef Dean Fearing’s chef’s table (aka Table 321) is elevated about 20 inches on a platform in the bustling, 60-seat Dean’s Kitchen, one of four dining rooms at Fearing’s at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. Guests at the 8-person table can expect visits from the chef as he checks in on each course. Chef Fearing will customize each menu, which means you can have a four-, six- or even 10-course gluten-free or vegetarian meal featuring some of his innovative takes on American cuisine. —Blake Miller