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Fifty Best Restaurants In The World

Eat well across the world

Published on April 30th 2013.

Fifty Best Restaurants In The World

THAT list in full.

With contact details. You could get to El Celler for dinner if you book now.

Spain wow, three top ten restaurants despite massive unemployment, a backtracking economy, two semi-final defeats (so far) and civil unrest. Good on them. At least they can bloody eat well. 

El Celler De Can RocaEl Celler De Can Roca

1 El Celler de Can Roca Girona, Spain ▲1 +34 972 22 21 57 cellercanroca.com

2 Noma Copenhagen, Denmark ▼ 1 +45 32 96 32 97 noma.dk

3 Osteria Francescana Modena, Italy ▲2 +39 59 210118 osteriafrancescana.it

4 Mugaritz San Sebastián, Spain ▼ 1 +34 943 52 24 55 mugaritz.com

5 Eleven Madison Park New York, USA ▲5 +1 212 889 0905 elevenmadisonpark.com

6 D.O.M. São Paulo, Brazil ▼ 2 +55 11 3088 0761 domrestaurante.com.br

7 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal London, UK ▲2 +44 207 201 3833 dinnerbyheston.com

8 Arzak San Sebastián, Spain = +34 943 27 84 65 arzak.es

9 Steirereck Vienna, Austria ▲2 +43 713 31 68 steirereck.at/restaurant

10 Vendôme Bergisch Gladbach, Germany ▲13 +49 2204 42 1941 schlossbensberg.com

11 Per Se New York, USA ▼ 5 +1 212 823 9335 perseny.com

12 Frantzén/Lindeberg Stockholm, Sweden ▲8 +46 8 20 85 80 frantzen-lindeberg.com

13 The Ledbury London, UK ▲1 +44 207 792 9090 theledbury.com

14 Astrid y Gastón Lima, Peru ▲21 +51 1 242 4422 astridygaston.com

15 Alinea Chicago, USA ▼8 +1 312 867 0110 alinearestaurant.com

16 L’Arpège Paris, France = +33 1 47 05 09 06 alain-passard.com

17 Pujol Mexico City, Mexico ▲19 +52 55 5545 3507 pujol.com.mx

18 Le Chateaubriand Paris, France ▼3 +33 1 43 57 45 95 lechateaubriand.net

19 Le Bernardin New York, USA = +1 212 554 1515 le-bernardin.com

20 Narisawa Tokyo, Japan ▲7 +81 3 5785 0799 narisawa-yoshihiro.com

21 Attica Melbourne, Australia NEW ENTRY +61 3 9530 0111 attica.com.au

22 Nihonryori RyuGin Tokyo, Japan ▲6 +81 3 3423 8006 nihonryori-ryugin.com

23 L’Astrance Paris, France ▼5 +33 1 40 50 84 40

24 L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon Paris, France ▼12 +33 1 42 22 56 56 joel-robuchon.net

25 Hof Van Cleve Kruishoutem, Belgium ▲17 +32 9 383 58 48 hofvancleve.com

26 Quique Dacosta Dénia, Spain ▲14 +34 965 784 179 quiquedacosta.es

27 Le Calandre Rubano, Italy ▲5 +39 049 630 303 calandre.com

28 Mirazur Menton, France ▼4 +33 4 92 41 86 86 mirazur.fr

29 Daniel New York, USA ▼4 +1 212 288 0033 danielnyc.com

30 Aqua Wolfsburg, Germany ▼8 +49 5361 60 6056 restaurant-aqua.com

31 Biko Mexico City, Mexico ▲7 +52 55 5282 2064 biko.com.mx

32 Nahm Bangkok, Thailand ▲18 +66 2 625 3388 comohotels.com/metropolitanbangkok

33 The Fat Duck Bray, UK ▼20 +44 1628 580333 thefatduck.co.uk

34 Fäviken Järpen, Sweden = +46 647 400 37 favikenmagasinet.se

35 Oud Sluis Sluis, Netherlands ▼14 +31 117 461 269 oudsluis.nl

36 Amber Hong Kong, China ▲8 +852 2132 0066 amberhongkong.com

37 Vila Joya Albufeira, Portugal ▲8 +351 289 591 795 vilajoya.com

38 Restaurant Andre Singapore NEW ENTRY +65 6534 8880 restaurantandre.com

39 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana Hong Kong, China NEW ENTRY +852 2537 8859 ottoemezzobombana.com

40 Combal.Zero Rivoli, Italy RE-ENTRY +39 011 956 5225 combal.org

41 Piazza Duomo Alba, Italy NEW ENTRY +39 0173 366 167 piazzaduomoalba.it

42 Schloss Schauenstein Fürstenau, Switzerland ▼12 +41 81 632 10 80 schauenstein.ch

43 Mr & Mrs Bund Shanghai, China NEW ENTRY +86 21 6323 9898 mmbund.com

44 Asador Etxebarri Atxondo, Spain ▼13 +34 946 58 30 42 asadoretxebarri.com

45 Geranium Copenhagen, Denmark ▲4 +45 69 96 00 20 geranium.dk

46 Mani São Paulo, Brazil NEW ENTRY +55 11 3085 4148 manimanioca.com.br

47 The French Laundry Yountville, USA ▼4 +1 707 944 2380 frenchlaundry.com

48 Quay Sydney, Australia ▼19 +61 2 9251 5600 quay.com.au

49 Septime Paris, France NEW ENTRY +33 1 43 67 38 29 septime-charonne.fr

50 Central Lima, Peru NEW ENTRY +51 1 242 8515 centralrestaurante.com.pe

Food from the winnerFood from the winner

The official press release.

After seven years waiting in the wings, the Roca brothers have claimed the coveted number one spot on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

El Celler de Can Roca in Girona has long been hailed as one of Spain’s most exciting places to eat and having spent two years at no.2 on the list, it has swapped places with Denmark’s Noma, which held the top ranking for the last three years.

Following the success of this spring’s inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in Singapore, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, Asia now boasts seven restaurants in the world ranking

The Roca brothers’ restaurant has gained global acclaim for its combination of Catalan dishes and cutting edge techniques and the passion that they share for hospitality. Joan heads up the kitchen, Jordi is head pastry chef and Josep is head sommelier, in charge of front of house. Together they make a formidable team, creating a truly memorable dining experience.

El Celler believes in free-style cooking, with a commitment to the avant-garde, but remaining faithful to the memory of different generations of the family's ancestors, all dedicated to feeding people. Its philosophy is one of ‘emotional cuisine’, with different ingredients chosen to take diners back to childhood memories and a specific place in their past.  

Supported by El Celler’s rise to the top spot on the list, Spain continues to dominate the top 10 with San Sebastian’s Mugaritz at no.4 (Chefs’ Choice award in 2012) and Arzak (Elena Arzak Espina – The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef 2012) remaining at no.8. The country has five restaurants on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in total. Quique Dacosta who is renowned for his eco-cuisine and sits amongst the Spanish avant garde giants, climbs 14 places to no.26. Asador Etxebarri features at no. 44 on the list.

Spain’s counterparts in South America also have plenty to celebrate with Peru’s Astrid Y Gaston rising 21 places to be crowned the ‘Highest Climber’ on the list, an award sponsored by Gaggenau. The continent has six restaurants on the list with Alex Atala’s D.O.M at no. 6, once again named The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in South America. The evolution and strength of Latin American gastronomy has called for continent specific recognition and William Reed Business Media is proud to announce it will be holding Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in Peru this September, sponsored by Cusqueña with the support of PromPeru.   

Following the success of this spring’s inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in Singapore, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, Asia now boasts seven restaurants in the world ranking including Asia’s highest ranked restaurant Narisawa, at no.20. The Tokyo restaurant scooped both the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Asia award and the inaugural Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Zacapa. The Sustainable Restaurant Award is presented to the restaurant within the ranks of the 50 Best which demonstrates the highest environmental and social responsibility rating, audited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. 

This year’s European highlights include Italy’s Osteria Francescana rising two places to number three on the list and Nadia Santini from restaurant Dal Pescatore in Italy being named The Veuve Clicquot

World’s Best Female Chef. France boasts six restaurants in the ranking with culinary legend Alain Ducasse being honoured with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Diners Club International®. The UK contingent remains the same with last year’s highest new entry, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, rising two places to no.7, Brett Graham’s The Ledbury up one place to no. 13 and The Fat Duck at no.33.

With six restaurants on the list, the USA remains a key international culinary force, matching France as the country with the highest number of restaurants on this year’s list. Best in class goes to Eleven Madison Park, no.5 on the list and taking the award for the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in North America, from fellow New Yorker Per Se, which ranks at no.11 this year. The individual Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Silestone by Cosentino and voted for by the chefs within The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, goes to Grant Achatz of Alinea in Chicago, which ranks at no.15.

The panel in each region is made up of food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’.

Australia’s Attica takes home the Highest New Entry award, sponsored by LesConcierges.com, making its debut on the list at no.21, which also makes it the recipient of the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Australasia award.

This year’s One To Watch Award, sponsored by Cacao Barry, goes to South Africa’s The Test Kitchen. British-born chef Luke Dale-Roberts’ first solo restaurant is located in a shabby-chic suburb of Cape Town and his eclectic style results in unequivocally delicious food.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is organised by Restaurant magazine and the awards were presented in the company of the world’s most influential restaurateurs, finest chefs and international media at London’s Guildhall on 29 April. 

The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club®World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry. The Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members, including a chairperson, and each member can cast seven votes. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognise restaurants outside of their own region.

The panel in each region is made up of food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousApril 30th 2013.

I guess the judges cant have eaten at red hot buffet yet

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GadgeApril 30th 2013.

Perhaps they just need to add a little Peruvian and Australian cuisine to tempt the judges.

JayMay 1st 2013.

Where's R House? Surely there's been some mistake.

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CharlieMay 2nd 2013.

Bang on

AnonymousMay 1st 2013.

I'm going to Spain. Adios

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the Whalley RangerMay 1st 2013.

Why? The final is in Wembley.

AnonymousMay 2nd 2013.

can't wait to go to San Sebastian

TimbucMay 2nd 2013.

Went to San Sebastian last October. Wish I was back there. Did Arzak which was amazing and full of laughter (and great food obviously).

IanMay 8th 2013.

going to book flights to bilbao for september, test out Mugaritz, Arzak and Asador Etxebarri Atxondo... assuming I can get reservations of course

AnonymousMay 14th 2013.

surprised not to see Red Hot Buffet on this list tbh.

AnonymousMarch 28th 2014.

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