The World's 50 Best Restaurants list

Controversial or not, the annual list of The World's 50 Best Restaurants saw its 10th anniversary ceremony take place on Monday night at London's Guildhall. The event was sponsored by S.Pellegrino and the list was led by René Redzepi whose restaurant Noma, in Copenhagen, was voted the world's best place to dine - for the third consecutive year.  Chris Page  (2 May 12)

Following the ceremony guests headed for the afterparty which was hosted by Veuve Clicquot. The UK didn’t exactly drown its sorrows in Veuve, after all Heston Blumenthal made it into the top 10 with his new restaurant, Dinner. But that still left the sobering thought that only three UK restaurants made the top 50 and that none of the three was in the top five, unlike previous years. The good news is that Heston Blumenthal's Dinner is this year's highest new entry, going straight in at no. 9 after its opening last February and Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck stays in the list at no.13.

Veuve Clicquot afterparty

Staying in the UK The Ledbury, Brett Graham’s Notting Hill establishment, sprang 20 places to no. 14 taking the Highest Climber award, sponsored by Cacao Barry.

The US took prominence in the list but Noma led the way followed by El Celler de Can Roca, in Girona, Spain which came second. Spain’s Arzak took eighth position and joint head chef Elena Arzak was awarded the Veuve Clicquot World's Best Female Chef award. France boasts five restaurants in the top 20, with La Grenouillère receiving the One To Watch honour.

Elena Arzak Espina from Spain's Arzak with father Juan Mari Arzak receives the Veuve Clicquot Worlds Best Female Chef award

Voters comprised over 800 international restaurant industry experts whose experiences decided The World's 50 Best Restaurants list.


See all winners at www.theworlds50best.com


Watch video interview with winner René Redzepi of Noma


The Top 20

  • 1    Noma Copenhagen, Denmark, noma.dk
  • 2    El Celler de Can Roca Girona, Spain, cellercanroca.com
  • 3    Mugaritz San Sebastián, Spain, mugaritz.com
  • 4    D.O.M. São Paolo, Brazil, domrestaurante.com.br
  • 5    Osteria Francescana Modena, Italy, osteriafrancescana.it
  • 6    Per Se New York, USA perseny.com
  • 7    Alinea Chicago, USA, alinea-restaurant.com
  • 8    Arzak San Sebastián, Spain, arzak.es
  • 9    Dinner by Heston Blumenthal London, UK dinnerbyheston.com
  • 10  Eleven Madison Park New York, USA elevenmadisonpark.com
  • 11  Steirereck Vienna, Austria steirereck.at/restaurant
  • 12  L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon Paris, France, joel-robuchon.net
  • 13  The Fat Duck Bray, UK thefatduck.co.uk
  • 14  The Ledbury London UK theledbury.com
  • 15  Le Chateaubriand Paris, France
  • 16  L’Arpège Paris, France alain-passard.com
  • 17  Pierre Gagnaire Paris, France pierre-gagnaire.com
  • 18  L’Astrance Paris, France
  • 19  Le Bernardin New York, USA le-bernardin.com
  • 20  Frantzén/Lindeberg Stockholm, Sweden frantzen-lindeberg.com

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