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Revealed: World’s Top 10

Revealed: World’s Top 10 Restaurants

Each year, the elite of the gastronomic world gather to a glittering ceremony held to announce and celebrate the world’s 50 best restaurants. Organized by Restaurant magazine and sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, The World's 50 Best Restaurants is considered the Oscars of restaurants, and once a restaurant reaches the upper echelons of the list, its already sparse reservations become exceedingly difficult to come by.

The list, which can be viewed on, is an annual snapshot of the experiences and opinions of The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry, each selected for their expert opinion of the international restaurant scene.

The Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world. Each region has its own panel of 36 members of food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘foodies’ each of whom has seven votes. Of the seven votes, at least three of which must be used to recognize restaurants outside of their region.

Here is a quick look at the top ten on this year’s list:

1. Noma

Copenhagen, Denmark


Last year’s position: 2
Years on the list: 9
Head chef: Daniel Giusti
Style of food: Seasonal, terroir-led Scandinavian
Standout dish: Winter potato cooked in fermented barley

2. El Celler de Can Roca

Girona, Spain

El Celler de Can Roca

Last year’s position: 1
Years on the list: 8
Head chef: Joan Roca
Style of food: Modern Spanish
Standout dish: Charcoal-grilled king prawn, king prawn sand, ink rocks, fried legs, head juice and king prawn essence

3. Osteria Francescana

Modena, Italy

Osteria Francescana

Last year’s position: 3
Years on the list: 6
Head chef: Massimo Bottura
Style of food: Modern Italian
Standout dish: Oops! I Dropped The Lemon Tart

4. Eleven Madison Park

New York, USA

Eleven Madison Park

Last year’s position: 5
Years on the list: 5
Head chef: Daniel Humm
Style of food: Modern French with a New York swagger
Standout dish: Duck roasted with honey and lavender

5. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

London, UK

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Last year’s position: 7
Years on the list: 3
Head chef: Ashley Palmer-Watts
Style of food: Historical British food reinvented
Standout dish: Buttered Crab loaf (1714): crab, cucumber, pickled lemon, sea purslane and smoked roe

6. Mugaritz

San Sebastián, Spain


Last year’s position: 4
Years on the list: 9
Head chef: Andoni Luis Aduriz
Style of food: Techno-emotional Spanish
Standout dish: Ice shreds, scarlet shrimp perfume

7. D.O.M

São Paulo, Brazil


Last year’s position: 6
Years on the list: 9
Head chef: Alex Atala
Style of food: Contemporary Brazilian/Amazonian
Standout dish: Fresh heart of palm with scallops and coral sauce

8. Arzak

San Sebastián, Spain


Last year’s position: 8
Years on the list: 11
Head chef: Juan Mari Arzak
Style of food: Modern Basque
Standout dish: Squid with onion and lemon sauce

9. Alinea

Chicago, USA


Last year’s position: 15
Years on the list: 8
Head chef: Grant Achatz
Style of food: Cutting-edge
Standout dish: Lily bulbs, distillation of finger lime and lily and apple blossoms

10. The Ledbury

London, UK

The Ledbury

Last year’s position: 13
Years on the list: 4
Head chef: Brett Graham
Style of food: Modern French
Standout dish: Loin of roe deer baked in Douglas fir with white beetroot, blackcurrants and smoked bone marrow

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