The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018: the results

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018: the results

by Great British Chefs 20 June 2018

The Oscars of the restaurant world took place in Bilbao, Spain, with the best and brightest of the cheffing world gathering to find out where they place in the global rankings. Take a look at the full list of results.

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There are a lot of restaurant guides vying to be the top authority on where to eat in the world, but The San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best list is the only one that covers every single country in the world. It’s also the glitziest, with a star-studded awards ceremony and a build-up that lasts days before and after the results are announced. The list is compiled from the votes of over a thousand food critics from across the globe, then written up by a chair of twenty-six. This year the event took place in Bilbao, Spain – a city known for its incredible food scene – and it was Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy that was voted the best in the world. This is the second time Osteria Francescana has taken the top spot after it won for the first time in 2016.

As well as the top fifty restaurants in the world, the awards hand out some separate gongs as well. The most controversial is for The World’s Best Female Chef (won by the UK’s own Clare Smyth, previously of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and now running her own restaurant Core by Clare Smyth), with many critics asking the question why gender should matter in an awards ceremony based on skill and talent. While Clare agreed that separating male and female chefs was ‘strange’, she also recognised that there aren’t enough women ‘coming through at the top and we need to do something about it’. Referencing the fact that she's constantly asked what it's like to be a female chef, she said: 'I'm not sure because I've never been a male chef!'

Other special awards on the night were The Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award (given to Geranium in Copenhagen); the Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award (given to Gastón Acurio for his work promoting Peruvian food at his restaurant Astrid y Gastón); The Sustainable Restaurant Award (given to Azurmendi in Spain) and the Chef’s Choice Award (given to Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in the US).

Four restaurants in the UK made the list, all of them in London – The Clove Club ranked the highest at 33, followed by Lyle’s at 38, The Ledbury at 42 and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at 45. Take a look below at the full list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018.

1 – Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

2 – El Cellar de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

3 – Mirazur, Menton, France

4 – Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA (last year’s winner)

5 – Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand

6 – Central, Lima, Peru

7 – Maido, Lima, Peru

8 – Arpege, Paris, France

9 – Mugaritz, San Sebastiàn, Spain

10 – Asador Extebarri, Atxondo, Spain

11 – Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico

12 – Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, USA

13 – Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico

14 – Steirereck, Vienna, Austria

15 – White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia

16 – Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy

17 – Den, Tokyo, Japan

18 – Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain (this year’s highest new entry)

19 – Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark

20 – Attica, Melbourne, Australia

21 – Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France

22 – Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan

23 – Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy

24 – Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China

25 – Cosme, New York, USA

26 – Le Bernadin, New York, USA

27 – Boragó, Santiago, Chile

28 – Odette, Singapore

29 – Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris

30 – D.O.M, Sao Paulo, Brazil

31 – Arzak, San Sebastiàn, Spain

32 – Tickets, Barcelona, Spain

33 – The Clove Club, London, UK

34 – Alinea, Chicago, USA

35 – Maaemo, Oslo, Norway

36 – Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy

37 – Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany

38 – Lyles, London, UK

39 – Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru

40 – Septime, Paris, France

41 – Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan

42 – The Ledbury, London, UK

43 – Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain

44 – Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey

45 – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK

46 – Saison, San Francisco, USA

47 – Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland

48 – Hisa Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia

49 – Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand

50 – Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa