April 28th, 2014
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After a one-year stint in the number two spot, René Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been declared the best restaurant in the world - marking its fourth time as the top seed.

Restaurant magazine announced the honor as it unveiled its "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list at London's Guildhall on Monday. The annual event, sponsored by  S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, is a celebration of the crème de la crème of global gastronomy.

The list, now in its 12th year, is curated by 900 restaurant international leaders, including chefs, food critics and restaurateurs.

As for how the list is created, each of the panelists casts seven votes for their best restaurant experiences in the last 18-month voting period. To attempt to keep the awards on a truly "world's best" scale, at least three of the panelist's votes must be for a restaurant outside their respective geographical region.

"There is no pre-determined checklist of criteria; for example an interesting experience in a simple establishment, where exceptional innovation was discovered, could be judged better than a more opulent meal from a widely feted restaurant team," notes the academy's manifesto.

The ceremony comes on the heels of the announcement that a few of the chefs on the list are taking their restaurant concepts beyond their home turf: Redzepi announced Noma (No. 1) would be moving the entire staff to Tokyo for two months at the beginning of 2015. Meanwhile, Heston Blumenthal announced he and the staff behind The Fat Duck (No. 47) would be flying south from Bray, England, to Melbourne, Australia, for six months in February 2015.

In addition to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List, a variety of supplemental awards were given out throughout the evening, including the "One to Watch" award for Saison in San Francisco, California. Seven other restaurants from the United States were honored this year: Alinea in Chicago, Illinois; Daniel, Le Bernardin, Per Se and Eleven Madison Park in New York; The French Laundry in Yountville, California; and Coi in San Francisco, California.

These are the world's 50 best restaurants for 2014:

1) Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)


2) El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)

3) Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)

4)  Eleven Madison Park (New York)

5) Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London, England)

6) Mugaritz (Errenteria, Spain)

7) D.O.M. (São Paulo, Brazil)

8) Arzak (San Sebastián, Spain)

9) Alinea (Chicago, Illinois)

10) The Ledbury (London, England)

11) Mirazur (Menton, France)

12) Vendôme (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany)

13) Nahm (Bangkok, Thailand)


14) Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)

15) Central (Lima, Peru)

16) Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)

17) Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand)

18) Astrid y Gastón (Lima, Perú)

19) Fäviken Magasinet (Järpen, Sweden)

20) Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)

21) Le Bernardin (New York)

22) Vila Joya (Albufeira, Portugal)

23) Restaurant Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)

24) Amber (Hong Kong, China)

25) Arpege (Paris, France)

26) Azuremendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)

27) Le Chateaubriand (Paris, France)

28) Aqua (Wolfsburg, Germany)

29) De Librije (Zwolle, Netherlands)

30) Per Se (New York)

31) L'Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon (Paris, France)

32) Attica (Melbourne, Australia)

33) Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo, Japan)

34) Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo-Bizkaia, Spain)

35) Restaurante Martín Berasategui (Lasarte-Oria, Spain)

36) Maní (São Paulo, Brazil)

37) Restaurant Andre (Singapore)

38) L'Astrance (Paris, France)

39) Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)

40) Daniel (New York)

41) Quique Dacosta (Denia, Spain)

42) Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)

43) Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)

44) The French Laundry (Yountville, California)

45) Hof van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)

46) Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)

47) The Fat Duck (Bray, England)

48) The Test Kitchen (Cape Town, South Africa)

49) Coi (San Francisco, California)

50) Waku Ghin (Singapore)

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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Kev

    Krystal's @ 3am!!!

    May 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm |
  2. Jack

    Sorry to say this list is pretty biased and the author doesn't seem to have had the best food in the world – The Indian Food!

    There are so many monotonous and limited recepies available in these Western restaurants. Its useless!

    May 6, 2014 at 12:19 pm |
  3. sunryez

    Duck Donuts in Corolla, NC!

    May 6, 2014 at 6:27 am |
    • Scott

      First Light Breakfast and Burgers in Corolla!

      May 6, 2014 at 6:37 am |
  4. Isis

    To be honest (and I admire Chefs everywhere) – But the "Best Restaurant" in the World is my own kitchen.

    May 6, 2014 at 3:03 am |
  5. Philip

    Interesting to see many restaurants in Spain made it on the list but Spanish food is not even popular in the US or other countries outside of former Spanish colonies. Perhaps the tasters favorite vacation spot is Spain?

    May 6, 2014 at 1:32 am |
    • Blahblah

      Spain has been a culinary hotspot for years. San Sebastien, per capita, has more Michelin rated restaurants than anywhere else in the world. Diverxo in Madrid is fantastic.

      May 6, 2014 at 11:59 am |
    • goodeats

      Well, you must not have been too many places, but most cities, and even smaller towns like Santa Fe, NM, in the US have at least one tapas/Spanish restaurant. We have 4 in our 70,000 pop. town! We love Spanish food! Gazpacho anyone?

      October 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm |
  6. Yakobi

    The French Laundry is over-priced and over-hyped. Definitely not worth the money.

    May 1, 2014 at 6:15 pm |
    • Frugal Hausfrau

      I've never eaten at the French Laundry, but was given a copy of Keller's cook book one year for Mother's Day...and enjoyed many of the recipes. I even put a knock of version of one his recipes on my blog, which I originally started for my daughter, a young Mom, who has her hands full juggling family and budgets and getting decent food on the table. A pork tenderloin with sauce poivrade comes in at $5.16, with no sides...a little high for a blog that tries to bring in complete meals for 4, 6 or 8 for about $5.00 – it's really good though and worth every penny and one of our family's favorite recipes.

      I'd love to eat at the French Laundry, though!

      May 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Camaserian

    Seems as if reviewers spend too much time in Denmark and Spain. Note to reviewers: Foam, 3 slices of tomato with flowers on them, and pickled goat snot are not food.

    May 1, 2014 at 2:41 am |
  8. boof

    I cant believe they left out the best restaurant Ive been to in my small city of no fame or value, what a stupid list

    April 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm |
    • Bofus


      April 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm |
  9. Doug

    The best restaurants I've been too are little shacks or no-name places from Seoul, Korea, to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to Mishawaka, Indiana, and a thousand places in-between. These lists are so cliche and boring. It usually tells me where NOT to eat unless I want to be surrounded by supercilious patrons.

    April 29, 2014 at 7:48 pm |
  10. mattk

    I wonder if you can actually get food at these restaurants or just those sad little plate of "food art"

    April 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm |
    • Kelly

      I was wondering the same thing!

      April 29, 2014 at 11:21 pm |
  11. Temitope Ogunwumiju

    Truth be told this list isn't where you get the best of meals because what you call best is relative and you haven't tried the meals in the nice small shop restaurants in my village.

    April 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm |
  12. sean

    You know this article are propaganda when only the western chefs are honored in Top 10.

    Western food are really monotonous - mostly made of Milk & cheese. Only when globalization occurs, these dumb western chefs start to incorporate Eastern and MiddleEast exotic & spicy ingredients/herb. Can you say "Waking up and catching up to other 5000 years of delicacy" ?

    Best heavenly food are found in China, India, South East Asia, and Middle East, while the western chefs here still mouth watering over piece of pizza! lol.

    you know a chef is lousy, when the advertisement is only about FRESH Ingredients. Best talented chef can turn an expired meat into tasty meal. That's the difference between west and east, dumb and competent.

    April 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm |
    • VladT

      The ironic thing is, if I had said this and reversed this, you would be calling me ignorant and racist, as well as inexperienced and stereotypically prejudiced.

      Pot, meet black kettle.

      P.S. Western food entails more than cheese and pizza.....your generalization just shows your true ignorance. Congratulations.....you're close-minded!

      April 30, 2014 at 2:21 am |
      • ensense

        He might be a racist, but he has a point, you really cant say best in the world if all the judges are western, you need proper representation. and there is more verity when it comes to food in Asia.

        April 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
        • VladT

          I personally believe every culture, and every different region within each culture, has something unique and delicious to offer the culinary world.

          Its just his comments that are so ignorant, and as I pointed out, if it were reversed, I would be called ignorant, prejidicial, etc.

          May 1, 2014 at 6:39 am |
    • Milly Rivera

      very true!!

      April 30, 2014 at 8:42 am |
    • Rick

      Milk and cheese? You lost ALL credibility right there.

      May 2, 2014 at 12:31 am |
    • Frugal Hausfrau

      Sean, I know people who have told me they don't like Asian food because they think it's all deep fried and covered in sticky sauces. They'd just happened to only be familiar with cheap buffets – I explained that would be like someone eating pizza or mcdonalds and thinking all American food was greasy, gloppy, cheesy and deep fried.

      While so many cuisines you mentioned are wonderful, it's not fair to judge the worst of a culture's food with the best of another culture's food...

      I do agree with you very much on another point – the best chefs (or cooks) can make something wonderful with the best and freshest ingredients, but great ones can do the same with something marginal.

      May 2, 2014 at 6:16 pm |
  13. i know everything


    April 29, 2014 at 12:17 pm |
    • No, actually...

      I thought your wife was pretty good...

      April 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm |
      • VladT

        But not one of my 50 best ;)

        April 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm |
  14. Were this even a little accurate...

    ALL fifty would be in France. Period.

    April 29, 2014 at 9:42 am |
    • HA25

      If you like octopus and snail, sure.

      Where's Hawaii on the list? La Mer, Roy's? Fantastic local ingredients with fantastic chef's.

      May 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm |
  15. What!?

    Fake list. There's no way only California and New York are the only US places to make the list. Houston and New Orleans have some of the best food in the country. This is a list of "who's who", not of the best food.

    April 29, 2014 at 9:19 am |
  16. Meh

    Denny's, nuf said.

    April 29, 2014 at 9:00 am |
  17. Jay

    Te Honu Iti Moorea Island, French Polynesia,

    April 29, 2014 at 8:58 am |
    • Jerome

      Le poisson cru au Lait de coco ( raw fish with coconut milk). This is so good. C est TO

      April 29, 2014 at 9:17 am |
  18. Kay MacCoubrey

    these restaurants look BEAUTIFUL. So many wonderful artists. This shall be my bucket list! Thank you for posting.

    April 29, 2014 at 7:56 am |
  19. RobJohnson

    Am I really supposed to believe that out of the Top 50 restaurants in the world, none of them are in New Orleans?

    Sorry, that is just not possible. Any list like this that doesn't represent the Crescent City is doing it wrong.

    April 29, 2014 at 7:51 am |
    • matt

      I couldn't agree more. The top 50 restaurants should all be from NOLA

      April 29, 2014 at 8:18 am |
  20. http://indiantve.com/

    list of best 50 restaurants is very useful i think today people love to want to go restaurants and enjoy their foods mostly young boys and teen girls love to go the restaurants and especially candle light dinner

    April 29, 2014 at 6:42 am |
  21. Jeff

    Surprised nothing from Las Vegas is on this list!

    April 29, 2014 at 3:41 am |
    • Chef Richard

      The best food in Vegas or NOLA is not as good as the worst food in Napa. Recently ate at Mario Batali's place in Vegas, what a huge disappointment. I may be biased, good food can be found almost anywhere (not in the US South) but excellent food is rare.

      April 29, 2014 at 8:57 am |
      • The Duke of Hazzard

        Great point. There is not a single excellent restaurant anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon. This is mostly because the South is a monolithic, homogeneous region that deserves only scorn, derision, and stereotyping.

        April 29, 2014 at 9:38 am |
        • VladT

          Well played, Duke.

          Los Angeles born and bred over here, but unlike the original commenter, I try not too stereotype and enjoy all aspects of United States life (especially its diversified food stylings)

          April 29, 2014 at 10:12 am |
      • Dagan

        You have obviously never traveled nor worked in the tester aunt biz in Nola – several cooks in Nola were chefs in wine country, and they are only cooks here

        April 29, 2014 at 10:51 am |
  22. VladT

    Am I too late? Are there already a torrent of complaints about which country/region/continent is unfairly underrepesented?

    April 29, 2014 at 3:03 am |
  23. abe lavat

    I don't see McDonald on the list whats wrong with this people?

    April 29, 2014 at 2:51 am |
  24. Harry

    No mention of any of Brendan Sodikoff's restraunts in Chicago. For shame.....Maudes, The Doughnut Vault among the many.

    April 29, 2014 at 2:47 am |
    • KT

      love love love the donut vault!!!!

      April 29, 2014 at 8:34 am |
  25. shawn l

    Worlds best overly expensive pretentious restaurants perhaps.

    April 29, 2014 at 2:09 am |
    • lewcypher

      sorry Cracker Barrel didn't make the list

      April 29, 2014 at 7:35 am |
      • Teacher, Teacher

        You spelled the name of that restaurant wrong. It's C R A P P E R.

        April 29, 2014 at 8:02 am |
        • JellyBean

          LM F AO! Thanks for the laugh.

          April 29, 2014 at 8:29 am |
  26. Langkard

    People could save themselves the expense of eating at these fancy restaurants by simply going to each one's website, copying some pictures of their menu items, shrinking the pictures down to the same size as the actual meals they represent (about the size of a child's hand), printing the pictures out and eating them. Same number of calories, less effort, no parking problems, no rude waitstaff and the bill will be much less.

    April 29, 2014 at 1:54 am |
  27. Randy

    Um why isn't chipotle on this list ? i was defenitly counting on chipotle :/ ILL stick with my burrito bowl and barbacoa!!!

    April 29, 2014 at 1:19 am |
  28. Kev

    Chipotle $7 bowl. That's all I need.

    April 29, 2014 at 12:25 am |
    • ensense

      How much did the corp pay you to post that.

      April 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
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