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50 Best Restaurants in The World

Last night Restaurant Magazine announced their annual list of the world's 50 best restaurants and I am ridiculously embarrassed to say that even though two of them are really close by (Chez Panisse and the French Laundry), I have not been to any of the ones on the list. While I go hang my head in foodie shame, you can check out the list. Oh and it's worth noting that the top 6 are the same as last year and there are only 5 new entries and one that has re-entered. And finally, if you don't recognize him, that's El Bulli's head chef Ferran Adria in the photograph.

1 - El Bulli, Spain - Best in Europe
2 - The Fat Duck, UK
3 - Pierre Gagnaire, France
4 - The French Laundry, USA - Best in the Americas
5 - Tetsuya’s, Australia - Best in Australasia
6 - Bras, France
7 - Mugaritz, Spain
8 - Le Louis XV, Monaco
9 - Per Se, USA
10 - Arzak, Spain

To see the rest of the list, none of which I've eaten at either,

11 - El Celler de Can Roca, Spain
12 - Gambero Rosso, Italy
13 - L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, France
14 - Hof van Cleve, Belgium
15 - Noma, Denmark - The biggest climber - up 18 places from last year
16 - Le Calandre, Italy
17 - Nobu London, UK
18 - Jean Georges, USA
19 - Hakkasan, UK
20 - Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, France
21 - L’Astrance, France
22 - Can Fabes, Spain
23 - L’Ambroisie, France
24 - Restaurant Gordon Ramsay UK
25 - Troisgros, France
26 - Le Bernardin, USA
27 - Martin Berasategui, Spain
28 - Le Gavroche, UK
29 - Le Cinq, France
30 - Charlie Trotter’s, USA
31 - Dal Pescatore, Italy
32 - Daniel, USA
33 - Rockpool, Australia
34 - St John, UK
35 - Chez Dominique, Finland
36 - Alinea, USA - Highest New Entry
37 - Bukhara, India - Best in Asia
38 - DOM, Brazil
39 - Oaxen Skärgårdskrog, Sweden
40 - Chez Panisse, USA
41 - Enoteca Pinchiorri, Italy
42 - Cracco Peck, Italy - New Entry
43 - L’Arpège, France
44 - River Café, UK - Re-Entry
45 - Oud Sluis, Netherlands - Biggest drop - down 26 places from last year
46 - Combal Zero, Italy - New Entry
47 - Le Quartier Français, South Africa - Best in Mid East & Africa
48 - Taillevent, France - New Entry
49 - Bocuse, France
50 - Les Ambassadeurs, France - New Entry

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Iwillmarryunick Iwillmarryunick 10 years
I've been to about 7. Mostly the ones in France. I would have to say that some of the food is wonderful, not ever something you would create at home. And at some other places you left feeling like you were just robbed of money.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
I have eaten at the Fat Duck: A four-hour lunch one Sunday afternoon when I was in London. My mom and I didn't really know what to expect; a culinary-student cousin of mind told us to go there. I wouldn't necessarily say it was the best meal I've ever had in terms of pure taste enjoyment, but that wasn't really the point. (And, admittedly, two of the dishes were probably up there with the best food I've had ever.) But it was definitely the most interesting, challenging, and thought-provoking restaurant experiences I've ever had.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I know! They sound wonderful! Very jealous!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Oh if only I could eat at one of these places...
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
I have definitely heard of the US ones - unfortunately.. I haven't gotten to dine at them though! I almost ate at Per Se but opted for The Spice Market in the Meatpacking district instead. I can't say I wasn't satisfied with my choice. Literally, the best food I've ever eaten!!!
DCStar DCStar 10 years
Oh, another comment is that DC has some spectacular restaurants too! The food could nearly rival Per Se, but certainly the waiters could not :)
DCStar DCStar 10 years
I've eaten at Per Se while on a work assignment in NY. We had the chef's tasting menu and it must have taken about 4 hours. The food is gorgeous, decadent & the waiters are the most well informed, amazing people I've ever encountered!
andaman andaman 10 years
I am actually envious jamrdh :)
jamrdh jamrdh 10 years
My husband, his cousin, wife and I managed to get a last minute reservation at French Laundry a few years back. The other couple had been before and had talked it up so much I thought we would be disappointed. It was by far the best restaurant I have ever been to. The ambience, service, food - everything was amazing. It cost us about $1200.with food and wine and was worth every penny, which I think is saying something since I am known to be happy just eating macaroni and cheese.
andaman andaman 10 years
I rate st.john highly I've eaten there loads.
andaman andaman 10 years
Hey annaerkul can you please tell me more.. I am looking at the recipe now by one of the chefs from the river cafe. It is for an italian chcolate brownie and it looks good but i wonder if it is the same one. When did you have your cake there? Is it in the cook book?
thehabra thehabra 10 years
The river cafe (#44) has THE best chocolate cake in the world.The closest one to me out of these is the one in denmark.I seriously need to get there
sassy_rob sassy_rob 10 years
I've eaten at Tetsuya's and I have to say, I thought it was overrated. The food is nice, nothing extraordinary, but it's so hyped up that you can't help but be disappointed once you dine there.
krisua krisua 10 years
Oh WOW! The closest one for me is in Finland. I must get there.
Jennie Jennie 10 years
I'd love to be able to dine at one of these places!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
you're not alone yum! :oops:
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
Long list.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
I've been to three on the list. (Well, maybe 3+ if you count that I've been to Gordon Ramsey's place in NY.) I tried to get reservations at El Bulli this year but, as everyone knows, it's damn near impossible.
Barcino-girl Barcino-girl 10 years
Hi!! I'm from Barcelona, so I live pretty near to the restaurant El Bulli (80Km more or less). I live near, but I can't dinner there because it's VERY expensive... I don't have 300$ to eat once. But it's great to live that close of 4 of the best restaurants in the whole world... I feel a little proud!
dmartinxoxo dmartinxoxo 10 years
I love chez panisse. It is truely delicious. The Cafe is just as good as the dining room. Talk about a cheque though, $800 for four people. Wine not included!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
PartySister - There's one in Brazil! I'm surprised there's only one restaurant in all of Asia.
Oread Oread 10 years
I can't believe there's not a single one in Canada. :(
joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
i wanna know where the ones in the usa are :(
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Love Chez Panisse for late lunch (in the cafe, but it's still wonderful). Le Bernardin's food is awesome, the wait staff is snooty, but I guess they think they have the right to be. French Laundry is still on my dream list.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I went to an amazing party that was catered by the pizza chef of Chez Panisse and it was the best pizza I ever had in my entire life. No joke and the rissoto to die for.
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