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The Top 50 Restaurants of 2009

Ramsay Missing From the World's Best Restaurants List

Yesterday Restaurant magazine and S. Pellegrino announced its famed list of the world's 50 best restaurants. The list is developed by a large panel of well-regarded international judges consisting of 806 chefs, restaurateurs, food critics, and journalists.

For the fourth year in a row, Ferran Adriá's experimental Spanish restaurant, El Bulli, has been named the best eatery in the world. Coming in at sixth, Thomas Keller's Per Se is the highest-ranking US restaurant.

The most shocking news, however, is that Gordon Ramsay's flagship London establishment, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which was number 13 on last year's list, is totally absent from this year's. To check out the complete list,


  1. El Bulli, Spain
  2. The Fat Duck, UK
  3. Noma, Denmark
  4. Mugaritz, Spain
  5. El Celler de Can Roca, Spain
  6. Per Se, US
  7. Bras, France
  8. Arzak, Spain
  9. Pierre Gagnaire, France
  10. Alinea, US
  11. L’Astrance, France
  12. The French Laundry US
  13. Osteria Francescana, Italy
  14. St. John, UK
  15. Le Bernardin, US
  16. Restaurant de l’Hotel de Ville, Switzerland
  17. Tetsuya’s, Australia
  18. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, France
  19. Jean Georges, US
  20. Les Creations de Narisawa, Japan
  21. Chez Dominique, Finland
  22. Ristorante Cracco, Italy
  23. Die Schwarzwaldstube, Germany
  24. D.O.M., Brazil
  25. Vendome, Germany
  26. Hof van Cleve, Belgium
  27. Masa, US
  28. Gambero Rosso, Italy
  29. Oud Sluis, Netherlands
  30. Steirereck, Austria
  31. Momofuku Ssam Bar, US
  32. Oaxen Skaergaardskrog, Sweden
  33. Martin Berasategui, Spain
  34. Nobu UK
  35. Mirazur, France
  36. Hakkasan, UK
  37. Le Quartier Francais, South Africa
  38. La Colombe, South Africa
  39. Asador Etxebarri, Spain
  40. Le Chateaubriand, France
  41. Daniel, US
  42. Combal Zero, Italy
  43. Le Louis XV, France
  44. Tantris, Germany
  45. Iggy’s, Singapore
  46. Quay, Australia
  47. Les Ambassadeurs, France
  48. Dal Pescatore, Italy
  49. Le Calandre, Italy
  50. Mathias Dahlgren, Sweden


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kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
Oops, I meant "might not belong", not "might". It definatley doesn't belong. :D
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
I like to think that the family restaurant, Cobb and Co., down the road from my house in NZ, which makes fish and chips in a cardboard stagecoach served with a traffic light cocktail in an old jar, aaaaaand has an arcade with Pacman in the corner is pretty awesome. I might belong on this list, but hey, it's all I can afford. :D
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
poor gordon - this has NOT been his year has it? i'm glad to see that there are several US restaurants on the list - mind you they are all places that aren't on my list of 'must sees' but oh well.
smouri smouri 8 years
I have also tried number 3, NOMA, which was great. It was a couple of years ago and they had just changed to their spring menu. And it was literally like tasting spring with surprising and interesting combinations and textures. Yum, I should really go there again, as it is only a mile away from my apartement.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
My boyfriend wants to take me to Fat Duck, but Heston Blumenthal pisses me off and I have no interest in his creations - call me ignorant, uneducated, stupid, or whatever, but his menu just does not appeal. I have tried Hakkasan's little sister, Yauatcha and really like it, so will probably try to go there sometime this year!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Interesting Ramsey is missing from the list when he was 13 last year. :ponder:
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
oooh makes me excited that I am moving to Europe!
komler komler 8 years
I've eaten at #3 and it is scrumptious. Nordic food in a modern way.
Food Food 8 years
I agree: Spain looks like the place to be!
miznic miznic 8 years
This just makes me want to go back to Europe for a while..
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Fiesta sugar looks like Spain is the place to be!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
Manresa is #93, which is awesome.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
I would kill to eat at El Bulli or Fat Duck. Ironically, it's easier to get a reservation at Alinea, #10, than French Laundry.
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