World's 50 best restaurants revealed

The world’s 50 best restaurants revealed: Three Michelin-starred Noma in Copenhagen takes the top spot AGAIN – and only two British eateries make the cut

  • Noma, Copenhagen, took the top spot in World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards
  • Noma, where a lunch with wine pairing costs £560, has won the award on four separate occasions and last month gained a third Michelin star for the first time
  • Another Copenhagen restaurant, Geranium, took second place 
  • Just two British restaurants made the list: London eateries The Clove Club and Lyle’s, which came in at numbers 32 and 33, respectively 

Award-winning Copenhagen restaurant Noma has taken home the top spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. 

The eatery, where a lunch with wine pairing costs £560, has previously won the award on four separate occasions and last month gained a third Michelin star for the first time ever.

Another Copenhagen restaurant, Geranium, took second place, cementing the Danish capital as the global leader in fine dining.

Best of the best: Award-winning Copenhagen restaurant Noma has taken home the top spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. A lunch with wine pairing costs £560

The crème de la crème! World’s 50 best restaurants revealed in full

1. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)

2. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)

3. Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Spain)

4. Central (Lima, Peru)

5. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)

6. Frantzen (Stockholm, Sweden)

7. Maido (Lima, Peru)

8. Odette (Singapore)

9. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)

10. The Chairman (Hong Kong, China)

11. Den (Tokyo, Japan)

12. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)

13. Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

14. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)

15. Lido 84 (Gardone Riviera, Italy)

16. Elkano (Getaria, Spain)

17. A Casa do Porco (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

18. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)

19. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)

20. Diverxo (Madrid, Spain)

21. Hisa Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)

22. Cosme (New York City, USA)

23. Arpege (Paris, France)

24. Septime (Paris, France)

25. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)

 26. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)

27. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)

28. Benu (San Francisco, USA)

29. Reale (Castel di Sangro, Italy)

30. Twins Garden (Moscow, Russia)

31. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)

32. The Clove Club (London, UK)

33. Lyle’s (London, UK)

34. Burnt Ends (Singapore)

35. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai, China)

36. Hof Van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)

37. SingleThread (Healdsburg, California, USA)

38. Borago (Santiago, Chile)

39. Florilege (Tokyo, Japan)

40. Suhring (Bangkok, Thailand)

41. Alleno Paris au Pavillion Ledoyen (Paris, France)

42. Belcanto (Lisbon, Portugal)

43. Atomix (New York City, USA)

44. Le Bernardin (New York City, USA)

45. Nobelhart & Schmutzig (Berlin, Germany)

46. Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)

47. Maaemo (Oslo, Norway)

48. Atelier Crenn (San Francisco, USA)

49. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)

50. Wolfgat (Paternoster, South Africa)

 

Just two British restaurants made the list: London eateries The Clove Club and Lyle’s, which came in at numbers 32 and 33, respectively. A total of 26 countries across five continents were represented. 

Rounding out the top five are Spanish restaurants Disfrutar, in Barcelona, and Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo, as well as Central in Lima, Peru. 

The awards, considered the Oscars of the dining world, returned last night for the first time in two years with an event in Antwerp after the 2020 iteration was cancelled due to Covid.

A new rule introduced in 2019 means restaurants can now only win the top spot once, but Noma, which has previously topped the list in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, was eligible because it had closed and reopened in a new location in 2018.  

Second place: Another Copenhagen restaurant, Geranium, pictured, took second place, cementing the Danish capital as the global leader in fine dining 

Third place: : In the lush foothills of the Spanish Basque Country, Asador Etxebarri has been housed in the same rustic stone building since the 1990s

Fourth place: Chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León’s flagship restaurant, Central, is an ode to Peru in all forms

Its change in ‘concept’ and ‘management structure’ led judges to consider it a ‘new’ restaurant, despite having the same name.

Last month Noma also received a third Michelin star for the first time ever.       

William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: ‘Noma is surely the most influential restaurant of its generation. 

‘It has also become one of the most sought-after destinations by diners from all over the world and we are delighted to announce it as this year’s No.1.’  

Fifth place: Disfrutar – whose name translates as ‘enjoy’ – is one of the most delicious, surprising and boundary-pushing gastronomic experiences in the world

Sixth place: Frantzén, Stockholm, was one of the first global restaurants to create a genuinely immersive setting. Guests arrive in one room and take a tour of the beautiful property being served dishes as they meander their way around the multi-storey townhouse

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