The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 have been announced

Updated on February 21 2017

Are you ready to start making your restaurant bookings for the next year? The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 have been announced in New York, with Italy’s Osteria Francescana being named the best restaurant in the world. The celebrated dining destination rose from the #2 spot on last year’s list to steal the crown from Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca. Of the 50 winners, 7 are located in Asia, with Tokyo’s Narisawa occupying the #8 spot on this year’s list, and thus designated as the Best Restaurant in Asia. Other regional winners include Amber (Hong Kong, #20), Gaggan (Bangkok, #23), Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo, #31), Restaurant André (Singapore, #32), Nahm (Bangkok, #37), and Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai, #42).

Last week the organisation released its list of restaurants ranked 51–100, which includes Burnt Ends (Singapore, #70), Den (Tokyo, #77), Hajime (Osaka, #82), 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana (Hong Kong, #86), Quintessence (Tokyo, #92), and L’Effervescence (Tokyo, #95). Of those, Den also received the One to Watch Award, designating it as a restaurant on the rise.

This year’s big winners included Lima, Peru’s Maido, which climbed 31 spots from last year’s list to the #13 spot, and Amber, overseen by chef Richard Ekkebus, which rose from #38 to #20. In Singapore, Restaurant André climbed to #32 from #46. Gaggan and Nahm, both located in Bangkok, saw major declines in their rankings, as did Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London, which fell from #7 on last year’s list to #45 this year. Still, to be included in the top 50 is a huge honour for any fine dining establishment.

Presented for the first time outside London, the somewhat controversial awards stand as a competitor to Michelin’s dining guides. Though the integrity of the judging process has been challenged from time to time, ranking among the top 50 remains of utmost importance to restaurateurs around the world. Of course, the list never fails to generate excitement amongst globetrotting diners.

Next year’s winners will be announced in Melbourne, Australia, and Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017 will be announced early next year in Bangkok. You’ll find the full ranking, from 1–100, below (we’ve boldfaced the names of all 13 restaurants in Asia).

  1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy (Best Restaurant in Europe)
  2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  3. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA (Best Restaurant in North America)
  4. Central, Lima, Peru (Best Restaurant in South America)
  5. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
  6. Mirazur, Menton, France
  7. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain
  8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan (Best Restaurant in Asia)
  9. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  10. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
  11. D.O.M., São Paolo, Brazil
  12. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  13. Maido, Lima, Peru (Highest Climber Award)
  14. The Ledbury, London, UK
  15. Alinea, Chicago, USA
  16. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
  17. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  18. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
  19. L’Arpège, Paris, France
  20. Amber, Hong Kong
  21. Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
  22. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa (Best Restaurant in Africa)
  23. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
  24. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
  25. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  26. The Clove Club, London, UK (Highest New Entry Award)
  27. Saison, San Francisco, USA
  28. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  29. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
  30. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
  31. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
  32. Restaurant André, Singapore
  33. Attica, Melbourne, Australia (Best Restaurant in Australasia)
  34. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
  35. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  36. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
  37. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
  38. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
  39. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
  40. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark (Sustainable Restaurant Award)
  41. Fäviken, Jarden, Sweden
  42. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
  43. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
  44. Estela, New York, USA
  45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
  46. Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy
  47. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
  48. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York, USA
  49. Quique Decosta, Dénia, Spain
  50. Septime, Paris, France
  51. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
  52. Per Se, New York, USA
  53. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
  54. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
  55. Nerua, Bilbao, Spain
  56. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
  57. L’Astrance, Paris, France
  58. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
  59. Martín Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain
  60. Hedone, London, UK
  61. Maaemo, Oslo, Norway
  62. La Grenouillère, La Madelaine Sous Montreuil, France
  63. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
  64. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  65. Brae, Birregurra, Australia
  66. Lyle’s, London, UK (Tie)
  67. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, USA
  68. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  69. Epicure, Paris, France
  70. Burnt Ends, Singapore
  71. Daniel, New York, USA
  72. Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
  73. Hertog Jan, Bruges, Belgium
  74. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
  75. Twins, Moscow, Russia
  76. La Colombe, Cape Town, South Africa
  77. Den, Tokyo, Japan
  78. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal
  79. Diverxo, Madrid, Spain
  80. L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon Paris, Paris, France
  81. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York, USA
  82. Hajime, Osaka, Japan
  83. Manresa, Los Gatos, USA
  84. Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy
  85. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA
  86. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
  87. Indian Accent, New Delhi, India
  88. Die Schwarzwaldstube, Baiersbronn, Germany
  89. Benu, San Francisco, USA
  90. Zuma, Dubai, UAE (Tie)
  91. St John, London, UK
  92. Quintessence, Tokyo, Japan
  93. Daniel Berlin, Skåne Tranås, Sweden
  94. Bras, Laguiole, France
  95. L’Effervescence, Tokyo, Japan
  96. Cosme, New York, USA
  97. Momofuku Ko, New York, USA
  98. Quay, Sydney, Australia
  99. La Petite Maison, Dubai, UAE
  100. Chestnaya Kuhnya, Moscow, Russia

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