The World’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2018

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2018

Osteria Francescana earns back the title, Gaggan secures the top position in Asia

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 27 Jun '18


The 2018 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants was recently announced at the annual awards ceremony, this year held at the Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Spain.

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Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana

Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, has taken back the number 1 spot, with Chef Massimo Bottura sharing his joy, saying, ”Chefs in 2018 are much more than the sum of their recipes... we are all part of the same revolution, and together we can really change the world.” At number 2 is Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca, which has held the top spot two times in the past, and Mirazur on the French Riveria sits pretty at number 3. Last year’s winner – Eleven Madison Park – has dropped to a still very impressive number 4.


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Gaggan photo credit: Gaggan


With seven restaurants in Asia making it onto the top 50 list, Gaggan in Bangkok ranks at number 5 and has yet again – four years in a row! – been crowned Asia’s Best Restaurant (visit while you can, as Chef Gaggan Anand has said he will shut shop by 2020). Tokyo’s Den has climbed 28 places to secure its spot at number 17, followed by Narisawa at number 22 and Nihonryori RyuGin at number 41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet in Shanghai has made a great leap forward from its 41st position last year to number 24 this year. Singapore’s Odette has also made an impressive jump from 86 last year, achieving number 28, while Hong Kong’s Amber has slid out of the top 50, ranking 56th this year.


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The list is a global poll of more than 1,000 food experts from 26 regions around the world, with each region comprising 40 members. Each regional member must cast votes for 10 restaurants and at least four of them must be from a region outside their own. They must also have visited the restaurants in the past 18 months.


Check out the full top 50 list (last year’s place in brackets):

  1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy (2)
  2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain (3)
  3. Mirazur, Menton, France (4)
  4. Eleven Madison Park, New York (1)
  5. Gaggan, Bangkok (7)
  6. Central, Lima (5)
  7. Maido, Lima (8)
  8. Arpège, Paris (12)
  9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain (9)
  10. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain (6)
  11. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico (22)
  12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York (11)
  13. Pujol, Mexico City (20)
  14. Steirereck, Vienna (10)
  15. White Rabbit, Moscow (23)
  16. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy (15)
  17. Den, Tokyo (45)
  18. Disfrutar, Barcelona (55)
  19. Geranium, Copenhagen (19)
  20. Attica, Melbourne (32)
  21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris (13)
  22. Narisawa, Tokyo (18)
  23. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy (29)
  24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai (41)
  25. Cosme, New York (40)
  26. Le Bernardin, New York (17)
  27. Boragó, Santiago (42)
  28. Odette, Singapore (86)
  29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris (31)
  30. D.O.M., São Paulo (16)
  31. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain (30)
  32. Tickets, Barcelona (25)
  33. The Clove Club, London (26)
  34. Alinea, Chicago (21)
  35. Maaemo, Oslo (79)
  36. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy (43)
  37. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin (48)
  38. Lyle’s, London (54)
  39. Astrid y Gastón, Lima (33)
  40. Septime, Paris (35)
  41. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo (52)
  42. The Ledbury, London (27)
  43. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain (38)
  44. Mikla, Istanbul (51)
  45. Dinner by Heston Bluementhal, London (36)
  46. Saison, San Francisco (37)
  47. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland (72)
  48. Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia (69)
  49. Nahm, Bangkok (28)
  50. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town (63)


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