Best Restaurants in the World

British magazine Restaurant, has since 2002 published the results of a poll of the world’s best chefs, most successful restauranteurs, restaurant critics and gourmands to create a list of the best restaurants in the world. In the early days of the listing, elBulli of Spain dominated the rankings, sinning in 2002 and again from 2006 through to 2009 along with three runner-up finished and one third-place. elBulli was first established in 1964, closed its doors in July 2011 and was a Michelin 3-star restaurant located near the town of Roses, Catalonia in Spain. Placed at the higher end of the market, with the average cost of a meal being €250, elBulli was an exclusive eatery.

Denmark’s Noma launched in 2003 and seven years later won the title of Best Restaurant in the World, a title it won in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and it was the second place finisher in 2013. Noma is a Michelin 2-star restaurant that is revered for its interpretation and reinvention of Nordic cuisine. More recently, in 2017, it was Eleven Madison Park that was declared the world’s best restaurant, one year after claiming third place. Owned by Will Guidara and Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Street is a contemporary American restaurant located at 11 Madison Park in New York City. Guidara and Humm bought Eleven Madison Street from Danny Meyer in 2011 and have since opened and operate the NoMad restaurant in the NoMad hotel. Their exquisite restaurant offers diners a multi-course tasting menu that is inspired by New York’s culinary traditions.

When Eleven Madison Park won the best restaurant award in 2017, Osteria Francescana was the second place finisher; it was third in 2013 and 2014, second in 2015 and number one in 2016. Osteria Francescana has three stars in the Michelin Guide and is ranked number one by l’Espresso – Ristorantu d’Italia with a score of 20/20. Like most restaurants in this article, the Osteria Francescana can be quite pricey with a nine-course tasting menu costing €220 and a 12-course tasting menu setting diners back €250. Dishes can be purchased separately, with the sucking pig tender and crunchy with Villa Manodori Traditional Balsamic vinegar from Modena weighing in at an appetite damaging €80. Continuing with the 2017 rankings, Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca finished in third place having been the runner up in 2011, 2012, 2014 and having won the best restaurant in the world title in both 2013 and 2015.

Located in Girona, Spain, the head chef is Joan Roca whose highly creative dishes have helped the restaurant obtain three Michelin stars. Roca is known for his presentation and one of his dishes has caramelised olives serves on a bonsai tree. If you are a wine connoisseur, El Celler de Can Roca is the place to dine in because it has an extensive wine cellar that houses a staggering 60,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines, both red and white. The only British winner of the award was The Fat Duck in 2005. It finished second in 2004 and again in 2006 to 2009. Owned and run by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, it features one chef for each of the 42 diners and is well-known for its bizarre food pairings, multi-sensory cooking and flavour encapsulation.

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