Where in the World are the 50 Best Restaurants?

Food Lovers, Travel News — By David Chalk on April 30, 2010 at 9:44 am

The greatest restaurant in the world — for this year any way — is Chef René Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to the annual S. Pellegrino’s “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list.  The list was released in London Monday, and Redzepi was eager to pop some champagne and celebrate with his crew:


Jay Rayner, The Guardian newspaper’s restaurant critic and “Top Chef Masters” judge, thinks the list-makers got it right:

Redzepi, the 32-year-old chef at Noma, pursues a regional, seasonal agenda that is right on the cutting edge: if it isn’t available in the Nordic region, he won’t cook with it. The result is a very idiosyncratic style of food that speaks to concerns about the way a global food culture turns our eating experiences a uniform beige.

(S. Pelegrino also produces a second list of 51-100, but for some reason just doesn’t give out one list of the 100 Best Restaurants.) Sticking with the crème de la crème, NileGuide has cooked up a regional breakdown of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, so you can see if the world’s best restaurants are where you’d expect them to be:


Austria: Steirereck (Vienna, 21)

Copenhagen: Noma (1)


  • Le Chateaubriand (11)
  • Pierre Gagnaire (13)
  • L’Astrance (15)
  • L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (29)
  • Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athenee (41)

Elsewhere in France: La Maison Troisgros (Roanne, 44)


  • Vendome (Bergisch Gladbach, 22)
  • Aqua (Wolfsberg, 34)
  • Die Schwarzwaldstube (Baiersbronn, 47)


  • Osteria Francescana (Modena, 6)
  • Le Calandre (Rubano, 20)
  • Combal.Zero (Rivoli, 35)
  • Dal Pescatore (Mantova, 36)
  • Il Canto (Siena, 40)


  • Oud Sluis (Sluis, 19)
  • De Librije (Zwolle, 37)


  • El Bulli (Roses, 2)
  • El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, 4)
  • Mugaritz (Errenteria, 5)
  • Arzak (San Sebastián, 9)
  • Martin Berasategui (Lasarte-oria, 33)


  • The Fat Duck (Bray, England, 3)
  • St John (London, 43)
  • Hibiscus (London, 49)

Elsewhere in Europe:

  • L’Hotel de Ville – Philippe Rochat (Crissier, Switzerland, 14)
  • Hof Van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium, 17)
  • Chez Dominique (Helsinki, Finland, 23)
  • Mathias Dahlgren (Stockholm, Sweden, 25)
  • Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland, 30)
  • Oaxen Krog (Oaxen, Sweden, 42)


Mexico: Biko (Mexico City, 46)

Chicago: Alinea (7)

New York:

  • Daniel (8)
  • Per Se (10)
  • Le Bernardin (15)
  • Momofuku Ssam Bar (26)
  • wd~50 (45)
  • Eleven Madison Park (50)

Elsewhere in the USA: The French Laundry (Yountville, California, 32)


Brazil: D.O.M. (São Paolo, 18)


  • Les Creations de Narisawa (24)
  • Nihonryori RyuGin (48)

Elsewhere in Asia:

  • Iggy’s (Singapore, 28)
  • Jaan Par Andre (Singapore, 39)


Cape Town: La Colombe (12)

Elsewhere in Africa: Le Quartier Francais (Franschhoek, South Africa, 31)



  • Quay (27
  • Tetsuya’s (38)

[Image: The S.Pellegino World’s 50 Best Restaurants]

Tags: Copenhagen, Jay Rayner, Noma, Rene Redzepi, S. Pelegrino, Top Chef Masters, World's 50 Best Restaurants

    1 Comment

  • Spencer Spellman says:

    I find it hard to believe that almost all the best U.S. restaurants would be in NYC. I thought certainly there would be at least one in the Southeast or even a couple more in Cali.


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