World's top 50 best restaurants: see the full list

Noma has retained its top spot on the world's top 50 best restaurant and El Bulli has left the table all together. See the full awards list here
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Noma restaurant in Copenhagen
Noma restaurant in Copenhagen has topped the best restaurants in the world list for the second year in a row. Photograph: Yadid Levy/Alamy

Noma restaurant in Copenhagen has topped a list of the top 50 best restaurants in the world, retaining its place at number one for another year.

The list, compiled by Restaurant magazine, awarded the Danish restaurant the coveted prize in an awards ceremony which saw Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck come in at fifth place - down two places on the previous year.

The biggest news of the top 50 list was the absence of the Spanish El Bulli. A repeat winner in the past, the restaurant was removed from the list as chef Ferran Adrià's has chosen to close the restaurant later this year. Peter Walker writes:

"Spanish gastronomy remains prominent in the views of the 837 judges worldwide – a mixture of chefs, writers and restaurateurs – with second spot taken by El Celler de Can Roca, the three Michelin-starred Girona restaurant run by three brothers. Behind this was Mugaritz, in the Basque country."

So what kind of picture does the list paint for restaurants by country? We were curious so have gathered a quick summary from the top 50 list:

• France has the most number of restaurants in the list at eight but the USA follows closely behind with six and Spain with five

• The UK features with four restaurants on the best restaurant list; The Fat Duck, The Ledbury, St. John and Hibiscus. The Ledbury also came as the highest new entry at 34th place

• The highest climber was awarded to Nihonryori Ryugin in Japan. It managed to jump 28 places on the previous years list to make it to 20th best restaurant in the world

• Russia and Peru appeared in the list for the first time this year with Moscow's Vavravy and Astrid Y Gaston in Lima


The top 50 list can be found below alongside the ranking for 2010. Our spreadsheet also contains a list of those restaurants that have fallen off the list this year. What can you do with this data?

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World's top 50 best restaurants

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Position
Restaurant
Country
2010 Position
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Special Awards
1 Noma Denmark 1 - Best in World & Europe
2 El Celler De Can Roca Spain 4 2  
3 Mugaritz Spain 5 2  
4 Osteria Francescana Italy 6 2  
5 The Fat Duck UK 3 -2  
6 Alinea USA 7 1 Best In N.America
7 D.O.M Brazil 18 11  
8 Arzak Spain 9 1  
9 Le Chateaubriand France 11 2  
10 Per Se USA 10 -  
11 Daniel USA 8 -3  
  Les Creation De Narisawa Japan 24 12 Best in Asia
13 L'Astrance France 16 3  
14 L'atelier De Joel Robuchon Paris France 29 15  
15 Hof Van Cleve Belgium 17 2  
16 Pierre Gagnaire France 13 3  
17 Oud Sluis Holland 19 2  
18 Le Bernardin USA 15 3  
19 L'Arpege France Re-Entry -  
20 Nihonryori Ryugin Japan 48 28 Highest Climber
21 Vendome Germany 22 1  
22 Steirereck Austria 21 -1  
23 Schloss Schauenstein Switzerland 30 7  
24 Eleven Madison Park USA 50 26  
25 Aqua Germany 34 9  
26 Quay Australia 27 1 Best in Australasia
27 Iggy's Singapore 28 1  
28 Combal Zero Italy 35 7  
29 Martin Berasategui Spain 33 4  
30 Bras France Re-Entry -  
31 Biko Mexico 46 15  
32 Le Calandre Italy 20 -12  
33 Ristorante Cracco Italy Re-Entry -  
34 The Ledbury UK New entry - Highest New Entry
35 Chez Dominique Finland 23 -12  
36 Le Quartier Francais South Africa 31 -5 Best in South Africa
37 Amber China New entry -  
38 Dal Pescatore Italy 36 -2  
39 Il Canto Italy 40 1  
40 Momofuku Ssam Bar USA 26 -14  
41 St John UK 43 2  
42 Astrid Y Gaston Peru New entry -  
43 Hibiscus UK 49 6  
44 La Maison Troisgros France 44 -  
45 Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athenee France 41 -4  
46 De Librije Netherlands 37 -9  
47 Hotel De Ville Switzerland 14 -33  
48 Varvari Russia New entry -  
49 Pujol Mexico New entry -  
50 Etxebarri Spain Re-Entry -  

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  • blueoyster

    19 April 2011 9:46PM

    One should realise that the 4 out of the 5 "Spanish" restaurants are actually in the Basque Country (3 in the province of Gipuzkoa and 1 in the province of Biscay).

    The other one (along with El Bulli) is in Catalunia. Not in Madrid or in the south of Spain.

  • Cragglerock

    20 April 2011 4:30PM

    Four of the world's fifty best restaurants in the UK. I know the rankings are subjective and at the end of the day mean little, but four out of the top fifty isn't bad at all. Glad to see we're shaking off our image for bad food.

  • reasonstobecheerful

    20 April 2011 7:43PM

    Cragglerock,
    It ain't the Olympics, mate!
    Those 4 restaurants only cater for a few wealthy toffs, whilst the vast majority of the British plebs are still eating processed junk.

  • Saltycdogg

    22 April 2011 11:34AM

    It ain't the Olympics, mate!

    Surely it is like the olympics? Just because we can produce one or two guys who can run 100m in less than 10 seconds it doesn't mean the rest of us are fit and healthy.

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