The World’ 50 Best Restaurants 2018 awards, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, saw 23 countries across six continents honoured with a place on the list, which culminated with the announcement of the No.1 restaurant in the world – chef patron Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy.
“We applaud all those involved in this list of inspiring restaurants, which is constantly redrawing and reflecting the global gastronomic map. We are also thrilled to see Osteria Francescana return to the top spot in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking this year,” said William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Osteria Francescana, which previously held the No.1 position in 2016, was joined in the top three by El Celler de Can Roca (No.2), in Girona, Spain, and Mirazur (No.3), in Menton, France.
The country with the most restaurants on the list is Spain, with seven, including three in the top 10: El Celler de Can Roca (No.2); Mugaritz (No.9) and Asador Etxebarri (No.10). The USA follows closely with six restaurants on the list, including last year’s winner Eleven Madison Park in New York (No.4).
France has five restaurants on the list, with two in the top 10: Mirazur in Menton (No.3) and Arpège (No.8) in Paris, and the UK and Italy are represented by four restaurants each. Peru, with three restaurants in the list, includes two in the top seven alone: Central (No.6) and Maido (No.7), both in Lima.
Having received the Miele One To Watch Award in 2017, Disfrutar in Barcelona continues its rise by winning the 2018 Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles, debuting at No.18. Meanwhile Den, in Tokyo, Japan, picks up the 2018 Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Lavazza, having jumped from No.45 to No.17 in just one year.
The full list of all the winners that made it to this year’s 50 Best Restaurants can be seen here: