The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2016 - the complete list

The San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant list is the restaurant world's nearest equivalent to the Oscars. Every year hundreds of restaurant experts - all 'well-travelled restaurant commentators, chefs or restaurateurs’ vote for their favourite restaurants.

Here are 2016's Top 10 restaurants - with some explanation as to why they're considered to be at the top of their game. as well as the rest of the top 50 and the notable British entries. And we round up more about the big winners of the night in here.  


Osteria Francescana

No. 1: Osteria Francescana

Where in the world? Modena, Italy
What's so great about it?
Chef Massimo Bottura's playful approach to food often begins with childhood memories. His family's favourite dish of eggs and prosciutto is transformed into a single faultless disc of tortelloni filled with prosciutto. Another key dish here is the five ages and textures of Parmesan and then there's his take on the Magnum - a fois gras parfait lolly on a stick covered with hazlenuts. This restaurant is never stuffy and always great fun. Reservations open three months in advance.

For more info: Osteria Francescana website



No. 2: El Celler de Can Roca

Where in the world? Girona, Spain
What's so great about it? Run by a trio of brothers, head chef Joan Roca, maitre d’ and head sommelier Josep and pastry chef Jordi, El Celler de Can Roca is a restaurant with its own lab, which has helped it come up with concepts such as perfume cooking. "The genius of Can Roca is serving food that is astonishingly inventive yet still feels Catalan," says UK food blogger Chris Pople. Yep, it's pretty bloody hard to get  table here, but if you are wanting to have a go, tables are released at midnight CET [Central European Time] on the first day of evey month.

For more info: El Celler de Can Roca website



Eleven Madison Park

No. 3: Eleven Madison Park

Where in the world? Manhattan, New York, USA
What's so great about it?
Chef Daniel Humm and GM Will Guidara continue to innovate - maître d' Justin Roller hit the headlines last year when his practice of Googling diners ahead of their meal was revealed in a story in New York magazine. EMP's cosseting but informal approach to service is where it's at. It will cost you though. The tasting menu is now a cool $295. Hot Dinners' set lunch there was a highlight of a previous trip to New York.

For more info: Eleven Madison Park website




No 4: Central

Where in the world? Lima, Peru
What's so great about it?
Chef Virgilio Martinez - who also owns Lima in London - is all about discovering and championing local ingredients, whether from the lower Andes or the coastline of Peru. Each dish on the menu features the altitude its key ingredient can be found. How about Valley of the Trees, featuring carob, avocado and cactus from 230m? For the past two years Central has also taken the top slot in the Latin America's 50 Best Restaurant list.
For more info: Central website




No. 5: Noma

Where in the world? Copenhagen, Denmark
What makes it the best?
Chef René Redzepi's restaurant on the waterfront in Copenhagen topped the list for three years running before El Celler de Can Roca first ousted them in 2013. People love it for a whole raft of reasons, from the genuinely thrilling food of ultra seasonality and locality to the personal touches which means chefs serve the dishes they've worked on to you personally. It's been a year with a difference for Redzepi - the whole restaurant decamped to Australia for ten weeks - and Redzepi announced that the restaurant in its current form will close at the end of 2016, to reopen at some point in 2017 in a new building in Christiania.

For more info: Noma website




No 6: Mirazur

Where in the world? Menton, France
What's so great about it?
This two Michelin-starred restaurant in Menton, France is run by Mauro Colagreco who hails originally from Argentina. The restuarant itself couldn't be in a prettier position, hugging the hill and looking out over the Riviera. The restaurant has an extensive vegetable garden where Maura grows produce from South America as well as fruit native to the area here.

For more info: Mirazur website




No. 7: Mugaritz

Where in the world? San Sebastián, Spain
What's so great about it?
You've got to want to try the cuisine of any chef who's so into his food he's willing to spend two years of his life studying the chemistry of coagulation in order to produce the perfect poached egg. Mugaritz was opened by chef Andoni Aduriz in 1998, and caused quite a stir when it leapt into the no 10 position in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2006. We tried his food when Andoni made a trip to the UK, including the famed edible stones.

For more info: Mugaritz website




No 8. Narisawa

Where in the world? Tokyo, Japan
What's so great about it?
Having trained under the likes of Paul Bocuse and Joel Robuchon it's fair to say that chef Yoshihiro Narisawa hasn't taken the traditional path of a celebrated Japanese chef. "Guests should fall under a spell" he declares in his mission statement, "They should not only be eating a meal, they should absorb life itself." So when you visit, you're signing up for a 10 course tasting menu that should pretty much rock your world. Dinner is currently a shade under £200. They take bookings two months in advance.

For more info: Narisawa website




No 9: Steirereck

Where in the world? Vienna, Austria
What's so great about it?
Unusually for somewhere on the list you can actually go a carte at this Viennese restaurant, although most folk will opt for the tasting menu (currently 132 euros for 6 courses and 142 euros for 7). Expect to find such challenging combinations as Calf´s Brain with Medlar, Mustard Pickle & Chupetinho on that menu by chef Heinz Reitbauer. The good news is that it's relatively bookable - we were able to find a midweek lunch next month without too much bother. 

For more info: Steirereck website



Asador Extebarri

No 10: Asador Extebarri

Where in the world? Atxondo, Spain
What's so great about it?
A new entry into the top 10, located between Bilbao and Spanish food mecca San Sebastian, this is wood-fired barbecue like you've never had it before. Its chef Victor Arguinzoniz is a local and his kitchen is all built by himself. Victor has his own buffalo grazing nearby and serves up produce from his garden too. It'll knock you back 135 Euros for dinner here.

For more info: Asador Extebarri website



World's 50 best restaurants 2016: 11 - 50


  • 11: DOM, Sao Paolo
  • 12: Quintonil, Mexico
  • 13: Lima, Peru
  • 14: The Ledbury - London
  • 15: Alinea, Chicago
  • 16: Azurmendi - Spain
  • 17: Piazza Duomo - Alba, Italy
  • 18: White Rabbit - Moscow
  • 19: L'Arpege, Paris
  • 20: Amber, Hong Kong
  • 21: Arzak - San Sebastián, Spain
  • 22: Test Kitchen - Cape Town
  • 23: Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 24: Le Bernadin, New York
  • 25: Pujol - Mexico City, Mexico
  • 26: The Clove Club, London England
  • 27: Saison, SF
  • 28: Geranium, Copenhagen
  • 29: Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
  • 30: Astrid Y Gaston, Lima, Peru
  • 31: RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
  • 32: Restaurant Andre, Singapore
  • 33: Attica, Melbourne, Australia
  • 34: Tim Raue, Berlin
  • 35: Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  • 36: Borago, Santiago, Chile
  • 37: Nahm, Bankok, Thailand
  • 38: De Librije, Netherlands
  • 39: Le Calandre - Rubano, Italy
  • 40: Relae, Copenhagen
  • 41: Faviken, Sweden
  • 42: Ultraviolet, Shanghai
  • 43: Biko, Polanco, Mexico
  • 44: Estela - New York, USA
  • 45: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - London, England
  • 46: Combal Zero, Rivoli Italy
  • 47: Schloss Schauenstein - Switzerland (down 5)
  • 48: Blue Hill Farm - New York, USA
  • 49: Quique Dacosta - Denia, Spain
  • 50: Septime, Paris, France

Notable UK entries in the top 51 - 100 are in bold below:

  • 51: Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 52: Per Se, New York, USA
  • 53: Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
  • 54: The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium NEW ENTRY
  • 55: Nerua, Bilbao, Spain
  • 56: Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 57: L’Astrance, Paris, France
  • 58: Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
  • 59: Martín Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain
  • 60:  Hedone, London, UK (no change)
  • 61: Maaemo, Oslo, Norway
  • 62: La Grenouillère, La Madelaine Sous Montreuil, France RE-ENTRY
  • 63: Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
  • 64: Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil NEW ENTRY
  • 65=: Brae, Birregurra, Australia
  • 65=:  Lyle’s, London, UK NEW ENTRY
  • 67: The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, USA
  • 68: Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 69: Epicure, Paris, France NEW ENTRY
  • 70: Burnt Ends, Singapore, Singapore NEW ENTRY
  • 71: Daniel, New York, USA
  • 72: Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris,France NEW ENTRY
  • 73: Hertog Jan, Bruges, Belgium
  • 74: Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
  • 75: Twins, Moscow, Russia NEW ENTRY
  • 76: La Colombe, Cape Town, South Africa RE-ENTRY
  • 77: Den, Tokyo, Japan NEW ENTRY
  • 78: Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 79: Diverxo, Madrid, Spain
  • 80: L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon Paris, Paris, France
  • 81: Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York, USA NEW ENTRY
  • 82: Hajime, Osaka, Japan
  • 83: Manresa, Los Gatos, USA
  • 84: Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy NEW ENTRY
  • 85: The French Laundry, Yountville, USA
  • 86: 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
  • 87: Indian Accent, New Delhi, India
  • 88: Die Schwarzwaldstube, Baiersbronn, Germany RE-ENTRY
  • 89=: Benu, San Francisco, USA NEW ENTRY
  • 89=: Zuma, Dubai, UAE
  • 91:  St John, London, UK (up 1)
  • 92: Quintessence, Tokyo, Japan NEW ENTRY
  • 93: Daniel Berlin, Skåne Tranås, Sweden NEW ENTRY
  • 94: Bras, Laguiole, France
  • 95: L’Effervescence, Tokyo, Japan
  • 96: Cosme, New York, USA NEW ENTRY
  • 97: Momofuku Ko, New York, USA
  • 98: Quay, Sydney, Australia
  • 99: La Petite Maison, Dubai, UAE RE-ENTRY
  • 100: Chestnaya Kuhnya, Moscow, Russia NEW ENTRY

For more best restaurants, check out our own Top 40, London's Best Restaurants