The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 unveiled in Valencia!
Author: Birgitte Brøndum
Chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, and all other foodies worldwide have been eagerly anticipating one of the most exciting events in the gastronomic calendar — the unveiling of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023, this year in Valencia. Now the entire list is finally here!
And now, it’s time to celebrate the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023! Join us in our gastronomic celebrations and discover the extraordinary dining establishments that have captivated a panel of over 1,000 culinary experts, including esteemed chefs, food writers, and restaurant critics.
How are the World’s 50 Best Restaurants selected?
The voting process for The World’s 50 Best Restaurantsinvolves 1,080 international restaurant industry experts. These well-travelled gourmets provide their opinions and experiences to help select the best restaurants worldwide. However, former No.1 restaurants are not eligible, and strict voting rules are in place.
The process is independently assessed by Deloitte, and the list is divided into 27 regions, each with its own voting panel. Panellists must have dined at the nominated restaurants within the last 18 months.
The Best of the Best group honours iconic restaurants that have achieved the No.1 position in the past and are therefore excluded from future rankings:
El Bulli, Spain (voted No.1 in 2002, 2006-2009)
The French Laundry, USA (2003-2004)
The Fat Duck, United Kingdom (2005)
Noma, Denmark (2010-2012, 2014, 2021)
El Celler de Can Roca, Spain (2013, 2015)
Osteria Francescana, Italy (2016, 2018)
Eleven Madison Park, USA (2017)
Mirazur, France (2019)
Geranium, Denmark (2022)
The definition of greatness: What makes these restaurants the best?
Restaurants included in the 50-best list are not bound by specific benchmarks or the need to have won previous food awards or prizes. Any restaurant that has been open during the voting period is eligible. Essentially, it’s the individual voter who decides what qualifies as a great restaurant.
Naturally, their attention and taste buds are focused on the quality of the food and service. However, ambience, decor, and surroundings also play a role, but the extent to which these factors influence the final decision depends on the voter’s personal experience.
The unveiling of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants
The highly anticipated award ceremony for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 took place last night in Valencia, Spain. Held at the magnificent City of Arts and Sciences, an architectural masterpiece by Santiago Calatrava, the event celebrated the pinnacle of global gastronomy. Representatives from the top 100 restaurants gathered for the occasion, which is often referred to as the Oscars of the culinary world.
Adding to the excitement, the event was live-streamed, allowing viewers from all over the world to follow the unfolding of this remarkable culinary celebration.
Notable Contenders: Restaurants Ranked from 100 to 51
Before we dive into the much-anticipated unveiling of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the exceptional restaurants that secured spots on the esteemed list from 100 to 51.
Across 22 destinations, this collection of restaurants represents some of the most esteemed dining establishments worldwide. On the list, you’ll encounter exciting new entries from vibrant culinary scenes like Istanbul, Quito, Singapore, and many other places.
The list of The World’s 100 to 51 best restaurants:
100: Maito – NEW Panama City, Panama
99: Fu He Hui Shanghai, China
98: Saison – REENTRY San Francisco, USA
97: Labyrinth – NEW Singapore, Republic of Singapore
96: Ricard Camarena Restaurant – NEW Valencia, Spain
95: Ceto – NEW Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
94: La Colombe Cape Town, South Africa
93: Kei – NEW Paris, France
92: Neighborhood Hong Kong, China
91: Kadeau – REENTRY Copenhagen, Denmark
90: Wing Hong Kong, China
89: Mingles Seoul, South Korea
88: Potong – NEW Bangkok, Thailand
87: Ossiano – NEW Dubai, United Arab Emirates
86: Lyle’s London, United Kingdom
85: Enrico Bartolini – NEW Milan, Italy
84: Meta Singapore, Republic of Singapore
83: Sazenka Tokyo, Japan
82: Enigma – REENTRY Barcelona, Spain
81: Azurmendi Larrabetzu, Spain (Basque Country)
80: Flocons de Sel Megève, France
79: Nuema – NEW Quito, Ecuador
78: Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen Paris, France
77: Tantris Munich, Germany
76: Oteque Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
75: Fyn Cape Town
74: Nusara – NEW ENTRY Bangkok, Thailand
73: Cosme New York, USA
72: Sühring Bangkok, Thailand
71: Core by Clare Smyth – REENTRY London, United Kingdom
70: Sud 777 Mexico City, Mexico
69: Zén Singapore, Republic of Singapore
68: SingleThread Healdsburg, USA
67: Le Clarence Paris, France
66: Turk Fatih Tutak – NEW Istanbul, Turkey
65: Burnt Ends Singapore, Republic of Singapore
64: Aponiente – REENTRY El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain
Here is the full list of the 50 best restaurants in the world!
“It gives me great pleasure to share the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 and celebrate the fantastic achievement of Central as the new No.1. Virgilio Martinez, Pía León, and the whole Central team have truly paved the way in celebrating indigenous ingredients through their innovative dishes and warm hospitality.” – William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants
With his words, we move on to list we’ve all been waiting for. From renowned dining institutions to rising stars, these restaurants represent the true heart of the gastronomic passion, talent and innovation that keeps the culinary industry alive year after year!
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023
50: The Chairman, Hong Kong
49: Rosetta, Mexico City, Mexico
48: La Grenouillère, Montreuil-sur-Mer, France
47: Mayta, Lima, Peru
46: Orfali Bros Bistro, Dubai, UAE
45: Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin, Germany
44: Le Bernardin, New York, USA
43: Leo, Bogata, Colombia
42: Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
41: Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
40: Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
39: The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
38: The Clove Club, London, UK
37: Sezanne, Tokyo, Japan
36: Plenitude, Paris, France
35: Ikoyi, London, UK
34: Uliassi, Senigallia, Italy
33: El Chato, Bogota, Colombia
32: Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
31: Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
30: Frantzen, Stockholm, Sweden
29: Boragó, Santiago, Chile
28: Kjolle, Lima, Peru
27: Florilege, Tokyo, Japan
26: Schloss Schanuenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
25: Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal
24: Septime, Paris, France
23: Kol, London, UK
22: Elkano, Getaria, Spain
21: Den, Tokyo, Japan
20: Restaurante Quique Dacosta, Alicante, Spain
19: Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina
18: Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
17: Gaggan Anand, Bangkok, Thailand
16: Reale, Castel del Sangro, Italy
15: Le Du, Bangkok, Thailand
14: Odette, Singapore
13: Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
12: A Casa do Porco, São Paulo, Brazil
11: Tresind Studio, Dubai, UAE
10: Table, Paris, France
9: Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
8: Atomix, New York
7: Lido 84, Gardone Riviera, Italy
6: Maido, Lima, Peru
5: Alechmist, Copenhagen, Denmark
4: Asador Extebarri, Bizkaia, Spain
3: DiverXO, Madrid, Spain
2: Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain
1: Central, Lima, Peru
Let the culinary celebrations continue throughout the summer, and even after the award season ends, we’ll be here cheering for all the restaurants that create incredible dining experiences for their guests every single day. We’re proud to be part of an industry that brings so much joy to so many people everywhere in the world.
If you’re curious about the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, you can find it here.