The highly anticipated list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was revealed on Tuesday 20th June at a live awards ceremony held at Valencia’s stunning City of Arts and Sciences, with the world’s best chefs, esteemed food media and leading foodies in attendance.
The 21st edition of the annual ranking features restaurants across 24 territories in five continents and 12 brand-new entries. Explore the list in 50 photos and find out which venue has been crowned No.1, taking home the trophy for The World’s Best Restaurant 2023, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
No.50 The Chairman
Winner of the No.1 spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021, this Chinese eatery celebrates Cantonese cuisine at its best. Freshness is the anthem that leads to its success, as well as sourcing ingredients from both renowned producers around the country and its own organic farm in Sheung Shui.
No.49 Rosetta – NEW ENTRY
Located in an old mansion in a popular neighbourhood of Mexico City, Rosetta combines Mexican ingredients with indigenous and modern cooking techniques. The restaurant is led by the visionary Elena Reygadas, who was voted as The World’s Best Female Chef 2023.
No.48 La Grenouillère – NEW ENTRY
Chef Alexandre Gauthier is the director of the orchestra that diners can see ‘playing’ in La Grenouillère’s spectacular open kitchen. The staff of this bold and creative restaurant, set on an old farm, sources only local ingredients, especially from the nearby coastline of the Côte d’Opale. The result: colourful and delicious dishes that conquer customers at first sight and with every bite.
Mayta means “noble land” in Aymara, a native language spoken by some Peruvian indigenous communities. Jaime Pesaque’s flagship restaurant is an ode to Peru and its cuisine is based on flavours and preparations inspired by memory and history, brought together with a modern twist.
No.46 Orfali Bros Bistro – NEW ENTRY
Mohammad Orfali is the head chef of Orfali Bros Bistro, as well as the leading voice and energetic guiding force in this family affair. A mix of ingredients, techniques, traditions and influences from across the world can be found in the dishes, informing this original take on Mediterranean cuisine.
No.45 Nobelhart & Schmutzig
Apart from its exquisite menu, two particularities make this venue special: its self-description as ‘Germany’s most political restaurant’, committed to serving only ingredients from the greater Berlin region; and its strict no-photos policy to encourage all guests to disconnect from everyday life and immerse themselves in the dining experience.
No.44 Le Bernardin
Textures and colours are the most prominent elements in Eric Ripert’s fish temple. The restaurant, first opened in Paris in 1972 and then in New York in 1986, offers a large selection of seafood prepared with simplicity, yet incredible delicacy. The famous four-course menu is divided into sections: almost raw, barely touched, lightly cooked, and – of course – desserts.
Leonor Espinosa, The World’s Best Female Chef 2022, leads the kitchen of this Colombian restaurant that celebrates the country’s diversity. The menu offers a culinary trip around the Amazon rainforest, Andean highlands and the Pacific coastline. All the dishes are perfectly paired with the exceptional beverage options carefully selected by Laura Hernández, a trained sommelier as well as Leo’s daughter.
No.42 Piazza Duomo
Enrico Crippa’s inventive menus are based on raw or fermented vegetables taken from the restaurant’s farm. He combines flavours, colours, textures and aromas, and turns them into delicious and stunning Italian dishes, wowing guests from the starters until the last spoon of the delicate and artistic desserts.
No.41 Le Calandre
Set in an unexpected location in the small town of Rubano, this Italian restaurant has something to offer to every diner. Those who prefer to savour the signature recipes can opt for the classic menu, which includes risotto “Passi d’Oro” and smoked tagliolini. For the adventurous, chef Massimiliano Alajmo prepares two other experimental menus, with dishes such as crispy strawberry focaccia and rabbit ravioli.
No.40 Restaurant Tim Raue
The eponymous restaurant of the charismatic Berlin chef, Tim Raue, serves up a fusion of flavours inspired by Japan, Thailand and China. Raue has long advocated dishes that release energy to the body instead of stressing it, so there are no supplements such as bread, pasta or rice. Refined sugar, dairy products and gluten are also absent – but not so are flavour or flair.
No.39 The Jane
Located on the site of a former military hospital dating back to the 19th century, The Jane has been re-fitted to feel like a true temple to gastronomy and is no doubt among the most architecturally beautiful restaurants in the world. Chef-owner Nick Bril enlivens all senses with a menu that is mostly composed of (raw) fish and shellfish.
No.38 The Clove Club
At The Clove Club, Scottish chef Isaac McHale curates an interpretation of “modern British” cuisine, bringing together fresh products from all over the United Kingdom and playfully combining natural flavours with tradition.
No.37 Sézanne – NEW ENTRY
British chef Daniel Calvert helms this regionally inspired French restaurant located on the seventh floor of Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Maronouchi. The restaurant’s immaculate design resonates with the menu, which is crafted with a light touch and plated with precision.
No.36 Plénitude – NEW ENTRY
Boasting stunning views of the Seine, this 26-seat restaurant serves two seasonal tastings: ‘Symphony’ and ‘Sail Away Together’, the latter of which allows guests to compose their own menu. All dining options include broths, vinaigrettes, creams, veloutés and all the essential sauces of classic French cuisine.
Having both worked in finance, friends Jeremy Chan and Iré Hassan-Odukale launched Ikoyi in 2017 with little formal training between them. Four years later, they won the One To Watch Award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021. Their category-breaking restaurant has a special focus on sub-Saharan West Africa and is popular for its smoked jollof rice.
Uliassi is set in a stunning white wooden structure overlooking the sea, with an iconic summer balcony. Chef Mauro and sister Catia Uliassi welcome guests from all over the world with big smiles and a mix between classic and modern Italian dishes.
No.33 El Chato – NEW ENTRY
This contemporary Colombian bistro, led by chef Álvaro Clavijo, pays homage to the producers it works with and applies global techniques to highlight local ingredients. The imaginative seasonal menus may include yucca arepa, chicken hearts, mussels with coconut rice, or Paletero beef with ‘culona’ ants béarnaise.
No.32 Hiša Franko
Ana Roš, named The World’s Best Female Chef in 2017, works with Slovenian traditions, crafting tasting menus that highlight seasonality in Kobarid in the green Soča Valley – the remote yet breathtakingly beautiful town where the restaurant is located.
Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, winner of the Icon Award 2023, founded Mugaritz in 1998 and his creative and experimental cuisine has become one of the world’s most admired, as well as of the most boundary-pushing. The bold menu won’t leave anyone indifferent.
Frantzén’s food is a unique hybrid of Nordic cuisine that marries classic and modern techniques inspired by local and international tradition with Asian notes. Björn Frantzén started out as a chef in the Swedish army before working in London and Paris and opening his flagship in 2008.
Boragó, which was founded in 2006 by Chilean chef Rodolfo Guzmán, is deeply rooted in Mapuche culture and showcases the bounty that Chile has to offer. The fresh ingredients that make up the seasonal menu come from coastlines, mountain tops, or even the restaurant’s nearby orchard.
No.28 Kjolle – NEW ENTRY
Kjolle is Pía León’s first solo restaurant, where she experiments with new styles and lets her gastronomic instincts run wild. The team spend months researching the best ways to use each part of the ingredient to create the least possible amount of waste, while maximising flavour.
Hiroyasu Kawate’s cooking has a distinctly Japanese flavour, thanks to his emphasis on hyper-seasonality and love of local products. Burned wood may be paired with matte-black fritters of aubergine that blend in with the background.
No.26 Schloss Schauenstein
Opened in 2003 in Fürstenau, the smallest town in the world, Schloss Schauenstein features a romantic locale and a fine-tuned menu that make it a destination-dining experience worth making a trip for. Andreas Caminada creates menus that enrich the senses, with dishes like trout with kohlrabi and dill, and deer cooked with wine and yoghurt.
This legendary Lisbon establishment opened its doors as a men’s club in 1958 and got a new life when chef José Avillez took the helm in 2012. Under his culinary navigation, the restaurant has progressed to become the finest in Portugal.
This relaxed, rustic yet cool restaurant opened its doors more than a decade ago at the hands of Chef Bertrand Grébaut. The fair pricing is one of the biggest charms of the modern French eatery, offering a 5-course menu for $85 at lunch and seven courses at dinner for $150.
No.23 Kol – NEW ENTRY
Mexican chef Santiago Lastra launched Kol in late 2020 with a vision to produce authentic Mexican food using predominantly British ingredients. He developed innovative replacements for Latin American produce – like sea buckthorn in place of lime – giving a distinctly UK touch to his cuisine.
What started as an innovative solution for a huge turbot that did not fit on the grill became a fundamental element of success for this family business: Elkano’s whole-grilled fish is now iconic. With chef Pedro Arregi at the helm, the restaurant is a voyage around exquisite marine flavours.
Charismatic chef Zaiyu Hasegawa’s Japanese restaurant gained popularity for its welcoming atmosphere and original, humorous and satisfying cuisine. In the innovative menu, expect foie gras in the savoury monaka appetisers, an ant or two in the classic 20-ingredient Den salad, and all kinds of surprises in the now-signature Dentucky Fried Chicken wings.
No.20 Quique Dacosta
Valencian chef Quique Dacosta is always on the hunt for new dishes that dance along with the seasonality of his ingredients. The most recent menu iteration, launched in April 2023, is called ‘Por Amor al Arte’ (for the love of art) and promises an experience that ‘seeks emotion in the most essential beauty’, embracing the region and celebrating harmony, flavours, fantasy and the avant-garde.
No.19 Don Julio
This paradise for steak lovers, owned by renowned sommelier and restaurateur Pablo Rivero, serves pretty much every part of the cow. However, Rivero recommends ordering house cuts like bife de cuadril (rump steak) and entraña (skirt steak). Match the homemade charcuterie with a glass (or bottle) of delightful Malbec.
Chef Heinz Reitbauer, who has been at the helm of this family-owned restaurant for almost 20 years, has forged a unique culinary identity which is heavily research-driven, sustainable and, of course, delicious.
No.17 Gaggan Anand – NEW ENTRY
The menu of this progressive Indian restaurant with a fine dining twist is inspired by music, colours and creativity. From using emojis to represent each of the courses to pushing diners to eat with their hands or even lick the plate, chef Gaggan Anand wants to disrupt and reinvent fine dining.
Castel di Sangro
Reale pays a lot of attention to the world of plants and its cuisine aims to surprise diners with practically every bite. The food is the result of extensive technical research, with each ingredient’s potential nuances examined in detail to determine how best to combine it.
No.15 Le Du – NEW ENTRY
Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn’s flagship, Le Du, takes its name from the Thai word for season and was named No.1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023. The modern Thai-inspired eatery showcases the agricultural bounty of the country and its long-standing culinary traditions.
A modern French eatery founded by Chef Julien Royer in 2015, Odette is strongly based on French cuisine, but the Asian influence is also evident in dishes such as Kampot pepper-crusted pigeon or Kyoto miso glazed endive. Royer is crowned with the Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award 2023, while his venue is also named The Best Restaurant in Asia at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023.
Founded by Chef Enrique Olvera more than 20 years ago, Pujol features an innovative proposal rooted in indigenous, high-quality ingredients and Mexican cuisine’s diverse techniques, adding a modern twist to traditional recipes and serving them in the most elegant way possible.
No.12 A Casa do Porco
A Casa do Porco is named for its focus on pork in all its forms, with a tasting menu and à la carte that uses every part of the pig. In recent years, it has adapted to changing dietary requirements, introducing a vegetarian menu that tastes as good as the original.
No.11 Trèsind Studio – NEW ENTRY
Starting in 2018 as an experimental chef’s table-style concept as part of high-volume modern Indian restaurant Trèsind, in 2022 Trèsind Studio opened atop the Nakheel Mall in The Palm area of Dubai. This year, the eatery takes home the trophy for The Best Restaurant in Middle East & Africa for the first time.
No.10 Table by Bruno Verjus – NEW ENTRY
An open kitchen and a long counter designed like a wave are the setting for Table (pronounced in the French way). An iconic dessert with chocolate, capers and caviar is just one of many original dishes that can be found in this restaurant led by Bruno Verjus, who describes himself as art director and food curator. The eatery receives the trophy for the Highest New Entry 2023, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles.
Quintonil is the setting for chef Jorge Vallejo’s boundary-pushing Mexican cuisine and his wife Alejandra Flores’ remarkable hospitality. Focused on fresh, local produce and traditional Mexican flavours and techniques weaved into modern preparations, it is fast becoming a classic.
This 14-seat counter spot on the edge of Koreatown in Manhattan is proving that quality overcomes quantity. Rising 25 spots in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Atomix earns the Villa Massa Highest Climber Award 2023 and becomes The Best Restaurant in North America.
No.7 Lido 84
The cuisine of this inventive Italian restaurant set on a picturesque lake is the result of years of extensive research into local ingredients, old recipe books and international cooking techniques. Riccardo and Giancarlo Camanini give diners the opportunity to experience Italian food in a completely novel way.
In Japanese, ‘maido’ means ‘welcome’, a greeting that the team gives to each and every diner entering this Japanese restaurant with Peruvian heart. Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura is the chef and tour guide on this trip around the two countries, where he combines techniques from both into Nikkei cuisine.
When visiting Alchemist, be prepared for a journey unlike anything else you’ve experienced in a restaurant. The theatrical experience is divided into multiple ‘acts’ taking the guests through different locations, types of art and extraordinary craftsmanship, guided by head chef and mastermind Rasmus Munk. Food is more than food here, and this is part of the reason the venue is bestowed the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award 2023.
No.4 Asador Etxebarri
Set in a quiet Basque village surrounded by mountains and greenery somewhere between Bilbao and San Sebastian, Asador Etxebarri is a true destination restaurant where the ingredient is king and the cooking process is led by the grill. Everything is touched by chef and owner Victor Arguinzoniz’s flames, from anchovy on toast to milk ice cream with beetroot.
Chef Dabiz Muñoz enjoys pushing gastronomic boundaries as much as possible and his 12-course menu is a clear demonstration of this. XO tapas of roasted baby octopus with jamón essence start the theatrical journey through the Spanish chef’s creations, which may end with a sweet touch of mochi bonbons with Thai-style dulce de leche and finger lime.
The collective creation of Chefs Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas produces food that surprises and delights in equal measure, using modern techniques and pristine ingredients that challenge traditional preconceptions of fine dining, resulting in one of the world’s most immersive culinary experiences.
Virgilio Martínez founded Central in 2008 and Pía León joined him one year later with a mission to create a fine dining experience rooted in Peruvian ingredients and cooking techniques. In 2018, they moved Central to a spacious building in Lima where diners can enjoy a trip through 15 different Peruvian ecosystems, categorised by altitude – from 15 metres under the Pacific Ocean to 4,200 metres up in the Andes.
Each dish on the menu reflects the origin of its ingredients, from Dry Valley (shrimp, loche squash, avocado) to Amazonian Water (pacu fish, watermelon and coca leaf). Voted No.1 in this year’s list, Central is crowned The World’s Best Restaurant 2023, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.
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