Get ready to plan your next culinary getaway, globetrotting gourmands, because The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 have just been announced. The annual restaurant ranking, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, was presented today at a ceremony held in Melbourne — only the second time the list has been unveiled outside of London since it was first created in 2002.

First things first: Italy’s Osteria Francescana, last year’s top winner, has been displaced by New York City’s Eleven Madison Park, where a wine-paired meal for two costs more than HK$7770. (This marks the first time since 2004 that an American restaurant has topped the list, the last being Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry.) El Celler de Can Roca, Mirazur, and Central round out the top five spots on this year’s list.

Out of the 50 winners, seven are located in Asia, with Bangkok’s Gaggan occupying the highest spot at #7. Other regional winners include Restaurant André (#14), Narisawa (#18), Amber (#24), Nahm (#28), Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (#41), and Den (#45, winner of last year’s One to Watch Award), all of which were featured on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 list.

Last week, the list of restaurants ranked 51–100 was released, which includes Tokyo’s Nihonryori RyuGin (#51), Singapore’s Burnt Ends (#52), Hong Kong’s 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana (#60) and Lung King Heen (#71), New Delhi’s Indian Accent (#78), Singapore’s Odette (#86), Seoul’s Mingles (#89), and Tokyo’s Sushi Saito (#97) and Florilège (#99).

The awards ceremony took place in Melbourne, Australia, the foodie capital of a nation that is increasingly becoming an essential destination for food and wine lovers. At the event, previously announced awards were handed out to chef Heston Blumenthal of The Fat Duck (2017 Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award), chef Ana Roš of Hiša Franko (World’s Best Female Chef Award 2017), and Barcelona restaurant Disfrutar (One to Watch Award 2017). Additional awards were given to Dominique Ansel, creator of the Cronut (World’s Best Pastry Chef Award 2017); and Septime (Sustainable Restaurant Award), El Celler de Can Roca (Art of Hospitality Award 2017), and Virgilio Martínez (Chefs’ Choice Award 2017).

Standing as a competitor of sorts to Michelin’s dining guides, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is compiled by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, comprised of more than 1000 members including chefs, restaurateurs, journalists, well-travelled gourmets, and other food experts. Over 10,000 votes are submitted to create the list each year, the release of which is a major event for the world’s leading restaurants. It goes without saying that the annual ceremony inspires a lot of debate from overeager foodies to outspoken critics of the list — and just about everyone in between who cares about the food world. Simply put, the list is controversial but highly influential.

You’ll find the full list of winners, from 1–100, below (we’ve boldfaced the names of all 16 restaurants in Asia).

  1. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA (Best Restaurant in North America)
  2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy (Best Restaurant in Europe)
  3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  4. Mirazur, Menton, France
  5. Central, Lima, Peru (Best Restaurant in South America)
  6. Asador Extebarri, Axpe, Spain
  7. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand (Best Restaurant in Asia)
  8. Maido, Lima, Peru
  9. Mugaritz, Errenteria, Spain
  10. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York, USA (Highest Climber Award)
  12. L’Arpege, Paris, France
  13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
  14. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
  15. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  16. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
  17. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
  18. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  19. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  20. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  21. Alinea, Chicago, USA
  22. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  23. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
  24. Amber, Hong Kong
  25. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
  26. The Clove Club, London, UK
  27. The Ledbury, London, UK
  28. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
  29. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
  30. Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
  31. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France (Highest New Entry Award)
  32. Attica, Melbourne, Australia (Best Restaurant in Australasia)
  33. Astrid, Lima, Peru
  34. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
  35. Septime, Paris, France (Sustainable Restaurant Award)
  36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, England
  37. Saison, San Francisco, USA
  38. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
  39. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
  40. Cosme, New York, USA
  41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
  42. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
  43. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy
  44. Brae, Birregurra, Australia
  45. Den, Tokyo, Japan
  46. L’Astrance, Paris, France
  47. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  48. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
  49. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  50. Hof van Cleve, Kruishotem, Belgium
  51. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
  52. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
  53. Burnt Ends, Singapore
  54. Lyle’s London, UK
  55. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain (Miele One to Watch Award 2017)
  56. Nerua, Bilbao, Spain
  57. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
  58. Momofuku Ko, New York, USA
  59. Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy
  60. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
  61. Hertog Jan, Bruges, Belgium
  62. Quique Decosta, Dénia, Spain
  63. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
  64. La Grenouillère, La Madelaine Sous Montreuil, France
  65. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
  66. Estela, New York, USA
  67. Benu, San Francisco, USA
  68. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA
  69. Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
  70. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
  71. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
  72. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
  73. La Colombe, Cape Town, South Africa
  74. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
  75. Sud777, Mexico City, Mexico
  76. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  77. Martín Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain
  78. Indian Accent, New Delhi, India
  79. Maaemo, Oslo, Norway
  80. Le Cinq, Paris, France
  81. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
  82. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York, USA
  83. Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, USA
  84. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, USA
  85. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal
  86. Odette, Singapore
  87. Per Se, New York, USA
  88. Selfie, Moscow, Russia
  89. Mingles, Seoul, South Korea
  90. Manresa, Los Gatos, USA
  91. St. John, London, UK
  92. Twins, Moscow, Russia
  93. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
  94. Kadeau, Copenhagen, Denmark
  95. Quay, Sydney, Australia
  96. Epicure, Paris, France
  97. Sushi Saito, Tokyo, Japan
  98. Hedone, London, UK
  99. Florilège, Tokyo, Japan
  100. Olympe, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Michael Alan Connelly
Head of Digital Content
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.