The award ceremony has taken place and the results are in. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has announced its winning line-up for this year’s top restaurants across the globe – and only two London restaurants made it to the top 50. 

Every year, the award ceremony takes place celebrating the diversity of the world’s culinary landscape. This year’s was unveiled in London on Monday 18th July and marked the 20th year of the celebration. 

The Clove Club made its way to number 25 on the list. Headed by Isaac McHale, the restaurant specialises in modern British cuisine, sourcing the finest English produce around. While London’s very own visionary restaurant, Ikoyi, made it to number 49 on the list! It’s celebrated for its innovative plates focusing on sub-Saharan West African cuisine and British micro-seasonality, crafted by Jeremy Chan. 

Wondering who topped the charts? Read on to find out the world’s 50 best restaurants…

1. Geranium, Copenhagen

Coming out on top, Geranium is a restaurant based in Copenhagen situated overlooking the Fælledparken gardens. The restaurant boasts a 20 (yes, 20!) course tasting menu, featuring a mix of appetisers, mains and sweet treats.  

Leading the way in the kitchen is Rasmus Kofoed, who recently helped move the restaurant into a meat-free dining space, now specialising in local seafood and ingredients grown at organic and biodynamic farms in Denmark and across Scandinavia. 

2. Central, Lima

Paying homage to its roots, Central in Lima champions the best of the Peruvian culture, from its landscapes and ingredients to its customs, traditions and history. The dishes served up accentuate this, offering an exciting range of fine ingredients from land and sea, from scallops and clams to pork belly and goat’s neck. 

Paying homage to its roots, Central in Lima champions the best of the Peruvian culture.

Sustainability is at the heart of the restaurant, with a big focus on educating guests on the ingredients used, drawing on over 100 plant species. 


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3. Disfrutar, Barcelona

Disfrutar, meaning ‘enjoy’ in Spanish, is the latest culinary masterpiece from chef trio, Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas and Eduard Xatruch. The restaurant specialises in Mediterranean delights, with the entryway of the space inspired by Barcelona, from its wrought iron and colourful ceramics. 

The tasting menu also embodies the Mediterranean spirit, with a range of options from the ‘classic’ creations made in house to their sensational wine pairing and offering that celebrates the festivals and season.

4. Diverxo, Madrid

One look at the DiverXO’s website and you might mistake it as some kind of strange art project, but look a little deeper and you’ll notice the remnants of the iconic Madrid restaurant. The brainchild of Dabiz Muñoz, this restaurant is anything but ordinary – think curtains draped in the centre of the restaurant, innovative flavour combinations and a real theatrical performance. There are even flying pigs hanging from the ceiling, displaying that anything is possible inside these walls.

5. Pujol, Mexico City

Founded by chef Enrique Olvera, Pujol is Mexico City’s must-visit destination for foodies. The restaurant is now headed up by Jesús Durón offering a sensational menu inspired by the Japanese omakase. There are plenty of Mexican flavours to be enjoyed too, from seasonally changing ingredients to their signature Mole Madre, Mole Nuevo.


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6. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo

Those holidaying in Spain this summer will want to bookmark this one. That is if you can get a table at this hotspot… 

The restaurant is renowned for its grilling techniques, proving that just about anything can be cooked on an open flame and resulting in a delicious taste. It’s also known for its natural ingredients and house-made offerings, from homemade chorizo and buffalo cheese to the dreamiest desserts around.

7. A Casa do Porco, São Paulo

With a name that translates to ‘House of the Pig’, you’d expect the restaurant to specialise in pork. And that’s exactly what it does! Utilising every aspect of the pig, look forward to a tasting menu and a la carte options. It’s super affordable, with tasting menus priced at $40 and a little hatch serves up toasted sandwiches for just $3. 

8. Lido 84, Gardone Riviera

Coming in at number eight is Lido 84. With breathtaking views over Lake Garda, this is a dreamy restaurant you won’t want to miss. Headed by Riccardo Camanini, look forward to a tasting menu and star dishes such as cacio e pepe en vessie.

The Rest

9. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico

10. Le Calandre, Sarmeola di Rubano, Italy

11. Maido, Lima, Peru

12. Uliassi, Senigallia, Italy

13. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria

14. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

15. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy

16. Elkano, Basque Country, Spain

17. Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin, Germany

18. Alchemist, Copenhagen, Denmark

19. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy

20. Den, Tokyo, Japan

21. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

22. Septime, Paris, France

23. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

24. The Chairman, Hong Kong

25. Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden

26. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany

27. Hof van Cleve, Kruisem, Belgium

28. Le Clarence, Paris, France

29. St Hubertus, Dolomites, Italy

30. Florilège, Tokyo, Japan

31. Arpège, Paris, France

32. Mayta, Lima, Peru

33. Atomix, New York City, USA

34. Hisa Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia

35. The Clove Club, London, UK

36. Odette, Singapore

37. Fyn, Cape Town, Africa

38. Jordnær, Copenhagen, Denmark

39. Sorn, Bangkok, Thailand

40. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland

41. La Cime, Osaka, Japan

42. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain

43. Boragó, Santiago, Chile

44. Le Bernardin, New York, USA

45. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan

46. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal

47. Oteque, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

48. Leo, Bogotá, Colombia

49. Ikoyi, London, UK

50. Singlethread, California, USA

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