World’s Best Restaurant’s Announced

S. Pellegrino announces World's Best Restaurants

Stealing some of the Michelin Guides’ thunder, restaurant ratings upstart San Pellegrino has announced the 50 Best Restaurants in the World for 2011. For the second year in a row, Denmark’s NOMA gets the top spot. The Fat Duck (UK) gets the #5 spot and Chicago’s Grant Achatz takes #6. Thomas Keller weighs in at #10 with Per Se (giving a Twitter should to his pal, Daniel Boulud at #11), but The French Laundry doesn’t even crack the top 50. The list extends to 100 restaurants.

See who gets the nod and who doesn’t (El Bulli was a notable exclusion, though it’s closure seemed to be the main reason). Bay Area’s Manresa and Coi get nods. How many have you been to? Any you’re especially dying to try?

1 Noma, Denmark
2 El Celler de Can Roca, Spain (+2)
3 Mugaritz, Spain (+2)
4 Osteria Francescana, Italy (+2): Chef’s Choice
5 The Fat Duck, U.K. (-2)
6 Alinea, U.S. (+1) Best Restaurant North America
7  D.O.M., Brazil (+11) Best Restaurant South America
8 Arzak, Spain (+1)
9 Le Chateaubriand, France (+2)
10 Per Se, U.S (same as last year)
11 Daniel, U.S. (-3)
12 Les Creations de Narisawa, Japan (+12)
13 L’Astrance, France (+3)
14 L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, France (+15)
15 Hof van Cleve, Belgium ((+2)
16. Pierre Gagnaire, France (-3)
17 Oud Sluis Netherlands (+2)
18 Le Bernardin USA (-3)
19  L’Arpege France
20  Nihonryori RyuGin Japan (+28), Highest Climber
21 Vendome Germany (+1)
22  Steirereck Austria (-1)
23 Schloss Schauenstein Switzerland (+7)
24 Eleven Madison Park USA (+26)
25 Aqua Germany, (+9)
26 Quay Australia (+1)
27  Iggy’s Singapore  (+1)
28  Combal Zero Italy (+7)
29 Martin Berasategui Spain  (+4)
30  Bras France
31  Biko Mexico (+15)
32  Le Calandre Italy (-12)
33 Cracco Italy
34 New Entry The Ledbury UK Highest New Entry
35 Chez Dominique Finland   (-12)
36  Le Quartier Francais South Africa  (-5)
37 New Entry Amber China
38  Dal Pescatore Italy  (-2)
39  Il Canto Italy (+1)
40 Momofuku Ssam Bar USA  (-14)
41 St John UK  (+2)
42 New Entry Astrid Y Gaston Peru
43  Hibiscus UK   (+6)
44 — Maison Troisgros France
45  Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee France   (-4)
46  De Librije Netherlands   (-9)
47 Restaurant de l’Hotel De Ville Switzerland   (-33)
48 New Entry Varvary Russia
49 New Entry Pujol Mexico
50 Re-Entry Asador Etxebarri Spain

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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