World’s 50 best restaurants of 2012 Full List & address

For the third year in a row, Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been named the best restaurant in the world in 2012.

Ren Redzepi in Noma restaurant address

Ren Redzepi in Noma restaurant is top of the world's best 50 restaurants.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is organised by Restaurant Magazine and judged by more than 800 food critics, writers and chefs from around the globe. It is considered a guide to emerging trends in dining, honouring those on the forefront of culinary innovation. This year marks its 10th anniversary.

Denmark’s Noma continued to dominate the awards, which were announced in London early this morning, securing the top spot for the third year in a row.

The second and third places on this year’s ranking replicated those from 2011, going to two Spanish restaurants El Celler De Can Roca and Mugaritz. The latter’s chef, Andoni Luis Aduriz, won the chef’s choice award for 2012.

In the lead-up to the release of the list, two other awards were announced. Elena Arzak Espina from Spanish restaurant Arzak was named the best female chef. Her restaurant was judged the eighth best this year.

The US has eight restaurants in the top 50, and while New York and Paris each have five restaurants on the List, London only has two, on a level with Mexico City, San Sebastián, Stockholm and Tokyo.

Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner is this year’s highest new entry, going straight in at No 9 after its opening last February, the Michelin-starred chef’s other flagship restaurant, The Fat Duck, has slipped back from fifth place to 13th. Australian chef Brett Graham’s The Ledbury, in London’s Notting Hill, has climbed from 34th place to 14th.

Full List: World’s 50 best restaurants of 2012


1 Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen Denmark Rene Redzepi and the fanatical foragers at Noma retain their number 1 spot
2 El Celler de Can Roca , Girona, Spain Girona Spain The three brothers Roca hold their number 2 place
3 Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain San Sebastián Spain Mugaritz has two dégustation menus that change daily
4 D.O.M, Sao Paulo, Brazil Sao Paulo Brazil Chef Alex Atala scours the Amazon to pepper his menu with indigenous ingredients
5 Osteria Francescana , Modena, Italy Modena Italy Much of the food at Osteria Francescana takes its inspiration from the art world
6 Per Se, New York, USA New York USA Thomas Keller’s ‘urban interpretation’ of his French Laundry in California changes its menu daily
7 Alinia, Chicago, USA Chicago USA Grant Achatz is the second-highest placed US chef
8 Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain San Sebastián Spain If you like your food pretty, this is the place
9 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK London UK The highest new entry on this year’s list and the most highly placed UK restaurant
10 Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA New York USA This restaurant continues to climb, gaining 14 places on this year’s list
11 Steirereck, Vienna, Austria Vienna Austria A grand affair with a 35,000-strong wine list and stunning views over the river Wien
12 L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon, Paris, France Paris France With its emphasis on conviviality, L’Atelier moved Joël Robuchon from fine dining into fun dining
13 The Fat Duck, Bray, UK Bray UK Heston Blumenthal’s world-famous restaurant in Bray drops from 5th to 13th place
14 The Ledbury, London, UK London UK Brett Graham’s small but perfectly realised restaurant climbs 20 places on last year
15 Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France Paris France Le Chateaubriand is effortlessly cool but still fun
16 L’Arpège, Paris, France Paris France An elegant restaurant which serves no red meat
17 Pierre Gagnaire, Paris, France Paris France Still one of the most vaunted places to eat in the French capital
18 L’Astrance, Paris, France Paris France Pascal Barbot opened L’Astrance after making his name at Alain Passard’s L’Arpège
19 Le Bernadin, New York, USA New York USA Fish is the star of the show at Le Bernardin
20 Frantzén/Lindeberg, Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Sweden The second highest new entry in 2012
21 Oud Sluis, Sluis, Netherlands Sluis Netherlands Oud Sluis has served fresh fish and oysters for three generations
22 Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany Wolfsburg Germany Aqua’s home, the Wolfsburg Ritz-Carlton, overlooks Volkswagen’s Autostadt visitor attraction
23 Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany Bergisch Gladbach Germany Feast on simply prepared dishes that come thick and fast
24 Mirazur, Menton, France Menton France A magnificent view of the sea and an extensive vegetable garden characterise this restaurant on the French-Italian border
25 Daniel, New York, USA New York USA One of Manhattan’s most exquisite eating-out experiences
26 Iggy’s, Singapore, Singapore Singapore Singapore Climbing one place this restaurant continues to impress
27 Les Créations de Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Japan The highest placed Japanese restaurant on the list
28 Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Japan The menu at Nihonryori RyuGin is built around the seasons
29 Quay, Sydney, Australia Sydney Australia The home of Peter Gilmore’s ‘nature-based cuisine’
30 Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland Fürstenau Switzerland With only 26 covers, this is one of the smallest restaurants in the list
31 Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain Atxondo Spain Here, part chef, part blacksmith Victor Arguinzoniz deals almost exclusively in grilled food
32 Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy Rubano Italy Le Calandre represents contemporary Italian cooking’s middle ground
33 De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands Zwolle Netherlands Chef Jonnie Boer has built his 25-year career on a passion for local, seasonal ingredients
34 Fäviken, JärpenSweden Järpen Sweden The dishes here remain on the menu for a long time, slowly evolving into something entirely different to the original
35 Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru Lima Peru Gastón Acurio’s star continues to rise
36 Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico Mexico City Mexico Head chef Enrique Olvera cooks Mexican food ‘with soul’
37 Momofuku Ssäm Bar, New York, USA New York USA Pork takes a starring role at David Chang’s informal and buzzing restaurant
38 Biko, Mexico City, Mexico Mexico City Mexico A Mexican taste of techno-emotional Spanish cuisine
39 Waku Ghin, Singapore, Singapore The name is derived from two Japanese words: ‘Waku’ means to ‘arise’ and ‘Ghin’ means ‘silver’
40 Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain Denia Spain ‘Culinary Ecosystem’ is the word in this Spanish avant-garde kitchen
41 Mathias Dahlgren, Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Sweden An ever-changing menu reflects a philosophy of freshness and availability
42 Hof van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium Kruishoutem Belgium Chef-patron Peter Goossens lives and breathes local produce
43 The French Laundry, Yountville, USA Yountville USA An American restaurant with its inspiration in French country restaurants
44 Amber, Hong Kong, China Hong Kong China Amber is the signature restaurant of Hong Kong’s five-star Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel
45 Vila Joya, Albufeira, Portugal Albufeira Portugal Chef Dieter Koschina cooks slow food overlooking the Algarve coast
46 Il Canto, Siena, Italy Siena Italy Paolo Lopriore offers non-traditional food in a region with a fiercely protected culinary identity
47 Bras, Laguiole, France Laguiole France Michel Bras forages little-known herbs and vegetables and gently coaxes the best out of them
48 Manresa, Los Gatos, USA Los Gatos USA A showcase for the inventive cuisine of chef-proprietor David Kinch
49 Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen Denmark A kitchen on a mission to create meals that involve all the senses
50 Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok Thailand Serving authentic Thai food, this is David Thompson’s first restaurant in Bangkok
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