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The Hotly Anticipated “World’s 50 Best Restaurants List” is Out, and Not Everyone is Happy

The Hotly Anticipated “World’s 50 Best Restaurants List” is Out, and Not Everyone is Happy: Spain's El Celler de Can Roca

Spain's El Celler de Can Roca

As far as restaurant rankings/lists go, the annual “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” is supposedly the ultimate guide to ridiculously good dining around the world. But each year it continues to drum up controversy, spouting debates about the real impact the list has on the restaurant business to how it’s just downright rigged.

According to Restaurant Magazine, a British food industry publication who started putting together the list in 2002, Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca took the top honor for 2015, bumping last year’s victor Noma in Denmark all the way to the No. 3 spot. Another Spain hot spot, Asador Etxebarri, moved up 21 places in the ranking.

There weren’t that many surprises to the list (as expected), but newcomers to the top 50 include Shanghai’s Ultra Violet and Moscow’s White Rabbit, getting Russia back on the list (I smell a bribe). And yeah, there’s only one American restaurant in the top 10, with New York’s Eleven Madison at No. 5, down 1 spot from last year. San Fransisco’s Coi didn’t make the cut this year, and neither did New York’s Daniel. Maybe next year U.S.A?

Take a look at the rest of the list and see if any of your favorites made the list, or didn’t:

  1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  3. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. Central, Lima, Peru
  5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
  6. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  7. Dinner, London, UK
  8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  9. D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
  10. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
  11. Mirazur, Menton, France
  12. L'Arpége, Paris, France
  13. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
  14. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
  15. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  16. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  17. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
  18. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
  19. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
  20. The Ledbury, London, UK
  21. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
  22. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
  23. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
  24. Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China
  25. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
  26. Alinea, Chicago, USA
  27. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  28. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
  29. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
  30. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  31. Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden
  32. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
  33. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
  34. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
  35. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  36. L'Astrance, Paris, France
  37. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
  38. Amber, Hong Kong, China
  39. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain
  40. Per Se, New York, USA
  41. Mani, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  42. Borago, Santiago, Chile (a tie)
  43. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain (a tie)
  44. Maido, Lima, Peru
  45. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
  46. Restaurant Andre, Singapore,
  47. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
  48. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
  49. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocanto Hills, USA
  50. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA

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