Disfrutar in Barcelona named the best restaurant in the world by The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2024

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Barcelona’s Disfrutar, led by chef trio of Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas, has been named The World’s Best Restaurant 2024, with London restaurants Kol and Ikoyi also making the list.

London restaurant Kol moved into the top 20 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2024, at number 17 and up from 23 last year, while Ikoyi ranked 35th in last years list slipped down to 42 in 2024.

The full list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 was announced at a glittering ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas, highlighting global gastronomic talent with restaurants from 26 territories in five continents, with three restaurants entering the list for the first time.  

Disfrutar, led by chef trio of Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas, was crowned No.1 position taking over from the 2023 winner, Central, Lima, which is now elevated to the Best of the Best hall of fame.

Disfrutar is famed for modern techniques and beautiful ingredients, resulting in an experience that subverts traditional fine dining in a completely surprising way. The tasting menu showcases a Mediterranean identity with avant-garde flavours to deliver daring contemporary food that is truly thought-provoking.

Disfrutar is followed in the ranking by Asador Etxebarri (No.2) in Atxondo and Table by Bruno Verjus (No.3) in Paris. 

worlds 50 best restaurants 2024

William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, comments: “It is with great excitement that we announce the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and honour the iconoclastic Disfrutar as The World’s Best Restaurant. The team, led by Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas, has shown extraordinary dedication to its craft, amazing and delighting diners with every dish on its extensive menu. This year sees the culinary community celebrate a truly global list featuring restaurants across 26 territories, demonstrating that the appetite for diversity and excellence in hospitality shows no sign of waning.”  

World's 50 Best Restaurants 2024

1. Disfrutar, Barcelona

2. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain

3. Table by Bruno Verjus, Paris

4. Diverxo, Madrid

5. Maido, Lima

6. Atomix, New York

7. Quintonil, Mexico City

8. Alchemist, Copenhagen

9. Gaggan, Bangkok

10. Don Julio, Buenos Aires

11. Septime, Paris

12. Lido 84, Gardone Riviera

13. Trèsind Studio, Dubai

14. Quique Dacosta, Dénia

15. Sézanne, Tokyo

16. Kjolle, Lima

17. Kol, London

18. Plénitude, Paris

19. Reale, Castel di Sangro

20. Wing, Hong Kong

21. Florilège, Tokyo

22. Steirereck, Vienna

23. Sühring, Bangkok

24. Odette, Singapore

25. El Chato, Bogotá

26. The Chairman, Hong Kong

27. A Casa do Porco, São Paulo

28. Elkano, Getaria

29. Boragó, Santiago

30. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin

31. Belcanto, Lisbon

32. Den, Tokyo

33. Pujol, Mexico City

34. Rosetta, Mexico City

35. Frantzen, Stockholm

36. The Jane, Antwerp

37. Oteque, Rio

38. Sorn, Bangkok

39. Piazza Duomo, Alba

40. Le Du, Bangkok

41. Mayta, Lima

42. Ikoyi, London

43. Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin

44. Mingles, Seoul

45. Arpege, Paris

46. Single Thread, Healdsburg

47. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau

48. Hisa Franko, Kobarid

49. La Colombe, Cape Town

50. Uliassi, Senigallia

Best of the Best

Those in the elite group of No.1 ranked restaurants (listed below) have delivered on their exemplary reputations time and again and will be forever honoured as iconic dining destinations in the Best of the Best hall of fame. 

The following restaurants have been named No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants since the list’s inception and were therefore not eligible for voting in 2024:  

El Bulli (2002, 2006-2009) 

The French Laundry (2003-2004)  

The Fat Duck (2005)

Noma – original location (2010-2012, 2014) 

El Celler de Can Roca (2013, 2015)

Osteria Francescana (2016, 2018)  

Eleven Madison Park (2017)

Mirazur (2019)

Noma – current location (2021)

Geranium (2022)

Central (2023)

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Disfrutar in Barcelona named the best restaurant in the world by The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2024