Osteria Francescana reclaims top spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 list

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Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana was once again named the World’s Best Restaurant for 2018 at a live ceremony last night in Bilbao, Spain. The Modena restaurant - which was awarded second place in last year’s list - overtook Eleven Madison Park to regain the top spot.

Osteria Francescana last held the title in 2016, and was the first Italian restaurant to do so. They were unseated last year by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s Eleven Madison Park but regained the title this year. Eleven Madison Park dropped to no. 4 and also retained their title of The Best Restaurant in North America.

Second place was awarded to El Cellar de Can Roca, Girona, Spain and Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur in France moved up to third.

Four London restaurants placed in the list overall. It was a new entry for Lyle’s – a Shoreditch restaurant from chef James Lowe at no. 38. Previously at no. 26, Isaac McHale’s The Clove Club dropped to no. 33; Brett Graham’s The Ledbury dropped from no. 27 to no. 42 and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, which last year climbed to no. 36 returned to its 2016 position of no. 45.

As Noma 2.0 did open in time for voting, it was not included in the list this year.

Single Thread in California, USA was presented with the Miele One To Watch Award and placed at no.91.

The Best Restaurant in Africa 2018 was awarded to The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, which also made the list at no. 50. The Best Restaurant in Australasia 2018 was Attica, Melbourne, which placed at no. 20. Central, Lima retained the title of The Best Restaurant in South America and placed at no. 6 overall. Gaggan, Bangkok also retained their Best Restaurant in Asia award for another year and they were at no. 5. 

Eneko Atxa’s three Michelin starred restaurant Azurmendi was the winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Dekton by Cosentino. It placed at no. 43.

Geranium in Copenhagen placed at no. 19 and also won The Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award 2018.

The Highest New Entry at no. 18 was Disfrutar – an avant-garde Barcelona restaurant from former el-Bulli alumni chefs Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch. Just below them at no. 17 was Den in Toyko, awarded the Highest Climber 2018 for climbing an impressive 28 positions from last year.

Cédric Grolet, executive pastry chef at Le Meurice in Paris won The World’s Best Pastry Chef award, sponsored by Sosa.

The Chef’s Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm was presented to chef and scientist Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns. His farm-to-table restaurant placed at no. 12 on the list.

Clare Smyth was presented with elit Vodka World’s Best Female Chef 2018 but her restaurant Core by Clare Smyth did not place this year.

This year’s Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 was awarded to Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio.

A first for this year was the BBVA Scholarship Award, presented to Jessie Liu, an aspiring chef from Taiwan.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 1-50 – full list

  1. Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy
  2. El Celler De Can Roca – Girona, Spain
  3. Mirazur – Menton, France
  4. Eleven Madison Park – New York, USA
  5. Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand
  6. Central – Lima, Peru
  7. Maido – lima, Peru
  8. Arpège – Paris, France
  9. Mugaritz – San Sebastian, Spain
  10. Asador Etxebarri – Axpe, Spain
  11. Quintonil – Mexico City, Mexico
  12. Blue Hill At Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, USA
  13. Pujol – Mexica City, Mexico
  14. Steirereck -Viene, Austria
  15. White Rabbit – Moscow Russia
  16. Piazza Duomo – Alba, Italy
  17. Den – Tokyo, Japan
  18. Disfrutar – Barcelona, Spain
  19. Geranium – Copenhagen, Denmark
  20. Attica – Melbourne, Australia
  21. Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athenēnēe
  22. Narisawa – Tokyo, Japan
  23. Le Calandre – Rubano, Italy
  24. Ultraviolet By Paul Pairet – Shanghai, China
  25. Cosme – New York, USA
  26. Le Bernardin – New York, USA
  27. Boragō– Santiago, Chile
  28. Odette – Singapore
  29. Allēno Paris Au Pavillon Ledoyen – Paris, France
  30. D.O.M – Sāo Paula, Brazil
  31. Arzak – San Sebastian, Spain
  32. Tickets – Barcelona, Spain
  33. The Clove Club – London, UK
  34. Alinea – Chicago, USA
  35. Maaemo – Oslo, Norway
  36. Reale – Castle Di Sangro, Italy
  37. Restaurant Tim Raue – Berlin, Germany
  38. Lyle’s – London, UK
  39. Astrid Gastōn – Lima, Peru
  40. Septime – Paris, France
  41. Nihonryori – Tokyo, Japan
  42. The Ledbury – London, UK
  43. Azurmendi – Larrabetzu, Spain
  44. Mikla – Istanbul, Turkey
  45. Dinner By Heston Blumenthal – London, UK
  46. Saison – San Francisco, USA
  47. Schloss Schauenstein – Fürstenau, Switzerland
  48. Hiša Franko – Kobarid, Slovenia
  49. Nahm – Bangkok, Thailand
  50. The Test Kitchen – Cape Town, South Africa
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Osteria Francescana reclaims top spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 list