We divided the world into regions, with a chairperson in each region appointed for their knowledge of their part of the restaurant world. These chairs each selected a voting panel, who cast a total of 2,800 votes.This year was the year of the holding pattern as the top 6 restaurants remained unchanged. As such, El Bulli has maintained it's crown as the top restaurant in the world. Even more impressive is the fact that's it's held a spot in the top 3 since 2002! The Fat Duck, Pierre Gagnaire, The French Laundry, Tetsuya's, and Bras round out the rest of the top 6 (in that order).
There is no list of nominees; each member of our international voting panel votes for their personal choice of five restaurants. They may vote for up to two restaurants in their own region, the remaining votes must be cast outside their home region. Nobody is allowed to vote for their own restaurant and voters must have eaten in the restaurants they nominate within the past 18 months. These rules ensure that the list is as comprehensive as possible.
Congratulations to Thomas Keller who not only had the top rated restaurant in the US with The French Laundry (#4), but also was able to (again) claim the second highest spot with Per Se (#9). It's almost cheating though since they are practically the same restaurant in different locations.
I am a bit surprised to see the absence of Manresa in at least the top 100, but the Zuni Cafe is; I love Zuni, but it seems odd.
Top Restaurants in the USThe French Laundry (#4) - Make a reservation
Per Se (#9) - Make a reservation
Jean Georges (#18) - Make a reservation
Le Bernardin (#26) - Make a reservation
Charlie Trotter's (#30) - Make a reservation
Daniel (#32) - Make a reservation
Alinea (#36) - Make a reservation
Chez Panisse (#40) - Make a reservation
Masa (#56) - Make a reservation
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the Four Seasons (#64) - Make a reservation
Peter Lugar (#69) - Make a reservation
Nobu New York (#89) - Make a reservation
Gramercy Tavern (#90) - Make a reservation
WD~50 (#91) - Make a reservation
Zuni Café (#98) - Make a reservation
Alex at Wynn (#100) - Make a reservation
Special Recognition AwardsReader's Choice: Pied à Terre, London
Chef's Choice: Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck
Breakthrough Restaurant: Maze, London
Lifetime Achievement Award: Alice Waters (details)
The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best RestaurantsList of Restaurant's 1-50
List of Restaurant's 51-100