These Are the World's 50 Best Restaurants of 2016

Announced earlier this week at a ceremony in New York, the world's 50 best restaurants of 2016 were revealed. Comprised of a panel of approximately 1,500 judges made up of food writers, chefs, restaurateurs and worldly gastronomes, each deliberator votes based on dining experiences made within the past 18 months. Foodies, along with those those familiar with the Netflix series Chef's Table, may recognize many of the names on this list. The most notable is perhaps chef Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana (which appeared in the premiere episode of the documentary series), who has earned the top spot on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list for the first time in his career. Known for his quirky dishes and off-kilter approach to food innovation, he has gained fame for such dishes as "Five Stages of Parmigiano Reggiano" and "Eel Swimming Up the Po River."

Although the list is recognized internationally, it has been criticized for its lack of female-run restaurants (the number of restaurants  in the top 50 co-run by female chefs dropped from three to two this year) and its inclination to favor expensive European-style lasting menus. Its voting practices have also been attacked for allowing its judges to accept free meals, compared to Michelin inspectors who retain independence by adhering to a code that prohibits freebies. Nonetheless, the list celebrates the achievements of today's culinary masters and remains to be a symbol of pride for the world's top chefs.

#1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
Chef: Massimo Bottura
Last year's rank: 2
Average cost: Cost: €180-€200 (USD $234-$260).

2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
Chef: Joan Roca
Last year's rank: 1
Average cost: €165-€195 (USD $184-$218)* 2015 pricing.

3. Eleven Madison Park, New York City
Chef: Daniel Humm
Last year's rank: 5
Cost: $295, service-included.

4. Central, Lima
Chef: Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leon
Last year's rank: 4
Average cost: s/319-s/398 (USD: $95-$119).5. Noma, Copenhagen
Chef: René Redzepi
Last year's rank: 2
Cost: 1900 DKK (USD: $289).

6. Mirazur, Menton, France

Chef: Mauro Colagreco
Last year's rank: 11
Average cost: €85-€210 (USD: $110-$273)

7. Mugaritz, Errenteria, Spain

Chef: Andoni Luis Aduriz
Last year's rank: 6
Cost: €185 (USD: $240)

8. Narisawa, Tokyo

Chef: Yoshihiro Narisawa
Last year's rank: 8
Cost: ¥25000 (USD: $233).

9. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
Last year's rank: 15
Average cost: €132-€142 ($171-$184)

10. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
Last year's rank: 13
Cost: €135 (USD $175)

11. D.O.M., Sao Paolo. Cost: 305-560 BRL (USD $88-$161)

12. Quintonil, Mexico City. Cost: 1300 pesos ($65).

13Maido, Lima, Peru. Cost: n/a, a la carte raw fish.

14. The Ledbury, London. Cost: £105-£115 (USD $151-$166).

15. Alinea, Chicago. Cost: $175-$345.

16. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain. Cost: €145-€175 (USD $174-$210).

17. Piazza Duomo, Alba Italy. Cost: €200- €240 (USD $260-$312).

18. White Rabbit, Moscow. Cost: 8000 RUB. (USD $122).

19. L'arpege, Paris. Cost: €320-€380 (USD $415-$493).

20. Amber, Hong Kong. Cost: $1788-$2068 HKD (USD $230-$266)

21. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain. Cost: €199 (USD $258).

22. Test Kitchen, Cape Town South Africa. Cost: 525r-1200r (USD $79).

23. Gaggan, Bankgok, Thailand. Cost: 3500 THB (USD $99)

24. Le Bernardin, New York City. Cost: $180-$215.

25. Pujol, Mexico City. Cost: 1725 pesos (USD $93).

26. The Clove Club, London. Cost: £65-£95 (USD: $94-$137).

27. Saison, San Francisco. Cost: $398.

28. Geranium, Copenhagen. Cost: 2000 DKK (USD: $304).

29. Tickets, Barcelona. Cost: a la carte tapas.

30. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru. Cost: s/240-s/385 (USD $72-$116).

31. RyuGin, Tokyo. Cost: ¥27000 (USD $252).

32Restaurant Andre, Singapore. Cost: S$350

33Attica, Melbourne, Australia. Cost: $195 AUD ($154).

34. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin. Cost: €148-€198 (USD: $195-$257)

35. Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. Cost: €190- €265 (USD $247-$344).

36. Borago, Santiago, Chile. Cost: 45,000-62,000 CLP (USD $66-$91)

37. Nahm, Bangkok. Cost: ฿2500 (USD $51).

38. De Librije, Zwolle, the Netherlands. Cost: €175.50-€195.50 (USD $228-$254)

39. Le Calandre, Italy. Cost: €200-€225. (USD $223-$251).

40. Relae, Copenhagen. Cost: 475-895 DKK (USD $75-$136)

41. Faviken, Sweden. Cost: 2200 SEK (USD $365).

42. Ultraviolet, Shanghai. Cost: ¥4,000 (USD $609, inclusive of pairings).

43. Biko, Mexico City. Cost: 1100 pesos (USD $65).

44. Estela, New York. Cost: a la carte

45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London. Cost: £225 chef's table (or a la carte)

46. Combal.Zero, Rivoli, Italy. Cost: €200 (USD $260).

47. Schloss Schauenstein, Austria. Cost: 235-259 SFr. (USD: $204-$267).

48. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocatino Hills, New York. Cost: $238.

49. QuiQue Dacosta, Denia, Spain. Cost: €190 (USD: $247).

50. Septime, Paris. Cost: €65 (USD: $84).

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