In a grand ceremony at Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao, in northern Spain, the world’s 50 best restaurants were announced on Tuesday, 19 June. It is here where Chef Patron Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana, nestled in the small town of Modena, Italy, came up trumps as The World’s Best Restaurant, sponsored by S Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants describes the contemporary Italian restaurant – which also came in at No 1 in 2016, as “a small, discreet restaurant in the relatively modest Italian town of Modena,” which delivers “one of the very finest dining experiences in the world, combining nods to tradition with fierce modernity, philosophical conceptions with old-fashioned flavour, warmth with daring.”

William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “We applaud all those involved in this list of inspiring restaurants, which is constantly redrawing and reflecting the global gastronomic map. We are also thrilled to see Osteria Francescana return to the top spot in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking this year.”

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Restaurants from 23 countries worldwide make up the list of the 2018 winners, including six debut eateries. El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, made it to second position, followed by Mirazur in Menton, France, in third position.

Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen – which has re-entered the list together with Japan’s Nihonryori RyuGin in Tokyo (No 41), and Schloss Schauenstein from Fürstenau, Switzerland, (No 47) – was ranked No 50.

The World’s Best Restaurants Academy – which comprises more than 1 000 international restaurant industry experts and gourmets across 26 separate regions around the world, made up of 40 members and a chairperson each – vote for the top restaurants. The list is independently adjudicated by Deloitte.

Below is a map of the regions around the world with the leading restaurants:


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