World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Since 2002, Restaurant magazine has been publishing their annual list of the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ (see here).

This page includes links to my blog posts for each of the restaurants featured on the list that I have been lucky enough to visit, as well as their current ranking (and/or their ranking at the time of visiting, in red).

7. (9) Dinner By Heston Blumenthal (here)

13. The Ledbury (here and here)

18. (9) Le Chateaubriand (here)

32. (50) Nahm (here for dinner & here for lunch)

33. (3) The Fat Duck (here)

38. (68) Restaurant Andre (here)

49. (87) Septime (here)

Although known as the ‘50 Best’ they also publish ratings for 51-100. Here are some other restaurants on the lists (past and present) and their raking at the time of my visit.

51. (16) Pierre Gagnaire (here)

65. (27) Iggy’s (here and here)

66. Gaggan (here)

68. (39) Waku Ghin (here)

70. Hedone (here

77. Tickets (here

81. (55) Les Amis (here)

(84) Le Gavroche (here)

(84) Gunther’s (here)

86. (26) Momofuku Ssäm Bar (here)

93. (65) Momofuku Ko (here)

(95) Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester (here)

(97) Restaurant Sat Bains (here)

98. (52) Jean Georges (here)


  1. And of the ones you've visited, how would *you* order them? Or at least, are there any that you would thrust to the top of the list (or drop off the bottom)?

    Iggy's, fer instance, I enjoyed a fine meal at Iggy's but could remember at least a half-dozen meals at UK restaurants that I thought were better just in that same year.

    1. For me The Fat Duck is definitely up there (as is Momofuku Ko) but the voting system only allows voters to vote for restaurants that they have eaten at in the previous 18 months. Availability of tables and location therefore plays a major role in compiling the list - restaurants in major cities for example are likely to have many more visits by panellists than restaurants such as L'Enclume (one that, for me, is a notable absence on the list.)


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