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#1Alinea

Alinea Restaurant 1The highest rated restaurant on our list for a fourth year running, Alinea continues to attract discerning diners from across the world.Brainchild of culinary prodigy Grant Achatz, Chicago’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant has created its own unique definition of contemporary fine dining.The constantly evolving tasting menu – consisting of 18 to 22 courses – is updated regularly, although some old favorites are naturally retained. Headed up by Achatz alongside creative talents Mike Bagale and Simon Davies, Alinea continues to inject innovation, passion and excellence into the global fine dining scene some ten years on from its inception.

Location: Chicago, USA
Chef: Grant Achatz

 

#2Azurmendi

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Perched on the top of a hillside, Azurmendi tells the story of the Basque Country’s finest produce through an all-encompassing culinary experience.Chef and owner Eneko Atxa leads guests on a journey which starts in the restaurant’s vegetable garden and greenhouse and continues towards the dining room. Dishes are progressive and the culinary techniques pioneering, from truffled egg cooked ‘from the inside out’ to dried ice apple and mushroom and chestnut crisps.

Just as impressive as the food is the eco-friendly glass and steel building, which cools via geothermal energy, recycles waste and even harvests rainfall. Atxa has cultivated strong relationships with nearby growers and suppliers, making Azurmendi less of a restaurant and more like a local institution.

Location: Larrabetzu, Spain
Chef: Eneko Atxa

 

#3 Eleven Madison Park

ELEVEN MADISON PARK

 

By Widely regarded as New York’s top restaurant, Eleven Madison Park has been a game changer in the world of fine dining ever since chef-owner Daniel Humm took the helm in 2006. Under Humm’s leadership, the restaurant has won three Michelin stars in addition to an elusive four star review in The New York Times.Based in a stunning art deco dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, Eleven Madison’s formal setting belies a quirky and lighthearted menu offering up the very best in contemporary French cuisine.
Location: New York, USA
Chef: Daniel Humm

 

#4Per Se

PER SE Restaurant

For over 10 years, Per Se has been serving New American and French cuisine, fast becoming one of New York’s most notable dining destinations. Led by acclaimed chef Thomas Keller, Per Se offers a nine-course tasting menu which features much-loved dishes such as ‘Oysters and Pearls’ and ‘Maine Sea Scallop Poêlée’.Also on offer is a vegetable tasting menu which includes signature dishes such as butternut squash custard, charred eggplant and baked buckwheat ‘annelini’. The seasonality of the menu, minimalist décor and vast wine collection all contribute to the ambience and feel of understated luxury here.

Location: New York, USA
Chef: Thomas Keller

 

#5El Celler de Can Roca

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There is no family restaurant in Spain – or indeed the world – quite like El Celler de Can Roca.Founded by brothers Joan and Josep Roca in 1986, this Girona establishment has gone from strength to strength in recent decades.With the original premises founded next door to their parents’ restaurant, El Celler provides an avant-garde twist on the traditional Catalonian cuisine perfected by the previous generation. Head chef Joan is a highly skilled technician who pioneered the sous-vide cooking method, while Josep is the restaurant’s knowledgeable sommelier – with some 60,000 bottles located in the restaurant’s exquisite wine cellar.

Location: Girona, Spain
Chef: Joan Roca

 

#6Robuchon au Dome

ROBUCHON AU DOME

Situated in the Grand Lisboa Hotel, the tallest building in Macau, Robuchon au Dome’s opulent three-Michelin-starred restaurant boasts magnificent views of the city. The lavish interior includes a striking crystal glass chandelier which cascades from the dome-shaped glass ceiling, oozing decadence and sophistication. Equally as magnificent is the menu itself, developed by chef Francky Semblat, which includes an array of the finest French ingredients including caviar, truffles and foie gras. The wine lists boasts an impressive 12,600 separate labels – one of the biggest in China – ensuring there is always something here to delight and impress.

Location: Macau, China
Chef: Francky Semblat

 

#7Le Bernardin

LE BERNARDIN

Regularly recognized as one of the best seafood restaurants in the world, Le Bernardin serves fresh and simple cuisine, celebrating the refined elegance of Gilbert Le Coze’s self-taught techniques. Head Chef Eric Ripert’s menu is divided into ‘almost raw’, ‘barely touched’ and ‘lightly cooked’ and includes delicate dishes such as wild striped bass tartare and lobster ‘lasagna’ with celeriac and truffle butter.

Location: New York, USA
Chef: Eric Ripert

 

#8Osteria Francescana

OSTERIA FRANCESCANA

Since opening in 1995, the legendary Osteria Francescana has received three Michelin stars and continues to offer innovative, playful and perfectly presented dishes in the city of Modena.Guests are greeted by bookshelves and contemporary art, and the subdued lighting, relaxed music and minimalist décor create a tranquil ambience.Chef Massimo Bottura’s menus include a full a la carte menu or the choice of two tasting menus titled ‘tradition in evolution’ and ‘sensations’. They feature an array of modern classics which showcase Bottura’s taste for the unexpected, from a foie gras ‘ice lolly’, covered in toasted almonds and hazelnuts to the Italian chef’s now iconic ‘five ages of Parmesan’ dish.

Location: Modena, Italy
Chef: Massimo Bottura

 

#9D.O.M.

D.O.M restaurant

Alex Atala has attracted wild acclaim for bringing local Brazilian cuisine and produce to the forefront of the international gastronomic scene.Discreetly located and with a restricted number of tables, the fare on offer at D.O.M is as exclusive as the restaurant itself, serving up rare edible flowers, heart of palms and newly discovered ingredients from the native Amazonian region.

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Chef: Alex Atala

 

#10Restaurant Guy Savoy

Restaurant Guy Savoy

A stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, Restaurant Guy Savoy is a shrine to the skills of its namesake.Renowned not only for its food but also for the impeccable service, characterized by conviviality instead of aloofness, this three-Michelin-starred restaurant consistently enthralls its diners, and is a source of inspiration for many other chefs.Signature dishes include Savoy’s artichoke soup dressed with black truffle shavings and accompanied by brioche slathered with truffle butter. Cocoa lovers will relish the chocolate orb dessert, over which warm mango coulis is poured at the last minute to create a delicious melting effect.

Location: Paris, France
Chef: Guy Savoy

 

#11La Pergola

LA PERGOLA

With its magnificent menu, wood paneling, imperial furniture and stunning views of the Eternal City, it is no wonder La Pergola is regularly recognized as one of the best restaurants in Italy.While admiring the dome of St Peter’s, guests can indulge in Heinz Beck’s award-winning gourmet menu featuring dishes such as tuna carpaccio with wasabi cream and green tortellini with seafood.The only restaurant in Rome to boast three Michelin stars, La Pergola also offers an encyclopedic wine list with over 60,000 bottles, with expert sommelier Marco Reitano on hand to answer even the most difficult of queries.

Location: Rome, Italy
Chef: Heinz Beck

 

#12Pierre Gagnaire

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Tired of heavy French classics? Yearning for premium ingredients arranged in an exciting, innovative way? Then Pierre Gagnaire, the center point of the superstar chef’s worldwide restaurant group, is the place for you. Taste bizarre and beautiful combinations of flavors from all over the globe in this stylish location, where the artistry of the plates is complemented by the plush slate-grey tones of the interior décor. Particularly appealing is the tasting menu, which includes such dishes as porterhouse steak enrobed in a jus of beef tongue with tamarind, accompanied by butternut squash marmalade.

Location: Paris, France
Chef: Pierre Gagnaire

 

#13Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The first London venture of British chef Heston Blumenthal, Dinner won its second Michelin star in the 2014 guide and its first within a year of opening in 2012.Centred on historical British cooking, Blumenthal – alongside Executive Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts – has revived dishes from as far back as the Middle Ages, adding the odd flourish of modern technology.Intriguing and entertaining, Dinner confirms Blumenthal’s status as a culinary magician, where the apparatus is as much a part of the show as the trick itself.

Location: London, England
Chef: Ashley Palmer-Watts

 

#14Daniel

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Ever since it opened its doors two decades ago, New York’s DANIEL has been synonymous with the best of fine dining in the Big Apple. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, chef Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant serves exceptional French food using quality seasonal American ingredients.Extravagant dishes are complemented by impeccable service and a grand dining room featuring trademark neo classical architecture.A favorite with locals and visitors alike, Boulud’s flagship restaurant is one of a handful in the city to maintain an enviable two Michelin star rating since 2010.

Location: New York, USA
Chef: Daniel Boulud

 

#15L’Arpege

L'Arpege

Every ingredient of each dish is carefully considered to ensure it complements the rest, a dedication that has earned a well deserved three-Michelin-star rating.Passard is also devoted to quality. Since 2000, the restaurant has been supplied by its own three ‘potagers’ or kitchen gardens, which annually produce 40 tons of fresh, all-natural ingredients. Experience this devotion in the sleek main dining room or book the private dining room for up to 14 guests.

Location: Paris, France
Chef: Alain Passard

 

#16Steirereck

Steirereck

Located within Vienna’s central city park, Steirereck is a restaurant steeped in family tradition that has gradually become a national treasure.Chef-owner Heinz Reitbauer draws on the past and his surroundings to present seasonal Styrian cuisine of the highest order, with much of the produce sourced from the Steirereck family’s own adjacent farm.The result is an internationally acclaimed dining experience which has resulted in two Michelin stars – with the arrival of a third surely only a matter of time.

Location: Vienna, Austria
Chef: Heinz Reitbauer

 

#17Pujol

Pujol

One of the best restaurants in Mexico, Pujol has topped restaurant lists and graced food magazines the world over.Catapulting Mexican haute cuisine into the spotlight, chef and founder Enrique Olvera deconstructs the market stall dishes for which Mexico is famed and takes them to the highest level of fine dining.Combining local ingredients and modern techniques with often unusual flavors and textures, Olvera creates original dishes which demonstrate the rich cultural legacy of his country.

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Chef: Enrique Olvera

 

#18Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

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Combining contemporary elegance with intimate, unparalleled service, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is a must for the culinary connoisseur. With only 14 tables, it has continually wowed diners with its devotion to customer care and quality. Clare Smyth’s menu prides itself on the best ingredients and sublime flavor combinations.

Location: London, England
Chef: Clare Smyth

 

#19L’Ambroisie

L'Ambroisie

L’Ambroisie combines elegant French haute cuisine and Parisian sophistication in the historic heart of the capital.Once the town house of the Duke of Chaulnes, the interiors are as rich as its truffle, foie gras and caviar-filled menu. The epitome of fine French dining, worthy of its three Michelin stars.

Location: Paris, France
Chef: Bernard & Mathieu Pacaud

 

#20Nihonryori Ryugin

Nihonryori Ryugin

Trained by master chef Hirohisa Koyama, Seiji Yamamoto had over a decade of experience before opening up the legendary Nihonryori RyuGin in Minato, Tokyo.One of the most influential chefs throughout Asia, Yamamoto combines traditional kaiseki cooking with cutting-edge techniques to push the boundaries of what Japanese fine dining can truly mean.Seasonal ingredients play an important role, with a daily-changing menu that can include everything from monkfish liver with ponzu to delicate sashimi plates. With only 18 covers, you will need to book fast.

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Chef: Seiji Yamamoto

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