The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017: Complete List & Analysis : New Worlder

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2017 were just announced in Melbourne, Australia’s Royal Exhibition Building and as always there were quite a few surprises.

The New Number #1

While many were saying Noma was as good as it has ever been in 2016, it’s closure will keep it off the list until reopening next year. There was a collective momentum in 2016 to put Massimo Bottura and Osteria Francescana in the number one spot, but in 2017 it was anyone’s guess. Two time winner El Celler de Can Roca dropped to number three, and last year’s number three, Eleven Madison Park, was able to jump two spots to number one.

The Location of the Event Matters

Last year’s ceremony was held in New York, the first time it has been held outside of London since World’s 50 Best restaurants list was created in 2002. So, many of the chefs and journalists that came to New York in 2016 ended up voting for the restaurants they went to in the days they were there. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they do not deserve their rankings, but it’s safe to say that restaurants like Cosme and Blue Hill at Stone Barns would not be ranked as high as they were if that surge of voters during last year’s festivities never occurred. It’s not some fluke. For World’s Best Restaurants 2018 Australia is all but assured to have more restaurants moving appearing on the list. What this also means is that National Tourism Boards around the world are going to be evaluating just how much economic impact that having restaurants on the list has and the price for bringing the event to that country is going to jump. I’m making a prediction now: Dubai will host the World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony in the next few years.

New on the List and High Risers

The self taught chef Niko Romito of Ristorante Reale in Abruzzo, Italy, where I had one of the best meals of my life in 2016 and got to hang out with during his Gelinaz! shuffle stop in Lima last year, entered the Top 50 for the first time at 43. Paris’ Alleno Au Paris Pavillon Ledoyen was the highest new entry at 31, however, Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée re-entered the list at 13. Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York finally seems like it is getting the attention it deserves and was the highest climber, rising to 11.

Who Dropped Off?

A total of eight restaurants dropped to the 51-100 list, including Momofuku Ko, Per Se, and Estela in New York and Sweden’s spectacular yet remote Fäviken. Also, there are no longer any restaurants in the entire continent of Africa in the Top 50, as Cape Town’s Test Kitchen fell from 22 to 63.

Latin American Chefs and Restaurants Maintain Ranks

Peru (Central, Maido, Astrid y Gastón) maintained three restaurants in the Top 50, Mexico had two (Pujol and Quintonil), Brazil had one (D.O.M.), Chile had one (Boragó), and for the first time, Argentina had one (Tegui). Additionally, Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco continued his ascent with Mirazur (France). It’s important to also note that no city in the entire world had two restaurants in the Top 10, other than Lima.

Renovations are Heating Up

Many of the top restaurants are undergoing major renovations. Central is moving to a new location and Noma of course is already closed while the restaurant gets completely revamped in a new location. Chicago’s Alinea closed last year during a 5-month renovation that costs upwards of $1 million, while Eleven Madison Park will close for a good part of 2017  for their first major renovation in the restaurant’s decade long history. Lets see how hard seats at the restaurant are to get when it reopens now that they are number one.

The Complete World’s 50 Best Restaurants List for 2017

1. Eleven Madison Park – New York, New York
2. Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy (Best Restaurant in Europe)
3. El Celler de Can Roca – Girona, Spain
4. Mirazur – Menton, France
5. Central – Lima, Peru (Best Restaurant in South America)
6. Asador Etxebarri – Axpe, Spain
7. Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand (Best Restaurant in Asia)
8. Maido – Lima, Peru
9. Mugaritz – San Sebastian, Spain
10. Steirereck – Vienna, Austria
11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Potiaco Hills, New York
12. Arpége – Paris, France
13. Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée – Paris, France
14. Restaurant Andre – Singapore
15. Piazza Duomo – Alba, Italy
16. D.O.M. – Sao Paulo, Brazil
17. Le Bernadin – New York, New York
18. Narisawa – Tokyo, Japan
19. Geranium – Copenhagen, Denmark
20. Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico
21. Alinea – Chicago, Illinois
22. Quintonil – Mexico City, Mexico
23. White Rabbit – Moscow, Russia
24. Amber – Hong Kong, China
25. Tickets – Barcelona, Spain
26. The Clove Clove – London, England
27. The Ledbury – London, England
28. Nahm – Bangkok, Thailand
29. Le Calandre – Rubano, Italy
30. Arzak – San Sebastian, Spain
31. Alleno Au Paris Pavillon Ledoyen – Paris, France (Highest New Entry)
32. Attica – Melbourne, Australia (Best Restaurant in Australasia)
33. Astrid y Gastón – Lima, Peru
34. De Librije – Zwolle, Netherlands
35. Septime – Paris, France (Sustainable Restaurant Award)
36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – London, England
37. Saison – San Francisco, California
38. Azurmendi – Larrabetzu, Spain
39. Relae – Copenhagen, Denmark
40. Cosme – New York, New York (New Entry)
41. Ultraviolet – Shanghai, China
42. Boragó, Chile
43. Reale – Castel di Sangre, Italy (New Entry)
44. Brae – Birregurra, Australia (New Entry)
45. Den – Tokyo, Japan (New Entry)
46. L’Astrance – Paris, France
47. Vendôme – Cologne, Germany
48.  Restaurant Tim Raue – Berlin, Germany
49. Tegui – Buenos Aires, Argentina (New Entry)
50. Hof Van Cleve – Kruishoutem, Belgium

Diner’s Club Lifetime Achievement Award: Heston Blumenthal
One to Watch Award: Disfrutar – Barcelona, Spain
World’s Best Female Chef: Ana Ros – Kobarid, Slovenia
World’s Best Pastry Chef: Dominique Ansel – New York, USA
Chef’s Choice Award: Virgilio Martinez – Lima, Peru