Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017: Complete List & Analysis : New Worlder

The fifth edition of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2017 were just announced in Bogotá, Colombia and, as always, there were quite a few surprises.

The New Number #1

Since the second year of the Latin America’s Best Restaurant list has been announced, Virgilio Martinez and Pia León’s restaurant Central has held the top spot. This year that honor moved down the street in Miraflores to Mitsuharu Tsumura’s groundbreaking Nikkei restaurant Maido. With Astrid y Gastón winning in the first edition in 2013, that brings the total number of restaurants to take the number 1 listing to three, all of them located in Lima, Peru.

New on the List and High Risers

Sergio Barroso’s excellent 040 in Santiago entered the Top 50 for the first time at 38, as did Villanos en Bermudas in Bogotá at 40. Gudalajara’s Alcalde was the highest new entry at 31, while Guadalajara’s La Docena entered the list for the first time. Laja, in the Valle de Guadelupe re-entered the list at 42. Amazonian restaurant Amaz in Lima entered the list at 47. Harry Sasson was the highest climber, rising to 17. Argentina had three new restaurants – Crizia, Proper, and Mihiguene – at 48, 49, and 50.

Who Dropped Off?

A handful of restaurants dropped off the list, including Rio de Janiero’s Roberta Sudbrack, which closed, and Santiago’s Osaka, which is moving. Others dropped off in Bogotá (Andrés Carne de Res, Criterión), Argentina (La Bourgogne, 1884, Pura Tierra, La Cabrera), Paraguay (Tierra Colorada Gastro), Brazil (Remanso do Bosque), and Mexico (Dulce Patria). Mexico City’s Biko is closing, but still made the list this year.

The big 4 countries still dominate

Mexico had 12 restaurants, Peru had 10, Argentina had 9, and Brazil had 8.

Location’s Matter

After two years in Lima and two years in Mexico City, the ceremony moved to Bogotá, Colombia for the first time, a sure boost for Colombian restaurants for the 2018 edition of the Latin America’s Best restaurant list. There was a big jump in Mexican restaurants on the list, moving up to 13, more than any other country. This year there were three Colombian restaurants on the list (Leo, Harry Sasson, and Villanos en Bermudas), all of which are located in Bogotá.

Other Awards

Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2017: Leonor Espinoza of Leo in Bogotá.
Lifetime Achievement Award 2017: Guillermo González Beristáin of Pangea in Monterrey, Mexico.
One to Watch Award 2017: Felipe Bronze of Oro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Latin America’s Best Pastry Chef: Saiko Izawa of A Casa do Porco in Saõ Paulo, Brazil.
Chef’s Choice: German Martegui of Tegui in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Complete Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants List for 2017

Courtesy of Gluttonomy.


1. Maido, Peru – Best Restaurant in Latin America and Best Restaurant in Peru
2. Central, Peru
3. D.O.M., Brazil – Best Restaurant in Brazil
4. Pujol, Mexico – Best Restaurant in Mexico
5. Boragó, Chile – Best Restaurant in Chile
6. Quintonil, Mexico
7. Astrid Y Gastón, Peru
8. A Casa do Porco, Brazil
9. Mani, Brazil
10. Tegui, Argentina – Best Restaurant in Argentina
11. Sud777, Mexico
12. Osso, Peru
13. Don Julio, Argentina
14. 99, Chile
15. La Mar, Peru
16. Lasai, Brazil
17. Harry Sasson, Colombia – Highest Climber, Best Restaurant in Colombia
18. Leo, Colombia
19. El Baqueano, Argentina
20. Maito, Panama – Best Restaurant in Panama
21. Isolina, Peru
22. Parador La Huella, Uruguay – Best Restaurant in Uruguay
23. Olympe – Brazil
24. Rafael, Peru
25. Pangea, Mexico
26. Chila, Argentina
27. Mocoto, Brazil
28. Gustu, Bolivia – Best Restaurant in Bolivia
29. Nico’s, Mexico
30. Malabar, Peru
31. Biko, Mexico
32. Amaranta, Mexico
33. Ambrosia, Chile
34. Corazon de Tierra, Mexico
35. Rosetta, Mexico
36. Alcalde, Mexico – Highest New Entry
37. Elena, Argentina
38. Restaurante 040, Chile–  New Entry
39. Maximo Bistrot, Mexico
40. Villanos en Bermuda, Colombia – New Entry
41. Esquina Mocoto, Brazil
42. Laja, Mexico
43. La Docena Oyster Bar & Grill, Mexico – New Entry
44. Aramburu, Argentina
45. Tuju, Brazil
46. Fiesta, Peru
47. Amaz, Peru – New Entry
48. Crizia, Argentina – New Entry
49. Proper, Argentina – New Entry
50. Mishiguene, Argentina – New Entry