The 50 best restaurants in the world for 2023 revealed

Peru’s capital city, and undoubtedly its gastronomic capital, turned in a strong performance Tuesday at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, taking the No. 1 title and earning more places in the top 50 than any other city.

Four Lima restaurants made the top 50 list: Central at #1, Maido at #6, Kjolle at #28 and Mayta at #47. kjolle is new to the top 50 this year.

Central, run by Virgilio Martinez and Pía Léon, has been offering haute cuisine with Peruvian ingredients and techniques for 15 years. The restaurant “takes diners through 15 different Peruvian ecosystems, ranked by altitude, from 15 meters below the Pacific Ocean to 4,200 meters in the Andes,” says the 50 Best website. Kjolle is Léon’s solo adventure.

Central is the first South American restaurant to win the title of “World’s Best”.

The awards, an event billed as the Oscars of world haute cuisine, were announced Tuesday night from the City of Arts and Sciences, a collection of futuristic spaces designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, in the city of Valencia, in the south of Spain.


The host country performed very well at this year’s awards with six entries from Spain in the top 50, including the world’s number 2 restaurant, Disfrutar in Barcelona. Spain also ranked 3 and 4 with Diverxo in Madrid and Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo in the Basque region.

Italy and France also did well in Europe, with five restaurants in Italy and four in France making the top 50. In England, London scored an impressive three places.

In Asia, the city to watch is Bangkok, where two restaurants made the list for the first time and both entered the top 20: Le Du at #15 and Gaggan Anand at #17.

From the United States, two New York restaurants made the top 50. Atomix moved to No. 8 from No. 33 last year, winning the Highest Climber award as well as Best Restaurant in North America. Longtime favorite Le Bernardin, helmed by chef Éric Ripert, also cracked the top 50 at number 44.

This year’s top 50 includes restaurants from 24 territories on five continents, with 12 restaurants making the list for the first time.

Restaurants are allowed to take the main prize of awards only once, after which they are entered into a separate “Best of the Best” program. Members of that elite group include Geranium and Noma in Copenhagen, as well as New York’s Eleven Madison Park, The Fat Duck near London, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and Mirazur in Menton, France. Central moves on to Best of the Best next year.


1. Central (Lima, Peru) – Best Restaurant in South America

2. Enjoy (Barcelona, ​​Spain) – Best Restaurant in Europe

3. diverx (Madrid Spain)

4. Etxebarri Grill (Atxondo, Spain)

5. Alchemist (Copenhagen, Denmark)

6. Maido (Lima Peru)

7. lido 84 (Gardone Riviera, Italy)

8. atomix (New York City) – Highest Climber, Best Restaurant in North America

9. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)

10 New: Table by Bruno Verjus (Paris, France) – New highest entry

eleven New: Tresind Studio (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) – Best Restaurant in the Middle East and Africa

12 To Casa do Porco (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

13 pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)

14 odette (Singapore) – Best Asian Restaurant and Chef’s Choice: Julien Royer

fifteen. New: le du (Bangkok, Thailand)

sixteen. real (Castel di Sangro, Italy)

17 New: gaggan anand (Bangkok, Thailand)

18 steirreck (Vienna, Austria)

19 Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

twenty quique dacosta (Denia, Spain)

twenty-one Den (Tokyo Japan)

22 elkano (Guetaria, Spain)

23 New: kol (London England)

24 Seventh (Paris France)

25 belcanto (Lisbon Portugal)

26 Schauenstein Palace (Furstenau, Switzerland)

27 Florileja (Tokyo Japan)

28 New: kjolle (Lima Peru)

29 Borago (Santiago, Chile)

30 frantzen (Stockholm, Switzerland)

31 Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)

32. Hisa Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)

33. New: the flat (Bogota Colombia)

3. 4. uliassi (Senigallia, Italy)

35. ikoyi (London England)

36. New: Fullness (Paris France)

37. New: sézanne (Tokyo Japan)

38. the nail club (London England)

39. la jane (Antwerp, Belgium)

40 Tim Raue Restaurant (Berlin Germany)

41. the calandre (Ruban, Italy)

42. Duomo square (Dawn, Italy)

43. Lion (Bogota Colombia)

44. le bernardin (NY)

Four. Five. Nobelhart and Schmutzig (Berlin Germany)

46. New: Orfali brothers (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

47. mayta (Lima Peru)

48. New: La Grenouillere (La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil, France)

49. New: rosette (Mexico City)

fifty Director (Hong Kong)

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