World’s 50 Best 2019 full list of winners

Number one restaurant Mirazur's famed beetroot dish. 

Overnight chefs and industry professionals gathered at the World’s 50 Best ceremony in Singapore as the list of 50th to first was called out.

After a steady climb over the years, Mirazur in the French Riviera hit number one – the first time a French restaurant has claimed the title since 2002. Chef Mauro Colagreco’s cuisine is inspired by the sea, the mountains and the restaurant’s own garden. The signature dish is one of salt-crusted beetroot from the garden with caviar cream, eggs from the chicken coop, smoked eel and hazelnuts. It’s known for its experience-driven dishes too; the bread is served with a Pablo Neruda poem.

The Argentinian-born chef began his career in Buenos Aires, then moved to France in his 20s to work under chef Bernard Loiseau until his death in 2003. He later worked in Paris with Alain Passard at Arpège and Alain Ducasse at Hotel Plaza Athénée before opening Mirazur in 2006.

Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana did not appear on the list this year under new rules that do not allow restaurant that have been named best to be listed again. Instead the restaurant moves to an honourary Best of the Best list. The change was an effort to promote movement and free up spaces for newcomers, but the list was still a mix of familiar names who are featured year after year.

The new rule also runs the risk of ambiguity in the future, as the World’s 50 Best Restaurants may not actually contain the top five or so best restaurants by their own standards. The Best of the Best list now houses seven restaurants – two of which fell from the 50 Best list several years ago (the French Laundry and the Fat Duck), and el Bulli and “Noma (original location)”, which have since closed.

Rene Redzepi's Noma, which temporarily closed in 2017 to reopen in a new location in February 2018 was allowed to re-enter the list this year, despite its wins as number one in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, because of its new location. It was considered a new restaurant and this year it rang in at number 2, also claiming the “highest new entry” award.

Neither Attica nor Brae featured in the list this year, Attica dropping from 20 to 84, and Brae from 58 to 101.

The restaurants in the top 50 list were mainly from Europe, with only seven from Asia, seven from Central or South America, five from the US and one from Africa. None from Australia were listed. 

The full list of winners of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019:

1. Mirazur (Menton, France)
Last year’s rank: 3

2. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)

3. Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Spain)

4. Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand)

5. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)

6. Central (Lima, Peru)

7. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)

8. Arpège (Paris, France)

9. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)

10. Maido (Lima, Peru)

11. Den (Tokyo, Japan)

12. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)

13. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)

14. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)

15. Septime (Paris, France)

16. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris, France)

17. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)

18. Odette (Singapore)

19. Twins Garden (Moscow, Russia)

20. Tickets (Barcelona, Spain)

21. Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)

22. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)

23. Cosme (New York City, USA)

24. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)

25. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France)

26. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)

27. The Clove Club (London, United Kingdom)

28. Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, USA)

29. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)

30. Elkano (Getaria, Spain)

31. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)

32. Nerua (Bilbao, Spain)

33. Lyle’s (London, United Kingdom)

34. Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

35. Atelier Crenn (San Francisco, USA)

36. Le Bernardin (New York City, USA)

37. Alinea (Chicago, USA)

38. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)

39. A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil)

40. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)

41. The Chairman (Hong Kong)

42. Belcanto (Lisbon, Portugal)

43. Hof Van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)

44. Test Kitchen (Cape Town, South Africa)

45. Sühring (Bangkok, Thailand)

46. De Librije (Zwolle, Netherlands)

47. Benu (San Francisco, USA)

48. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai, China)

49. Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)

50. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)