New York’s Eleven Madison Park has just been announced as the number one restaurant in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, which took place today in Melbourne, Australia.

The restaurant first debuted on the list in 2010 at number 50, breaking into the top 10 in 2012 and last year placing third. According to the press release announcing the top 50 winners, “The restaurant’s co-owners, Will Guidara and Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm, enhance the fine-dining experience with a sense of fun, blurring the line between the kitchen and the dining room. Housed in an art deco building overlooking New York’s Madison Park, the restaurant’s multi-course seasonal tasting menu celebrates the city’s rich history and culinary traditions.”

The top 10 restaurants are:

  1. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
  2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  4. Mirazur, Menton, France
  5. Central, Lima, Peru
  6. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
  7. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
  8. Maido, Lima, Peru
  9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  10. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria

The list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a group of over 1000 members of the international restaurant community. The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months.

South Africa’s The Test Kitchen and La Colombe featured on the top 100 list, with The Test Kitchen placing at 63  and La Colombe at 73.

For the full list, visit

*Picture supplied by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants