World Top 50 Restaurants 2012

This year South Africa continues it’s slide down and off the World’s top restaurants list. Last year we had 3 in the top 100 with 1 (Le Quartier Francaise) being in the top 50. This year we have only 2 in the top 100, Le Quartier Francaise at position 57 and for the first time, The Test Kitchen at position 74.

La Colombe has left the list entirely, after dropping to position 82 last year.

Spain and USA dominate the top 10 with 3 positions each, while Noma in Denmark takes 1st place as it has for the last few years.

The full list is below. You can read more about the awards at the website.

1 Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
2 El Celler De Can Roca, Girona, Spain
3 Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
4 D.o.m., Sao Paulo, Brazil
5 Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
6 Per Se, New York, USA
7 Alinea, Chicago, USA
8 Arzak San Sebastian Spain
9 Dinner, Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental London, UK
10 Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
11 Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
12 L’atelier De Joel Robuchon Paris, Paris, France
13 The Fat Duck, Bray, UK
14 The Ledbury, London, UK
15 Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
16 L’arpege, Paris, France
17 Pierre Gagnaire, Paris, France
18 L’astrance, Paris, France
19 Le Bernardin, New York, USA
20 Frantzén/lindeberg, Stockholm, Sweden
21 Oud Sluis, Sluis, Netherlands
22 Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
23 Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
24 Mirazur, Menton, France
25 Daniel, New York, USA
26 Iggy’s, Singapore
27 Les Creation De Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
28 Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
29 Quay, Sydney, Australia
30 Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
31 Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
32 Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
33 De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
34 Fäviken Magasinet, Jarpen, Sweden
35 Astrid Y Gaston, Lima, Peru
36 Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
37 Momofuku Ssam Bar, New York, USA
38 Biko, Mexico, Mexico
39 Waku Ghin, Singapore
40 Quique Dacosta Restaurant, Denia, Spain
41 Mathias Dahlgren, Stockholm, Sweden
42 Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
43 The French Laundry, Yountville, USA
44 Amber, Hong Kong, China
45 Vila Joya, Albufeira, Portugal
46 Il Canto, Siena, Italy
47 Bras Restaurant, Laguiole, France
48 Manresa, Los Gatos, USA
49 Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
50 Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
51 Mani, Sao Paulo, Brazil
52 Bo Innovation, Hong Kong, China
53 Les Amis, Singapore
54 Caprice, Hong Kong, China
55 Ristorante Cracco, Milan, Italy
56 Chez Dominique, Helsinki, Finland
57 The Tasting Room At Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek, South Africa
58 Coi, San Francisco, California
59 Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy
60 Varvary, Moscow, Russia
61 Marque, Sydney, Australia
62 Malabar, Lima, Peru
63 Attica, Melbourne, Australia
64 La Maison Troisgros, Roanne, France
65 Restaurant Sant Pau-carme Ruscalleda, Sant Pol De Mar, Spain
66 Jean Georges, New York, USA
67 Martin Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain
68 Restaurant Andre, Singapore
69 Spondi, Athens, Greece
70 Dal Pescatore, Canneto, Italy
71 Roberta Sudbrack, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
72 La Vie, Osnabrück, Germany
73 Maison Pic, Valence, France
74 The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
75 Restaurant Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
76 Tetsuya’s, Sydney, Australia
77 Blue Hill At Stone Barns, New York, USA
78 Guy Savoy, Paris, France
79 Momofuku Ko, New York, USA
80 Viajante, London, UK
81 La Grenouillere, La Madelaine Sous Montreuil, France
82 Robuchon A Galera, Macau, China
83 Zuma, Dubai, UAE
84 Bukhara, New Delhi, India
85 Die Schwarzwaldstube, Baiersbronn, Germany
86 Tantris, Munich, Germany
87 Septime, Paris, France
88 Le Gavroche, London, England
89 Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
90 Masa, New York, USA
91 Landhaus Bacher, Mautern, Austria
92 In De Wulf, Dranouter, Belgium
93 Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China
94 Hibiscus, London, UK
95 Mr And Mrs Bund, Shanghai, China
96 La Petit Maison, Dubai, UAE
97 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham, UK
98 Chez Panisse, Berkeley, USA
99 Chaika, Moscow, Russia
100 Hakkasan, London, UK


2 responses to “World Top 50 Restaurants 2012”

  1. Have you tried out either of these South African restuarants? Have you written a review about it? (Apologies if you have, am new to the site) Also, what’s the damage to your wallet dining at one of the World’s top restaurants?

    1. Definitely, they are top class restaurants and deserve a spot in the top 100. They are quite expensive for SA but compared to other top restaurants around the world they are a bargain!