The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2024 list reveals a new dining trend

The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2024 winners at Wynn Las Vegas
The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2024 winners at Wynn Las Vegas / The World's Best

While restaurant accolades drive diners to book a highly coveted table, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 list celebrates more than just culinary excellence. As seen in this diverse group, dining greatness can be found all over the globe.

Over the years, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list has celebrated both highly recognizable names as well as emerging talent. The judging panel, comprised of industry experts and “well-traveled gourmets,” offer their insight. Given the diverse group, the annual list celebrates restaurants in popular destinations as well as emerging ones.

Topping The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 list is Disfrutar. The Barcelona restaurant is run by three El Bulli alums, Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas. While the trio is rooted in culinary greatness, Disfrutar’s dining experience celebrates a touch of whimsy but never loses sight of technique. The elevated ingredients delight the palate, yet the presentation captures the playfulness.

Disfrutar was one of several Spanish restaurants to make the top 10. The second ranked restaurant, Asador Etxebarri, and fourth, Diverxo, all hail from Spain. Even though Paris and New York City both have restaurants in the top 10, Spain dominates this section of the list.

Looking at the list, it is curious that only one U.S. based restaurant is included in the top 50. Atomix, located in New York City, improved its position in the top 10. Other cities and countries have numerous locales honored. Maybe the judges need some additional opportunities to explore the delicious food across the 50 states.  

Overall, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 showcases that culinary talent can be found all over the globe. 26 countries and territories were included this year.  The diversity of culinary genres showcases that diners crave creativity at the table. It is the overall experience as much as it is delicious, technically superior food. This list proves that people are embracing global dining trends.

Unlike Michelin Stars that are awarded year after year, The World’s 50 Best List siphons off the number one restaurant into a Best of the Best list. The previously awarded locations, like Eleven Madison Park and Central, are not part of voting consideration.

What does The 50 World’s Best Restaurant list mean for chefs? Hopefully, it is another feather in their cap that keeps their reservation book full for a long time.

A complete list of The 50 World’s Best Restaurants can be found below. The award celebration was held Wynn Las Vegas.

Position   Restaurant     Location

1            Disfrutar         Barcelona

2            Asador Etxebarri   Atxondo

3            Table by Bruno Verjus       Paris

4            Diverxo          Madrid

5            Maido            Lima

6            Atomix           New York

7            Quintonil        Mexico City

8            Alchemist       Copenhagen

9            Gaggan         Bangkok

10          Don Julio       Buenos Aires

11          Septime         Paris

12          Lido 84          Gardone Riviera

13          Trèsind Studio Dubai

14          Quique Dacosta   Dénia

15          Sézanne        Tokyo

16          Kjolle            Lima

17          Kol               London

18          Plénitude       Paris

19          Reale            Castel di Sangro

20          Wing             Hong Kong

21          Florilège        Tokyo

22          Steirereck       Vienna

23          Sühring         Bangkok

24          Odette           Singapore

25          El Chato        Bogotá

26          The Chairman  Hong Kong

27          A Casa do Porco  São Paolo

28          Elkano          Getaria

29          Boragó          Santiago

30          Restaurant Tim Raue        Berlin

31          Belcanto        Lisbon

32          Den              Tokyo

33          Pujol             Mexico City

34          Rosetta          Mexico City

35          Frantzén        Stockholm

36          The Jane        Antwerp

37          Oteque          Rio de Janeiro

38          Sorn             Bangkok

39          Piazza Duomo Alba

40          Le Du            Bangkok

41          Mayta            Lima

42          Ikoyi             London

43          Nobelhart & Schmutzig      Berlin

44          Mingles         Seoul

45          Arpège          Paris

46          SingleThread   Healdsburg

47          Schloss Schauenstein       Fürstenau

48          Hiša Franko    Kobarid

49          La Colombe    Cape Town

50          Uliassi           Senigallia