You live only once. Therefore, it does make sense to splurge on your eating once in a while. Of course, many people might argue that homemade food is the best blah blah blah. Nevertheless, dining in the world’s best restaurants is a heavenly experience. No doubt, it might cost you a bit. That should not be a problem because you get an out-of-the-world experience as well.
There are hundreds of classic restaurants in the world. Every city might have its individual favorites. However, we have to prune down the list to the top 10 best restaurants in the world in 2018. Many factors go into this classification. The location, the nature of the food, the costs, the hygiene factor, etc. play a big role in this classification.
You have different kinds of restaurants in the list. Some are the ‘a la carte’ type of restaurants. However, one thing is common among all these restaurants. The hospitality factor is the most important one in this industry. Each of the restaurants included in this list provide the highest quality of hospitality to its customers. We have listed the average cost of five courses.
10. Asador Etxebarri: Axpe, Spain: Last Year # 13, Average cost: $175
Spain is famous for its quality of food. Therefore, it is no surprise that you begin this list with one of the best restaurants in Spain. The Asador Etxebarri in Basque Country consistently features in the list of the Top 50 restaurants in the world. Having attained the 13th rank last year, it has made its entry back into the top 10 this year with the 10th rank. Renowned for making the juiciest Palamo’s prawns, homemade chorizo tartare, and delicious tomahawk steaks, this restaurant is an affordable one as well.
09. Steirereck: Vienna: Last Year # 15, Average cost: $171 to $184
Austria is also an excellent place to get fabulous food. You have some great restaurants in the cities in Austria, most notably Vienna. The Steirereck is a marvellous restaurant, known for maintaining impeccable cleanliness. Enclosed in a monolithic glass cube in Stadtpark, this restaurant is arguably the most modern of all. You get the best food at all times with the Wiener Schnitzel (the world’s largest variety of hot dogs) being the favourite of all. With an average cost of around $175, this restaurant classifies as an affordable restaurant for the majority of the clientele. This restaurant has made a good jump from its 15th position last year to occupy the 9th rank this year.
08. Narisawa: Tokyo: Last Year # 8, Average cost: $233
At No. 8, we have Asia’s sole representative Narisawa, Tokyo. One of the best restaurants in this continent, this restaurant is a constant feature in the top 10 restaurants in the world. The best aspect of this restaurant is the spacing of the tables. You have adequate spacing between the tables for you not to hear the conversation of other guests. Another heartening aspect is that you have one waiter for each table thus taking the hospitality to great heights. As far as the food is concerned, you get the best of all the cuisines here. An average cost of $233 for five courses might seem a bit high but it is apt for a restaurant that has only 8 tables.
07. Mugaritz: Errenteria, Spain: Last Year # 6, Average Cost: $240
Spain has its second entry in the top 10 with the Mugaritz coming in at No. 7 in the list. Set up in a picturesque location in the Basque mountains facing the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, this restaurant is a sure sight for sore eyes. A very busy restaurant known for serving more than a 1000 dishes a night, this restaurant is a consistent performer in the top 10 over the years. With more than 35 chefs working overtime, you have the highest degree of hospitality at this restaurant. An average five course meal might be available in the range of $240 but it is certainly worth its weight in gold.
06. Mirazur: Menton, France: Last Year # 11, Average cost: $110 to $273
Situated on the French side of the Riviera, the Mirazur restaurant in Menton offers the best of French as well as Italian cuisine. Just a boat ride away from Italy, you can expect the Italian influence in the menu. Having some of the most skilled chefs in town, this restaurant serves up mouthwatering dishes such as the monkfish, Piedmont hazelnuts, and the anchovy fillets in addition to hundreds of others. In existence since 2006, this restaurant makes its maiden entry into the top 10 at the No.6 in this list. The restaurant is an affordable one by all means with the lowest priced dishes costing in the range of $110.
05. Noma: Copenhagen: Last Year # 2, Average cost: $289
You get one of the best eating experiences at this restaurant in Copenhagen. Noma, Copenhagen was ranked at No. 2 on this list last year. However, stiff completion has brought it down to the No. 5 this year. You get an out-of-the-world experience when you dine at this restaurant with the waiters treating to a parade of small plates the shape of which resembles the food you order. This makes the restaurant the one that experiences the highest number of camera clicks in a day. The average rate of tasting the food might be a bit high in the range of $289, but the experience is certainly worth paying the amount.
04. Central: Lima: Last Year # 4, Average cost: $95 to $119
When you have Spanish cuisine dominating the top restaurants in the world, you should have a representative from Latin America as well. Here we have one, Central, at the No. 4 spot in the list. Located in Lima, this restaurant has the reputation of topping the list of best Latin American restaurants for the last four years. This could be the best place in the world to taste the delicacies from the Amazon rain forest such as the ‘kushuru’ (edible cyanobacteria) and the ‘arapima’ (a freshwater fish found only in the Amazon River). This restaurant has maintained its ranking of No. 4 this year as well. With an average cost of $95 to $119, this could rank as the most inexpensive among the top 10 restaurants in the world.
03. Eleven Madison Park: New York City: Last Year # 5, Average cost: $295
You have the representative from the United States, Eleven Madison Park at the No. 3 position in the top 10 list. It should be unimaginable for any list not to contain a representative from the United States. One of the most magnificent restaurants in the world, this restaurant has won a host of awards over the years in various categories. Serving a range of mouthwatering dishes, this restaurant takes inspiration from the agricultural bounty and the culinary traditions of New York. Naturally, you expect the top restaurant in the US to be on the expensive side. With an average tasting rate of $295 for a five course meal, this restaurant is the most expensive among the top 10 in this list.
02. El Celler de Can Roca: Girona, Spain: Last Year # 1, Average cost: $184 to $218
Spain is the best country to have food. We have a third representative from Spain in the list of the top 10 restaurants in the world. The El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona has the reputation of being in the top two restaurants consistently for the past six years. In fact, this year it has come down a slot to the No. 2 position after enjoying a run at the No. 1 spot last year. One of the most creative restaurants in the world, it serves caramelised olives on a bonsai tree dish. The wine cellars of this restaurant contain around 60,000 bottles of vintage wine. It can be a truly great experience dining at this restaurant. With an average meal costing in the range of $200, this is an affordable restaurant as well.
01. Osteria Francescana: Modena, Italy, Last year # 2, Average cost: $234 to $260
At No. 1 we have an Italian restaurant that is visible from a distance of over ten kilometers as you approach the place. The Osteria Francescana in Modena is the most modern restaurant in the whole of Italy. Serving the most delicious Italian cuisine of all time, this restaurant has been a consistent performer over the years. The fact that it can beat the El Celler de Can Rosa, a consistent top-ranking restaurant, to the No. 1 spot speaks volumes of the capability of the restaurant. This restaurant ticks all the boxes in the qualification criteria to comfortably seal the No. 1 position in the top 10 list of the most famous restaurants in the world.
You have just seen the top 10 famous restaurants in the world. By now, you should be salivating just looking at the names of these restaurants. Having a meal in one of them should be your ultimate dream now. This should be a good reason enough to pack your bags and have a trip around the world.