These Are the World's 50 Best Restaurants of 2018 - Maxim

These Are the World's 50 Best Restaurants of 2018

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Our condolences to anyone who has just nabbed a table at last year's "world's best restaurant," Eleven Madison Park in New York City.

Because it's just been dethroned by Italy's best, Osteria Francescana from chef Massimo Bottura, on the 2018 "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list. 

It's arguably the most important culinary ranking in the world, as winners are voted by a panel of 1,000 culinary experts. Although, it has been criticized for favoring fancy European fare and excluding female chefs in the past. 

We're also seriously confounded about why that Cheetos-themed restaurant was left off the list, but whatever...

Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy won top honors once before in 2016, but it was unseated by Eleven Madison Park in 2017. Eleven Madison Park has since fallen to fourth place, but keep in mind that the restaurant was under renovations for much of 2017.

Nonetheless, the list is set to determine where gourmands will travel in 2018... and how long they'll be willing to wait for a reservation. 

Here, the "World's 50 Best Restaurants" in 2018:

1. Osteria Francescana — Modena, Italy

2. El Celler de Can Roca — Girona, Spain

3. Mirazur — Menton, France

4. Eleven Madison Park — New York City

5. Gaggan — Bangkok, Thailand

6. Central — Lima, Peru

7. Maido — Lima, Peru

8. L’Arpege — Paris, France

9. Mugaritz — Errenteria, Spain

10. Asador Etxebarri — Axpe, Spain

11. Quintonil — Mexico City, Mexico

12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns — Pocantico Hills, New York

13. Pujol — Mexico City, Mexico

14. Steirereck — Vienna, Austria

15. White Rabbit — Moscow, Russia

16. Piazza Duomo — Alba, Italy

17. Den — Tokyo, Japan

18. Disfrutar — Barcelona, Spain

19. Geranium — Copenhagen, Denmark

20. Attica — Melbourne, Australia

21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée — Paris, France

22. Narisawa — Tokyo, Japan

23. Le Calandre — Rubano, Italy

24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet — Shanghai, China

25. Cosme — New York City

26. Le Bernardin — New York City

27. Boragó — Santiago, Chile

28. Odette — Singapore

29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen — Paris, France

30. D.O.M. — São Paulo, Brazil

31. Arzak — San Sebastian, Spain

32. Tickets — Barcelona, Spain

33. The Clove Club — London, UK

34. Alinea — Chicago

35. Maaemo — Oslo, Norway

36. Reale — Castel Di Sangro, Italy

37. Restaurant Tim Raue — Berlin, Germany

38. Lyle's — London, UK

39. Astrid y Gastón — Lima, Peru

40. Septime — Paris, France

41. Nihonryori RyuGin — Tokyo, Japan

42. The Ledbury — London, UK

43. Azurmendi — Larrabetzu, Spain

44. Mikla — Istanbul, Turkey

45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal — London, UK

46. Saison — San Francisco

47. Schloss Schauenstein — Fürstenau, Switzerland

48. Hiša Franko — Kobarid, Slovenia

49. Nahm — Bangkok, Thailand

50. The Test Kitchen — Cape Town, South Africa

h/t Eater