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La Liste reveals the world's best 20 restaurants

Here are the best 20 restaurants in the world, according to France's La Liste. 

20. L'Ambroisie, Paris, France

La Liste score (%) 98.75

Address: 9 Place des Vosges, 75004

Three-star restaurant l'Ambrosie in Paris is (in)famous for two things: the restaurant has held three Michelin stars since 1988 (therefore Paris' longest running three-star restaurant) and it's an à la carte only restaurant.

A meal at l'Ambroisie comes with a premium price tag but this is still in line with other three-star restaurants in Paris and in France in general.


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19. Aponiente El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, Spain

La Liste score (%)  98.75

Address: C/ Francisco Cossi Ochoa, s/n, 11500

One of Spain's most creative chefs, Ángel León, has a Michelin star at his restaurant Aponiente in El Puerto de Santa María, where he creates astounding dishes with seafood and seaweed.

18. Le Louis XV - Alain Ducasse Monte Carlo, Monaco

La Liste score (%)98.75

Address: Hotel De Paris, Place du Casino, 98000

Le Louis XV is the flagship restaurant of chef Alain Ducasse located inside the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo.

He opened the restaurant in May 1987, having been challenged by Prince Rainier III of Monaco and the Société des bains de mer de Monaco to win three Michelin stars there within four years, becoming the first hotel-based restaurant to win that level of the award.

Ducasse won the three stars for the restaurant 33 months later, some fifteen months earlier than his objective.

17. Le Calandre Sarmeola di Rubano, Italy

La Liste score (%)98.75

Address: Via Liguria, 1, 35030

Another family restaurant, Massimiliano and Raffaele Alajmo inherited the restaurant from their parents and have spent the last 10 years perfecting it.

Dishes are split into three tasting menus: one is filled with Le Calandre classics, while the other two showcase each of the brothers' own tastes.

The crispy buffalo ricotta and mozzarella cannelloni with tomato sauce is particularly popular, along with the saffron juniper and liquorice powder risotto.

16. Schwarzwaldstube Baiersbronn-Tonbach, Germany

La Liste score (%)98.75

Address: Tonbachstraße 237, 72270

Michelin three-star restaurateur Harald Wohlfahrt is recognised as one of the greatest chefs in Europe. His restaurant in the Black Forest is a magnet for celebrities the world over.

In 2009, the man who has cooked for Bill Clinton, Angela Merkel and Sophia Loren, drew up menus for astronauts floating nearly 250 miles above the earth aboard the International Space Station.

15. L'Auberge du Vieux Puits Fontjoncouse, France

La Liste score (%)98.75

Address: 5 Avenue Saint-Victor, 11360 

Gilles Goujon shed tears of joy after learning his L'Auberge du Vieux Puits, tucked in a village in southern France , won a coveted third star in the Michelin Guide in 2010.

The auberge, which opened 18 years ago with a staff of two - Goujon and his wife - is  one of 25 other three-star establishments in the firmament of French gastronomy.

14. Osteria Francescana Modena, Italy

La Liste score (%)98.75

Address: Via Stella, 22, 41121 Modena MO, Italy

Massimo Bottura opened Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy in 1995 with the intention to "juxtapose culinary tradition and innovation with contemporary art and design".

The restaurant earned its third Michelin star in 2012 and has constantly been listed in the top 5 at The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards since 2010.

Visit Osteria Francescana for a "brilliant yet eccentric" fare, including the 'Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano' in different textures and temperatures and 'Oops! I Dropped the Lemon Tart', a twist on the traditional dessert that was inspired by an accident in kitchen.

13. L’Atelier Joël Robuchon, Meguro-ku, Japan

La Liste score (%)98.75

Address: Mori Tower, 2/F Hillside, Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi

The idea of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon was inspired by Sushi counters where Japanese masters prepare their food in front of their customers.

It features an open kitchen on a forty-seat counter where several high tables allow customers to observe dishes being prepared.

12. Kyo Aji, Minato, Japan

La Liste score (%)98.75

Address: 3 Chome-3-5 Shinbashi, Minato, Tokyo

Kyo Aji is known as one of the best kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo. The restaurant offers delicate dishes using unique Japanese ingredients such as hamo (conger), konowata (salted sea cucumber intestines), zuiki and soft roe of sea bream. A popular way to finish off a meal is with harasu gohan (rice with fish belly). Reservations fill up as far as one or two months ahead.

The owner, Kenichiro Nishi, has even had his name appear in the gourmet-focused 'Oishinbo' manga series.

11. L'Assiette Champenoise Tinqueux, France

La Liste score (%)98.75

Address: 40 Avenue Paul Vaillant-Couturier, 51430

Tucked away in the hills of the Champagne region, L'Assiette Champenoise hotel and restaurant plays host to three Michelin-starred chef Lallement and his exquisite culinary creations.

Garnering inspiration from the wine-making region that surrounds him, Lallement revisits timeless classics and gives them his own, updated twist.

10. The French Laundry, Yountville, United States

La Liste score (%)99.00

Address: 6640 Washington St, CA 94599, USA

The French Laundry serves an exciting dining experience with their nine-course tasting menus. They serve fine French cuisine, never repeating an ingredient throughout the meal with the aim of invoking emotions of surprise and desire for more after each course. The menu changes daily, so that you will never experience the same meal twice, serving up quality produce such as oysters and pearl tapioca, caviar and Wild King Salmon.

The cost of this exciting meal is £195 per person so you'll have to get saving if you want to try another menu.

9. Martín Berasategui Lasarte-Oria, Spain

La Liste score (%)99.00

Address: Calle de Loidi, 4, 20160 Lasarte

San Sebastian is famous for having the highest number of Michelin stars per resident in the world. Martin Berasategui is a three-starred restaurant a few miles out of town, renowned as one of the best exponents of Basque nouvelle cuisine.

A sample 12-course lunch includes eel and foie gras layered with caramel, as well as various foams, reductions and drizzles.  

8. La Vague d'Or Saint-Tropez, France

La Liste score (%)99.00

Address: Plage de Bouillabaisse, 83990

Apart from Le Louis XV, there is only one place with three Michelin stars – La Vague d’Or in St-Tropez. It does haute cuisine de la Mediterranée like amberjack fish and crabmeat in a marinade of mandarin oranges and turbot in a Camargue sea-salt crust with shellfish and rock samphire. It’s in a beautiful setting, right by the water’s edge.

7. El Celler de Can Roca Girona, Spain

La Liste score (%)99.00

Address: Carrer de Can Sunyer, 48, 17007

Opened in 1986 by the three Roca brothers, El Celler de Can Roca serves traditional Catalan cuisine with creative twists.

El Celler de Can Roca regularly finds itself topping best restaurant lists and has been praised by fellow chefs. Michel Roux once described it as "one of the top restaurants in Europe".

The restaurant has several signature dishes including a deconstructed Palamós prawns, truffle bonbons, and Iberian suckling pig.

6. Eleven Madison Park New York, United States

La Liste score (%)99.25

Address: 11 Madison Ave, NY 10010, USA

One of the best fine-dining restaurants in New York, Eleven Madison Park was founded in 1998 by restaurateur Danny Meyer.

While not advertised on the menu, the signature dish at Eleven Madison Park is the Lavender and Honey Duck.

In an interview with Reuters, Humm said: "The dish is not on the menu but we always have it. But really a restaurant like ours is not one that has signature dishes. We actually try to stay away from it even if people fall in love with the dish. Eleven Madison has to keep evolving."

5. Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville Crissier, Switzerland

La Liste score (%)99.25

Address: Rue d'Yverdon 1, 1023

Hotel de Ville has an illustrious culinary history, gaining three Michelin stars in 1992 under Fredy Girardet, Philippe Rochat and then Benoit Violier..

Following the latter’s death in January 2016 the leadership of the kitchen transferred to Benoit’s long time right-hand man, Franck Giovannini. The restaurant is located on a hillside in a village four miles from the city of Lausanne.

4. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée Paris, France

La Liste score (%) 99.25

Address: 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008

Ducasse obtained the three Michelin stars for the restaurant in 2001, with the guide describing the dishes as "really outstanding". The “Jardin-Marin” set menu has a range of seasonal fish dishes created with the idea that the natural taste of food is what makes it so delicious. Each component is prepared to perfection as the ingredients both contrast and harmonise with each other on your plate.

Plaza Athénée serves only the best of what nature has to offer, with ingredients such as vegetables from Château de Versailles gardens, Refreshed Brittany langoustines and golden caviar featuring on the menu. It costs £280 a person to sample these foods, though.

3. Kyubey Tokyo, Japan

La Liste score (%) 99.50

Address: 8 Chome-7-6 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0061

There is no culinary sin greater than visiting Tokyo without eating sushi. One memorable place to do so is at the traditional Ginza flagship of family-run Kyubey.

Here, bowing kimono-clad staff usher guests into the four-storey restaurant, which houses a warren of eating spaces, from intimate counter spaces where the chefs slice fish freshly in front of you to private rooms with low tables and “tatami” mat flooring. Sit at the main counter on the ground floor, where chefs (including the owner's son), sushi knives in hand, tailor and talk about the dishes they are preparing directly with visitors. It’s a popular restaurant (Steven Spielberg is apparently a regular) so worth booking in advance.

2. Le Bernardin New York, United States

La Liste score (%) 99.50

Address: 155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019, USA

Founded in Paris in 1972 and then transplanted to New York in 1986, Le Bernardin is one of the world's top restaurants for seafood.

Le Bernardin is one of six restaurants in New York with three Michelin stars.

The menu is split into three sections 'Almost Raw', 'Barely Touched' and 'Lightly Cooked' and offer dishes like poached halibut with Manila clams, wild mushroom casserole, and a buttery striped bass.

Restaurant Guy Savoy Paris, France

La Liste score (%) 99.75

Address: Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 75006 

The Paris restaurant Guy Savoy, which relocated to Monnaie de Parison on the banks of the River Seine in 2015, garnered three Michelin stars in 2002.

It has been crowned the best restaurant in the world for the second year running by La Liste, France’s own ranking of the world's top 1,000 restaurants, launched as a riposte to the UK-based World's 50 Best Restaurants.