The 50 best restaurants in the world have been announced for 2023

Peruvian restaurant Central has been named the World’s Best Restaurant for 2023, with a menu that celebrates the unique biodiversity of the country’s indigenous ingredients. 

This June, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants event, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, was held at the prestigious Les Arts Opera House at the City of Arts & Sciences in Valencia, Spain. The awards aim to highlight global gastronomic talent and seek to find the best restaurants across 24 territories and five continents. While the awards recognised 50 of the world’s best restaurants, only one was crowned the best restaurant in the world.

a rustic yet modern restaurant interior
Central © Gustavo Vivanco

The World’s Best Restaurant 2023

It may have only come in at second place in 2022, but in 2023 Central, a restaurant located in Peru’s capital city, Lima, which is led by chefs Virgilio Martinez and Pía Léon, won the title of The World’s Best Restaurant 2023. Central also won the title of The Best Restaurant in South America 2023. 

Central is the flagship Lima restaurant of chefs Martinez and León, and serves up an inspired menu that celebrates the unique biodiversity of the country’s indigenous ingredients. However, coming in at number one on a list of 50 of the best restaurants in the world wasn’t just luck, it required careful gastronomic curation, research and creative interpretation of traditional dishes and flavours. The culinary expression at Central is guided by its research arm, Mater Iniciativa, along with local heritage and a commitment to sustainability. 

 “It gives me great pleasure to share the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 and celebrate the fantastic achievement of Central as the new number one. Virgilio Martinez, Pía León and the whole Central team have truly paved the way in celebrating indigenous ingredients through their innovative dishes and warm hospitality,” said William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

“Their commitment to research, respect for their country’s heritage and promotion of Peru’s unique biodiversity is unmatched, and we’re honoured to name Central as The World’s Best Restaurant. This year’s list continues to show the breadth of culinary talent across the globe, and we look forward to seeing how it evolves even further in 2024 and beyond.” 

Pía Léon and Virgilio Martinez
Pía Léon and Virgilio Martinez © Daniel Silva

The 50 best restaurants in the world 2023

  1. Central, Lima 
  2. Disfrutar, Barcelona
  3. Diverxo, Madrid 
  4. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo 
  5. Alchemist, Copenhagen 
  6. Maido, Lima 
  7. Lido 84, Gardone Riviera 
  8. Atomix, New York 
  9. Quintonil, Mexico City 
  10. Table by Bruno Verjus, Paris 
  11. Trèsind Studio, Dubai 
  12. A Casa do Porco, São Paulo 
  13. Pujol, Mexico City 
  14. Odette, Singapore 
  15. Le Du, Bangkok 
  16. Reale, Castel di Sangro 
  17. Gaggan Anand, Bangkok 
  18. Steirereck, Vienna 
  19. Don Julio, Buenos Aires 
  20. Quique Dacosta, Denia 
  21. Den, Tokyo 
  22. Elkano, Getaria 
  23. Kol, London 
  24. Septime, Paris 
  25. Belcanto, Lisbon 
  26. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau 
  27. Florilège, Tokyo 
  28. Kjolle, Lima 
  29. Boragó, Santiago 
  30. Frantzén, Stockholm 
  31. Mugaritz, San Sebastian
  32. Hiša Franko, Kobarid 
  33. El Chato, Bogotá 
  34. Uliassi, Senigallia 
  35. Ikoyi, London 
  36. Plénitude, Paris 
  37. Sézanne, Tokyo
  38. The Clove Club, London 
  39. The Jane, Antwerp 
  40. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin 
  41. Le Calandre, Rubano 
  42. Piazza Duomo, Alba 
  43. Leo, Bogotá 
  44. Le Bernardin, New York 
  45. Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin 
  46. Orfali Bros Bistro, Dubai 
  47. Mayta, Lima 
  48. La Grenouillère, La Madeleine-sous-Montreuil 
  49. Rosetta, Mexico City 
  50. The Chairman, Hong Kong

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