The winners of the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards were announced on June 25 in Singapore, attracting the attention of fine dining seekers and the always-hungry. Like years past, the list had its fair share of controversy and upsets.

The number one spot went to Mirazur, a Mediterranean restaurant in Menton, France. Mirazur, helmed by Argentinian-Italian chef Mauro Colagreco, also earned its third Michelin star this year. Second came Noma, a Copenhagen restaurant run by René Redzepi that’s one of the most famous in the world. This was the first year that previous winners of the top spot weren’t eligible, a rule added to ostensibly diversify the list, but Noma, which was number one in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, was eligible because it closed briefly and reopened. Asador Etxebarri, a restaurant in the Spanish Basque town of Atxondo where every single thing on the menu is flame grilled, rounded out the top three.

The restaurants that weren’t allowed to be on the list because of previous number one wins (and no reopenings) included Eleven Madison Park in New York City, The French Laundry in California, The Fat Duck in England, and Osteria Francescana in Italy.

“It’s much more important to have amazing chefs to be involved and that is good for everyone and I think everyone wants that,” Daniel Humm from Eleven Madison Park told CNN. “It can’t be our moment forever, and we are happy to not compete every single year.”

By “world,” the list generally refers to Europe and the Americas, with six restaurants representing all of Asia and only one restaurant in Africa. Gaggan in Bangkok took fourth place and the Best Restaurant in Asia Award for the fourth time. The list also favors male-run restaurants. Five restaurants run by female chefs made the list, the same number as last year, Eater noted. The list also operates a separate (but equal?) list for women: The World’s Best Female Chef, which was topped by 28-year-old Daniela Soto-Innes of Cosme and Atla in New York City.

World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards started in 2002. Restaurants from Spain, the US, the UK, Denmark, Italy, and France have won the top award in the past 17 years. The vast majority of restaurants that make the list serve tasting menus that run into the hundreds of dollars.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards winners 2019

  1. Mirazur (Menton, France)
  2. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  3. Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Spain)
  4. Gaggan (Bangkok)
  5. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  6. Central (Lima, Peru)
  7. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)
  8. Arpège (Paris, France)
  9. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)
  10. Maido (Lima, Peru)
  11. Den (Tokyo, Japan)
  12. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)
  13. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)
  14. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)
  15. Septime (Paris, France)
  16. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris, France)
  17. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)
  18. Odette (Singapore)
  19. Twins Garden (Moscow, Russia)
  20. Tickets (Barcelona, Spain)
  21. Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)
  22. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
  23. Cosme (New York City)
  24. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)
  25. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France)
  26. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)
  27. The Clove Club (London, UK)
  28. Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, New York)
  29. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)
  30. Elkano (Getaria, Spain)
  31. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)
  32. Nerua (Bilbao, Spain)
  33. Lyle’s (London, UK)
  34. Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  35. Atelier Crenn (San Francisco)
  36. Le Bernardin (New York City)
  37. Alinea (Chicago)
  38. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)
  39. A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil)
  40. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)
  41. The Chairman (Hong Kong, China)
  42. Belcanto (Lisbon, Portugal)
  43. Hof van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)
  44. Test Kitchen (Cape Town, South Africa)
  45. Sühring (Bangkok, Thailand)
  46. De Librije (Zwolle, Netherlands)
  47. Benu (San Francisco)
  48. Ultraviolet (Shanghai, China)
  49. Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)
  50. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)