At the bottom of the post, there is a link to the full list of 100. I personally found it interesting to see how many I had visited. ~MDH

  • New York has 13 restaurants on the list, overtaking Paris as the city with the most restaurants in the Top 100
  • Chicago’s Alinea regains the top spot, while New York features three restaurants in the top ten, with Eleven Madison Park retaining its spot at number three
  • The US dominates with 28 restaurants in the Top 100, followed by France with 18 restaurants on the list

LONDON (April 18, 2018) – New York has been crowned the world’s best dining destination, according to the seventh annual poll of its readers by private jet lifestyle publication Elite Traveler.

A total of 13 New York restaurants feature on the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants in the World this year – overtaking Paris as the city with the most award winners. However, it was Chicago that came out on top in terms of rankings, with the much-lauded Alinea being crowned the best restaurant in the world.

Leading the charge for New York is Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park, which has retained its third-place position from 2017. Two other New York restaurants also make the top 10:  Thomas Keller’s Per Se in fourth place and seafood restaurant Le Bernardin in eighth place.

The number one spot was awarded to Grant Achatz’s Alinea. On receiving the prestigious honor, he commented: It’s been a busy year, but this recognition by Elite Traveler and everything we’ve accomplished makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

The US has been recognized as the best performing country in the world, with 28 restaurants making the list, while France followed with 18 award winners. Other standout countries include Spain with 8 winners, Italy and the UK both having 7 on the list and Germany claiming five places in the top 100.

Other US cities with strong showings include San Francisco, with Saison (47), Coi (70), Atelier Crenn (54), Benu (81), Single Thread Farms (86) and Quince (91) all making the list, as well as Chicago, with Alinea (1), Next (41) and Smyth + The Loyalist (96).

New entries on the list include La Dame de Pic (100), Bibendum (97), Smyth + The Loyalist (96), Brae (95), Le Coucou (93), The Modern (90), Masa (94) and Single Thread Farms (86).

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was received by Daniel Boulud, who describes his work in the kitchen at Daniel as collaborative as opposed to an individual project based around the ethos of one chef. “Dishes are not coming from one individual. They’re coming from everybody’s collaboration together. It’s a collective work. It’s definitely a form of partnership the way we are working here.”


The top 10 restaurants in the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants 2018 include:

  1. Alinea, Chicago
  2. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
  3. Eleven Madison Park, New York
  4. Per Se, New York
  5. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  6. Robuchon au Dôme, Macau
  7. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, USA
  8. Le Bernardin, New York
  9. Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, Crissier, Switzerland
  10. The Fat Duck, Bray, UK


Lifetime Achievement Award:

Daniel Boulud


Chef of the Year:

Eric Ripert


Rising Star of the Year:

John B Shields





Media Contact

Will Grice


About Elite Traveler

Elite Traveler Media Group is a leading luxury lifestyle media group targeting ultra high net worth consumers.

Based in New York, Elite Traveler is the only audited publication with worldwide circulation aboard private jets and private jet terminals giving advertisers unique access to the wealthiest consumers as they travel with friends, family and business associates.

About Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants in the World

Now in its seventh consecutive year, Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants gives the magazine’s jetsetting readers the chance to vote for their favorite fine dining destinations across all seven continents.