The 50 best restaurants in the world for 2022 named – and the winning menu is “meatless”

Copenhagen is still home to the world’s best restaurant – but it’s not the Noma.

That comes from the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, which saw Copenhagen’s Geranium topping the 2022 list at a ceremony in London last night.

Geranium, led by Rasmus Kofoed and Søren Ledet, was number 2 on the list last year. This year, Central in Lima, Peru and Disfrutar in Barcelona joined the top 3.

The Geranium team “created an unforgettable dining experience, taking seasonal cuisine to the extreme and delivering accurate, beautiful and elegant food that blends art and flavor with a groundbreaking beverage program,” said William Drew, Director of Content for the awards.


Geranium: Juniper Flavored Scallop, Ingrid Marie Reduction & Browned Butter. Photo: Claes Bech Poulsen

Of course it has its price. A 3-hour tasting menu is priced at DK3,200 pp (€430 pp), with matching wine pairings available from €269 pp (‘Heart and Soil’) to €2,418 pp (‘Rare and Unique’).

The menu has been meatless since January this year.

“Chef Kofoed’s meticulous cooking and incredible vision, including his recent decision to give up meat, has won awards and fans worldwide,” reads the award statement.

Sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is widely regarded as the industry’s Oscar – although its selections and omissions are of course the subject of heated debate and sometimes controversy.

The list, now in its 20th year, is chosen by 1,080 industry experts and “well-travelled foodies” and independently evaluated by Deloitte, it says.

No Irish restaurant has appeared in the rankings since Roundwood House in Co Laois ranked 42nd in 2002 and Thornton’s in Dublin ranked 25th in 2003.

René Redzepi’s Noma was crowned the world’s best restaurant in 2021 when the awards returned after a pandemic hiatus, but a rule change in 2019 means previous winners are no longer entitled to vote.


Geranium, Copenhagen. Photo: Claes Bech Poulsen

Geranium will now join its Copenhagen counterpart in a Hall of Fame alongside El Bulli, The Fat Duck, The French Laundry, El Celler de Can Roca, Osteria Francescana, Mirazur and Eleven Madison Park.

The 2022 list includes restaurants from 24 territories across five continents and introduces 12 new restaurants, including Uliassi in Senagallia, Italy, which is the highest entrant this year at number 12.

Other newcomers include Alchemist (18) and Jordnær (38), both in Copenhagen; The Jane (23) in Antwerp; Le Clarence (28) in Paris; St. Hubertus (29) in San Cassiano, Italy; and Ikoyi (49) in London.

The ceremony was hosted by actor and foodie Stanley Tucci.

The 50 best restaurants in the world 2021

  1. Geranium, Copenhagen
  2. Central, Lima
  3. Disfrutar, Barcelona
  4. Diverxo, Madrid
  5. Pujol, Mexico City
  6. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo
  7. A Casa do Porco, Sao Paulo
  8. Lido 84, Gardone Riviera
  9. Quintonil, Mexico City
  10. Le Calandre, Rubano

The full list is available at The 50 best restaurants in the world for 2022 named – and the winning menu is “meatless”

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