LagopŽéde aux baies sauvages at Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville
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These Are the 10 Best Restaurants in the World

Updated: Dec 14, 2015 9:54 AM ET | Originally published: Dec 12, 2015

Correction appended, Dec. 14

What’s the greatest restaurant in the world? Top chefs and those who fork over their fortunes to eat their food are fascinated with the question. Now a new ranking has emerged to provide some extra fodder to the debate.

According to La Liste, a group convened by the France’s Foreign Minister and supported by the country’s tourism board, the top restaurant in the world is the Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, Switzerland. New York City’s Per Se has grabbed the number two spot, according to the new ranking. Tokyo’s Kyo Aji comes in third.

The ranking’s creators shared their global top 10 and top 100 American restaurants with TIME.

Top 10 Best Restaurants in the World

182.35Restaurant de l'Hôtel de VilleSwitzerland, Crissier
282.30Per SeUnited States, New York
382.00Kyo AjiJapan, Tokyo
481.44Guy SavoyFrance, Paris
581.37SchauensteinSwitzerland, Fürstenau
681.17El Celler de Can RocaSpain, Girona
779.88KyubeyJapan, Tokyo
879.81Maison TroisgrosFrance, Roanne
979.80Auberge du Vieux PuitsFrance, Fontjoncouse
1079.77Joël RobuchonJapan, Yebisu Garden Place

American Restaurants Ranked

1282.30Per SeNew YorkNY
22077.44Le BernardinNew YorkNY
35174.53Jean-GeorgesNew YorkNY
424168.83Eleven Madison ParkNew YorkNY
526868.29Joël RobuchonLas VegasNV
627568.17SaisonSan FranciscoCA
728268.05The Restaurant at MeadowoodSt HelenaCA
830767.37AteraNew YorkNY
931267.31The French LaundryYountvilleCA
1032267.12DanielNew YorkNY
1337366.1242 GramsChicagoGA
1440265.47BenuSan FranciscoCA
1543564.78ManresaLos GatosCA
1644764.50MelisseSanta MonicaCA
1745964.24IchimuraNew YorkNY
1846464.15BlancaNew YorkNY
1947463.74Momofuku KoNew YorkNY
2050762.82MasaNew YorkNY
2151162.68Del PostoNew YorkNY
2253362.21Guy SavoyLas VegasNV
2455361.74Kyo YaNew YorkNY
2555461.73StudioLaguna BeachCA
2655561.58The Inn at Little Washington Dining RoomWashingtonVA
2755961.50Sushi NakazawaNew YorkNY
2856061.47Sushi YasudaNew YorkNY
2956361.42Cafe BouludNew YorkNY
3056661.33The ModernNew YorkNY
3158360.84JungsikNew YorkNY
3258560.77AquavitNew YorkNY
3460460.22CoiSan FranciscoCA
3561460.03QuinceSan FranciscoCA
3662059.81BoulevardSan FranciscoCA
3762259.79Twist by Pierre GagnaireLas VegasNV
3863059.63BouleyNew YorkNY
4063859.52AcquerelloSan FranciscoAL
4164459.39Chef's Table Brooklyn FareNew YorkNY
4265958.94BabboNew YorkNY
4367658.59MareaNew YorkNY
4468158.49Blue HillNew YorkNY
4568558.41Ai FioriNew YorkNY
4668858.37DovetailNew YorkNY
4769458.27BetonyNew YorkNY
4869558.27Gramercy TavernNew YorkNY
4972157.77BauméSan FranciscoCA
5072457.65PicassoLas VegasNV
5273357.46NomadNew YorkNY
5373557.40Gary DankoSan FranciscoCA
5474257.22Atelier CrennSan FranciscoCA
5577056.40CosmeNew YorkNY
5677556.33Gotham Bar and GrillNew YorkNY
5779556.06Frasca Food and WineBoulderCO
5880555.83Auberge du Soleil RestaurantRutherfordCA
5981255.63Chef MavroHonolulu
6081455.61CarboneNew YorkNY
6181555.58AugustNew OrleansLA
6382455.43AnnisaNew YorkNY
6583255.30CraftNew YorkNY
6884855.01Blue Hill at Stone BarnsTarrytownNY
6985354.91Michael MinaSan FranciscoCA
7085454.88ProvidenceLos AngelesCA
7186654.34BâtardNew YorkNY
7286854.28L'Atelier de Joël RobuchonLas VegasNV
7588654.00Chez PanisseBerkeleyCA
7688753.98Victoria & Albert'sOrlandoFL
7789353.76EscaNew YorkNY
7889453.75Rosewood Mansion on Turtle CreekDallasTX
7990153.61PatinaLos AngelesCA
8090253.57Colicchio & SonsNew YorkNY
8190353.56BrushstrokeNew YorkNY
8290953.47minibar by José AndresWashingtonDC
8391253.40Le CirqueNew YorkNY
8491453.35La Belle VieMinneapolisMN
8592053.18SotoNew YorkNY
8693052.79Le CirqueLas VegasNV
8793352.75Chefs Club by Food & WineAspenCO
8893552.60Fore StreetPortlandME
8993952.50Dining Room at BlantyreLenoxMA
9094952.35AlizéLas VegasNV
9195152.30Campton Place RestaurantSan FranciscoCA
9295752.17Commander's PalaceNew OrleansLA
9396251.94Cut by Wolfgang Puck (Beverly Hills)Beverly HillsCA
9496351.85WallseNew YorkNY
9597950.83Ame restaurantSan FranciscoCA
9798450.36Cafe Boulud Palm BeachPalm BeachFL
9998949.74Andrea'sLas VegasNV
10099349.45GeronimoSanta FeNM

Devoted five-star diners will note that only one restaurant in La Liste’s top 10 can be found on the current leading ranking of top restaurants, the World’s 50 Best list. And there’s good reason. No French restaurant has broken into the top 10 of that list, sponsored by water-maker San Pellegrino, in the last four years. La Liste featured three French restaurants in its top ten. France’s exclusion from the upper rungs of the World’s 50 Best has angered leading French cultural figures proud of their country’s culinary tradition. Partly in response to this disappointment, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius launched the new initiative to promote French tourism and fine dining.

“The angle was not to promote French [restaurants] per se,” says La Liste’s Antoine Ribaut, “but to be objective, because we trust we have the good fine dining.” Ribaut says the World’s 50 Best list is not objective. Several media outlets have pointed out that the lack of transparency does raise questions about how that list, sponsored by San Pellegrino, is decided. (Ribaut has consulted for Time Inc. His father Jean-Claude, the long-time food critic for Le Monde, contributed to the project.)

“Given that this list is based on personal experiences it can never be definitive, but we believe it is an honourable survey of current tastes and a credible indicator of the best places to eat around the globe,” the World’s 50 Best says on the organization’s web site.

“The thing with 50 Best is that the French were underrepresented, for sure,” Antoine Ribaut says, “but the reason why they were underrepresented was because there was a murky financial pressure for restaurants.” The funding for La Liste, it should be noted, came largely from private French cultural institutions. Swiss food giant Nestle is also a supporter.

Unlike the World’s 50 Best list, which is drawn from private surveys of chefs and those who frequent leading restaurants, La Liste is sourced from publicly available data, aggregating scores from 200 food guides and online review sites to produce what it hopes will be seen as an accurate, unbiased report of the best in the world.

The ranking is based on scores and reviews from a wide range of international sources: Michelin stars, yes, but also New York Times and Washington Post reviews, Zagat and Yelp ratings, Forbes and AAA travel guides and James Beard awards in the U.S., plus the cultural equivalents of these institutions in other countries (with help from foreign advisers).

Ribaut and his team then created an algorithm to assign these scores a value on a scale of 100; food factored in as 80% of the score, while ambiance, décor and wine combined factored in as 20%. If there was a positive review that didn’t include a numeric score, Ribaut counted it as a small bonus.

The full list of 1000 restaurants will be released Thursday at

Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the location of Manresa; it is in Los Gatos, Calif.

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