Lonely Planet Writer

Paris is number one but Japan dominates this list of the world's best restaurants

One of the most prestigious gastronomical rankings in the world has released its top 1000 restaurants of the year, offering jet-setting foodies a smorgasbord of incredible dining options to try for themselves.

French chef Guy Savoy cooks in the kitchen of his Michelin three-starred restaurant “Restaurant Guy Savoy”. Photo by ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images

La Liste named its top restaurant as Guy Savoy in Paris, which has held the top spot for the second year in a row. The famous chef has three Michelin stars to his belt and trained Gordon Ramsey in the culinary arts. His menu includes blue lobster, barbecued pigeon and Granny Smith apple ice and the average a la carte will set you back €250.

Despite Savoy’s impressive ranking, Japan actually leads the global list with an incredible 116 restaurants featuring in the top 1000. France follows with 113 and China is a respectable third with 100 establishments. Italy has emerged as the leading destination for best value restaurants, and this year there are new entries from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bermuda and Liechtenstein. The team behind the rankings also note that Australia is making impressive progress with 27 entries.

Poached Halibut with manila clams and chanterelle at Le Bernardin in Manhattan. Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

La Liste promotes itself on its transparent methodology for selecting the top choices. Firstly, it compiles all the reviews from almost 400 publications, converting them to a standardised grade. Then thousands of chefs are asked to rate the publications, creating a “trustworthiness index” and finally online customer reviews are added to the mix, with La Liste being the end result.

The full top 1000 list is available to browse online but this year La Liste have decided to expand their horizons and – aside from the top 1000 exceptional list – have created an unranked list of 10,000 authentic and more affordable dining options around the world – some of which are restaurants that just narrowly missed the top mark – covering a total of 135 countries.

Japan’s Kyubey is officially the top sushi restaurant in the world. Photo by Pinnee

These are all available on their multilingual app which you can download for free. Users can search by cuisine type, budget, location, check all the restaurant’s ratings from the different guide books at a glance, and even book a table or an Uber ride there.