The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017

Eat / 15 June 2016

You bloody ripper! Aus to host World’s 50 Best restaurants in 2017

Sydney may have gotten the Olympics, but Melbourne has won it’s foodie equivalent. Foodies from all around Australia rejoiced this week when they announced that Melbourne will be host to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2017!  This will be the second time the awards have been hosted outside of London, having just been hosted in New York earlier this week.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list or “the list” as it’s known in foodie circles is a celebration of the different cuisine’s culinary achievements. The votes are based on The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of almost 1,000 international leaders in the restaurant community.

Australia has had a killer year in the fine dining world, with Australia strongly represented in the prestigious list, with entries like Attica, Quay, Sepia and Brae all appearing in 2015. In previous years, we have seen the likes of Rockpool, Tetsuya’s, Marque and Momofuku Seiobo, all grace the list. With the announcement of the closing of so many of fine dining restaurants including Rockpool Est 1989, Marque in Sydney and Moon Under Water in Melbourne, this will certainly be something to reinvigorate the Australian dining scene.

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Osteria Francescana, courtesy of

As for the winners of the 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana is the first Italian restaurant to reach the top of the list. It was followed closely by last year’s winner Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca, and New York’s Eleven Madison Park, taking second and third respectively. Peru’s Central and Denmark’s Noma came in fourth and fifth, and Mirazur from France came sixth. Attica was the only Australian restaurant to make it to the Top 50, reaching number 38! Brae gained momentum this year, jumping from 87 to 65, while Quay slipped down to spot 98 on the full list of 100.

Over the next year in Melbourne, look forward to a spectacular range of events to take place over the next year, showcasing the best of Australia’s food and wine in stunning locations. This is going to be one hell of a year for Australian dining, and we can’t wait!

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017