It held the spot for three consecutive years and was then bested in 2013 by avant-garde eatery El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, but now Noma, located in Cogenhagen, Denmark, has reclaimed the title of the world's top restaurant.
El Celler fell to No. 2.
Noma is definitely on the culinary cutting edge. The 45-seat restaurant is located on Copenhagen's waterfront, and chef-owner René Redzepi focuses exclusively on Nordic cuisine, including the freshest North Atlantic fish, local berries, vegetables and other produce prepared in creative ways.
The menu includes such items as sea urchin toast, winter potato cooked in fermented barley, caramelized milk with cod liver and beef tartar with live ants.
Competition for reservations is fierce, but if you get one, be prepared to pay dearly. The tasting menu costs $257, and the wine pairing is an additional $170.
What are the best restaurants in the United States? Two made the top 10 list: Daniel Humm's Eleven Madison Park in New York is No. 4 and Grant Achatz's ultra-modernist Alinea placed at No. 9.
The top 10 restaurants in the world in 2014:
1. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
2. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)
3. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)
4. Eleven Madison Park (New York City)
5. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London, England)
6. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)
7. D.O.M. (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
8. Arzak (San Sebastian, Spain)
9. Alinea (Chicago, Illinois)
10. The Ledbury (London, England)
Sponsored by San Pellegrino water, the list is created by the World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an 806-member panel of the world's most venerated chefs, food critics, restaurateurs and gourmands, under the supervision of Restaurants magazine.
--From the Editors at Netscape