Le Bernardin, a 32-year-old mainstay of Midtown Manhattan, has been named the best restaurant in the world by La Liste, a rating organization based in Paris. The seafood restaurant shares that honor with Restaurant Guy Savoy, in Paris, the group said in an announcement on Thursday. It ranked 1,000 establishments.
Though Le Bernardin was named No. 1 in the United States on last year’s list, Eric Ripert, the restaurant’s chef, and partner said he had had no expectations of rising to the top of the global ranking.
“I’m happy to be rewarded,” he said. “And I’m very pleased that a French organization has recognized an American restaurant, that the United States is at the top.” (Le Bernardin was actually born in Paris, opened in 1972 by Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze, who created the New York restaurant in 1986.)
Joined in a tie with Guy Savoy, Le Bernard in was previously ranked the number one restaurant in the United States and number two in the world. Le Bernardin is one of only three New York City restaurants within the top 10 restaurants in the world and one of only nine United States-based restaurants in the top 100, in addition to its new number one ranking.
Of the win, chef and co-owner Eric Ripert said, "We are delighted to be recognized by La Liste. It's a great motivation for the team, who work so hard throughout the year to deliver a special experience to our guests time and time again."
La Liste debuted in 2015, providing an objective and democratic ranking of the world's most outstanding restaurants powered by a proprietary algorithm that gathers information from over 600 leading food guides, user-generated review sites and global publications such as The New York Times, Michelin Guide, TripAdvisor and more. Commentary directly from restaurant guests is also weighed within the algorithm. Based in Paris, La Liste reviews nearly 16,000 restaurants, with the resulting restaurants located in 180+ countries, on five continents.
Le Bernardin was also awarded three stars from the 2019 Michelin Guide this year for the 14th consecutive year and has continued to maintain a four-star rating from The New York Times, receiving four stars in each of its five reviews since its opening. Le Bernardinis also ranked number 26 on the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
About Le Bernardin
Le Bernardin is the internationally acclaimed seafood restaurant from chef Eric Ripert and co-owner Maguy Le Coze. Originally opened in 1986 in New York by Maguy and her brother Gilbert after a successful location in Paris, the restaurant has held three stars from the Michelin Guide since its 2005 New York launch, five consecutive four-star reviews from The New York Times, and is currently ranked number 26 on World's 50 Best Restaurants list. More info available at le-bernardin.com.
About La Liste
La Liste is an international restaurant ranking system in guide, originally launched in 2015 by president and founder, Philippe Faure. La Liste provides a one-of-a-kind objective ranking of the world's most outstanding restaurants powered by a proprietary algorithm that reviews restaurants based on over 600 leading food guides, user-generated review sites and global publications. The list reviews nearly 16,000 restaurants, with the resulting restaurants located in 180+ countries, on five continents. More info available at laliste.com.