‘Best of the Best’ Restaurants In The World, Based on Pre-Pandemic Traveller Reviews

Auberge Du Vieux Puits in France was named the best-rated Fine Dining restaurant in the world.

The 2020 Travellers’ Choice® Awards celebrate travellers’ favourite hotels, restaurants and airlines around the world, based on the quality and quantity of the millions of reviews, opinions and ratings collected on Tripadvisor in 2019, prior to the pandemic. With over 8.7 million businesses listed on Tripadvisor, these awards are a true testament to the outstanding service and quality that winners consistently provide to their guests. 

“This has been an incredibly tough year for the restaurant industry, but with doors opening again to diners across the world, now is the right time to celebrate those restaurants that have delivered consistently outstanding service and quality over the last year,” said James Kay, Tripadvisor spokesperson. “With three Fine Dining restaurants in the UK named among the world’s best-rated this year, it is testament to the high standards of hospitality we enjoy domestically, and that should give Brits the confidence to venture out and support the industry’s vital recovery.”

New this year, all Tripadvisor awards and recognitions fall under the Travellers’ Choice umbrella to more clearly acknowledge businesses and their achievements.

What were previously called Travellers’ Choice winners are now honoured as Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best, representing the most exceptional, highest-rated properties around the world. These businesses are among the top 1% of all listings on Tripadvisor.

In addition, Certificate of Excellence honourees are now celebrated as Travellers’ Choice winners, known for consistently earning great reviews. These businesses are among the top 10% of all listings on Tripadvisor.

For the full list of 2020 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best award winners, visit: tripadvisor.co.uk/TravellersChoice.

Top Ten Fine Dining Restaurants – World

1Auberge Du Vieux PuitsFrance
2La Ville BlancheFrance
4The  Black Swan at OldsteadUnited Kingdom
7Restaurant La Maison d’a CoteFrance
8040 RestauranteChile
9Ise SueyoshiJapan
10The Fat DuckUnited Kingdom

Top Ten Fine Dining Restaurants – UK

1The  Black Swan at OldsteadOldstead
2The Fat DuckBray on Thames
4Waterside InnBray on Thames
5Restaurant Sat Bains with roomsNottingham
6The Wensleydale Heifer RestaurantWest Witton
7The Three ChimneysColbost
8Gravetye Manor RestaurantWest Hoathly
9Maison Bleue RestaurantBury St. Edmunds
10The WildebeestStoke Holy Cross

The Black Swan at Oldstead has been named the best-rated Fine Dining restaurant in the UK and fourth in the world overall, in the 18th annual Travellers’ Choice® Awards announced today by Tripadvisor®, the world’s largest travel platform. 

“We’re thrilled to be named the best fine dining restaurant in the UK, and number four in the world. We work so hard to provide our customers with the best possible dining experience, and it’s always such an honour to be recognised for it,” said Tommy Banks, head chef at The Black Swan. “We’re now gearing up to re-open again on 12 August, and we really can’t wait to welcome back our wonderful guests.”

The only other UK restaurant to make the world top ten in the same category was Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray (ranked #10 in the world; #2 in the UK). L’Enclume in Cartmel rounded off the UK top three, and secured a rank of #14 in the world.

In the Everyday Dining category, Chez Antoinette in London ranked as the best-rated in the UK.

Top Ten Everyday Dining Restaurants – UK

1Chez AntoinetteLondon
2Poppies Fish and Chips CamdenLondon
3La PappardellaLondon
4The Corner House Canterbury RestaurantCanterbury
5The Circus RestaurantBath
6Sotto SottoBath
7Cellar BistroSt Ives
8Taj TandooriCambridge
9Makars Gourmet Mash BarEdinburgh


Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best and Travellers’ Choice winners are calculated based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in 2019 from travellers and diners around the world on Tripadvisor. The awards take into account the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings specific to each award category. The hallmark of winners continues to be remarkable service and quality experiences for travellers and diners.

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