And the 2018 best restaurant in the world is...

The highly acclaimed survey-based ranking of restaurants Opinionated About Dining (OAD) has released its annual list of the Top 100+ Restaurants in Europe and the three-Michelin-star restaurant Schloss Schauenstein took the number one spot for the first time. Chef Andreas Caminada was in London for the awards ceremony as well as some of the best chefs in the world. 

The 2018 TOP 100 announcement was followed by “The Big Roast” and it was a unique take on a classic British roast prepared by some of the top chefs in Britain, ably assisted by some of the most notable chefs from the continent. Björn Frantzén, Angel Leon, Christian Bau, Alain Weissgerber, Kobe Desramaults, to name a few. 

The list was started in 2004 by former music industry executive New-York based Steve Plotnicki

The initial OAD survey was sent to just a handful of Steve’s friends who shared his passion. Almost a decade later, OAD has evolved into an internationally respected dining guide brand that incorporates the opinions of 5,000 of the world’s most passionate foodies and destination diners, regarding 16,000+ restaurants located throughout the world.

The OAD algorithm generates a ranking system that classifies restaurants based on the reviews of the membership community. Each member influences the results based on the number of restaurants he/she has visited and the current ranking of those restaurants. Everyone is entitled to a have an opinion – but OAD’s philosophy is that all opinions are not equal. Unlike other more egalitarian survey guides on the market, OAD believes that experienced opinions generate more accurate conclusions.

So to intensify the accuracy of the results of its surveys, OAD emphasizes the experience of the voting panel as well as each individual voter.

See the top 20 below and the full list here.  


1. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)

2. Fäviken (Järpen, Sweden)

3. Etxebarri (Axpe, Spain)

4. L’Arpège (Paris, France)

5. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)

6. Chambre Séparée (Gent, Belgium)

7. De Librije (Zwolle. Netherlands)

8. Restaurant Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)

9. Restaurant Quique Dacosta (Dénia, Spain)

10. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)


Alongside the 100+ Best Restaurants in Europe, Opinionated About Dining have also released a list of the Top 100+ Gourmet Casual Restaurants in Europe, with Barcelona dominating the top 20, which you can see below. See the full list here

1. Estimar (Barcelona, Spain)

2. El Quim (Barcelona, Spain)

3. Ganbara (San Sebastián, Spain)

4. Trattoria Trippa (Milan, Italy)

5. Abri (Paris, France)

6. Septime (Paris, France)

7. Compartir (Cadaqués, Spain)

8. Clown Bar (Paris, France)

9. Cuchara de San Telmo (San Sebastián, Spain)

10. Lyle’s (London, UK)