InterviewsJet Set PetLuxury VoyagesSuite Dreams - The World's Best SuitesTime TravelerLuxury Travel TrendsWeekend Away
Destination WeddingsFamily Vacation PackagesSpa & Fitness PackagesRomantic & Honeymoon PackagesGirls GetawaysFall & Thanksgiving PackagesWinter Getaway PackagesNew Year's Eve PackagesVilla Offers
ArticlesThe Best Hotels, Resorts & Villas Around the World
Beach & Island Resorts5-Star City HotelsAdventure & Eco LodgesBoutique City HotelsCountry House HotelsRomantic RetreatsLuxury Guest RanchesLuxury Safari Camps & LodgesGolf Resorts & LodgesSpa Resorts & Wellness RetreatsSki Resorts & LodgesWine Country GetawaysLuxury Family Travel & ResortsNew HotelsHot Hotel Openings
City ApartmentsBeach, Coastal & Island VillasCountry VillasSki VillasGolf VillasLuxury Villas & Vacation Rentals Around the WorldHotel Branded Residences
Cruises & YachtingBook Your Travel with Luxury Travel MagazineTravel Tips & AdviceAirline NewsUltimate TripsBusiness TravelFamily TravelLuxury SafarisPrivate Jet TravelRail Journeys: The World's Most Scenic Train Rides
Events
RestaurantsBars & NightclubsAfternoon TeaCoffeeCooking ClassesCulinary TravelWine Travel
Spa & Wellness RetreatsYogaGolf GetawaysTennisSki Vacations
Celebrity Travel & StyleGift GuideBeach and ResortwearBeauty and FragranceBooksFashionHome StyleLuggage and HandbagsLuxury Autos & Driving ExperiencesMen's StyleTravel EssentialsWatches & JewelryWine and SpiritsWorld's Most Expensive
Back to:  Home >

News

Interviews,  Jet Set Pet,  Luxury Voyages,  Suite Dreams,  Time Traveler,  Trends,  Weekend Away

Chicago restaurant, Alinea named as the Best in the World

March 31, 2014 -

Grant Achatz’s Alinea restaurant, which offers a spectacular eighteen course tasting menu, finished ahead of world famous restaurants from across the globe to claim the title of the best restaurant in the world.

Alinea was joined by fellow Chicago-based restaurant L20 on the list which finished at number 62 in the Elite 100 Restaurants 2014. In terms of countries, the USA also impresses by sitting in joint second alongside the UK (with 12 restaurants), behind only France which has 17 restaurants on the list.

On Alinea being named as the best restaurant in the world, a delighted Grant Achatz said: “It’s always nice to be recognized by your industry or your guests at the restaurant. It’s always good for morale at the restaurant.

“Although we can’t base our existence on accolades and recognition, it’s always nice to have some reassurance that you’re doing the right thing and that people like what you’re doing.”

Alinea is closely followed by New York’s Restaurant DANIEL (2),owned by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud, and Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, based in the UK (3).

On his second placing in the Elite 100 Restaurants, Daniel Boulud commented: “Elite Traveler readers visit so many great restaurants in the world, so it is especially rewarding when we make an impact on them.”

Overall, there were 16 new restaurant entries on the list, with Spanish dining destination Azurmendi the highest new entry at number seven. A delighted Head Chef Eneko Axta said: “It is fantastic for me since this is a recognition given by the readers. I always say that the client comes first and is the most important, and in this case, it is really special to me since Elite Traveler readers have voted for us.”

This year’s Top Ten on the Elite Top 100 Restaurants are:

1. Alinea, Chicago, US
2. DANIEL, New York, US
3. Fat Duck, Bray, UK
4. Eleven Madison, New York, US
5. Le Bernardin, New York, US
6. El Celler Can Roca, Spain
7. Azurmendi, Spain
8. La Pergola, Rome, Italy
9. The Ledbury, London, UK
10. Osteria Francescana, Italy

To see the full top 100 list, please visit: http://www.elitetraveler.com/category/finest-dining/top-100-restaurants-in-the-world/


 

Featured Luxury Hotels

LUXURY PARTNERS

 

Acqualina Resort & Spa
A seaside luxury haven located on 4.5 beachfront acres in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. the resort features 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites. A very special place where the charm of a Mediterranean villa meets elegance on the beach.

 

 

 

Hotel del Coronado - San Diego
The iconic Hotel del Coronado has been the world's choice for creating inDELible moments and connections for over 128 years.

 

 

 

Alegria Mykonos
Located in one of the most cosmopolitan destinations worldwide, Alegria villa in Mykonos is an exclusive venue and ultra-luxurious accommodation choice.

 

 

 

Abercrombie & Kent Villas
The collection of exclusive, luxury villas are hand-picked by A&K expert travel advisors and are meticulously inspected to ensure they meet the highest expectations.

 

 

 

Eden Roc at Cap Cana
Offering exclusive luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the only Relais & Chateaux hotel on the island, features 34 freestanding suites with private pools and stunning views.

 

 

Etu Moana - Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Etu Moana a little piece of paradise in the South Pacific where you will truly relax and find your balance with yourselves, the ocean and everything that surrounds it.

 

 

Villa Sabai Jai - Koh Tao, Thailand
Three exclusive, boutique pool villas for rent on the small island Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand -- the perfect place for those seeking privacy, luxury and tranquility.

 

 

InsureMyTrip.com
Find the right Travel Insurance Plan for your next trip. InsureMyTrip offers hundreds of plans from top providers in the industry.

 

 

Sago Hotel - New York City
The Sago is an atmospheric medley of urbane fragments and light, the lustrous inner world of the hotel is the quintessential launchpad into your perfect New York City experience.

 

 

Masseria Pettolecchia la Residenza - Puglia, Italy
This newly opened luxury villa was built in 1800 by the Noble Palmieri as a country residence. It is your private luxury home in the heart of Apulia.

 

 

Anse Chastanet - St. Lucia
Anse Chastanet is set amid a lush 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches and breathtaking views of St. Lucia's twin Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

Home in Italy
The Home in Italy portfolio includes handpicked properties located in the most beautiful regions of Italy; a team of specialists personally selects each villa and only the finest properties become part of the exclusive Home in Italy collection.

 

 

ORYX - Luxury Photo Safaris in Africa & Worldwide
A professional photographic safari company specializing in exceptional wildlife, landscape and cultural photographic tours to Africa and the world's most alluring photographic destinations.

 

 

PlaneSense Fractional Ownership
PlaneSense, Inc. manages the largest civilian fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft in the world, as more experience with the PC-12 than any other aircraft management and maintenance team.

 

 

 

Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa
A hidden gem, nestled on the shores of Table Rock Lake, surrounded by Mark Twain National Forest, this luxury resort combines tremendous natural beauty and outdoor fun with unbeatable indoor luxury.

 

 

Jade Mountain - St. Lucia
Jade Mountain is an exclusive luxury 'resort within a resort' with 24 suites at St. Lucia's famed Anse Chastanet Resort, in a truly romantic and magical setting poised high overlooking St. Lucia's Piton World Heritage site and the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

Exotic Estates International
Exotic Estates International offers an exquisite collection of luxury vacation rentals in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, and America's favorite ski areas.