Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants was launched in 2013 to celebrate gastronomy across the region and to provide diners around the globe with local insight and culinary recommendations. Since its inception, it has quickly grown to become the premier gastronomic ranking in the continent, with its awards events marking the greatest annual gathering of chefs, restaurateurs, media and food industry VIPs.
Each year, the list provides a snapshot of the views of over 300 restaurant industry experts from across Latin America, reflecting the wide diversity and deep richness of the continent’s culinary landscape. The well-structured voting system and procedures, which are overseen by global adjudication company Deloitte, ensures the list and awards have a credibility and influence that is renowned across the globe.
The voting Academy is divided into five separate regions: Mexico, Central America; South America (North); South America (South); and Brazil. These regions cover the following countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guyana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela. Read more about the voting process and the Academy, and consult our FAQs.
As a result of the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the restaurant sector in Latin America and the curtailment of travel for diners and voters during the pandemic, in 2021 Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants pivoted to identify the greatest restaurants in the region of the previous nine years. The retrospective list, called Pasado y Futuro, recognised 100 restaurants based on the aggregated votes of the previous eight editions of the ranking since the awards’ inception in 2013. See the list here.
In November 2020, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants presented El Espíritu de América Latina, a collection of casual restaurants that have had a positive impact on their communities and local cuisine (whether during the coronavirus crisis or over a sustained period of time), to spotlight the region’s diverse gastronomic scene and to support the recovery of the hospitality sector.
Ultimately, Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants provides a barometer of gastronomic trends as well as an unrivalled guide to the greatest dining destinations in Latin America for food-loving travellers from across Latin America and, indeed, the world.
The 10th edition of the Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list was revealed at a live awards ceremony in Mérida, Yucatán in Mexico on Tuesday, 15th November 2022. The programme is returning on Tuesday, 28th November 2023, when a new list will be unveiled from Rio de Janeiro.
Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants is part of the 50 Best brand, published by William Reed. Read more about 50 Best here.