Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants is celebrating a greater number of hospitality establishments than ever before with the announcement of the inaugural list of restaurants ranked between 51st and 100th – a staple of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants that makes its debut in the region this year. The 51-100 list, presented in association with American Express, aims to shine a spotlight on the diverse culinary cultures of the region in the lead up to the unveiling of the prestigious list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, on 15 November in Mérida, Yucatán.
51-100: A Snapshot of the Inaugural List
- The 51-100 list, presented in association with American Express, includes restaurants from 24 cities across the region
- Buenos Aires leads the way with six restaurants on the list
- Bogotá, La Paz, Santiago and São Paulo follow with four restaurants each
- Flor de Lis in Guatemala City tops the list at No.51
William Drew, Director of Content for Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “We are thrilled to return to the region with our regular annual list and an in-person awards ceremony; however, it was imperative to continue evolving our presence in Latin America to deliver on our ambition to amplify as many restaurants and destinations as possible. The 51-100 list, presented in association with American Express, is the next step in this mission. We look forward to celebrating this wider range of establishments on 15 November in Mérida.”
With broad representation across the region, the 51-100 list highlights 24 cities in Latin America. Buenos Aires cements its status as gastronomic port of call with six restaurants on the extended list – the highest number among all destinations. The restaurants include: Alo’s (No.53), Anafe (No.55), Crizia (No.66), Anchoita (No.73), Niño Gordo (No.75), and Narda Comedor (No.87).
Bogotá, La Paz, Santiago, and São Paulo follow closely with four entries apiece. In Bogotá, Harry Sasson comes in at No.56, followed by Humo Negro (No.74), Prudencia (No.93), and Salvo Patria (No.96). La Paz is represented by Ancestral (No.63) – winner of the American Express One To Watch Award 2022 – Ali Pacha (No.67), Phayawi (No.84), and Popular Cocina Boliviana (No.85). The establishments for Santiago are Olam (No.68), Demencia (No.71), Ambrosía Bistro (No.72) and La Calma by Fredes (No.98), while São Paulo’s entries include Kotori (No.65), Fame Osteria (No.83), Fasano (No.94) and Corrutela (No.95).
Two destinations new to the rankings top the list with Flor de Lis in Guatemala City at No.51 and Origem in Salvador de Bahia at No.52. Guatemala City appears on the list a second time with Mercado 24 at (No.81), while another new destination, Guayaquil, boasts two entries to the list with Casa Julian (No.78) and Mikka (No.97). Other new destinations include San José with Sikwa (No.86), San Salvador with El Xolo – Maíz Criollo (No.91), and Santa Cruz de la Sierra with Sach’a Huaska (No.90).
Santiago Fernández Vidal, CEO, American Express México, says: “American Express backs restaurateurs and chefs from all over the world, and we witness the intense and passionate daily work they do to create unique proposals and spectacular service for their customers. This list concentrates amazing global talent, and we are proud to be part of the recognition they deserve. I am certain that our Card Members will be looking forward to visiting these extraordinary places as much as I am.”
Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 will see the first full gathering of the region’s gastronomic community since 2019 at the awards ceremony for the 2022 edition on Tuesday, 15 November. Awards to be announced at the ceremony include the Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award, the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award and a brand-new accolade: the Beronia Latin America’s Best Sommelier Award.
Other elements of the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 events programme will include 50 Best’s signature thought-leadership forum #50BestTalks. This year’s #50BestTalks will tackle the theme of Cocina Consciente (Conscious Cooking), exploring how restaurants can focus on good working conditions; environmental, economic, and human sustainability; healthier food and ethical sourcing practices.
The Voting Process
The 50 Best organisation’s role in promoting restaurants and showcasing culinary talent remains more important than ever, continuing to support the hospitality sector by inspiring diners to seek out exciting gastronomic experiences. 50 Best works with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner to help protect the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022.
The Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy is comprised of more than 300 regional voting members, each of whom is hand-picked for his or her expert opinion of the Latin American restaurant scene. The votes of this Academy make up the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, an annual barometer of taste. The Academy is divided into five regions: Mexico, Central America, South America (North), South America (South), and Brazil. Each region has voters made up of journalists, food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and well-travelled gourmets. In 2022, each member submitted 10 votes on what they considered their best dining experiences of the previous 18 months – at least three of those votes must go to restaurants outside their own country (Academy members unable to travel internationally voted only for seven restaurants in their own country). To see more details on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, click here.
About Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants
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. The Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list is created by the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Latin America, each selected for their expert opinion of Latin America’s restaurant scene. The Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list is published by William Reed, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002; Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2013; and Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2022.
About the List Sponsor: American Express
American Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. American Express has always looked to provide Card Members with exceptional access to exclusive experiences, rich rewards and superior services across a variety of passion points, including dining. American Express has a longstanding presence in the dining space and has developed partnerships with renowned chefs around the world, including Daniel Humm, Stephanie Izard, José Andrés, Massimo Bottura, Michael Solomonov, Dominique Crenn, the Roca brothers and more – providing Card Members with exclusive access to one-of-a-kind, co-curated dining moments. Now with Resy, the restaurant reservation platform that joined the American Express family in 2019, Card Members have even more access to reservations and experiences at thousands of restaurants across the globe.
About the Ministry of Tourism of the State of Yucatán
Yucatan is rich in natural, cultural and heritage attractions, with 234 miles of beautiful white sand beaches lapped by emerald and turquoise waters. It boasts wide and varied wildlife, has archaeological sites of world relevance such as Chichen Itza and Uxmal, and is a mosaic where the living culture of the Mayans stands out and offers a vast and exquisite gastronomy. Walk the duality of traditional restaurants and venues offering the latest fusion options.
Yucatan’s capital, Merida, is the only city in the world to be recognized twice as American Capital of Culture. Merida is also the only city in Mexico named one of the Top 10 of Best Cities in the World by Condé Nast Traveler in the category of large cities. For more information, visit yucatan.travel.
About the main sponsor: S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna are the main sponsors of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.
- Estrella Damm – Official Beer Partner; sponsor of Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award
- República del Cacao – Official Chocolate Partner; sponsor of the Latin America’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by República del Cacao
- Gin Mare – Official Gin Partner; sponsor of Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award
- Beronia – Official Wine Partner; sponsor of the Beronia Latin America’s Best Sommelier Award
- Flor de Caña – Official Rum Partner; sponsor of the Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award – Latin America
- Tequila Ocho – Official Tequila Partner
- Volvo Car Mexico – Official Car Partner; sponsor of the Icon Award, with Volvo
- Hyatt Regency Merida – Official Hotel Partner