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Elite Traveler Top Restaurants 2021 – Apply Now

We’ve been working on our methodology and data to ensure our audience receives the very latest and greatest information.

By Elite Traveler |  February 11 2021


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Now in its ninth year, Elite Traveler Top Restaurants is synonymous with the very best in fine dining. As the world begins to open up to a new post-pandemic reality, we’ve been working on our methodology and data to ensure our audience receives the very latest and greatest information.

The full list of the top restaurants in the world will be covered online, and a selection of those that are leading the way in terms of sustainability and environmental responsibility will be covered in the upcoming summer edition of Elite Traveler. Throughout the year, we will also be publishing micro-lists from the collection, including but not limited to top restaurants for tasting menus, top restaurants for family celebrations and top restaurants with kitchen gardens.

Why take part?

By taking part in our research and providing detailed information on your restaurant, you greatly increase your chances of being ranked accurately and included in the main list, as well as the micro-lists published over the course of the year.

The restaurant rankings will be published on our website. The new platform allows readers to search for restaurants by all the data points used in the ranking, as well as basic information like price, location and rating.

Every eligible restaurant that submits will receive its own profile page including:

– Basic information on the restaurant – price, location, contact info
– All submitted attributes of the restaurant (70+ data points)
– Photos of the restaurant
– Rankings and rosettes

Sustainability

This year, we are asking restaurants to provide a greater level of information about their sustainability and environmental initiatives, everything from recycling and supply chain length to community initiatives and adoption of renewable energy.

At Elite Traveler, we are increasingly looking to highlight how luxury travel and sustainability can move forward hand in hand, and a key part of that coverage is rewarding – through our rankings and awards – companies and individuals who demonstrate a clear commitment toward sustainability and ethical practices.

We ask that all restaurants that take part in our research to provide as much detail as possible about their sustainability initiatives so they can receive the recognition they deserve.

How to take part

To take part, simply fill out the details of your suite through our ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.

The survey asks for the basic information about your restaurant as well as everything it offers in terms of menu options and facilities.

It is important that you fill out the submission as fully as possible so we can accurately rank your restaurant and ensure your web profile is fully populated.

We suggest that you prepare your submission offline first using the PDF version of the survey, available for download HERE.

If you prefer to send your submission to us, please email the document to rankings@elitetraveler.com.

Research calendar

Our research into Top Restaurants is an ongoing process, and restaurants can update their profiles at any point throughout the year; however, we do have a formal research window where we reach out to all eligible restaurants to make submissions for the rankings:

Research begins – February
Submission deadline – March 19
Rankings announced – June 1

Our Rankings

We recognize restaurants in a variety of ways in order to reward excellence in every field and to guide our readers to enable them to find the right restaurant for them. 

We recognize restaurants in the following ways:

Top 100 Sustainable RestaurantsThe most sustainable restaurants in the world today
Top Restaurants by RegionThe best restaurants in each region
Top Restaurants by Country – The best restaurants in each country
Attribute rankings – Restaurants will also be recognized for excellence in individual attributes and attribute groups, e.g., best menu options, best interior design.

Methodology

Our methodology is designed to ensure that the world’s top restaurants are recognized for what they offer. As a result, we are introducing a new level of analysis to our research to ensure that our rankings are the most authoritative in the market.

LUXURY SCORE 

The Elite Traveler LUXURY SCORE is a brand new way of determining exactly how luxurious a restaurant really is.

To ensure that all restaurants are judged fairly, we rate each one using 0ver 70 individual data points grouped under the following areas:

– Facilities/services
– Menu options
– Drink options
– Staffing
– Design
– Sustainability

Once collated, we apply weightings to each data point and calculate each restaurant’s overall LUXURY SCORE.

To ensure that your LUXURY SCORE is as accurate as possible, we strongly encourage every restaurant to take part in our submission process so we’re aware of all the qualities your establishment can offer.

Editorial assessment

We understand that not every aspect of a restaurant’s appeal can be easily quantified, so the final decision on a restaurant’s ranking and placement in our lists is made by our editorial panel, which considers not only the scores but also a plethora of other factors.

For more information, contact

Thea Halstead

Head of Luxury, Editor

Thea.Halstead@ns-mediagroup.com 

Sam Duke

Head of Research (Rankings and Ratings)

Sam.Duke@ns-mediagroup.com 

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