The world's best restaurants are named by TripAdvisor - and it's France that's home to the No1, with an eatery in NOTTINGHAM coming fourth
The world's best fine dining restaurants have been named by TripAdvisor, with French eatery Au Crocodile in Strasbourg rated number one and Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham coming fourth.
They have been handed the accolades as part of TripAdvisor's 2018 Travellers' Choice Restaurants Awards, which are decided by an algorithm that analyses the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travellers around the world.
The second-best restaurant in the ranking is Martin Berasategui followed by El Celler de Can Roca, both in Spain, while in fifth place is Restaurante Benazuza in Mexico. The top-ranked restaurant in America is Gabriel Kreuther in New York, which comes 16th overall.
Dishes on the £132-a-head menu include roasted fillet of venison, beets and pepper sauce; pike perch poached, potato mousse and sauerkraut extraction; and sea bream in a bread crust with candied celeriac and smoked beurre blanc.
Second place Martin Berasategui is a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Lasarte, just outside San Sebastian, named after the head chef.
On his tasting menus - which cost up to £232 a head - you might discover dishes such as red mullet with edible scale crystals, fennel with saffron and liquid baby squid bonbon; seafood and seaweed tremble, plankton, and prawn consommé; and stuffed Iberian pork trotters, braised endives with quince paste and crunchy black pudding 'pearls'.
Third-place El Celler de Can Roca, in Girona, has a 91 per cent excellent rating on TripAdvisor and is known for being a family-run business, with one diner writing on the review site: 'An absolutely stunning dining experience.'
Fourth-placed Restaurant Sat Bains in 2003 was the first restaurant in the English city to win a Michelin star - and it has since won another.
Dishes on the £120-a-head menu include baked potato smoked over embers with caviar; chicken museli; and brown hare, sweetcorn, kale and beets.
Fifth-placed Restaurante Benazuza in Cancun, meanwhile, has a 91 per cent excellent rating and praise lavished on it from customers. One said: 'Not just a restaurant meal but a journey for all five senses.'
The rest of the top ten is made up of La Colombe in Constantia in South Africa (sixth), TRB Hutong in Beijing (seventh), Ristorante Villa Crespi in Orta San Giulio in Italy (eighth), The Grove in Auckland, New Zealand (ninth), and David's Kitchen in Chiang Mai, Thailand (10th).
TripAdvisor also produced a ranking of the best-rated fine dining restaurants in the UK.
After top-ranked Restaurant Sat Bains is Adam's in Birmingham, which comes 11th globally.
The eatery is described as a 'contemporary British fine dining restaurant' and one reviewer on TripAdvisor says 'it was one of the best meals of my life'.
In third place in the UK ranking is Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire - a French restaurant in the heart of the English countryside that has two Michelin stars.
It comes 15th in the world ranking.
L'Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, which uses ingredients inspired by the seasons, is in fourth place with 83 per cent of its reviews on TripAdvisor rating it as excellent.
Coming in fifth is The Black Swan at Olstead in North Yorkshire, which offers just one tasting menu, inspired by ingredients that grow in the local area.
Other restaurants making the top ten list for the UK are the Waterside Inn in Berkshire (sixth), Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall (seventh), Aizle (eighth), Number One at The Balmoral (ninth) and Restaurant Martin Wishart (10th) all in Edinburgh.
Top-ranked American restaurant Gabriel Kreuther offers an 'invitingly luxurious experience in the heart of Midtown Manhattan' with 'carefully curated handmade ceramics with elevated Alsatian-inspired fare', according to its website.