Both Sydney and Melbourne have retained their status as top international fine dining destinations in the fifth annual Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants in the World list.

The 2016 list saw Shannon Bennett’s Melbourne restaurant Vue de Monde jump from 81 on last year’s list to 67, making it Australia’s highest placing entry. The city’s other inclusion, Ben Shewry’s Attica, also moved upwards from 72 to 70.

Sydney again had three entries on the list, with Peter Gilmore’s Quay coming in at number 77 and Tetsuya’s at 97. Martin Benn’s Sepia is a new addition at 99, replacing Mark Best’s Marque, which was included on the 2015 list.

The results mean Australia remains a top 10 destination for international diners, according to Elite Traveler’s readership.

Grant Achatz’s Chicago restaurant, Alinea, took out first place for the fifth consecutive year.

“It is an amazing honor to be selected as the best restaurant in the world five years running by Elite Traveler,” Achatz told Elite Traveler.

The Top 10 for 2016 are:

1. Alinea, Chicago, USA

2. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain

3. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA

4. Per Se, New York, USA

5. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

6. Robuchon au Dome, Macau, China

7. Le Bernardin, New York, USA

8. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

9. D.O.M, Sao Paulo, Brazil

10. Restaurant Guy Savoy, Paris, France

In 2016 Elite Traveler will be launching its first regional restaurant award series.

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