Those who rank the restaurants on the most well-known lists are often a small group of experts, without taking general opinion into account. That’s how OAD (Opinionated About Dining), an alternative, collaborative list based on the votes of users, who can rate and recommend restaurants online, came about. The OAD results are obtained from the votes on the website, which assesses which votes should be worth more and which less using the algorithms designed by its creator, Steve Plotnicki.
Not all votes are weighted the same
Anyone can register with the website to score and rate the restaurants and add new ones. However, not all votes are weighted the same; the algorithm calculates the level of expertise of each user and the votes are weighted differently.
A different list with a different ranking
The OAD lists you’ll find in 2016 are: the 50 best Japanese restaurants, the 100 top classic and traditional restaurants, the United States’ top 100 restaurants and Europe’s top 200. It’s interesting to see that renowned restaurants that rank highly on other world-renowned lists are still there, but in different positions. For example, if we compare it with the recent 50 Best Restaurants list, we see that according to the 50 Best, the world’s best restaurants are Osteria Francescana, followed by El Celler de Can Roca with Eleven Madison Park in third place. Whilst on the European OAD list, Osteria Francescana is in 14th place and El Celler de Can Roca is in 17th place and on its US list, Eleven Madison Park is in 15th place. The top three spots on the European list are held by L’Arpège, followed by Azurmendi and then In the Wulf, whilst the US list is topped by Saison, a restaurant located in San Francisco specialising in French cuisine.