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Discover the 2008 List of 50 Best Restaurants in the World

Every year San Pellegrino and Restaurant magazine releases a list of the 50 best restaurants in the world. The list is put together by The Nespresso World's 50 Best Academy, a group that consists of over 650 chefs, restauranteurs, food writers and critics. There is no list of nominees, each member of the voting panel votes for their favorite five restaurants. They can't vote for their own restaurant, and they have to have eaten at their nominees within the past 18 months. So after 3,410 votes, who came out on top?

The top three are unchanged from last year, with Ferran Adria's El Bulli ranking number one. There are also four re-entries and two new entries. To discover the whole list,


1. El Bulli, Spain
2. The Fat Duck, UK
3. Pierre Gagnaire, France
4. Mugaritz, Spain
5. The French Laundry, US
6. Per Se, US
7. Bras, France
8. Arzak, Spain
9. Tetsuya's, Australia
10. Noma, Denmark
11. L'Astrance, France
12. Gambero Rosso, Italy
13. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, UK
14. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, France
15. Le Louis XV, Monaco
16. St John, UK Highest Climber, up 18 places from last year
17. Jean Georges, US
18. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, France
19. Hakkasan, UK
20. Le Bernardin, US
21. Alinea, US
22. Le Gavroche, UK
23. Dal Pescatore, Italy
24. Le Cinq, France
25. Troisgros, France
26. El Celler de Can Roca, Spain
27. Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville, Switzerland Highest Re-Entry
28. Hof van Cleve, Belgium
29. Martin Berasategui, Spain
30. Nobu London, UK
31. Can Fabes, Spain
32. Enoteca Pinchiorri, Italy
33. Le Meurice, France
34. Vendome, Germany Highest New Entry
35. Die Schwarzwaldstube, Germany
36. Le Calandre, Italy
37. Chez Panisse, US
38. Charlie Trotter's, US
39. Chez Dominique, Finland
40. DOM, Brazil
41. Daniel, US
42. Oud Sluis, The Netherlands
43. Cracco Peck, Italy
44. Asador Etxebarri, Spain
45. Les Ambassadeurs, France
46. L'Arpege, France
47. Tantris, Germany
48. Oaxen Skaergaardskrog, Sweden
49. Rockpool, Australia
50. Le Quartier Francais, South Africa

While I find this list completely fascinating — and I definitely want to eat at more than one of them — I'm a little dismayed by the fact that there isn't a single restaurant in Asia on this list. Not to mention the overall lack of diversity. What do you guys think about it?


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juicylove juicylove 9 years
no canadians on there:O lmao not surprising.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Go France!
pinky8486 pinky8486 9 years
I love Daniel... a lot more than Per Se and Le Bernardin
Princess-Peach Princess-Peach 9 years
Haha Mme Hart, tu utilises un gros cliché là ! ;)
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
"The majority of the world hasn't even tried it (French food)" WTF???? Beside the fact that there's zero proof to your claim, you could say that about ANY of the foods/countries/nationalities listed here. Except the French. Even Gordon Ramsay learned to cook in France. The French may be arrogant snobs, but they CAN cook wonderful food!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
OMG I had it all typed out...grrrr!! Anyway, the Fat Duck is my fave on the list...FREAKING BRILLIANT!! I'm a Heston lover!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
Oooh, I've been to a few. Here are my thoughts LOL (like anyone cares): 2. The Fat Duck, UK <--AMAZING, INGENIOUS and delicious! 3. Pierre Gagnaire, France <--very good! 7. Bras, France <--enjoyed every bite 13. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, UK <--every bit as scrumptious as he is...sorry, have a crush!! 14. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, France <--lunch "express" menu (so not a quicky--just good if you are on a business lunch) is to DIE for 15. Le Louis XV, Monaco <--have reservations for December 18. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, France <--very nice and romantic 22. Le Gavroche, UK <--these French brothers make a twice baked soufflée that will make you (and Gordon Ramsay-allegedly) cry! 24. Le Cinq, France <--actually surprised this is on the list! But then, people adore his stuff, I'm just not a huge fan 30. Nobu London, UK <--superb! 42. Oud Sluis, The Netherlands <--worth the price!!!! 46. L'Arpege, France <--wonderful!
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
The people that I know that have gone to the French Laundry have said that the food was good but they didn't understand the big deal of it all.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 9 years
I just don't understand why French food is considered the best. The majority of the world hasn't even tried it.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
It shows that Espana is where the new trends will be from.
sonnabobble sonnabobble 9 years
i'd like to try ANY of these!
A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 9 years
Yay there's one in South Africa... #50. At least it made it on there though, and hopefully next year it will jump to a higher ranking.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I would absolutely love to eat at El Bulli someday. Probably not going to happen, but I can still dream.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I'm not sure what you mean by lack of diversity :? Maybe Europe and the US are just the parts of the world that focus on fine dining? But Yay Bulli! :cheer:
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
And all the US ones are boring? Honestly, Jean Georges is overrated, Le Bernardin is pretty good, but overpriced. And Per Se is the only NY one I would seriously recommend. And the overwhelming french influence is just upsetting. There are other delicious, technically difficult cuisines out there!!!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Only one South American as well. Very Europe and US dominated.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
#39 is in Helsinki. The hubby promised me we'll be trying it this summer. Can't wait.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I agree with the lack of diversity. That's sort of upsetting.
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