Restaurant (Magazine) Top 50 Restaurants in the World

World's best restaurants 2008 winners list:
Restaurant magazine produces an annual list of the 50 best restaurants in the world based on a poll of international chefs and critics. In 2006 El Bulli in Catalonia (Spain) pushed the 2005 winner The Fat Duck down to second place. The two top restaurants are forerunners of molecular gastronomy. Critics have voiced concerns that the list is too Western focused, citing for example, there is only one restaurant from Asia in the top 50, while two of the restaurants on the list reside in California. The following gives the magazines global renound rankings from 2002-2008. Would love to hear from our readers if you have visited any of these.

El Bulli, Roses, Catalonia, Spain (Best in Europe)
The Fat Duck, Bray-on-Thames, UK
Pierre Gagnaire, Paris, France
Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain (Chef's Choice)
The French Laundry, California, USA (Best in the Americas)
per se, New York, USA
Bras, Laguiole, France
Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
Tetsuya's, Sydney, Australia (Best in Australasia)
Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
L'Astrance, Paris, France
Gambero Rosso, San Vincenzo, Italy
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London, UK
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Paris, France
Restaurant Le Louis XV, Monaco
St John, London, UK (Highest Climber)
Jean-Georges, New York, USA
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
Hakkasan, London, UK
Le Bernardin, New York, USA
*Alinea, Chicago, USA
Le Gavroche, London, UK
Dal Pescatore, Canneto sull'Oglio (Mantova), Italy
Le Cinq, Paris, France
Troisgros, Roanne, France
El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
+L'Hotel de Ville - Philippe Rochat, Crissier, Switzerland
Hof van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
Martin Berasategui, San Sebastián, Spain
Nobu London, London, UK
Can Fabes, Sant Celoni, Catalonia, Spain
Enoteca Pinchiorri, Florence, Italy
+Le Meurice, Paris, France
*Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
+Die Schwarzwaldstube, Baiersbronn im Schwarzwald, Germany
Le Calandre, Padua, Italy
Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California, USA
Charlie Trotter's, Chicago, USA
Chez Dominique, Helsinki, Finland
DOM, São Paulo, Brazil (Best in Latin America)
Daniel, New York, USA
Oud Sluis, Sluis, Netherlands
Ristorante Cracco, Milan, Italy
+Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo-Bizkaia, Spain
Les Ambassadeurs, Paris, France
L'Arpège, Paris, France
+Tantris, Munich, Germany
Oaxen Skärgårdskrog, Oaxen, Sweden
Rockpool, Sydney, Australia
Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek, South Africa (Best in Mid East & Africa)

Note: * New Entry + Re-entry
Readers' Choice: L'enclume, UK
Breakthrough Restaurant: Le Chateaubriand, France
Lifetime Achievement Award: Gualtiero Marchesi
Best in Asia: Bukhara