Restaurant magazine's list included a dozen in France, followed by eight from the United States, seven from Britain and six from Spain and Italy each, selected by 651 voting panel members reviewing restaurants in 70 different countries.
South Africa's, Le Quartier Français, dropped nine positions from last year to take the 47th position and was also awarded the best restaurant in the Middle East and Africa.
Topping the list was El Bulli in Barcelona, headed by Ferran Adria, named the best chef in the world by the New York Times, followed by The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, to the west of London.
Third was Pierre Gagnaire in Paris, followed by French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Tetsuya in Sydney in fourth and fifth respectively.
Just one Asian restaurant made the top 50 – Indian eatery Bukhara in Delhi was named the world's best Asian restaurant – despite the fact that Asia had twice as many eligible voters as last year.
Noma, in Copenhagen, climbed the most spots from last year's list, coming in at 15th in 2007, up 18 spots compared to 2006. By contrast, British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's restaurant, named after himself, dropped ten places to 24th.
Paris meanwhile was the best city for food enthusiasts, with nine restaurants in the top 50, followed by London with six.
Image: UNITED KINGDOM, London: Spanish Chef Ferran Adria (R) from El Bulli in Barcelona poses with British Chef Heston Blumenthal (L).
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