The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants is recognised around the world as the most credible indicator of the best places to eat on earth.
These are the top five restaurants in the world: El Bulli Spain
The Fat Duck UK
Pierre Gagnaire France
The French Laundry USA
To view the full list visit www.theworlds50best.com
SA restaurants featured on the list
Le Quartier Fancais located in Franschoek in the Western Cape, came in at number 50, winning the best restaurant in Africa and The Middle East category.
Also making The 2008 Next 50 which lists restaurants that filled the 51 to 100 slots, is Cape Town based Jardine at number 93.
The list is compiled by The Nespresso World's 50 Best Academy, a group of prominent food writers, critics, publishers and commentators, who each represent a different global region.
This ensures a truly authoritative list and one that is becoming more and more globally representative each year.
"Well done to chefs Margot Janse and George Jardine for flying the flag for South Africa on this most illustrious list, and putting our country on the radar of the world's dining cognoscenti," said S.Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants judge and Food24 expert Lannice Snyman.
The following South African restaurants also made The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list for Regional Recommendations: