7/30/2012 03:11:00 PM

Toughest Tables in the World: 12 Near-Impossible Rezzies

The French Laundry, Yountville, CA
Last week, we explored some of the hardest-to-book rezzies in 7 cities around the U.S., and now it's time to take the concept international. We're talking about the most insanely hyped restaurants, where highly coveted reservations are booked up weeks, months or even a year in advance. Check out 12 of the world's toughest tables in the slideshow below, and get insider strategies for snagging a seat. Which restaurants would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. ENOTECA PINCHIORRI in FLORENCE, VIA GHIBBELLINA 57

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  2. The fact that Raos was not mentioned is a mystery to me. There is no other restaurant in the word that is harder to get into. The price to just sit at a table before food is thousands of dollars. Perhaps it is so exclusive that is doesn't even qualify for this list.

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    1. The Big Apple, New York, NY

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    2. The quality of Rao's is right up there with (insert name of your nearest diner here). That's why it isn't included. The exclusivity and ridiculous cost do not denote quality in this unusual case.

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  3. Funny story: I tried to get a reservation at The French Laundry for my boyfriend's birthday. The requirement is to call exactly two months prior to the date of the reservation. Since my boyfriend's birthday is April 29th, two months prior is February 29th--leap year and, therefore, only available every four years. I called one leap year on February 29th and was told to "call back tomorrow". I did and was then informed that I should have called "yesterday". Needless to say, any restaurant that so clearly doesn't want my money doesn't get my money.

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  4. There is also Stella in New Orleans. Good luck.

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  5. Stella is absolute garbage; don't waste any money there.

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  6. I have been to several of these restaurants and few restaurants are harder to get into than Basement Bistro in Earlton, NY. I am surprised this restaurant was not mentioned.

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  7. Bizarre to see Quay in Sydney on this list. I can name a dozen restaurants in NY that are tougher to get into. I've been to Quay more than once, and never noticed it being even slightly difficult to get in. It's a wonderful restaurant, but I've scored reservations with only a few days notice, and even just walked in. Some services, the dining room isn't even near full. If you're in Sydney, by all means go.

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