OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants Bay Area Takes Top Honors, Followed Closely by Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the height of harvest season draws near, OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN), a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, is pleased to announce the 2012 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the United States.  These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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The list of winners, which includes Beast in Portland, Cochon in New Orleans, and Gwynnett St. in Brooklyn, spans 17 states and Washington, D.C.  With regard to metropolitan areas, the San Francisco Bay Area has the greatest number of winners with 17, followed by Chicago with 13 winners. Oregon's Portland and Seattle each boast 11 winning restaurants, and Los Angeles and Philadelphia have 10 apiece. Six standouts hail from New York City, trailed by Atlanta with four honorees, Cambridge, Mass. and Minneapolis with three each, and Denver and Portland, Maine, with two. Other winning restaurants are located in Forestville, Calif., Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Scottsdale, Tampa, Washington, D.C. and Yountville, Calif. While a large share of the award-winning restaurants serve contemporary American fare, an array of cuisines are represented, including Cajun, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Thai, vegetarian, and Vietnamese.

"Foodies are connoisseurs of every cuisine, seeking authenticity and excellence in every bite, whether they're eating Southern poutine at Abattoir in Atlanta, a smoked sardine at Camino in Oakland, jalapeno hush puppies at New York's Dirt Candy, or pork belly sliders at Spur in Seattle," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable's Chief Dining Officer. "The winning restaurants are all very ingredient-focused, serving the cream of each season's crop using inspired techniques to the delight of even the most discerning diners' appetites."

The Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants are generated from more than 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012.  All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which "fit for foodies" was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the U.S. according to OpenTable diners.  The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/foodies.

2012 Diners' Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the U.S.

AbattoirAtlanta, Georgia

AcadiaChicago, Illinois

Ad HocYountville, California

AlturaSeattle, Washington

AnnisaNew York, New York

Atelier CrennSan Francisco, California

AviaryPortland, Oregon

BeastPortland, Oregon

BenuSan Francisco, California

BibouPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

BlackbirdChicago, Illinois

BrescaPortland, Oregon

The BristolChicago, Illinois

CaminoOakland, California

CanteenSan Francisco, California

Cascina SpinasseSeattle, Washington

CastagnaPortland, Oregon

Central KitchenSan Francisco, California

CochonNew Orleans, Louisiana

CommisOakland, California

CommonwealthSan Francisco, California

CotognaSan Francisco, California

Craigie on MainCambridge, Massachusetts

Cube Café and MarketplaceLos Angeles, California

Dirt CandyNew York, New York

East By NortheastCambridge, Massachusetts

ElaPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

EolaWashington, D.C.

The Farm and FishermanPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Farmhouse Inn & RestaurantForestville, California

FIGCharleston, South Carolina

Flour + WaterSan Francisco, California

FondPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

ForageSalt Lake City, Utah

FrancesSan Francisco, California

Girl & the GoatChicago, Illinois

Golden BeetleSeattle, Washington

goosefootChicago, Illinois

Graham ElliotChicago, Illinois

GrunerPortland, Oregon

Gwynnett St.Brooklyn, New York

HavenOakland, California

How To Cook a WolfSeattle, Washington

Hugo's RestaurantPortland, Maine

Hungry MotherCambridge, Massachusetts

iNG RestaurantChicago, Illinois

ink.Los Angeles, California

Kin ShopNew York, New York

Le PigeonPortland, Oregon

Little BirdPortland, Oregon

Little FishPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Local Mission Eatery – San Francisco, California

Lula CaféChicago, Illinois

MezzeLos Angeles, California

Miller UnionAtlanta, Georgia

Mistral KitchenSeattle, Washington

MotoChicago, Illinois

Natural SelectionPortland, Oregon

Ned LuddPortland, Oregon

Nobuo at Teeter HousePhoenix, Arizona

Park KitchenPortland, Oregon

PiccoloMinneapolis, Minnesota

PingPortland, Oregon

PlayaLos Angeles, California

PlumOakland, California

PoppySeattle, Washington

PoshScottsdale, Arizona

The PublicanChicago, Illinois

RangeSan Francisco, California

Red MedicineBeverly Hills, California

The RefineryTampa, Florida

Restaurant AlmaMinneapolis, Minnesota

Restaurant ZoeSeattle, Washington

RussetPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Rustic Canyon Wine BarSanta Monica, California

Saffron Restaurant & LoungeMinneapolis, Minnesota

SaisonSan Francisco, California

SbragaPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Sons & DaughtersSan Francisco, California

SotoNew York, New York

The SpenceAtlanta, Georgia

SPQRSan Francisco, California

SproutChicago, Illinois

Spur GastropubSeattle, Washington

The Squeaky BeanDenver, Colorado

Staple & Fancy MercantileSeattle, Washington

Susan Feniger's STREETLos Angeles, California

Tabla Mediterranean BistroPortland, Oregon

TakashiChicago, Illinois

Tar & RosesSanta Monica, California

Terra PlataSeattle, Washington

TilthSeattle, Washington

TopolobampoChicago, Illinois

Twelve RestaurantDenver, Colorado

UnderbellyHouston, Texas

VedgePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Vernick Food & DrinkPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

wd-50New York, New York

Woodfire GrillAtlanta, Georgia

ZahavPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Diners can also read more about the Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the U.S. by visiting OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter's "Dining Check" blog.

About OpenTable Reviews
Originally launched in November 2008, the OpenTable Reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions.  Diners who recently honored an OpenTable reservation are invited via email to submit restaurant feedback using an online form. Visitors to OpenTable can access reviews for thousands of OpenTable restaurant partners across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  The OpenTable Reviews program has generated more than 15 million reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews. 

About OpenTable, Inc.
OpenTable is a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants. The OpenTable network delivers the convenience of online restaurant reservations to diners and the operational benefits of a computerized reservation book to restaurants. OpenTable has more than 25,000 restaurant customers, and, since its inception in 1998, has seated more than 350 million diners around the world.  The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the UK. OpenTable also owns and operates toptable, a leading restaurant reservation site in the UK.      

OpenTable, OpenTable.com, OpenTable logos, toptable and other service names are the trademarks of OpenTable, Inc. and/or its affiliates

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