OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Restaurants in America

Awards highlight restaurants in 32 states and Washington, D.C.; New York, California, Florida boast most honorees, followed by North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Texas

Dec 17, 2014, 08:30 ET from OpenTable

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As we cheer the end of another year of delicious dining, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is pleased to celebrate the 2014 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America and highlight the Top 10 honorees. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America, in rank order, include:

  1. SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine BarNorth Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  2. Sushi Nakazawa-Sushi BarNew York, New York
  3. Fearrington House RestaurantPittsboro, North Carolina
  4. n/nakaLos Angeles, California
  5. St. Francis Winery & VineyardsSanta Rosa, California
  6. Ski Tip LodgeKeystone, Colorado
  7. Twenty Eight Atlantic at Wequassett ResortEast Harwich, Massachusetts
  8. Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass ResortChandler, Arizona
  9. The French RoomDallas, Texas
  10. Highlands Bar and GrillBirmingham, Alabama

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America are as diverse as our appetites, from intimate and sleek newcomer Sushi Nakazawa with just 25 seats to the lively, perennially revered 124-seat Highlands Bar and Grill. What they all share is an unmatched level of consistency and attention to detail, which can be found in their superior service, careful sourcing of local ingredients, and commitment to excellence and hospitality.

Lauding both recently opened as well as longstanding restaurants that feature everything from à la carte to intricate tasting menus, the complete list includes award winners in 32 states and Washington, D.C., such as Eleven Madison Park in New York, Laurel in Philadelphia, and Saison in San Francisco. There are 35 repeat winners from 2013, eight of which again cracked the top 10, and 65 new honorees.

New York has the greatest number of winners with 12, followed by California and Florida with eight each; North Carolina and Pennsylvania with six apiece; and Oregon and Texas earning five each. Illinois has four, and Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Virginia all have three winners. Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Tennessee, and Washington have two award winners apiece. Alaska, Alabama, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin are also represented.

Dinner-only restaurants dominate the list, with 59 winners. While American fare restaurants are most popular, the eclectic array of cuisines on the list includes global, Hawaiian, Italian, Japanese, seafood, Thai, and vegan. More than 25 percent of honorees indicate they offer gluten-free options.

"The whole is greater than the sum of the carefully designed parts at these acclaimed restaurants," says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. "At every meal, the honorees strive to master perfection through a uniquely thoughtful approach to hospitality that includes flawless service, exceptional food and dazzling cocktails."

The Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between December 1, 2013, and November 30, 2014. All restaurants with a minimum "overall" score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant's average rating in the "overall" category.  

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/best-restaurants-in-america/.

2014 Diners' Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America

Abe FisherPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania AcantoChicago, Illinois All PurposeMilwaukee, Wisconsin AltiusPittsburgh, Pennsylvania AntebellumFlowery Branch, Georgia ArianaBend, Oregon AteraNew York, New York BacchanaliaAtlanta, Georgia Bazaar Meat by José AndrésLas Vegas, Nevada Bida Manda Restaurant and BarRaleigh, North Carolina Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York Bodean SeafoodTulsa, Oklahoma Bolete RestaurantBethlehem, Pennsylvania Bouchard Restaurant and InnNewport, Rhode Island Boulevard BistroElk Grove, California Café 2825Atlantic City, New Jersey Café MonarchScottsdale, Arizona Camp Verde General Store and RestaurantCamp Verde, Texas Carlos' BistroColorado Springs, Colorado Carpe VinoAuburn, California The CellarsVirginia Beach, Virginia CharlestonBaltimore, Maryland Chef's Table at the EdgewaterWinter Garden, Florida The Chop HouseGrand Rapids, Michigan Ciao OsteriaCentreville, Virginia Circle Brunch-The BreakersPalm Beach, Florida Collage RestaurantSt. Augustine, Florida The Copper DoorHayesville, North Carolina Dai DueAustin, Texas DanielNew York, New York Daniel-Lounge SeatingNew York, New York Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak HouseWashington, D.C. Eleven Madison ParkNew York, New York Enzo's on the LakeLongwood, Florida Erling Jensen The RestaurantMemphis, Tennessee Fearrington House RestaurantPittsboro, North Carolina The Flatiron CaféOmaha, Nebraska ForageSalt Lake City, Utah Fortify Kitchen and BarClayton, Georgia Franklinville InnFranklinville, New Jersey The French RoomDallas, Texas goosefootChicago, Illinois Halls ChophouseCharleston, South Carolina HamptonsSumter, South Carolina HeronsCary, North Carolina Highlands Bar and GrillBirmingham, Alabama The Joel Palmer HouseDayton, Oregon Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass ResortChandler, Arizona L'Auberge Chez FrançoisGreat Falls, Virginia La GrenouilleNew York, New York La Mer at HalekulaniHonolulu, Hawaii LaurelPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania Le BernardinNew York, New York Les NomadesChicago, Illinois Maison BlancheLongboat Key, Florida Mama's Fish HousePaia, Hawaii Marx Bros. CaféAnchorage, Alaska May Kitchen + BarVashon, Washington MeadowsweetBrooklyn, New York Michael's – South Point CasinoLas Vegas, Nevada Modern LoveOmaha, Nebraska Montalcino Ristorante ItalianoIssaquah, Washington The Mulefoot GastropubImlay City, Michigan n/nakaLos Angeles, California NAOEMiami, Florida Natural SelectionPortland, Oregon o yaBoston, Massachusetts OceanKennebunkport, Maine Orchids at Palm CourtCincinnati, Ohio The Painted LadyNewberg, Oregon Perry Street BrasserieGalena, Illinois Rafain Brazilian SteakhouseFort Worth, Texas Red Hill StationSan Francisco, California Renaissance CaféAssaria, Kansas The Restaurant at MeadowoodSaint Helena, California Restaurant IrisMemphis, Tennessee Restaurant Lorena'sMaplewood, New Jersey RoePortland, Oregon Rudy & Paco Restaurant & BarGalveston, Texas Russell's Steaks, Chops, and MoreWilliamsville, New York Saint Jacques French CuisineRaleigh, North Carolina SaisonSan Francisco, California SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine BarNorth Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Seasons 52Sarasota, Florida Second Empire Restaurant and TavernRaleigh, North Carolina ShinBayScottsdale, Arizona Ski Tip LodgeKeystone, Colorado St. Francis Winery & VineyardsSanta Rosa, California Sushi Nakazawa-Sushi BarNew York, New York The Tailor and the CookUtica, New York Talula's Daily-Secret Supper ClubPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania Thomas Henkelmann-Homestead InnGreenwich, Connecticut The TrattoriaSaint James, New York Twenty Eight Atlantic at Wequassett ResortEast Harwich, Massachusetts 'ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge – Kaupulehu, Hawaii UleleTampa, Florida V.MertzOmaha, Nebraska WatertableHuntington Beach, California White Barn InnKennebunk, Maine Wyebrook Farm Market & CaféHoney Brook, Pennsylvania

Diners can also read more about the Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Restaurants in America by visiting the OpenTable "Dining Check" blog.

About OpenTable Restaurant 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, Germany and the UK.  The OpenTable Reviews program has generated more than 28 million restaurant reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews. 

About OpenTable OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 15 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 32,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company's website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet's most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations, and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 700 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.

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