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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