OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal Top 100 Dining Hot Spots in America Winning Restaurants Span 21 States, with California, New York, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, and Nevada Claiming Greatest Number of Hot Spots

SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As we bid adieu to the polar vortex, we look forward to warm spring weather and a hot dining scene, OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN), the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, is pleased to honor the 2014 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Showcasing restaurants with sophisticated chefs and a fashionable clientele, the complete list features award winners in 21 states and includes ABC Cocina in New York, ink. in Los Angeles, and RPM Italian in Chicago. California boasts the greatest number of winning restaurants with 21, followed by New York with 16, and Florida with 14. Illinois and Texas have eight and six, respectively. Georgia and Nevada both have five winning restaurants. Massachusetts, Ohio, and Pennsylvania claim three winners apiece, while Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, and Tennessee have two. Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, and South Carolina are represented as well. International cuisines reign supreme at these hot spots, with winning restaurants serving Asian, Caribbean, Latin, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Peruvian fare, among others. Pizza, sushi, and tapas are also popular.

"Atmospheres of energy and delight greet diners the moment they step inside any of this year's award-winning restaurants," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. "Specializing in engaging hospitality, mouthwatering dishes in which every bite excites, and drinks to captivate cocktail enthusiasts, each honoree is a destination for outstanding dining adventures."

The Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between March 1, 2013, and February 28, 2014. All restaurants with a minimum 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 "hot spot" category along with a minimum "overall" rating.

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

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

5ChurchCharlotte, North Carolina
ABC CocinaNew York, New York
AcabarHollywood, California
AcornDenver, Colorado
Andrea'sLas Vegas, Nevada
AventuraAnn Arbor, Michigan
B.B. King's Blues ClubMemphis, Tennessee
BakuCharlotte, North Carolina
Baoli MiamiMiami Beach, Florida
The Bazaar by Jose AndresLos Angeles, California
The Bazaar by Jose Andres at SLS Hotel South Beach – Miami Beach, Florida
Beauty and EssexNew York, New York
BestiaLos Angeles, California
BOA SteakhouseWest Hollywood, California
BuccanPalm Beach, Florida
BuddakanNew York, New York
Butcher and The RyePittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cafe Fresco-Center CityHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
Cafe MartoranoFort Lauderdale, Florida
CampoReno, Nevada
CatchNew York, New York
Charlie BirdNew York, New York
Chino LatinoMinneapolis, Minnesota
The Church KeyWest Hollywood, California
Cleo-SBELos Angeles, California
Cucina EnotecaDel Mar, California
Del Frisco's GrilleFort Worth, Texas
Del Frisco's GrilleHouston, Texas
Departure Restaurant and LoungePortland, Oregon
do Restaurant at the ViewAtlanta, Georgia
Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZaDallas, Texas
El VezPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
EmpireBoston, Massachusetts
FT33Dallas, Texas
Gas Monkey Bar N' GrillDallas, Texas
Girl & the GoatChicago, Illinois
GjelinaVenice, California
HakkasanBeverly Hills, California
HakkasanLas Vegas, Nevada
Hobnob Kitchen and BarNaples, Florida
ink.Los Angeles, California
The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-GeorgesPound Ridge, New York
JuviaMiami, Florida
KatanaWest Hollywood, California
Katsuya-Hollywood-SBELos Angeles, California
Katsuya at SLS Hotel South BeachMiami Beach, Florida
KaZeCincinnati, Ohio
KD's Southern CuisineOklahoma City, Oklahoma
La EsquinaNew York, New York
The LarkSanta Barbara, California
Laurel HardwareLos Angeles, California
LavoNew York, New York
LingerDenver, Colorado
Lolita Cocina & Tequila BarBoston, Massachusetts
Manhattan Beach PostManhattan Beach, California
ManonNew York, New York
Mill House Brewing CompanyPoughkeepsie, New York
Miss Lily'sNew York, New York
MUAOakland, California
Nico OsteriaChicago, Illinois
O-KuCharleston, South Carolina
The PearlColumbus, Ohio
Pitch Coal-Fire PizzeriaOmaha, Nebraska
PratoWinter Park, Florida
Red GingerTraverse City, Michigan
Red LanternBoston, Massachusetts
RepubliqueLos Angeles, California
Rocco's Tacos & Tequila BarFort Lauderdale, Florida
Rocco's Tacos & Tequila BarOrlando, Florida
RPM ItalianChicago, Illinois
S3 RestaurantFort Lauderdale, Florida
SavorDallas, Texas
SearsuckerSan Diego, California
Seasalt and PepperMiami, Florida
Shakou SushiLibertyville, Illinois
Siena TavernChicago, Illinois
SocoBrooklyn, New York
SottoCincinnati, Ohio
St. CeciliaAtlanta, Georgia
The Stanton SocialNew York, New York
STK-AtlantaAtlanta, Georgia
STK-Los AngelesWest Hollywood, California
STK-NYC-MeatpackingNew York, New York
STK-The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasLas Vegas, Nevada
Sub Zero Vodka BarSt. Louis, Missouri
SundaChicago, Illinois
Sur RestaurantWest Hollywood, California
Swine Southern Table & BarCoral Gables, Florida
TantaChicago, Illinois
Tao DowntownNew York, New York
Tao Restaurant and NightclubLas Vegas, Nevada
Toku Modern AsianManhasset, New York
The TropicalePalm Springs, California
TsunamiLafayette, Louisiana
Tsunami Shaw CenterBaton Rouge, Louisiana
TWO urban licksAtlanta, Georgia
UMIAtlanta, Georgia
UntitledChicago, Illinois
ViragoNashville, Tennessee
YOLOFort Lauderdale, Florida

Diners can also read more about the Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Hot Spot 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, and the UK.  The OpenTable Reviews program has generated approximately 25 million restaurant reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews. 

About OpenTable
OpenTable is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 14 million diners per month via online bookings across approximately 31,000 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 575 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, the leading consumer destination site for restaurant reservations in the UK.  More information is available on http://www.opentable.com.

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