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

12 Mar, 2014, 08:30 ET from OpenTable

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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