OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal the Top 100 Dining Hot Spots in the U.S.

California, New York, Florida, and Illinois Restaurants Account for Two-thirds of the 100 Diners' Choice Award Winners

Mar 28, 2012, 08:31 ET from OpenTable

SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the United States.  These awards reflect the combined opinions of nearly 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Winning restaurants are scattered throughout 18 states and Washington, D.C.  California is king of the hot spot restaurants, taking 25 places on the list of winners.  New York comes in second, with 20 winning restaurants.  The sunny state of Florida is chock full of trendy restaurants, handily placing third with 15 winners.  Illinois accounts for 11 honorees, followed by Nevada with seven standouts and Texas with six.  Georgia restaurants earned three places while Tennessee boasts two. Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington D.C. are also represented.

"Going to any of these dining hot spots feels like you're at the hippest party in town, only you don't need an invitation – just a reservation," says Caroline Potter, OpenTable's Chief Dining Officer.   "Beyond the buzz of innovative food and cocktails, each restaurant has electricity in the air that creates communal excitement. Diners feel like they're part of an exclusive experience."

The Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants is generated from nearly 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between March 1, 2011 and February 29, 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 "hot spot" was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the U.S. according to OpenTable diners.  The complete list may also be viewed at

2012 Diners' Choice Award Winners for Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the U.S.

25 LuskSan Francisco, California

Abe & Arthur'sNew York, New York

Asellina RistoranteNew York, New York

B.B. King's Blues ClubMemphis, Tennessee

The Bazaar by Jose AndresLos Angeles, California

BeaumarchaisNew York, New York

Beauty and EssexNew York, New York

BOA SteakhouseWest Hollywood, California

Bond Street SocialBaltimore, Maryland

Broadway by Amar SantanaLaguna Beach, California

BuccanPalm Beach, Florida

BuddakanNew York, New York

BurlapSan Diego, California

CampoReno, Nevada

CatchNew York, New York

Chino LatinoMinneapolis, Minnesota

Cleo-SBELos Angeles, California

CO-OP Food & DrinkNew York, New York

The DarbyNew York, New York

Del Frisco's GrilleDallas, Texas

Departure Restaurant and LoungePortland, Oregon

do Restaurant at the ViewAtlanta, Georgia

Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZaDallas, Texas

Drunken FishKansas City, Missouri

Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi BarCharlotte, North Carolina

Fig & OliveWest Hollywood, California

Geisha HouseHollywood, California

Gilt BarChicago, Illinois

Girl & the GoatChicago, Illinois

GT Fish and OysterChicago, Illinois

HUB 51Chicago, Illinois

The Hurricane ClubNew York, New York

Imperial No. NineNew York, New York

ink.Los Angeles, California

Jaleo-The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasLas Vegas, Nevada

KatanaWest Hollywood, California

Katsuya-Brentwood-SBEBrentwood, California

Katsuya-Hollywood-SBELos Angeles, California

Katsuya-LA LIVELos Angeles, California

Katsuya-Laguna Beach-SBELaguna Beach, California

KoiWest Hollywood, California

LavoLas Vegas, Nevada

Lavo NYCNew York, New York

LingerDenver, Colorado

The LionNew York, New York

Lost SocietyWashington, D.C.

Lulu California BistroPalm Springs, California

Manhattan Beach PostManhattan Beach, California

Marble LaneNew York, New York

Maudes liquor barChicago, Illinois

Meat MarketMiami Beach, Florida

MercaditoChicago, Illinois

Mercato di VetroWest Hollywood, California

Mr. Chow-Beverly HillsBeverly Hills, California

Mr. Chow-MiamiMiami, Florida

N9NE SteakhouseLas Vegas, Nevada

NadaCincinnati, Ohio

Nikko Japanese RestaurantCharlotte, North Carolina

NisenWoodbury, New York

Nobu MiamiMiami Beach, Florida

The OfficeDelray Beach, Florida

Paris ClubChicago, Illinois

PiccaLos Angeles, California

PratoWinter Park, Florida

Prime ItalianMiami Beach, Florida

Private SocialDallas, Texas

The Pump RoomChicago, Illinois

Red GingerTraverse City, Michigan

Red LanternBoston, Massachusetts

Red Rooster HarlemNew York, New York

Rocco's Tacos & Tequila BarBoca Raton, Florida

Rocco's Tacos & Tequila BarFort Lauderdale, Florida

ROKA AKORChicago, Illinois

SearsuckerSan Diego, California

Sino Restaurant & LoungeSan Jose, California

The Standard GrillNew York, New York

The Stanton SocialNew York, New York

STK-Los AngelesWest Hollywood, California

STK-MiamiMiami, Florida

STK-NYC-MeatpackingNew York, New York

STK-The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasLas Vegas, Nevada

SUGARCANE raw bar grillMiami, Florida

SundaChicago, Illinois

SUSHISAMBA dromoMiami Beach, Florida

SUSHISAMBA stripLas Vegas, Nevada

TaoNew York, New York

Tao Restaurant and NightclubLas Vegas, Nevada

TavernitaChicago, Illinois

Toku Modern AsianManhasset, New York

TrinitiHouston, Texas

Trio RestaurantPalm Springs, California

TwistAtlanta, Georgia

TWO urban licksAtlanta, Georgia

UchiHouston, Texas

UchikoAustin, Texas

ViragoNashville, Tennessee

Wang's in the DesertPalm Springs, California

Yardbird Southern Table & BarMiami Beach, Florida

YOLOFort Lauderdale, Florida

Zuma Japanese RestaurantMiami, Florida

Diners can also read more about the Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Hot Spot 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 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 10 million reviews by verified diners, establishing as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews. 

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