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

Sunny states of California and Florida take top honors; New York, Illinois, and Nevada restaurants also well represented

Mar 27, 2013, 08:31 ET from OpenTable

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As we anticipate the warm days and cool spring nights, OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN), the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, is pleased to announce the 2013 Diners' Choice Award winners for Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Winning restaurants are scattered throughout 21 states.  California topped the list, taking 26 places on the list of winners.  Florida follows with 18 winning restaurants.  New York has its share of fashionable honorees, claiming 14 spots on the list. For the second year in a row, Illinois accounts for 11 winners, followed again by Nevada with seven standouts. Georgia and Texas restaurants earned three places apiece, while Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, and Tennessee each boast two. Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina are also represented. Cuisines at the winning restaurants are as eclectic as the list itself. American, Asian, Greek, Italian, Japanese, and Mexican fares are represented, as are pizza, sushi, and tapas, among others.

"This year's winning restaurants have all the ingredients diners need to spice up any evening, whether it's a midweek meal or a destination celebration," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. "Beyond cool crowds, daring drink lists, and inventive menus, these hot spots are cultivating a sexy see-and-be-seen ambience that will make for a night to remember."

The Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants is generated from more than 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between March 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013.  All restaurants with a minimum "overall" score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration.  Qualifying 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

2013 Diners' Choice Award Winners for Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the U.S.


Ada Street – Chicago, Illinois

B.B. King's Blues Club – Memphis, Tennessee

Baoli Miami – Miami Beach, Florida

Bavettes – Chicago, Illinois

The Bazaar by Jose Andres – Los Angeles, California

The Bazaar by Jose Andres at SLS Hotel South Beach – Miami Beach, Florida

Beauty and Essex – New York, New York

Bestia – Los Angeles, California

BOA Steakhouse – West Hollywood, California

The Boarding House – Chicago, Illinois

Buccan – Palm Beach, Florida

Buddakan – New York, New York

Buddah Sky Bar – Delray Beach, Florida

Campo – Reno, Nevada

Catch – New York, New York

Cavo – Astoria, New York

Chambers Eat + Drink – San Francisco, California

Chino Latino – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cleo-SBE – Los Angeles, California

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House – Chicago, Illinois

Del Frisco's Grille – Dallas, Texas

Departure Restaurant and Lounge – Portland, Oregon

do Restaurant at the View – Atlanta, Georgia

El Vez – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Firefly Tapas Kitchen Bar – Henderson, Nevada

Fly Bar & Restaurant – Tampa, Florida

The Food Market – Baltimore, Maryland

FT33 – Dallas, Texas

Gilt Bar – Chicago, Illinois

Girl & the Goat – Chicago, Illinois

Grille One Sixteen – Tampa, Florida

Hakkasan – San Francisco, California

Hendrick's Tavern – Roslyn, New York

Herringbone – La Jolla, California

Hip Kitty Jazz & Fondue – Claremont, California

Honu Kitchen and Cocktails – Huntington, New York

HUB 51 – Chicago, Illinois

The Hurricane Club – New York, New York

ink. – Los Angeles, California

Juvia – Miami, Florida

Katana – West Hollywood, California

Katsuya-Brentwood-SBE – Brentwood, California

Katsuya-Hollywood-SBE – Los Angeles, California

Lavo – Las Vegas, Nevada

Linger – Denver, Colorado

Lulu California Bistro – Palm Springs, California

The Macintosh – Charleston, South Carolina

Manhattan Beach Post – Manhattan Beach, California

Mateo – Durham, North Carolina

Mercato di Vetro – West Hollywood, California

Miss Lily's – New York, New York

Monsoon Asian Kitchen & Lounge – Babylon, New York

MUA – Oakland, California

N9NE Steakhouse – Las Vegas, Nevada

Nada – Cincinnati, Ohio

nopa – San Francisco, California

Ouzo Bay – Baltimore, Maryland

Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila – Hermosa Beach, California

Paris Club – Chicago, Illinois

Picca – Los Angeles, California

Playground – Santa Ana, California

Prato – Winter Park, Florida

Provisions – Houston, Texas

Red Ginger – Traverse City, Michigan

Red Lantern – Boston, Massachusetts

Restaurant IPO – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar – West Palm Beach, Florida

RPM Italian – Chicago, Illinois

Searsucker – San Diego, California

Searsucker – Scottsdale, Arizona

Soco – Brooklyn, New York

The Spence – Atlanta, Georgia

The Stanton Social – New York, New York

STK-Los Angeles – West Hollywood, California

STK-Miami – Miami, Florida

STK-NYC-Meatpacking – New York, New York

STK-The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada

Sub Zero Vodka Bar – St. Louis, Missouri

SUGARCANE raw bar grill – Miami, Florida

Sunda – Chicago, Illinois

Sushi POP – Oviedo, Florida

Sushi Roku – Scottsdale, Arizona

SUSHISAMBA dromo – Miami Beach, Florida

SUSHISAMBA strip – Las Vegas, Nevada

Tao – New York, New York

Tao Restaurant and Nightclub – Las Vegas, Nevada

The Tasting Kitchen – Venice, California

Toku Modern Asian – Manhasset, New York

Trio Restaurant – Palm Springs, California

The Tropicale – Palm Springs, California

Tsunani Shaw Center – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

TWO urban licks – Atlanta, Georgia

Untitled – Chicago, Illinois

Virago – Nashville, Tennessee

Wang's in the Desert – Palm Springs, California

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar – Miami, Florida

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – Miami Beach, Florida

YOLO – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Zuma Japanese Restaurant – Miami, Florida

Diners can also read more about the Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 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 OpenTable can access reviews for thousands of OpenTable restaurant partners across the United States, Canada and the UK.  The OpenTable Reviews program has generated more than 15 million reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews. 

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OpenTable is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating approximately 10 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 27,000 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 400 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.

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