SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As we reflect on a fabulous year of fine dining, 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 the Top 100 Best 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.
The list of winners, which includes Eleven Madison Park in New York City, Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif., and o ya in Boston, spans 27 states and Washington, D.C. California restaurants earned 24 spots on the list, followed by New York with 18 winners. Virginia boasts six winning restaurants, trailed by Arizona, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania with four honorees apiece. North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Washington, D.C. all have three winning restaurants, while Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio have two each. Connecticut earned a single spot, as did Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Restaurants serving American fare dominated the list; French cuisine is also strongly represented.
"This year's honorees have accomplished what every restaurant aspires to – making guests feel as though they have had a truly singular dining experience," said OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter. "These best overall restaurants are consistently getting it right on every level, from top flight ambiance and service to cocktail lists and menus that positively dazzle diners."
The Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the U.S. are generated from more than 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between December 1, 2011 and November 30, 2012. 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 "overall" category along with that restaurant's rating relative to others in the same metropolitan area and the average number of restaurants reviewed by diners who reviewed that restaurant.
Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the U.S. according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/bestoverall.
2012 Diners' Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the U.S.
Acquerello – San Francisco, California Addison at The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, California Altura – Seattle, Washington Andrea at Pelican Hill – Newport Coast, California Annisa – New York, New York Artisanal Restaurant – Banner Elk, North Carolina The Ashby Inn – Paris, Virginia Atelier Crenn – San Francisco, California Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California Bacchanalia – Atlanta, Georgia The Belvedere – Beverly Hills, California Bibou – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Binkley's Restaurant – Cave Creek, Arizona Bistro L'Hermitage – Woodbridge, Virginia Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York Bouchard Restaurant and Inn – Newport, Rhode Island Bouley – New York, New York Café Provence – Prairie Village, Kansas Café Renaissance – Vienna, Virginia Canlis – Seattle, Washington Capital Grille – Kansas City, Missouri Capital Grille – Minneapolis, Minnesota Carpe Vino – Auburn, California Castle Hill Inn – Newport, Rhode Island Chachama Grill – East Patchogue, New York Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse – Downers Grove, Illinois Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland Charleston Grill – Charleston, South Carolina Chez Francois – Vermilion, Ohio Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas CityZen – Washington, D.C. Commis – Oakland, California Cottage Place Restaurant – Flagstaff, Arizona Daniel – New York, New York Daniel-Lounge Seating – New York, New York Del Posto – New York, New York Eleven Madison Park – New York, New York Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant – Forestville, California Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina Fountain Restaurant – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The French Laundry – Yountville, California The French Room – Dallas, Texas Geronimo – Santa Fe, New Mexico The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant – Middleburg, Virginia Gracie's – Providence, Rhode Island Gramercy Tavern – New York, New York Hannas Prime Steak – Rancho Santa Margarita, California The Hobbit – Orange, California Jean Georges – New York, New York Joseph Tambellini – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania JUNGSIK – New York, New York Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona Keiko à Nob Hill – San Francisco, California King Umberto – Elmont, New York The Kitchen Restaurant – Sacramento, California La Ciccia – San Francisco, California La Folie – San Francisco, California La Grenouille – New York, New York L'Auberge Chez Francois – Great Falls, Virginia Le Bernardin – New York, New York Le Vallauris – Palm Springs, California Le Yaca – Williamsburg, Virginia L'Espalier – Boston, Massachusetts The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach – Laguna Beach, California Mama's Fish House – Paia, Hawaii Manresa – Los Gatos, California Marcel's – Washington, D.C. Marinus-Bernadus Lodge – Carmel Valley, California Menton – Boston, Massachusetts Michael's – South Point Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada The Modern-Dining Room – New York, New York n/naka – Los Angeles, California NAOE – Miami, Florida Nicholas – Red Bank, New Jersey Norman's at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando – Orlando, Florida The North Fork Table & Inn – Southold, New York o ya – Boston, Massachusetts ON20 – Hartford, Connecticut Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio The Painted Lady – Newberg, Oregon Palace Arms at The Brown Palace – Denver, Colorado Per Se – New York, New York Perry Street Brasserie – Galena, Illinois Providence – Los Angeles, California Restaurant Alma – Minneapolis, Minnesota Restaurant Iris – Memphis, Tennessee Rover's – Seattle, Washington Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar – Galveston, Texas Saint Jacques French Cuisine – Raleigh, North Carolina Saison – San Francisco, California Scalini Fedeli – New York, New York ShinBay – Scottsdale, Arizona Sonoma – Princeton, Massachusetts Splendido – Beaver Creek, Colorado Studio at Montage Laguna Beach – Laguna Beach, California Tony's – St. Louis, Missouri Tosca Ristorante – Washington, D.C. Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania VOLT – Frederick, Maryland Woodfire Grill – Atlanta, Georgia
Diners can also read more about the Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the U.S. by visiting OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter's "Dining Check" blog.
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