OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Restaurants of 2012

Restaurants in 27 states and Washington, D.C. recognized; California, New York, Virginia, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania among states with strongest showings

Dec 12, 2012, 08:31 ET from OpenTable

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

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

AcquerelloSan Francisco, California Addison at The Grand Del MarSan Diego, California AlturaSeattle, Washington Andrea at Pelican HillNewport Coast, California AnnisaNew York, New York Artisanal RestaurantBanner Elk, North Carolina The Ashby InnParis, Virginia Atelier CrennSan Francisco, California Auberge du SoleilRutherford, California BacchanaliaAtlanta, Georgia The BelvedereBeverly Hills, California BibouPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania Binkley's RestaurantCave Creek, Arizona Bistro L'HermitageWoodbridge, Virginia Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York Bouchard Restaurant and InnNewport, Rhode Island BouleyNew York, New York Café ProvencePrairie Village, Kansas Café RenaissanceVienna, Virginia CanlisSeattle, Washington Capital GrilleKansas City, Missouri Capital GrilleMinneapolis, Minnesota Carpe VinoAuburn, California Castle Hill InnNewport, Rhode Island Chachama GrillEast Patchogue, New York Chama Gaucha Brazilian SteakhouseDowners Grove, Illinois CharlestonBaltimore, Maryland Charleston GrillCharleston, South Carolina Chez FrancoisVermilion, Ohio Chez Nous French RestaurantHumble, Texas CityZenWashington, D.C. CommisOakland, California Cottage Place RestaurantFlagstaff, Arizona DanielNew York, New York Daniel-Lounge SeatingNew York, New York Del PostoNew York, New York Eleven Madison ParkNew York, New York Farmhouse Inn & RestaurantForestville, California Fearrington House RestaurantPittsboro, North Carolina Fountain RestaurantPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania The French LaundryYountville, California The French RoomDallas, Texas GeronimoSanta Fe, New Mexico The Goodstone Inn & Estate RestaurantMiddleburg, Virginia Gracie'sProvidence, Rhode Island Gramercy TavernNew York, New York Hannas Prime SteakRancho Santa Margarita, California The HobbitOrange, California Jean GeorgesNew York, New York Joseph TambelliniPittsburgh, Pennsylvania JUNGSIKNew York, New York Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass ResortChandler, Arizona Keiko à Nob HillSan Francisco, California King UmbertoElmont, New York The Kitchen RestaurantSacramento, California La CicciaSan Francisco, California La FolieSan Francisco, California La GrenouilleNew York, New York L'Auberge Chez FrancoisGreat Falls, Virginia Le BernardinNew York, New York Le VallaurisPalm Springs, California Le YacaWilliamsburg, Virginia L'EspalierBoston, Massachusetts The Loft at Montage Laguna BeachLaguna Beach, California Mama's Fish HousePaia, Hawaii ManresaLos Gatos, California Marcel'sWashington, D.C. Marinus-Bernadus LodgeCarmel Valley, California MentonBoston, Massachusetts Michael's – South Point CasinoLas Vegas, Nevada The Modern-Dining RoomNew York, New York n/nakaLos Angeles, California NAOEMiami, Florida NicholasRed Bank, New Jersey Norman's at The Ritz-Carlton OrlandoOrlando, Florida The North Fork Table & InnSouthold, New York o yaBoston, Massachusetts ON20Hartford, Connecticut Orchids at Palm CourtCincinnati, Ohio The Painted LadyNewberg, Oregon Palace Arms at The Brown PalaceDenver, Colorado Per SeNew York, New York Perry Street BrasserieGalena, Illinois ProvidenceLos Angeles, California Restaurant AlmaMinneapolis, Minnesota Restaurant IrisMemphis, Tennessee Rover'sSeattle, Washington Rudy & Paco Restaurant & BarGalveston, Texas Saint Jacques French CuisineRaleigh, North Carolina SaisonSan Francisco, California Scalini FedeliNew York, New York ShinBayScottsdale, Arizona SonomaPrinceton, Massachusetts SplendidoBeaver Creek, Colorado Studio at Montage Laguna BeachLaguna Beach, California Tony'sSt. Louis, Missouri Tosca RistoranteWashington, D.C. VetriPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania VOLTFrederick, Maryland Woodfire GrillAtlanta, 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.

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. 

About OpenTable, Inc. OpenTable is a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants. The OpenTable network delivers the convenience of online restaurant reservations to diners and the operational benefits of a computerized reservation book to restaurants. OpenTable has more than 26,000 restaurant customers, and, since its inception in 1998, has seated more than 385 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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