OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Restaurants in America

Winning Restaurants Span Thirty States and Washington, D.C., with California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Leading the Pack

Dec 11, 2013, 08:31 ET from OpenTable

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As we toast a remarkable year of fine dining, OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN), the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, is pleased to celebrate the 2013 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America and highlight the Top 10 honorees. 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.


The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America, in rank order, include:

  1. St. Francis Winery & VineyardsSanta Rosa, California
  2. Mama's Fish HousePaia, Hawaii
  3. n/nakaLos Angeles, California
  4. Halls ChophouseCharleston, South Carolina
  5. CharlestonBaltimore, Maryland
  6. o yaBoston, Massachusetts
  7. Orchids at Palm CourtCincinnati, Ohio
  8. Fearrington House RestaurantPittsboro, North Carolina
  9. The French LaundryYountville, California
  10. goosefootChicago, Illinois

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America are as distinct as they are deserving, with each winning restaurant creating one-of-a-kind dining adventures across an array of cuisines and service styles. From Thomas Keller's legendary French Laundry to relative newcomer goosefoot, both of which specialize in mind-blowing multi-course meals, to the intimate settings of the counter at o ya and the dining room at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards which seat under 20 diners at a time, the Top 10 restaurants are a reflection of the new definition of fine dining.

Standing out in a highly competitive field of exceptional chefs and restaurateurs, the complete list of honorees are scattered among 30 states and Washington, D.C., and include Del Posto in New York City, Noisette in Portland, Oregon, and Rasika in Washington, D.C.  California and New York boast the greatest number of winning restaurants with 14 and 13, respectively, followed by Illinois with seven. New Jersey and Pennsylvania, each boast five winning restaurants. Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia claim four winners apiece, while Washington, D.C., and Oregon have three. Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Nevada have two. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin also have winning eateries. While American fare restaurants have the greatest number of winners, followed by those serving French food, an eclectic array of cuisines are represented, including English, Indian, Korean, Spanish, and Thai.

"These winning restaurants are conducted like great orchestras," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. "All the players, from chefs and managers to wait staff and sommeliers, have artfully mastered their parts, and every instrument of hospitality, whether it be deft service or imaginative menus, is in harmony with one another to create a symphonic dining experience."

The Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between November 14, 2012, and November 15, 2013. 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 America according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at

2013 Diners' Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America

AcquerelloSan Francisco, California Afternoon Tea-The PhoenicianScottsdale, Arizona Artisanal RestaurantBanner Elk, North Carolina Atelier CrennSan Francisco, California Auberge du SoleilRutherford, California BacchanaliaAtlanta, Georgia BibouPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania Binkley's RestaurantCave Creek, Arizona Bistro L'HermitageWoodbridge, Virginia Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York BOCACincinnati, Ohio BonesAtlanta, Georgia Bouchard Restaurant and InnNewport, Rhode Island BouleyNew York, New York Café JuanitaKirkland, Washington Café MatisseRutherford, New Jersey Café ProvencePrairie Village, Kansas Café RenaissanceVienna, Virginia CanoeAtlanta, Georgia Capital GrilleDallas, Texas Carpe VinoAuburn, California CharlestonBaltimore, Maryland Charleston GrillCharleston, South Carolina Chez FrançoisVermilion, Ohio Chez Nous French RestaurantHumble, Texas CityZenWashington, D.C. Colicchio & Sons-Main Dining RoomNew York, New York Coltello Ristorante ItalianoCrosswicks, New Jersey CúrateAsheville, North Carolina 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 Fat CanaryWilliamsburg, Virginia Fearrington House RestaurantPittsboro, North Carolina Franklinville InnFranklinville, New Jersey The French LaundryYountville, California The French RoomDallas, Texas Gaetano's & Ristorantino MediterraneoForest Park, Illinois GeronimoSanta Fe, New Mexico Girl & the GoatChicago, Illinois goosefootChicago, Illinois Gotham Bar and GrillNew York, New York Gramercy TavernNew York, New York Halls ChophouseCharleston, South Carolina Highlands Bar & GrillBirmingham, Alabama joan's in the ParkSaint Paul, Minnesota Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone CrabChicago, Illinois JORY Restaurant at The Allison Inn & SpaNewberg, Oregon JUNGSIKNew York, New York Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass ResortChandler, Arizona The Kitchen RestaurantSacramento, California L'Auberge Chez FrançoisGreat Falls, Virginia L'Etoile RestaurantMadison, Wisconsin L20Chicago, Illinois La GrenouilleNew York, New York Lawry's The Prime RibBeverly Hills, California Le BernardinNew York, New York Le BistroIncline Village, Nevada Leis Family Class Act RestaurantKahului, Hawaii Les NomadesChicago, Illinois Mama's Fish HousePaia, Hawaii Marinus-Bernardus LodgeCarmel Valley, California MentonBoston, Massachusetts Michael's – South Point CasinoLas Vegas, Nevada Mille FleursRancho Santa Fe, California n/nakaLos Angeles, California Nahm Thai CuisineAlpharetta, Georgia NAOEMiami, Florida Natalie's at Camden Harbour InnCamden, Maine NicholasRed Bank, New Jersey NoisettePortland, Oregon NoordPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania o yaBoston, Massachusetts Orchids at Palm CourtCincinnati, Ohio The Painted LadyNewberg, Oregon Peninsula GrillCharleston, South Carolina Per SeNew York, New York RasikaWashington, D.C. The Refectory Restaurant & BistroColumbus, Ohio Restaurant AugustNew Orleans, Louisiana Restaurant IrisMemphis, Tennessee Restaurant Lorena'sMaplewood, New Jersey Rudy & Paco Restaurant & BarGalveston, Texas Ruth's Chris Steak HouseBaton Rouge, Louisiana Saint Jacques French CuisineRaleigh, North Carolina SaisonSan Francisco, California SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine BarNorth Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Seasons Restaurant-Four SeasonsWashington, D.C. SenzaChicago, Illinois ShinBayScottsdale, Arizona Ski Tip LodgeKeystone, Colorado Sons & DaughtersSan Francisco, California SplendidoBeaver Creek, Colorado St. Francis Winery & VineyardsSanta Rosa, California Talula's GardenPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania Tony'sSt. Louis, Missouri Vernick Food & DrinkPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania VetriPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Diners can also read more about the Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America by visiting the OpenTable "Dining Check" blog.

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