OpenTable Reveals 100 Best Restaurants in America

Established Restaurants Dominate the List;

New York, California, Pennsylvania, and Texas Restaurants Make Strongest Showing;

Standout Cities Include New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago

Dec 02, 2015, 08:30 ET from OpenTable, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of another year of superb dining experiences, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), today unveiled the 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2015. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 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. Kai-Sheraton Wild Horse Pass ResortChandler, Arizona
  4. Halls ChophouseCharleston, South Carolina
  5. Sushi Nakazawa-Sushi BarNew York, New York
  6. Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
  7. AcquerelloSan Francisco, California
  8. n/nakaLos Angeles, California
  9. DanielNew York, New York
  10. VetriPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Like the list as a whole, the Top 10 Best Restaurants in America emphasizes revered restaurants that place a premium on striving for perfection, from Mama's Fish House, which opened its doors in 1973 to n/naka, which opened in 2011. Each honoree provides fare and hospitality that consistently earn rave reviews and attract repeat diners, even though the concepts are quite diverse, including the non-traditional dining experience that is the sublime food and wine pairing experience at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards. Its idyllic vineyard setting, six-course menu tailored to compliment specific wine vintages and varietals, and unique value have helped St. Francis build quite a following and earn the number one spot for the second time in three years.

Highlighting restaurants with experienced chefs behind the burners, the complete list features honorees in 28 states and the District of Columbia and includes Acquerello in San Francisco, Eleven Madison Park in New York, and Vedge in Philadelphia. California and New York have 16 winning restaurants each, followed by Pennsylvania with 8, Texas with 5, and Arizona, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Virginia with four apiece. Colorado, Florida, and Ohio boast three winners each, while Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington all have two. Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington, D.C. are also represented.

Established restaurants handily dominated the list; just three winners opened in the last year. Approximately a quarter of the eateries were established within the last five years, and many are more than 20 years old, with at least 14 having been in business in excess of 30 years, including perennial Manhattan favorite La Grenouille, which dates back to 1962. While American and French fare proved overwhelmingly popular, restaurants serving globally inspired fare also made their mark. Multi-course prix-fixe meals and chefs' tastings abound, with almost half offering either one or both. The vast majority identify as fine dining restaurants, offering dinner service only, with some even indicating a jacket or formal attire is required.

"Even as diners embrace a wide range of concepts from family-style meals to small plates, it's clear that fine dining and multi-course tasting menus continue to dazzle," says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. "This year's winners are the restaurants that transcend fads, consistently put out delicious dishes, provide impeccable service, and pay attention to every detail to orchestrate one-of-a-kind experiences, time and again."

The list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015. 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 100 Best Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at

2015 100 Best Restaurants in America

AcquerelloSan Francisco, California  Addison RestaurantSan Diego, California  AmbienceLos Altos, California  Arethusa al Tavolo – Bantam, Connecticut  Arroyo VinoSanta Fe, New Mexico  Artisanal RestaurantBanner Elk, North Carolina  AteraNew York, New York  Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California  BacchanaliaAtlanta, Georgia  barmini by José AndrésWashington, D.C.  BavettesChicago, Illinois  BenuSan Francisco, California  Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York  BokaChicago, Illinois  BonesAtlanta, Georgia  Bouchard Restaurant and InnNewport, Rhode Island  BouleyNew York, New York  Café JuanitaKirkland, Washington  Café MonarchScottsdale, Arizona  Café Provence – Prairie Villa, Kansas  The Capital GrilleLombard, Illinois  The Capital GrilleMinneapolis, Minnesota  Carlos' BistroColorado Springs, Colorado  Castagna RestaurantPortland, Oregon  The CellarsVirginia Beach, Virginia  CharlestonBaltimore, Maryland  Chez Francois – Vermillion, Ohio  Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas  Chimney ParkWindsor, Colorado  Circle Brunch-The BreakersPalm Beach, Florida  ClementinesAvon-By-The-Sea, New Jersey  Collage RestaurantSt. Augustine, Florida  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  ForageSalt Lake City, Utah  The French LaundryYountville, California  The French Room – Dallas Texas  GeronimoSanta Fe, New Mexico Gramercy TavernNew York, New York  The Goodstone Inn & Estate RestaurantMiddleburg, Virginia  Halls ChophouseCharleston, South Carolina  Hannas Prime SteakRancho Santa Margarita, California  Jillian'sPalm Desert, California  Joan's in the ParkSaint Paul, Minnesota  Joseph TambelliniPittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass ResortChandler, Arizona  King Umberto RestaurantElmont, New York  KUSAKABESan Francisco, California  L'Auberge Chez FrançoisGreat Falls, Virginia  La FolieSan Francisco, California  La GrenouilleNew York, New York  La Mer at HalekulaniHonolulu, Hawaii  LaurelPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania  Le BernardinNew York, New York  Le CepFort Worth, Texas  Les NomadesChicago, Illinois  Mama's Fish HousePaia, Hawaii  Marché ModerneCosta Mesa, California  McNinch HouseCharlotte, North Carolina  Michael's-South Point CasinoLas Vegas, Nevada  MistralSherman Oaks, California  The Modern-Dining RoomNew York, New York  Montalcino Ristorante Italiano – Issaquah, Washington  n/nakaLos Angeles, California  NicholasRed Bank, New Jersey  Norman's at the Ritz-CarltonOrlando, Florida  o yaBoston, Massachusetts  Orchids at Palm CourtCincinnati, Ohio  Per SeNew York, New York  The Phoenician-Afternoon TeaScottsdale, Arizona  Quince RestaurantSan Francisco, California  Restaurant AugustNew Orleans, Louisiana  Restaurant Lorena'sMaplewood, New Jersey  RoePortland, Oregon  Rudy & Paco Restaurant & BarGalveston, Texas  Ruth's Chris Steak HouseBaton Rouge, Louisiana  Second Empire Restaurant and TavernRaleigh, North Carolina  SetteBernardsville, New Jersey  ShinBayScottsdale, Arizona  Ski Tip Lodge – Keystone, Colorado  SonomaPrinceton, Massachusetts  St. Francis Winery & VineyardsSanta Rosa, California  State & LempBoise, Idaho  Sushi Nakazawa-Sushi BarNew York, New York  Talula's GardenPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania  Thomas Henkelmann-Homestead InnGreenwich, Connecticut  Trattoria L'incontroAstoria, New York  Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab HouseAustin, Texas  UmamiChagrin Falls, Ohio  VedgePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania  Vernick Food & DrinkPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania  VetriPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania  Volver – Philadephia, Pennsylvania  Waypoint Seafood & GrillWilliamsburg, Virginia  Yono's RestaurantAlbany, New York  ZahavPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Diners can also read more about the 100 Best Restaurants in America by visiting the OpenTable blog.

About OpenTable Restaurant Reviews  Originally launched in November 2008, the OpenTable Reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions.  Only diners who recently honored an OpenTable reservation are invited to submit restaurant reviews. Visitors to OpenTable can access reviews for thousands of OpenTable restaurant partners across the United States, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan and the UK.  The OpenTable Reviews program has generated more than 36 million restaurant reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews. 

About OpenTable OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 17 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 33,000 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 940 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, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.

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