As hot summer days stretch into cool summer nights, we are pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Late Night Dining 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 celebrity-magnet The Darby in New York, Top Chef winner Ilan Hall’s The Gorbals in Los Angeles, and the critically acclaimed nopa in San Francisco, covers 24 states and Washington, D.C. California, New York, and Georgia have the greatest number of winning restaurants, with 16, 12, and 11, respectively. Nevada counts 8 winners, followed by Florida with six, and North Carolina and Washington, D.C. with five each. Illinois and Texas boast four winners apiece, with Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, and Tennessee with three each. Hawaii, Oregon, and Pennsylvania have two winners each. Other states represented include Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, and South Carolina. American cuisine easily proved the most popular late-night pick, with more than 30 winners serving homegrown fare.
The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Late Night Dining Restaurants is generated from more than 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between August 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “late night find” was selected as a special feature.