In celebration of the local restaurants diners return to time and again, we are pleased to honor the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Highlighting eateries that contribute to the character of their neighborhoods, the complete list includes award winners in more than half the states in the nation and Washington, D.C., including Lucia’s Restaurant and Wine Bar in Minneapolis, Red Gravy in Brooklyn, and The Yellow Porch in Nashville. California has 24 winning restaurants sprinkled throughout the state, followed by New York with 10, and New Jersey and Pennsylvania with six each. Both Florida and Georgia have five honorees, while Massachusetts and Texas each boast four. Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Tennessee, Washington, and Washington, D.C., all have three winners, and the states of New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and South Carolina have two apiece. Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Utah are also represented.
Although American fare is the most popular cuisine, Italian cuisine was a close second, with 25 restaurants specializing in dishes inspired by Lo Stivale, or The Boot. French fare is popular as well, as are seafood and southern menus.
The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between June 1, 2013, and May 31, 2014. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “neighborhood gem” was selected as a special feature.
Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America, according to OpenTable diners:
Agave – Atlanta, Georgia
Apartment 13 – New York, New York
The Back Room Steakhouse – Apopka, Florida
Bar Lucca – Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Battuto Italian Kitchen – Dallas, Texas
Benissimo Ristorante and Bar – Corte Madera, California
Bethany’s Table – Portland, Oregon
Bistro de la Gare – South Pasadena, California
Bistro Grace – Cincinnati, Ohio
Bistro Piattini – Albuquerque, New Mexico