You’re Not Alone: OpenTable Study Reveals Rise in Solo Dining, Names Top Restaurants for Solo Diners

Do you like treating your favorite person in the world (that would be you!) to a delicious meal? Care to savor the flavor of your dinner on your own? Enjoy Instagramming your dishes dozens of times without irritated commentary from your dining partners? You’re not alone. Our recent analysis reveals that reservations for parties of one have grown nationally by 62 percent, making them the fastest growing table party size.

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The findings indicate that the stigma surrounding dining solo may be starting to lift and that people are eager to savor unique culinary experiences solo. Our analysis also showed that among major metropolitan areas, in rank order, Dallas, Miami, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Chicago have experienced the strongest growth in reservations for one.

In celebration of solo dining and the restaurants that cater to them, we are releasing the Top 25 Restaurants for Solo Diners in U.S. The alphabetical list was generated based on the restaurants most booked for tables of one and the “overall” star-ratings associated with reviews submitted by verified diners as well as our restaurant experts’ recommendations. Check out the full list after the jump.

2015 Top 25 Restaurants for Solo Dining in America
5Church – Charlotte, North Carolina
Atlantic Fish – Boston, Massachusetts
Aureole – New York, New York
Blackbird – Chicago, Illinois
Bimini Twist – Miami, Florida
Church & State – Los Angeles, California
Cinghiale – Baltimore, Maryland
Founding Farmers – Washington, D.C.
Giada- The Cromwell – Las Vegas, Nevada
Gordon Ramsay Steak-Paris Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House – Chicago, Illinois
Juniper & Ivy – San Diego, California
La Chaumiere – Washington, D.C.
Little Bird – Portland, Oregon
Lola – A Michael Symon Restaurant – Cleveland, Ohio
Lüke – New Orleans, Louisiana
Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
Mon Ami Gabi – Las Vegas, Nevada
MUA – Oakland, California
Parc – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Parkside Seafood House – Lafayette, Indiana
Rioja – Denver, Colorado
SkyCity – Seattle, Washington
South City Kitchen Midtown – Atlanta, Georgia
Wine 30 – New York, New York

You can find even more delicious destinations for solo dining here.


  1. Tom Rector says

    I have been eating solo for decades. As one who has travelled extensively for work, I often find myself in a great city, and with no dining companion. I NEVER order room service, but refer to my targeted restaurants for that town (from research, reading, and WOM research) and arrange to have dinner there. I (usually) enjoy a wonderful meal, meet interesting people, and gain some insight into the city visited. I wouldn’t change a thing.

  2. P says

    I’m not sure if this is new, but there seems to be a rise in the number of restaurants that don’t accept reservations for 1 on opentable. You can verify that they have space by performing a search for 2 on the same restaurant at the same time, and being told there are multiple avalable reservation times. I wonder what the policy is on this, and if opentable just recently shifted to showing no availablility for single diners at certain places. I had never seen this before the past year.

  3. Michelle says

    I agree w problems booking as a solo traveler. No one answered the question about inability to book for one on open table. I wanted to set up a solo traveler friend who is briefly in town for business while I am gone, on open table booking for a single reservation. I wanted to cover cost for her birthday while she is in town and I’m out of town. OpenTable doesn’t allow it. I had to call the restaurant directly.


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