Celebrate Spring: The 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America 2016 #OpenTable100

In honor of spring and to kick off summer travel season, we are thrilled to reveal the 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America 2016. 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.

Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America 2016

Featuring restaurants nestled on white sand beaches and under majestic desert skies to those in chic urban areas, the complete list features winning restaurants in 19 states and Washington, D.C., and includes Hau Tree Lanai in Honolulu, Farm & Table in Albuquerque, and Perch LA in Los Angeles. The scenic state of California claims almost half the number of winning restaurants with 44, followed by Florida with 13, Hawaii with 12, and Arizona with eight. North Carolina and South Carolina boast three honorees apiece. Maryland, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania have two each. Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. are also represented. Menus showcasing American cuisine are most popular; however, many highlight regional fare, including Californian, Hawaiian, and Mexican, and seafood is a common theme at coastal restaurants. Other cuisines strongly represented include French and Italian.

Check out some of the delightful outdoor dining experiences in our slideshow below.

 

The 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America list is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners between May 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016. 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 “great for outdoor dining” was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America 2016 according to OpenTable diners.

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2016 James Beard Award Winners + a Look Inside Michael Murphy’s Rosé Bowl

Trust us when we say that you’re pretty much guaranteed a delicious meal when you dine with a 2016 James Beard Award winner. We were in Chicago to cheer on all the nominees and celebrate this year’s recipients. Before the big event, we attended Michael Murphy’s Rosé Bowl at Momotaro. We’ve got some bubbly pics from photographer Lynzie Hazan, and then scroll down for our list of the chef and restaurant 2016 James Beard Award winners.

Winners include:

Best New Restaurant
Shaya, New Orleans, Louisiana

Outstanding Restaurant
Alinea, Chicago, Illinois

Outstanding Restaurateur
Ken Friedman, The Breslin, New York, New York

Outstanding Service
Eleven Madison Park, New York, New York

Outstanding Wine Program
Bern’s Steakhouse, Tampa, Florida

Outstanding Chef
Suzanne Goin, Lucques, West Hollywood, California

Rising Star of the Year
Daniela Soto-Innes, Cosme, New York, New York

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Dahlia Narvarez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, California

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago, Illinois

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Aaron Silverman, Rose’s Luxury, Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest
Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Best Chef: New York City
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May 2016 Restaurant Weeks: Savings in Arizona + Oregon

May 2016 Restaurant Weeks

Enjoy dining discounts in Arizona and Oregon this month…

* Oregon Wine Month is something to cheer about (and t0!) with its month-long celebration of Oregon wineries across the state. Participating restaurants will offer special Oregon wine lists, wine flights, or specialty prix-fixe, three-course menus through May 31. Make a reservation.

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Luxury Is on the Menu: Deliciously Decadent Brunches for Mother’s Day

Ready to up your brunching game in a big way this Mother’s Day? Want to turn an ordinary Sunday into something special? Make a reservation for a meal to remember at one of these restaurants serving fabulously decadent brunches!

Tres by José Andrés, Beverly Hills, California
Tres by José Andrés will feature both Sunday Brunch and Afternoon Tea in celebration of Mother’s Day on May 8. Tres’ Mother’s Day festivities will begin with an elegant Sunday Brunch menu and multiple dining stations, including a luxurious Caviar Display and SLS Holiday Display that will feature carvings of beef tenderloin and porchetta, along with some of Andrés’ famed bites including his Egg 63 with Chicken Confit and Fattoush salad with sumac and feta. For the late risers, Tres will also showcase their signature Afternoon Tea service for the holiday – and a glass of cava for all guests – offering a creative and modern twist on the classic tradition. Brunch (11AM-3PM) is $72 per person; $82 with additional a la carte brunch menu item, and afternoon Tea is $45 (3:30-5PM). Make a reservation at Tres by José Andrés.

Decadent brunches

The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel, New York, New York
The Palm Court and culinary director Geoffrey Zakarian, will be offering special Mother’s Day Tea Tiers. During afternoon tea service (12PM-5PM, and $120 per person), The Palm Court will offer a special tier that comes with a glass of Champagne. In the evening (5PM-midnight), the restaurant will offer a special tier that comes with a glass of champagne or a plaza classic cocktail and a gift card for a special manicure. Luxe ingredients dominate the offerings, from foie gras and lobster to gougeres and oysters, plus elegant sweets. Make a reservation at The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel.

Decadent brunches

Wright’s at the Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona
Make a little family history with Mother’s Day brunch at Wrights, the signature restaurant of the historic Arizona Biltmore resort. Priced at $105 for adults and $40 for children 12 and under, the menu, available from 9AM-3PM, features an impressive spread of smoked fish, marketplace meats, an iced seafood bar, seasonal salads, and a bounty of savory hot entrees including the Stuffed Roasted Chicken Breast, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake and Butter Whipped Mash Potatoes. End things with an array of sweet desserts, pastries, and more. Make a reservation at Wright’s at the Biltmore.

Decadent brunches

Peacock Alley at The Waldorf Astoria, New York, New York
A New York institution, the absolutely unforgettable Waldorf Brunch is presented in the legendary Peacock Alley and focuses on seasonal and local ingredients incorporating honey and vegetables from the hotel’s 20th floor rooftop garden. The brunch pays homage to famed dishes invented by the iconic hotel, such Eggs Benedict, Waldorf Salad, and Red Velvet Cake, and the raw bar featuring caviar, clams, oysters, lobster, and shrimp is a must for seafood lovers. Join them for Mother’s Day from 10AM-2PM for $175 per person. Make a reservation at Peacock Alley at The Waldorf Astoria.

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