OpenTable Releases Restaurant Industry Index for Q3 2012

We are pleased to release of the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the third quarter of 2012. The Index, which shows year-over-year growth of guests served in reservation-taking restaurants, has been expanded to report on the Atlanta, Boston, Denver, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.

“Industry growth remained flat in the third quarter,” said Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “Although some markets like the Boston and New York metropolitan areas experienced a respectable lift early in the year, the momentum has softened and is likely to be impacted further as a result of Hurricane Sandy.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index

The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 9,000 reservation-taking restaurants* sampled from the OpenTable network in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Each percentage indicates a year-over-year increase or decrease in the number of guests served in these reservation-taking restaurants, as recorded by the restaurants in their reservation books. Those guests include those who honored reservations made by phone or online as well as those who walked in without a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 American Fare Restaurants

Have you dined at any of these award-winning restaurants?

In celebration of the holiday dining season, we are pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 American Fare 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 Annisa in New York City, Lola in Cleveland, and Sweet Basil in Vail, Colo., spans 31 states and Washington, D.C.  Texas has the greatest number of winners with 10, followed by California with eight winners, and New York and South Carolina with seven each. Maryland boasts six winning restaurants, trailed by Colorado and Missouri with five honorees apiece. Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania all have four winning restaurants, while Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia have three each.  Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Utah, and Washington, D.C. all have two award winners. Arkansas earned a single spot, as did Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, and Washington.

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Chicago 2013 Michelin Starred Restaurants Named: Reserve Now!

Have you dined at any — or all — of these Michelin-starred Chicago restaurants?

OpenTable is pleased to highlight the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2013. Nineteen restaurants are included, with one Chicago restaurant receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, and two achieving two Michelin stars, including Graham Elliot, which moved from one star to two. Sixteen restaurants earned one Michelin star, with four new additions.

Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. In the U.S., Chicago is one of only three cities where Michelin publishes an annual guide. The others are New York and San Francisco. The MICHELIN Guide New York 2013 was published October 3rd, and the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2013 was published October 24, 2012. Honorees include:

Three Stars: Alinea.

Two Stars: Graham Elliot and L20.

One Star: AcadiaBlackbirdBokaEverest, goosefootMexiqueMotoNAHA, SepiaSixteenSpiaggiaTakashiTopolobampo, and Tru.

How many of this year’s Michelin-starred Chicago-area restaurants have you dined at? Weigh in here or over on Facebook.

2012 Charlie Awards: Congratulations to the Twin Cities Honorees!

Congratulations to Chef Lenny Russo of Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market on your Charlie Award!

The second annual Charlie Awards were held on Sunday, November 11, 2012, in Minneapolis at the Pantages Theatre. A celebration in recognition of the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities metro area restaurant, food and beverage industry, nearly 200 local restaurants participated in this year’s awards. The 2012 Charlie Awards honorees include:

• Lifetime AchievementLenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market
• Outstanding ChefDoug Flicker, Piccolo
• Outstanding Restaurant DesignBachelor Farmer
• Outstanding BartenderJohnny Michaels, La Belle Vie
• Outstanding NeighborRandy Stanley, Parasole (Burger Jones, Chino Latino, Good Earth, Manny’s Steakhouse, Mozza Mia, Muffuletta, Pittsburgh Blue, Salut Bar Américain, and Uptown Cafeteria)
• Outstanding Restaurant ItemMasu Sushi & Robata’s Masu Roll

The Charlie Awards are named after the legendary restaurant, Charlie’s Café Exceptionale, which was a mainstay in downtown Minneapolis until the 1980s. The Charlie Awards were created to recognize the outstanding contributions that our metro area food and restaurant industry to ensure a diverse, vibrant and creative lifestyle and economy. The Charlies are the inspiration of Minnesota’s own culinary expert and James Beard award-winning food journalist, Sue Zelickson.

Congratulations to all the nominees and honorees on your achievements.