OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal #DinersChoice Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America

As we look forward to an exciting season of summer travel, we are pleased to honor the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Showcasing restaurants situated in some of the most beautiful parts of the nation, the complete list includes award winners in 15 states, such as Geoffrey’s Restaurant in Malibu, Hau Tree Lanai in Honolulu, and Latitudes in Key West. California claims the greatest number of winning restaurants with 38, followed by Florida with 23, Hawaii with 16, and Arizona with seven. Texas has four honorees, while Nevada and New York boast two winners apiece. Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin are also represented. Restaurants serving American fare dominate the list, but several cuisines are also popular, including Hawaiian, Italian, Mexican, and seafood.

The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “outdoor dining” category along with a minimum “overall” rating.

As you plan your summer adventures, be sure to book a table at one of these restaurants for an al fresco meal to remember.

 

Trending on Restaurant Reviews: Pizza

pizza-trend-blogWhenever someone asks me what my favorite pie is, I always tell them it is pizza. Seriously, you can keep your sweet apple pie; I want savory, crispy pizza pie every time. Much to my delight and that of diners just like me, pizza has been enjoying a great revival, and some of the nation’s best chefs are getting into the pie game, serving up every variety of pizza imaginable. From pies topped with carrots, figs, potatoes, and more to a creation inspired by a classic steak dinner at Peter Luger, here’s a small slice of the pizza raves in our most recent restaurant reviews. 

ABC Kitchen, New York, New York: “I’m usually not a big pizza fan, as I try to be on the healthy side and avoid gluten, but ABC’s mushroom pizza was oh-so-worth the try! Can’t wait to go back just for that. Do yourself a favor and try it, please!”

Domenica, New Orleans, Louisiana: “We all shared four pizzas and each was delicious. The carrot pizza was especially good.”

Frantolo Ristorante, Mill Valley, California: “This restaurant is always great, and the smoked salmon pizza is worth a special visit.”

Fritti, Atlanta, Georgia: “For pizzas, the Margherita (add salami or sausage) is perfect, with the correctly crisp and golden thin crust and the proper balance of tomato sauce and cheese on top.”

Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, California: “We recently took our out-of town friends here and shared the asparagus pizza (sounds intriguing; tastes GREAT!).”

Heartwood, New York, New York: “We ended the culinary adventure with “When Peter Luger goes out for Pizza” pizza, chasing it with the duck fat potato wedges! Hey, life is too short, live it up! The pizza was amazing: chewy crust, the adding of smoked sea salt brought out the flavors even more…it is a must try!”

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OpenTable Releases Restaurant Industry Index for Q1 2014

We are pleased to release the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the first quarter of 2014.

“Like many other businesses across the Midwest and East Coast, restaurants were hit by winter weather conditions during the first quarter,” said our own Duncan Robertson, Chief Financial Officer of OpenTable. “As a result, overall North America industry diner counts were down two percent year-over-year with a couple of examples of major metropolitan areas impacted by weather such as Chicago and DC down approximately 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index

The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 10,000 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.

To view and download the Index data dating back to 2008, visit http://index.opentable.com

Geographic Region

2010

2011

2012

2013

1Q 2013

1Q 2014

North America

2.3%

2.8%

0.6%

0.0%

-1.4%

-2.1%

United States

2.4%

3.0%

0.6%

0.1%

-1.3%

-2.1%

Atlanta Metropolitan Area

3.0%

0.2%

0.7%

-1.1%

-4.5%

-1.7%

Boston Metropolitan Area

3.9%

1.5%

1.5%

-0.9%

-3.2%

-2.9%

Chicago Metropolitan Area

1.4%

2.9%

-0.1%

-3.0%

-4.3%

-7.8%

Denver Metropolitan Area

3.2%

2.6%

0.4%

1.0%

1.4%

0.3%

Metropolitan Los Angeles

0.9%

2.9%

0.9%

0.9%

-0.8%

1.7%

Metropolitan New York

4.3%

2.6%

0.3%

0.2%

-2.8%

-3.9%

Philadelphia Metropolitan Area

-0.4%

0.8%

0.2%

0.3%

-4.8%

-3.0%

San Francisco Bay Area

1.7%

5.2%

1.5%

3.5%

1.3%

2.4%

Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area

3.0%

1.3%

-1.8%

-0.5%

-1.2%

-6.7%

*Restaurants in the Index may change over time.

Spring Restaurant Weeks in a City Near You

Austin RWRestaurant weeks continue to spring up around the nation…

* Arizona Restaurant Week starts tomorrow! Reserve for $30 and $40 dinners, May 17-26.

* Austin Restaurant Week is almost here. Book for $12-$17 lunches and $27 or $37 dinners, May 18-21.

* Buckhead Restaurant Week arrives in Atlanta this weekend. Make a reservation for $15, $25, and $35 prix-fixe lunches + dinners, May 17-25.

* Coral Gables Restaurant Week is coming soon! Snag a table for $13-$29 lunches and $29-$40 dinners June 9-29.

* Loire Valley Wine Week ends in NYC on Sunday. Book now to take advantage of $20 lunches + $30 dinners paired perfectly with a glass of Loire Valley Wine.

* New Hampshire Restaurant Week begins today! Don’t miss $10, $15 + $20 lunches and $15, $25 + $35 dinners through May 23.

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