OpenTable Reviews Reveal Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants — with Exclusive Slideshow!

At the height of summer vacation season, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Scenic View 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 spans 29 states and includes Canlis in Seattle, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck in Dallas, and Top of the Hub in Boston.  The picturesque state of California makes a strong showing with 22 honorees. Washington follows with seven top scenic restaurants, trailed by Maryland, Nevada, and New York, with six winners each. Oregon restaurants claim five spots on the list, and Massachusetts and North Carolina have each earned four spots apiece. Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania all boast three winners. Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin each have two winning restaurants. Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Utah are also represented. Eateries specializing in American fare, including Californian and Pacific Northwest regional, proved particularly popular, as did seafood restaurants.

 

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Tweet of the Week: Once a VIP, Always a VIP

During a recent outing with her parents for her father’s 91st birthday, OpenTable diner Teri Galvez tweeted about the very impressive number of Dining Rewards points she’s racked up. Not one to want folks to miss out on enjoying free meals, I reminded Teri to redeem her points for  a Dining Cheque (or FOUR!). However, Teri was concerned that if she did so, she would lose her VIP status, which has afforded her some lovely VIP treatment when dining out. I reassured her that on OpenTable, once you’ve achieved VIP status, it remains that way, regardless of how many Dining Rewards points you have. So, keep reserving — and start redeeming, Ms. VIP! PS: Happy Birthday to your papa.

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On Our Plate: Houston Restaurant Weeks Are Here; Pittsburgh + Costa Mesa RW Reservations Open; Harvest in the Square NYC Ticket Discount + More

Costa Mesa RW On Our Plate: Houston Restaurant Weeks Are Here; Pittsburgh + Costa Mesa RW Reservations Open; Harvest in the Square NYC Ticket Discount + MoreHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Houston Restaurant Weeks starts NOW! Enjoy $20 + $35 brunches, $20 lunches, and $35 + $45 dinners through September 2.

* Baltimore Restaurant Week is back. Don’t miss $15.13 two-course lunches and $20.13 or $30.13 three-course dinners through August 4.

* Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week is heating up. Reserve for $15, $25, and $35 prix-fixe lunches and dinners through August 4.

* Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week has begunSnap up $12 and $16 lunches and $33 dinners, July 29-August 4.

* Howard County Restaurant Weeks have begun. Book for special prix-fixe menus from $10.13-$40.13 through August 5.

* Taste of Burlington in Ontario is going strong. $15-$20 lunches and $30 – $40 dinners through August 5.

* New York City Restaurant Week continues. Snap up three-course $25 lunches and $38 dinners through August 16.

* Pittsburgh Restaurant Week kicks off on August 12th! Don’t miss steals on meals in the Steel City through August 18.

* Costa Mesa Restaurant Week reservations are live. Reserve today for up to 40% off on gourmet meals at Costa Mesa’s best eateries, August 16-23.

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Tartare

tartare Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: TartareThe very best steak tartare I ever ate almost had too much of everything — spice, salt, lemon. Almost. And, yet, it was perfection, coming right up to the line without crossing it. Indeed, if you like your beef wriggling and raw, as Gollum would say, and well seasoned, then tartare is the perfect dish for you. Most aficionados understand that it is a dish that can go very, very right — or very, er, not so right. Fortunately, OpenTable diners are encountering absolutely sublime versions of this raw delight. While versions of steak tartare date back to the beginning of the 20th century, my copy of Larousse Gastronomique from 1961 has a recipe for a very contemporary take on tartare. Find out what your fellow eaters are saying about this fresh meat treat. 

Auberge du Pommier, Toronto, Ontario: “The most memorable and tasty meal I have enjoyed in a while…foie gras, frogs’ legs, steak tartare, squab…all were terrific.”

* Belly and Trumpet, Dallas, Texas: “The antelope heart tartare was very good.”

Central 214, Dallas, Texas: “We sampled several appetizers/small plates to start, including steak tartare, melon salad, and scotch egg. But the tartare was perfect; I’d have been happy with an entree sized portion.”

Crush, Seattle, Washington: “All of our courses were delicious and inventive, although I’d say my carrot soup was the best and my husband would say his beef tartare was the best.”

Eleven Madison Park, New York, New York: “Especially liked the tableside take on steak tartare that was made with carrots and the duck.”

Fig & Olive-Melrose Place, West Hollywood, California: “Our favorite dish was the beef tartare, unique with its delicious olives blended with the meat. We both said we’d be back for that dish again.”

Gentleman Farmer, New York, New York: “Every dish we had was a culinary slay. I highly recommend the bison tartare and the filet mignon with foie gras. ”

Gordon Ramsay Steak, Las Vegas, Nevada: “The steak tartare was delicious with a great smoke flavor smoked right under a glass dome at the table.”

Le Patriarche, Quebec, Quebec: “Many aspects of our meal were outstanding, but the trilogy of young buffalo (tartare, carpaccio, and terrine) narrowly beat out the lamb as the best dish of the night.”

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Win 2 VIP Tickets to SF Chefs Brunch by the Bay on 8/4 — Plus Exclusive Demo Stage Access

Brunch by the Bay Win 2 VIP Tickets to SF Chefs Brunch by the Bay on 8/4    Plus Exclusive Demo Stage AccessDo you love the San Francisco food scene? Are you going to be in town on Sunday, August 4th? Then enter for a chance to score two VIP tickets to SF Chefs Brunch by the Bay event on Sunday afternoon! The winner and a guest* will join Chef Martin Yan along with emcees Liam Mayclem and Brian Boitano at Brunch by the Bay on the Grand Tasting Tent demo stage. You’ll get an up-close look as Chef Yan prepares dim sum — and you’ll even get to taste what he’s preparing!

To enter for a chance to win, share what you love the most about the Bay Area’s food and dining culture in the comments below. Maybe it’s the Ferry Terminal Market or the lobster pot pie at Michael Mina. Or Blue Bottle Coffee. Or cheesy English muffins from the Cheese Board. Whatever it is, post it here for a chance to attend the best brunch the Bay Area has ever seen.

Brunch by the Bay, which starts at 11AM, is brunch like it has never ever been done before. SF Chefs is taking the Bay Area’s favorite meal to a whole new level of lavishness. A roster of trend-setting chefs — some who are known for creating the area’s most exclusive spreads and others who will serve this meal for the first time — will come together to create one unforgettable experience. Continue reading…

Dining with the Stars: Gomez Turns 21 in LA; Aniston + Theroux Break Bread in NYC; Travolta Turns up in SF + More

raging bull Dining with the Stars: Gomez Turns 21 in LA; Aniston + Theroux Break Bread in NYC; Travolta Turns up in SF + More
Recalling the last time he had a home-cooked steak, boxing legend
Jake LaMotta wisely opted to satisfy his craving at Le Cirque.

Recent celebrity sightings at restaurants on OpenTable…

* Selena Gomez had a Bieber-less 21st birthday celebration at Bagatelle in Los Angeles. [NY Post]

* Soon-to-be-wed Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux shared a bite at Blue Hill in New York. [People]

* John Travolta and family sunk their teeth into the eats at Fang in San Francisco. [tablehopper]

Hip hop heavyweights Jay ZIrv Gotti, and Timbaland got the VIP Treatment at La Marina. [NY Post]

* Always en vogue Anna Wintour was spotted at The Lamb’s Club in the Big Apple. [NY Post]

* Real-life Raging Bull Jake Lamotta stuck around New York City to eat at Le Cirque. [NY Post]

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On Our Plate: Restaurant Weeks in Atlanta, Baltimore, Bethesda, Pittsburgh + More; Plus, James Beard House Reservations

ADRW On Our Plate: Restaurant Weeks in Atlanta, Baltimore, Bethesda, Pittsburgh + More; Plus, James Beard House ReservationsHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* dineLA concludes today! Make a reservation for $15, $20 or $25 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners.

* Restaurant Week Columbus ends this weekendEnjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals for $15-$35 to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, through July 27.

* SJ Hot Chefs Farm to Fork Week is almost over! Order up $25-$25 four-course gourmet dinners at South Jersey’s best restaurants, through July 27.

* Queens Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week draws to a close this weekend. Special three-course meals available, through July 28.

* University City Dining Days are on. Choose from three courses at three prices — $15, $25, or $35 – through August 1.

* Baltimore Restaurant Week is back. Don’t miss $15.13 two-course lunches and $20.13 or $30.13 three-course dinners, through August 4.

* Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week returns tomorrow. Reserve for $15, $25, and $35 prix-fixe lunches and dinners, through August 4.

* Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week begins in just three days. Snap up $12 and $16 lunches and $33 dinners, July 29-August 4.

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Deviled EggsI have a confession to make. I grew up detesting deviled eggs. Sad, but true. The idea of anything deviled sounded awful to mini me (particularly deviled ham). Fortunately, my husband loves deviled eggs (and quite possibly deviled ham. I can’t even talk about it.) and ordered the sublime version served at Blue Smoke in Manhattan. I promptly stole one, and it was everything I love about eggs and more. Curry! Spice! Tarragon-y tanginess! So, now I am happily addicted to deviled eggs. They pair perfectly with a cold martini (What doesn’t, really?), and they’re packed with protein, making them the perfect appetizer. Chefs are putting their own unique spins on ‘em, incorporating ingredients from caviar to truffles — and everything in between. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about these tasty treats. 

Beatrix, Chicago, Illinois:The potato salad deviled eggs were great.”

* Bistro St. Michaels, Saint Michaels, Maryland: “Some appetizers are unique, especially the deviled eggs with pork belly.”

Ebbitt Room, Cape May, New Jersey: “Trio of deviled eggs appetizer was also fabulous. Quite unique.”

The Farm Cafe, Portland, Oregon: “The salads were all good as were the deviled eggs with smoked trout and lamb bacon.”

The Farmers’ Cabinet, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “My personal favorites were the cheese plate, the duck deviled eggs, and the scallops.”

La Pulperia, New York, New York: “They have a deviled egg dish that was so good I ordered another one. It has tuna tartar, jalapeno sauce, egg, and cucumber. Sooo good:).”

Mason’s at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee: “Ate at the restaurant three times in three days and loved it each time. Best deviled eggs I’ve ever had (twice).”

Merchant’s Restaurant, Nasvhille, Tennessee: “The deviled eggs were set atop a local-made bread and butter pickle instead of having it mixed into the filling. It was a welcome changed to the standard egg.”

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Tweet of the Week: A Special Request for a Special Second Anniversary Celebration

Diner Michael Pellet recently celebrated his second anniversary with his wife at Washington, D.C.’s 701 Restaurant. When booking through OpenTable, he indicated exactly that in the Special Request for the Maitre D. The wonderful hospitality pros at 701 took note and presented the couple with some Champagne. (Insert a collective “AWWW!” here.) Happy anniversary to the Pellets. And, kudos to the staff at 701 for making their celebration all the more special with this generous gesture.

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The James Beard Foundation Welcomes OpenTable as House Purveyor of Hospitality Solutions for Prestigious Culinary Arts Organization

JBH The James Beard Foundation Welcomes OpenTable as House Purveyor of Hospitality Solutions for Prestigious Culinary Arts OrganizationWe are proud to announce that OpenTable has become the House Purveyor of Hospitality Solutions for the James Beard Foundation (JBF), a non-profit organization at the center of America’s culinary community, dedicated to exploring the way food enriches our lives.

In our role as House Purveyor of Hospitality Solutions, OpenTable now serves as the reservation and guest management provider for the historic James Beard House, which hosts dining events showcasing culinary artists and renowned guest chefs from around the world.  In addition, OpenTable is honored to serve the Foundation’s Greens events, Chefs & Champagne®, and  the JBF Gala: Women in Whites.

“At the James Beard House we’re continually striving to bring extraordinary culinary experiences to our guests,” said Kristopher Moon, Director of Charitable Giving and Strategic Partnerships for the James Beard Foundation. “The OpenTable guest and floor management solutions and real-time, online reservation capabilities enable us to further enhance the booking and dining experience for our guests while at the same time simplifying our front-of-house operations.”  Continue reading…