OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Restaurants in America; Plus Top 10 Ranked

goosefoot duck OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Restaurants in America; Plus Top 10 Ranked
The stunning + delicious duck breast served at goosefoot is just one of the many dishes that helped the Chicago restaurant earn top 10 honors this year.

As we toast a remarkable year of fine dining, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America and highlight the Top 10 honorees.

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.

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America, in rank order, include:

  1. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California
  2. Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
  3. n/naka – Los Angeles, California
  4. Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
  5. Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
  6. o ya – Boston, Massachusetts
  7. Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
  8. Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
  9. The French Laundry – Yountville, California
  10. goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois

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On Our Plate: Winter Restaurant Weeks in Pittsburgh, Kansas City; Help No Kid Hungry by Dining Out in December; + More

SDRW 2014 On Our Plate: Winter Restaurant Weeks in Pittsburgh, Kansas City; Help No Kid Hungry by Dining Out in December; + MoreHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Tacos.

* Did you send the Tweet of the Week? Click here to find out.

* Give the gift of fine dining this holiday season. Check out OpenTable Gifts to purchase dining certificates for your favorite foodies in just a few clicks!

* Dine out in December to help No Kid Hungry end childhood hunger in America. Find out more here.

* The holidays are heading your way. Book a table for Christmas Eve, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve now.

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Tweet of the Week: Setting the Table with OpenTable

We were thrilled to host hospitality expert and restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group last week. Mr. Meyer, an OpenTable board member, is the author of Setting the Table, a book that has quickly become the industry guidebook for restaurant professionals. It was a happy coincidence, then, that restaurateur Alex Wrethman of Charlotte’s Table in London recently sent a tweet showing how much he and his staff have taken Mr. Meyer’s advice to “Be the agent!” to heart. Thanks for sharing this tweet, Alex. We love the placement of your reminder, by the way. Diners in search of amazing hospitality can be sure to find it at Charlotte’s Table – and at any of Mr. Meyer’s establishments, naturally.

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Tacos

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Behold the mushroom tacos at ABC Cocina.

I’ve had tacos on my brain since Tuesday (and not just because of taco Tuesdays). You see, that’s when I had one of executive chef Dan Kluger’s most perfect mushroom tacos (among other perfect dishes) at ABC Cocina. It was gone in 60 seconds, but what a ride. Mole, kale, and lime round out the mushrooms and corn tortilla, and, if I’m being honest, I could probably have eaten five or six without stopping. In my mind, tacos are like sandwiches — the ideal foundation upon which you can layer flavors and ingredients to create a yummy, portable, eat-it-with-your-hands, often-one-of-a-kind delight. While most Mexican restaurants serve tacos, other restaurants do, too. See what your fellow diners are saying about the tasty tacos they’ve ordered in recent restaurant reviews. 

* ABC Cocina, New York, New York: “We had the shrimp, chorizo-stuffed calamari, mushroom tacos, and fish tacos (grilled). We also had the mango iced tea and the homemade ginger soda. Everything was seasoned perfectly, cooked just right, and presented quite beautifully.”

Cantina Feliz, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania: “Husband ordered the carnitas tacos for the first time; liked it so much he ordered another to go also so our son could try them.”

COCO500, San Francisco, California: “Coco500 has a wonderful range of dishes that are terrific for sharing and ever-so-tasty. The fried green beans, mole tacos, truffled mushroom flatbread, and a fantastic New York strip with arugula, perfectly cooked and sliced for sharing, are all absolute must-haves.”

Del Frisco’s Grille, Atlanta, Georgia: “The ahi tuna tacos are fantastic — highly recommend those!”

* Harper’s Table, Suffolk, Virginia: “We are all Hampton Roads, Virginia, natives so we love the hint of ‘heritage’ cooking, and the new twists- – fried oyster tacos!! Highly recommended.”

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On Our Plate: OpenTable Gifts for Your Fave Foodie; Dine for a Cause in December; Holiday Restaurant Reservations; Winter Restaurant Weeks + More

 On Our Plate: OpenTable Gifts for Your Fave Foodie; Dine for a Cause in December; Holiday Restaurant Reservations; Winter Restaurant Weeks + More
Give the gift of fine dining this holiday season with OpenTable Gifts.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Haven’t started your holiday shopping yet? Check out OpenTable Gifts to purchase dining certificates for your favorite foodies in just a few clicks!

* Dine out in December to help No Kid Hungry end childhood hunger in America. Find out more here.

* The holidays are heading your way. Book a table for Christmas Eve, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve now.

* Napa Valley Restaurant Month is just around the corner. Don’t miss a month of dining deals in Wine Country in the new year.

* Oakland Restaurant Week bookings are live. Snap up tables for $20, $30 or $40 lunches and dinners, January 17-26.

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Today Is #GivingTuesday: Donate to Show Your Support for No Kid Hungry

GivingTuesday1 Today Is #GivingTuesday: Donate to Show Your Support for No Kid HungryToday, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, and more will come together for #GivingTuesday.

No Kid Hungry has decided to join in the fun and raise $25,000 for their campaign to end childhood hunger. The impact will go even farther because for every dollar raised up to the $25,000 goal, Tyson Foods will match it, giving No Kid Hungry the potential to raise over $50,000 in a single day!

Childhood hunger is a big problem with a simple solution. Sixteen million kids in America aren’t getting the food they need. $1 connects a child to up to 10 meals. If No Kid Hungry reaches their goal of $25,000 today, they will be able to provide hungry children with access to 250,000 additional meals. With Tyson Foods generous matching of donations dollar for dollar, that number of additional meals will rise to 500,000!

Learn more about No Kid Hungry’s Giving Tuesday initiative — and make a donation now.

Dining Poll: When Does Your Appetite for Thanksgiving Leftovers End?

Some folks don’t like to dine out on Thanksgiving because they fear they’ll miss out on the leftovers — and the joy of making a turkey-gravy-stuffing-cranberry sammie at 11PM that night. However, many restaurants are now offering leftovers to-go for diners who want the best of both worlds (delicious, fuss-free restaurant fare and a reason to raid the fridge for a few days). Regardless of how many leftovers I take home, I’m kind of done with turkey and all the trimmings after two days (Thursday included). Let us know what your Thanksgiving food threshold is in today’s dining poll.

On Our Plate: Thanksgiving Reservations + Turkey; Best American Restaurants; Q3 Restaurant Industry Index; Seattle Restaurant Week + More

SDRW2014 On Our Plate: Thanksgiving Reservations + Turkey; Best American Restaurants; Q3 Restaurant Industry Index; Seattle Restaurant Week + MoreHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Thanksgiving is just four days away. There’s still time to leave the cooking to the pros.

* Congratulations to the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 American Fare restaurants. Did your favorite homegrown eatery make the list?

* Want to know how the restaurant industry has performed in Q3 of 2013? Get the statistics here.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Turkey.

* Dine Around Seattle is happening now. Enjoy $15 lunches and $30 dinners through November 27.

* Reservations for San Diego restaurant week are open. Reserve for $10, $15, or $20 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners, January 19-24.

* The new year is almost here — as is Center City District Philadelphia Restaurant Week. Book for three-course $20 lunches and $35 dinners, January 19-24 and 26-31.

 

Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Turkey

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Who knew you could fit all of Thanksgiving into a single burger?

Thanksgiving — the best holiday in the world because it’s all about food — is less than a week away. We cannot wait, and based on these reviews, chefs and OpenTable diners can’t either. Turkey is getting tucked into everything from meatballs and pates to sandwiches and tacos — and more. Turkey is a terrific source of lean protein as well as iron, zinc, and B vitamins. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about turkey lately. 

* Butcher & the Boar, Minneapolis, Minnesota: ”Don’t miss the wood-fired oysters or the turkey braunschweiger pate on the meat sampler plate.”

Cafe Provence, Brandon, Vermont: ”With Thanksgiving on my mind, I ordered the turkey pot pie. Much to my surprise, this amazingly tasty dish was filled with all of my Thanksgiving favorites. Tasty gravy with chunks of turkey, mashed and sweet potatoes, cranberry chutney, asparagus, stuffing — YUM!”

* Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe, Darien, Illinois: “Roast turkey with mole was savory and also fantastic.”

Einstein’s, Atlanta, Georgia: ”We have tried multiple things on the menu and continue to be impressed. The E=Grill (turkey club on French toast) is out of this world.”

Jake’s, Palm Springs, California:  The turkey BLT was excellent! Would definitely come back!”

L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge, Lincolnwood, Illinois: ”I was all set to order my favorite meal there when I thought I would give their special a try — BBQ turkey meatloaf. Let’s just say I have a new favorite meal now!”

* Mama Ricotta’s, Charlotte, North Carolina: “Turkey meatball was phenomenal. We were talking about going back for lunch the next day after the race, and we hadn’t even finished dinner!”

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OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for Q3 2013

We are pleased to release the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the third quarter of 2013.

“The San Francisco Bay Area reservation-taking restaurant industry experienced a lift for the third quarter in a row, while most other major metropolitan areas that we track were essentially flat,” said our own Duncan Robertson, Chief Financial Officer of OpenTable. “The anomalous spike in Philadelphia was attributed to the timing of restaurant weeks which occurred in September rather than October this year.”

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.  Continue reading…