OpenTable Reviews Reveal the Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars — Cocktail Photos + Recipes!

In celebration of the nation’s growing cocktail culture, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars 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.

Winners, which include Bathtub Gin in New York City, and Searsucker in San Diego, and Untitled in Chicago, are located in 23 states and the nation’s capital. California restaurants make a strong showing with 27 honorees. Florida follows with 14 top restaurant bars, trailed by Massachusetts and New York, with 10 and nine winners, respectively. New Jersey and Texas restaurants each claim five spots on the list, and Pennsylvania restaurant bars have earned four spots. Maryland, Nevada, and South Carolina each boast three winners. Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin are also represented. Establishments serving American fare account for the majority of winners; Asian, Italian, and Mexican cuisines have a presence as well.

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2013 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Finalists Revealed

Gary Danko and Jonathan Waxman, pictured here with Thomas Keller and Jeremiah Tower at last year’s Rose Bowl in New York, are both nominated for 2013 James Beard Awards.

The folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of finalists for nominations in the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all. Winners will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala on May 6, 2013, in New York City. Nominated chefs and restaurants include:

Oustanding Chef
Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, South Carolina
Suzanne Goin, A.O.C., Lucques, Tavern, Los Angeles, California
Paul Kahan Blackbird, The Publican, Chicago, Illinois
Nancy Silverton Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, California

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Melissa Chou, Aziza, San Francisco, California
Hedy Goldsmith, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, Florida
Brooks Headley, Del Posto, New York, New York

Outstanding Restaurant
August, New Orleans, Louisiana
Blue Hill, New York, New York
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois

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2013 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Semi-Finalists

Semifinalists Daniel Patterson of Coi and Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadwood celebrate at last year’s Rose Bowl in New York.

The folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of semi-finalists for nominations in the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all the semi-finalists. Nominated restaurants include:

Outstanding Restaurant
August, New Orleans, Louisiana
Blue Hill, New York, New York
Canlis, Seattle, Washington
Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Jaleo, Washington, D.C.
Melisse, Santa Monica, California
Naha, Chicago, Illinois
Oleana, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Patina, Los Angeles, California
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois
Vidalia, Washington, D.C.

Best New Restaurant
Balena, Chicago, Illinois
Borgne, New Orleans, Louisiana
Butcher & The Boar, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Empellón Cocina, New York, New York
Grace, Chicago, Illinois
Khong River House, Miami Beach, Florida
Mateo, Durham, North Carolina
Mi Casa by José Andrés at Dorado Beach, Dorado, Puerto Rico
The Ordinary, Charleston, South Carolina
PABU, Baltimore, Maryland
Puritan & Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rich Table, San Francisco, California
Tar & Roses, Santa Monica, California
Underbelly, Houston, Texas
Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Neal Brown, The Libertine Liquor Bar, Indianapolis, Indiana
Zack Bruell, Cowell & Hubbard, Cleveland, Ohio
Jean-Robert de Cavel, Jean-Robert’s Table, Cincinnati, Ohio
Luciano Del Signore, Bacco Ristorante, Southfield, Michigan
Paul Fehribach, Big Jones, Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Illinois
Anne Kearney, Rue Dumaine, Dayton, Ohio
Regina Mehallick, R Bistro, Indianapolis, Indiana
Matthew Millar, Reserve, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Chris Nugent, goosefoot, Chicago, Illinois
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio
David Tallent, Restaurant Tallent, Bloomington, Indiana
Giuseppe Tentori, GT Fish & Oyster, Chicago, Illinois
Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago, Illinois

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OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.

What’s your recipe for romantic dining? A fireside table? Fine wine? Or the right dining companion?

As we look forward to the romance of Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic 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 Canlis in Seattle, Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, Calif., and White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine, spans 32 states. California restaurants earned 16 spots on the list, followed by Hawaii with 10 winners and Florida with eight. Virginia boasts seven winning restaurants, trailed by Ohio and Texas with six honorees apiece. Nevada, New York, and Tennessee all have five winning restaurants, while Arizona and Utah have four each. Colorado restaurants earned three spots, as did those in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington restaurants are also included, among others.

Cheese pleases, as fondue, especially that which is served at nationwide The Melting Pot restaurants, proved extremely popular for the fourth year in a row. American regional fare accounted for almost half the spots on the list. French cuisine was also well represented. Other popular cuisines included Italian, European/continental, and seafood.Continue Reading