Top 50 Scenic Restaurants: How You See It

eiffel-tower-las-vegasJust in time for the last days of high summer (and the long Labor Day weekend), we  are thrilled to announce the winners of our 2009 Diners’ Choice Awards for Most Scenic View. Derived from more than 3 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for nearly 10,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this varied list speaks to not just the natural beauty of our nation, but also the creativity of restaurateurs in choosing unique locations for restaurants.

The Chart House family of restaurants, renowned for their spectacular waterfront views and seafood offerings, earned kudos several times over, alongside such man-made feats including the Eiffel Tower restaurant, where the City of Lights meets Sin City, Boston’s Top of the Hub, which sits atop the Prudential Tower, and Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, which is perched on the 50th floor of Reunion Tower in Dallas.

Add more to your next meal when you book a table at one of these 50 restaurants with breathtaking (and sometimes heart-stopping) vistas. Reserve a table today.

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants: Our Diners Have Spoken

top-kid-friendly-restaurantsWondering where to dine out with your children this summer? Wonder no more. The winners of our 2009 Diners’ Choice Awards for Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants are in! Derived from more than 2.5 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 9,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this list makes it easier than ever for parents and children alike to enjoy going out to eat.

Gracing this year’s list are restaurants ranging from Manhattan’s Blue Smoke and Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor to America in Washington, D.C. and Chenery Park in San Francisco, proving that dining out with children doesn’t mean downscale fare. This list of winners confirms that some of the nation’s best restaurants are embracing diners of all ages, making foodies out of even four- and five-year-olds.

See the full list of winners here, and use it to help you make the most of your time together as a family this summer and beyond.

American Cuisine: What Does It Really Mean?

americaOpenTable diners recently selected their 50 favorite restaurants for American cuisine. But the Chicago Tribune‘s Bill Daley wonders if anyone can even agree on what American cuisine specifically refers to. The James Beard Foundation posits that the U.S. is a nation of regional cuisines rather than one with a unifying national style of cooking. However, the wise Wylie Dufresne, the American master of molecular gastronomy, tells Daley, “What I like about the term ‘American cuisine’ is that it can encompass ingredients and techniques from around the world because that’s what it is.”

While the winners of the OpenTable 2009 Diners’ Choice awards for Best American Cuisine may vary in both method and menus, all do precisely what Mr. Dufresne, chef-owner of wd-50,  asserts — and, according to you, they do it very well.

Reserve a table to celebrate our country’s birthday in style this weekend.

Best Restaurants for American Cuisine: Your 50 Favorites

american-flag.jpgAre you feeling particularly patriotic as Independence Day draws near? Celebrate by dining out at one of the national winners of the OpenTable 2009 Diners’ Choice awards for Best American Cuisine, as selected by OpenTable diners. Based on 2.5 million reviews of more than 9,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, you can be sure this is one democratic list.

With winners in 23 states, the odds of finding the best American food in your neck of the woods are pretty high. And, proving the coastal states don’t dominate this cuisine, middle America makes a strong showing, with four winners in Missouri and three in both Colorado and Illinois, among others.

So, leave the barbecue behind this 4th of July, and book a table at any of these top restaurants that will make you proud to be an American foodie.