The S. Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015

EMP Blog 1After releasing the 51-100 World’s Best Restaurants last week (and thus letting some chefs know their restaurants had slipped out of the top 50), S. Pellegrino announced its annual rankings of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. A decidedly international list, only one American restaurant cracked the top 10 – Eleven Madison Park (No. 5).

Other winners of note on OpenTable include Dinner By Heston Blumenthal in London (No. 7), Pujol in Mexico City (No. 16), Le Bernardin in New York (No. 18), The Ledbury in London (No. 20), Aqua at The Ritz Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany (No. 33), Quintonil in Mexico City, Per Se in New York (No. 40), Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York (No. 49), and The French Laundry in Yountville, California (No. 50).Continue Reading

OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Restaurants for Service

In honor of the art of excellence in restaurant hospitality, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants for Service in the United States and highlight the Top 10 honorees for hospitality. 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 Top 10 Best Restaurants for Service in the U.S., in rank order, are:

  1. Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona
  2. The French Laundry – Yountville, California
  3. NAOE – Miami, Florida
  4. ON20 – Hartford, Connecticut
  5. Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  6. Saison – San Francisco, California
  7. The Kitchen Restaurant – Sacramento, California
  8. Addison at The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, California
  9. The Painted Lady – Newberg, Oregon
  10. Palace Arms at the Brown Palace – Denver, Colorado

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The complete list of winners, which includes Eleven Madison Park in New York City, goosefoot in Chicago, and La Belle Vie in Minneapolis, spans 28 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. California restaurants earned 14 spots on the list, followed by New York with 10 winners and Florida and North Carolina with eight apiece. South Carolina and Virginia each boast six winning restaurants, trailed by Illinois with five and Pennsylvania with four. Arizona, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington all have three honorees, while Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, and Utah have two each. Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nevada restaurants are also included.

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OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Overall Restaurants in the U.S.

2012 Diners’ Choice Award winner Gramercy Tavern is renowned for their ever-changing menu of seasonal, local fare from NYC’s Greenmarket, such as this stunning dish, which makes them a favorite of OpenTable diners.

As we reflect on a fabulous year of fine dining, we are pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best 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 Eleven Madison Park in New York City, Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif., and o ya in Boston, spans 27 states and Washington, D.C.  California restaurants earned 24 spots on the list, followed by New York with 18 winners. Virginia boasts six winning restaurants, trailed by Arizona, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania with four honorees apiece. North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Washington, D.C. all have three winning restaurants, while Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio have two each. Connecticut earned a single spot, as did Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Restaurants serving American fare dominated the list; French cuisine is also strongly represented.

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Dining with the Stars: Roger Federer Gets Served at Eleven Madison Park; Game of Thrones Co-stars Get Cozy at Rossopomodoro; Ryan Lochte Sups in Sin City

Roger Federer used his skills — and this chic v-neck shirt — to win the W&S Open in Cinncinati and retain his No. 1 world ranking.

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

* Natalie Portman and her son lunched with Rashida Jones at AKASHA in California’s Culver City. [US Weekly]

* Olympian Ryan Lochte continues to celebrate his wins in Sin City, dining with friends at Bacio at the Tropicana Las Vegas. [People]

* Edward Norton celebrated a birthday at DOSA on Valencia in San Francisco. [Tablehopper]

* GOAT tennis star Roger Federer had a late meal with wife Mirka at Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park. [NY Post]

 * Bruce Willis dined at Fred’s at Barneys in New York City with his family. [NY Post]

* Musical mates Elvis Costello and Diana Krall hit up Hayes Street Grill in San Francisco. [Tablehopper]

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