Introducing Premium Access Reservations in Boston: Frequent Diners Earn Special Access to Hard-to-Book Restaurants

We are pleased to announce that we are piloting a new Premium Access reservations feature, which rewards frequent OpenTable diners with special access to in-demand reservations set aside by participating restaurants especially for them. The new feature allows restaurants to fill seats with frequent, high-value diners while giving loyal OpenTable users access to some of Boston’s hottest tables using their OpenTable Dining Rewards Points.

You can experience the new feature at participating restaurants by signing into your OpenTable account via the mobile app, choose the Boston area, look for the “Premium Access” category on the home screen and select the restaurant where you would like to dine. If the restaurant’s standard reservations are fully booked, diners with enough points will be able to view and book Premium Access reservations.

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Washington, D.C. 2017 Michelin-Starred Restaurants: The Inaugural Wins Are In!

Washington, D.C. 2017 Michelin-Starred Restaurants

The nation’s capital isn’t just a hotbed of politics — it’s fast become a flashpoint of culinary talent with a top-notch dining scene that delights locals and travelers alike. On this first year of getting its own guide, we are pleased to highlight the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide Washington D.C. 2017. Twelve restaurants are included. While no establishment achieved the coveted three-star designation, three received two Michelin stars, and nine earned one Michelin star.

Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. In the U.S., 2017 MICHELIN Guides are forthcoming for Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and we recently highlighted the honorees in London.

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En Fuego! The 100 Hottest Restaurants in America 2016 #OpenTable100

This spring, you’re invited to add some serious  sizzle to your next dining experience at one of the 100 Hottest Restaurants in America 2016. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

100 Hottest Restaurants in America 2016

Featuring stylish restaurants from celebrated chefs as well as those popular with celebrity diners, the complete list includes honorees in 27 states, such as Santina in New York, and Talde in Jersey City. California has 25 winning restaurants, followed by New York with 15 and Florida and Illinois with seven each. Texas has five while Colorado and Georgia have four winners apiece. Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Nevada each have three winners. Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Utah count two winners per state. Connecticut, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee are also represented.

The winning restaurants are highly regarded for their lively ambience, and many feature vibrant bar and lounge scenes with an after-hours feel. New restaurants made a splash with more than a fifth opening their doors in 2015 alone. While American cuisine was quite popular, Asian, global, Italian, Mexican, and sushi eateries also made strong showings.

Don’t miss our slideshow for a glimpse inside some of this year’s winning restaurants.

Chef Gavin Kaysen of winning restaurant Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis and chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem will be taking over our Instagram to celebrate the 100 Hottest Restaurants in America 2016. Be sure to join him! And follow the hashtag #OpenTable100 on Instagram and Twitter as some of our favorite food and lifestyle mavens visit hotspots in select cities.

You can also read about the top trends emerging from the hottest restaurants in America on our Open for Business blog.

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OpenTable Reviews Reveal Top 100 Hot Spots in America

After another long winter, we’re excited to unveil the 2015 Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

New restaurants made a strong showing in this year’s awards, including 42 that opened in 2014 and one as recently as 2015. The complete list features award-winners in 25 states and Washington, D.C., and includes Gato in New York, RPM Steak in Chicago, and Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis. California boasts the greatest number of winning restaurants with 22, followed by Florida and New York with 13 each. Illinois and Texas have 11 and seven, respectively. Nevada has five winning restaurants, and Tennessee and Georgia have four. Louisiana, Minnesota, and South Carolina claim two winners apiece. Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, MissouriNebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. are represented as well.

Global fare menus are fashionable, with standout restaurants serving Asian, Basque, Korean, Latin, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Polynesian dishes, among others. American cuisine, sushi, and steak are also popular.


The Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between March 1, 2014, and February 28, 2015. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “hot spot” category along with a minimum “overall” rating.

The complete list may be viewed at