Dining Poll: How Long Do You Wait to Dine at a New Restaurant?

What’s your timetable for trying a just-opened restaurant? Do you want to be the first diners through the door — or do you wait for buzz to build? Weigh in on today’s dining poll.

Tweet of the Week: We Know Why You Don’t Like Mondays

It’s okay not to like Mondays. It’s not about not loving your job or getting back to the business of running a household, so much as it is mourning the end of a delicious weekend of dining out and hanging out. We’re glad OpenTable can offer diners a welcome distraction from full inboxes and lengthy to-do lists! PS: TGIF!


Dining Poll: When Are You Most Likely to Try a New Restaurant?

I love dining at new restaurants and old favorites, but when it comes to brunch, I’m usually a creature of habit, going to the same tried-and-true restaurant that serves amazing crepes and is right next door to our go-to movie theater. I love trying new places for lunch because the risk and the price seem less. If something isn’t up to snuff, it won’t ruin your whole day, because, hey, there’s still dinner, right? When are you most inclined to hit a new spot? Weigh in on today’s poll!


OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal the Top 100 Dining Hot Spots in the U.S.

Top Chef winner Hung Huynh's new restaurant Catch is catching on with Manhattan's Meatpacking District diners!

We are  pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of nearly 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The winning restaurants, which include Catch in New York City, ink. in Los Angeles, and Tavernita in Chicago, are scattered throughout 18 states and Washington, D.C.  California is king of the hot spot restaurants, taking 25 places on the list of winners. New York comes in second, with 20 winning restaurants.  The sunny state of Florida is chock full of trendy restaurants, handily placing third with 15 winners. Illinois accounts for 11 honorees, followed by Nevada with seven standouts and Texas with six. Georgia restaurants earned three places while Tennessee boasts two. Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington D.C. are also represented.

The Diners’ Choice Awards for the top 100 hot spot restaurants is generated from nearly 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between March 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “hot spot” was selected as a special feature.

Did your favorite hot spot make the list? Weigh in here or over on Facebook!