The Diners Have Spoken: The #OpenTable100 Best Restaurants in America 2016

You booked, you dined, you reviewed! After a year of sublime dining, we are pleased to unveil the 100 Best Restaurants in America 2016. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 10 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 24,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Best Restaurants in America 2016

Showcasing long-running and new eateries, the complete list features restaurants in 30 states and the District of Columbia, and includes Oriole (pictured above) in Chicago, Le Coucou in New York, and Zahav in Philadelphia. New York has 13 winning restaurants, followed by California with 12 and Virginia with seven. Florida and Texas each have six winners. New Jersey and North Carolina have five honorees, and Oregon and Pennsylvania boast four apiece. Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Washington state, and Washington, D.C., each have three winners. Connecticut Georgia, Minnesota, and Tennessee all have two standout restaurants. Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, and South Carolina are also represented.

Similar to last year’s list, established restaurants account for the majority of winners; however, several restaurants that opened in 2016, such as Oriole, earned spots. Fine dining and casual elegant dining establishments make up the majority of the list. Most eateries in the top 100 embrace sustainability, seasonality, and house-made ingredients, including cheese and charcuterie. While American and French cuisines are the most popular, global flavors are present on many of the menus, from regional Italian dishes to Middle Eastern specialties.

Oriole – Chicago, Illinois

Daniel – New York, New York

Zahav – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sushi Nakazawa-Sushi Bar – New York, New York

goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California

Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Inn at Little Washington – Washington, Virginia

Highlands Bar & Grill – Birmingham, Alabama

Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina

Bavette’s – Chicago, Illinois

Thomas Henkelmann-Homestead Inn – Greenwich, Connecticut

Acquerello – San Francisco, California

Circle Brunch-The Breakers – Palm Beach, Florida

Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina

Maison Blanche – Longboat Key, Florida

The French Room – Dallas Texas

Chef’s Table at Edgewater – Winter Garden, Florida

L’Auberge Chez François – Great Falls, Virginia

Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii

Collage Restaurant – St. Augustine, Florida

The Painted Lady – Newberg, Oregon

Russell’s Steaks, Chops, and More – Williamsville, New York

Ariana – Bend, Oregon

Ski Tip Lodge – Keystone, Colorado

Antebellum – Flowery Branch, Georgia

Franklinville Inn – Franklinville, New Jersey


The list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America 2016 is generated solely from more than 10 million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and 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 “overall” category along with that restaurant’s rating relative to others in the same metropolitan area.

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Pear Cocktails: 9 ‘Pearfect’ Sips to Celebrate the Season

A ripe, juicy pear is a highlight of fall, for sure. Now, introduce that sweet pear to your favorite booze and you’ve got a cocktail that’s as satisfying as zip lining through a foliage-rich New England forest. Here are 11 pear cocktails that are an ideal accompaniment for the crunchy-leaves-and-woolly-sweater season.

Bartlett Pear Margarita at White House Inn, Wilmington, Vermont
Sip the Bartlett Pear Margarita for a boozy autumnal escape at this innovative burgers-and-sushi concept restaurant. The seasonal sip combines Sauza tequila, pear puree and a touch of agave syrup with fresh lime juice, and is poured in a glass is rimmed with brown sugar. Make a reservation at White House Inn.


Spiced Pear Margarita at Davio’s, Boston, Massachusetts
This fall, the Spiced Pear Margarita is served at all eight of Davio’s locations (including Atlanta, New York City, and Philadelphia). It’s made with Don Julio Anejo, Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur, ginger simple syrup, pear puree, lemon juice, and cinnamon bitters — and garnished with a vanilla bean and served in a snifter. Make a reservation at Davio’s.

Pear Sangria at Park Avenue Autumn, New York, New York
This restaurant transforms with the changing seasons — no, seriously, everything from the menus to the interior décor get a do-over every three months. At the same time, mixologist Bryan Schneider adds new, complementary cocktails; this fall, it’s the Pear Sangria made with Cognac, spiced pear syrup (fresh-pressed Bartlett pear juice, sugar, and cloves) and lemon juice, topped with Prosecco, and garnished with a pear slice and cinnamon stick. Make a reservation at Park Avenue Autumn.


The Crazy Beautiful at Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, Chicago, Illinois
Light and bubbly, and sweet enough so you can skip Halloween treats (nah), the Crazy Beautiful cocktail served here is elegant eye candy and a sip of fall. It’s made with CH Vodka, St. Germaine, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, and a splash of Chateau Elysees and it’s garnished with dried hibiscus petals. Make a reservation at Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen.


Pear + Ginger Martini at BiCE, San Diego, California
Pear and ginger make a nice pair — sweet, meet spicy. The Pear & Ginger Martini served in this upscale Italian restaurant with a primo Gaslamp District address is poured with Purity vodka, fresh blended pear, ginger, Washington buckwheat honey, and Amaretto. Make a reservation at BiCE.


The Pearlicious at Fish Bar at North River Landing, New York, New York
The Fish Bar has a unique setting, especially for NYC — a yacht, with a 3,000-square foot outdoor top deck, and bi-level interior dining space for sunset and skyline views. Right!? Sip the Pearlicious while you soak up the scenery. It’s a blend of Don Q Cristal, coconut rum, pear, and uber-local mint (it’s grown in the restaurant’s garden that serves as the source for the farm-to-cocktail drinks). Make a reservation at North River Landing.


The Woodsman at Beauty & Essex, New York, New York
Known for its inventive cocktails and small plates, this cozy East Village hideaway says hello to fall with The Woodsman, a blend of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Allspice Dram, maple syrup, lemon, and muddled pears. One sip and you’ll long for a pile off just-raked leaves to jump into. Make a reservation at Beauty & Essex.

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What the Turducken: 5 Takes on Thanksgiving’s Tasty Triple Threat

Take down three birds with one fork. Traditionally, turducken is a stuffing filled chicken pushed inside a duck, which is then shoved inside a turkey. This Frankenstein of fowl was created at Hebert’s Specialty Meats in Maurice, Louisiana, back in 1985. However, chef Paul Prudhomme made it famous with an assist from sports commentator John Madden, who featured the dish during his Thanksgiving Day game broadcasts. This season, chefs are showcasing their takes on the tasty triple threat.

Le Pigeon, Portland, Oregon
Not content to simply rehash the classic, chef Gabriel Rucker created the Quailducken. His elegant re-imagination subs in quail for the traditional turkey. It arrives on an artfully composed plate filled out with spice-poached quince, crispy Brussels sprouts, sunbursts of sweet potato puree, duck bacon, and a luxuriant bone marrow and port sauce. Make a reservation at Le Pigeon.


Holsteins Shakes and Buns, Las Vegas, Nevada
Turducken — now in burger form. An herbed turkey patty gets topped with duck confit dressing and a ladleful of roast chicken gravy. To add further depth, there’s a poppy, perky cranberry relish, and straight-outta-NOLA Creole-herb mayonnaise. It comes with a side of sweet potato fries for good measure. Make a reservation at Holstein Shakes and Buns.


Alvin & Friends, New Rochelle, New York
Executive chef Raymond Jackson believes each bird in his Turducken deserves a special stuffing. The turkey receives a smoked oyster and cornbread version accented with sage, thyme, and parsley. The chicken gets one starring andouille sausage. And the duck is paired with a grilled apple and walnut stuffing. Because if you’re already eating a turducken, it’s not like a few extra calories are going to matter. Make a reservation at Alvin & Friends.

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NYC 2017 Michelin-Starred Restaurants: Book Your Next Dining Experience

NYC 2017 Michelin-Starred Restaurants

OpenTable is pleased to showcase the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide New York 2017. Seventy-seven restaurants are included, with six Big Apple restaurants receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, including Le Bernardin, and 10 achieving two Michelin stars. Sixty-one restaurants earned one Michelin star. Nix and Ushiwakamaru, among others, are new to the list.

Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. In the U.S., we recently highlighted the honorees in ChicagoLondon, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

The New York 2017 Michelin-starred restaurants on OpenTable include:

Three Stars: Jean GeorgesLe Bernardin, and Per Se.

Two Stars: Aquavit, ASKAAtera, BlancaDanielJungsikMarea, The Modern, and Soto.

One Star: Agern, Ai Fiori, AldeaAndanadaAureoleBabbo Ristorante, Bâtard, Betony, The Breslin,  Cafe Boulud, Cagen, Carbone, Casa Enrique, Casa MonoCaviar Russe, Del Posto, Dovetail, The Finch, Gabriel Kreuther, Gotham Bar and GrillGramercy Tavern, Gunter Seeger NYJewel BakoJunoon, Kajitsu, L’Appart at Le District, La Sirena at The Maritime HotelLa VaraLuksusMeadowsweetMinetta TavernThe Musket Room, NixThe NoMadPiora, Public, RebelleThe River Cafe, Sushi Ginza Onodera, Sushi InoueSushi of GariTempura MatsuiTulsi, UshiwakamaruWallsé, and ZZ’s Clam Bar.Continue Reading