Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Lobster

This is the delectable Fourchu lobster special I had last time I dined at ABC Kitchen.

I won’t debate the existence of global warming (only because I happen to believe it is absolutely a real thing!), but, wherever you stand on it, you may have noticed that an unseasonably mild winter and a scorcher of a summer have been causing some problems in certain parts of the  food world. Farmers in the midwest are facing the worst drought conditions in a generation, and there is a large surplus of lobsters, which is leading to lower income for lobstermen. OpenTable diners have been doing their part to help by ordering up the terribly tasty crustacean creatures in droves. Find out what they’re saying about the inventive lobster dishes they’ve been eating.

801 Chophouse Leawood, Leawood, Kansas: ” I started with the lobster corn chowder, which was a true treat. One of the best soups I have had in a long time.”

Adara, Montclair, New Jersey: “We couldn’t wait to see what each new course would bring! The rolls were wonderful, and the lobster in a veil was a treat.”

Alma Nove, Hingham, Massachusetts: “The lobster salad sandwich was a big hit.”

Brava Bistro, Calgary, Alberta: “Presentation was beautiful and the taste matched. Lobster gnocchi was especially good!”

* Brown’s Beach House, Kohala Coast, Hawaii: “Make sure to try the lobster with the vanilla beurre blanc. Superb.”

Cameron’s American Bistro, Columbus, Ohio: “This is our new favorite place to go. The lobster perogies and calamari are sensational.”

Central Michel Richard, Washington, D.C.: “Fun atmosphere, exceptional food, friendly and efficient service. Cheese puff pastry appetizer, crab cake, gazpacho soup, lobster burger, and scallops are especially noteworthy.”

Cili, Las Vegas, Nevada: “This is the best lobster salad on the planet!”

* The Cottage Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts: “We had terrific omelets, a great lobster cobb salad, and delicious French toast.”

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2012 San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants on OpenTable

Congratulations to Chef de Cuisine Jean Paul Carmona of Manresa, pictured here with Katrina Parlato of Quince, on this honor!

San Pelligrino has announced its picks for the world’s 50 best restaurants in 2012. Restaurants on OpenTable with a presence on this global list include Per Se, Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, Eleven Madison Park, The Fat Duck, Le Bernardin, Daniel, The French Laundry, and Manresa.

Rounding out the top 100 are Coi, Jean-Georges, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, ViajanteHibiscus, and Chez Panisse.

Have you been to any — or all — of these honorees? Tell us here or over on Facebook.

Lunch Break: Meet OpenTable Employee … Tori Tsu

[singlepic id=19 w=300 h=400 float=right]As you may have guessed, OpenTable is a company of foodies. It’s also a pretty terrific place to work! Each week, you’ll meet another OpenTable employee and find out some of their food faves — and discover their answers to one of life’s eternal questions: “What’s for lunch?” Click image for larger view.

Name: Tori Tsu

Hometown: Menlo Park, California

Job Title: Associate Marketing Manager

What that means that I do at OpenTable: Consumer marketing, holidays, promos

Years at OpenTable: 1.5 +

I have worked in a restaurant as a: Hostess, wine attendant.

The food that I can’t live without: Really good bread.

The one food I’ll never try: nattō.

My go-to drink or cocktail: Bourbon, neat.

The delicious dessert I refuse to share: Pot de crème.

My favorite thing about dining out is: not doing dishes.

If bone marrow is on a restaurant’s menu, I almost always order it.

My last best restaurant meal was at: traif or PT in Brooklyn.

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50 Best Service Restaurants in the U.S.; Le Bernardin Chef Eric Ripert Reacts to Win

The pepper mills remain in the kitchen at Executive Chef Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin.

We are pleased to announce the 50 winners of the 2011 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for Restaurants Providing the Best ServiceThe list of winners is derived from 7 million+ reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

With a whopping 19 of the winning restaurants located in the South, including three from Charleston, South Carolina, it’s clear that Southern hospitality is alive and well. The West is second best with 13 of its restaurants landing spots, followed by the Northeast with 12 winners, and the Midwest with five honorees. Restaurants in the always-influential states of California and New York earned, respectively, nine and six nods from OpenTable diners.

Restaurants serving American cuisine earned an impressive 13 awards. Overall, however, French restaurants remain the gold standard for white-glove service, with 18 of the Diners’ Choice Award recipients serving the cuisine of France, which just so happens to be the birthplace of fine dining. In honor of his win, Executive Chef Eric Ripert of award-winning French restaurant Le Bernardin shared his perspective on service.

Congratulations on yet another achievement for you and your staff at Le Bernardin. What’s the single biggest challenge in delivering the level of service Le Bernardin does?

Our obsession is consistency. We have very high standards for delivering the ultimate experience to our clients. It’s not an easy task and then we have to duplicate that for each individual, each service and every day.

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