OpenTable Reviews Reveal #DinersChoice Top 100 Best Restaurants in America — Top 10 Ranked

As we cheer the end of another year of delicious dining, we are pleased to celebrate the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America and highlight the Top 10 honorees. 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.

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America, in rank order, include:

  1. SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar – North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  2. Sushi Nakazawa-Sushi Bar – New York, New York
  3. Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
  4. n/naka – Los Angeles, California
  5. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California
  6. Ski Tip Lodge – Keystone, Colorado
  7. Twenty Eight Atlantic at Wequassett Resort – East Harwich, Massachusetts
  8. Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona
  9. The French Room – Dallas Texas
  10. Highlands Bar and Grill – Birmingham, Alabama

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America are as diverse as our appetites, from intimate and sleek newcomer Sushi Nakazawa with just 25 seats to the lively, perennially revered 124-seat Highlands Bar and Grill. What they all share is an unmatched level of consistency and attention to detail, which can be found in their superior service, careful sourcing of local ingredients, and commitment to excellence and hospitality.

Lauding both recently opened as well as longstanding restaurants that feature everything from à la carte to intricate tasting menus, the complete list includes award winners in 32 states and Washington,D.C., such as Eleven Madison Park in New York, Laurel in Philadelphia, and Saison in San Francisco. There are 35 repeat winners from 2013, eight of which again cracked the top 10, and 65 new honorees.

New York has the greatest number of winners with 12, followed by California and Florida with eight each; North Carolina and Pennsylvania with six apiece; and Oregon and Texas earning five each. Illinois has four, and Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Virginia all have three winners. Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Tennessee, and Washington have two award winners apiece. Alaska, Alabama, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin are also represented.

Dinner-only restaurants dominate the list, with 59 winners. While American fare restaurants are most popular, the eclectic array of cuisines on the list includes global, Hawaiian, Italian, Japanese, seafood, Thai, and vegan. More than 25 percent of honorees indicate they offer gluten-free options.

While new restaurants make a strong showing with 14 opening in 2014, including vegan eatery Modern Love, well-established restaurants performed remarkably well: 25 winning restaurants are more than 20 years old. Approximately twenty percent of the list includes restaurants located at a property of historical significance.

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10 Reasons to Dine Out on Thanksgiving

TDay DinnerWe fancy ourselves foodies here at OpenTable, and while many of us know our way around the kitchen, we’re huge fans of dining out on Thanksgiving Day. No shopping, no dirty dishes – no problem. Plus, no tipsy people passed out on your sofa for hours (or is that just my family?). But beyond those obvious perks, here are a few more reasons culled from at-home Thanksgiving dining disasters that will convince you to put yourself in the hands of culinary professionals and celebrate the holiday at a restaurant.

1. Dressing not typically served in a used neti pot at restaurants.

2. While onion, lemon, and carrots are often used when roasting a turkey in a restaurant kitchen, gravel is not.

3. Turkey is not presented, to quote Neneh Cherry, raw like sushi at restaurants.

4. You can trust that your mashed potatoes are, in fact, mashed potatoes – and not baby food.

5. Delicious housemade gravy will run all over your turkey rather than down the drain.

6. Your dinner is far less likely to be lost at sea

7.eaten by a dog,

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OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Restaurants in America; Plus Top 10 Ranked

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The stunning + delicious duck breast served at goosefoot is just one of the many dishes that helped the Chicago restaurant earn top 10 honors this year.

As we toast a remarkable year of fine dining, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America and highlight the Top 10 honorees.

These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America, in rank order, include:

  1. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California
  2. Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
  3. n/naka – Los Angeles, California
  4. Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
  5. Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
  6. o ya – Boston, Massachusetts
  7. Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
  8. Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
  9. The French Laundry – Yountville, California
  10. goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois

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Dining in Denver: Not-To-Be-Missed Restaurants in Colorado’s Capital

Dining-in-DenverDenver Post dining critic Tucker Shaw recently compiled a list of restaurants that “define Denver’s culinary momentum.” The criteria for earning a spot on the list were quite lofty.  Cost, food, hospitality, service, and the space itself mattered, but the overarching question Shaw asked himself was, “Did my experience at this restaurant enrich my life?” If that’s not a tall order, I’m not sure what is.

Meeting the challenge and making the top 10 are Bones, Fruition Restaurant, Lola, Olivéa, Rioja, Root Down, and Table 6, among others. Honorable mentions for “trendsetters” include Argyll, Sushi SaSa, Twelve Restaurant, and Venue. Palace Arms at the Brown Palace and Restaurant Kevin Taylor receive honorable mentions under the”lasting hits” category.

Congratulations to these standouts in the Denver dining scene.