2014 RAMMYS: Join Us at the Awards!

The 2014 RAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2104. The so-called Oscars of the D.C. dining scene, the RAMMYs recognize excellence in multiple categories. We’ll be there when the winners are announced at the awards ceremony at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Buy tickets today to cheer on your favorites and to sample amazing eats and tasty drinks.

Congratulations to all the nominees, including:

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:
Fiola
Marcel’s
Minibar
The Restaurant at Pawtomack Farm
Trummer’s on Main

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year:
Oyamel
Proof
Ripple

Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year:
Graffiato
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Pizzeria Orso

Favorite  Gathering Place of the Year:
Cashion’s Eat Place

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OpenTable Reviews Reveal Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants!

Root-Vegetable-SaladlowJust in time for fabulous fall dining, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

With gifted chefs and inventive menus, the list of winners spans 26 states and includes Beast in Portland, Oregon, Moto in Chicago, and Vedge in Philadelphia. California accounts for 20 honorees, followed by Pennsylvania with 10 winners and Illinois with nine. Oregon and Washington restaurants each boast seven standouts apiece. Arizona, New York, and Texas all claim five winners. Colorado and Maine earned four spots, while both Minnesota and North Carolina have three. Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, and Missouri each have two winning restaurants. Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia restaurants are also represented. Restaurants serving American fare, including Californian, Northwest, and Southern, proved most popular; other notable cuisines on the list include French, Italian, Japanese, and vegetarian.

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RAMMYS 2013: Congratulations to the Winners!

OpenTable was proud to sponsor and attend the 2013 RAMMYS awards in Washington, D.C. Feting our capital’s finest folks in food and dining, the RAMMYS are one of the best awards shows in the nation!

Last night’s honorees and winners include Clyde’s of Georgetown (Honorary Milestone Award), Marriot Wardman Park Hotel (Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year), Linda Lee (Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award), Nellie’s Sports Bar (Best Neighborhood Gathering Place), P. J. Clarke’s (Best Power Spot),  Luis Noriega – Zengo (Best Restaurant Employee), Michael Nevarez – Vidalia/Bistro Bis/Woodward Table (Best Restaurant Manager), Beverly Bates – Vidalia(Best Pastry Chef), Estadio (Best Upscale Casual Restaurant), Dino (Best Wine Program), Estadio (Best Beverage/Mixology Program), Blue Duck Tavern (Best Fine Dining Restaurant),  Ashok Bajaj – Knightsbridge Restaurant Group (Restaurateurs of the Year), and Fabio Trabocchi – Fiola (Chef of the Year). Congratulations to all the winners. And, click Continue Reading to peep some pics of the event in our slideshow below or check them out on Flickr.

Restaurants Ban Food Photography; PayPal to Pay Your Dining Check + More

The canine chefs created dishes that were nothing short of disgusting.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Don’t shoot. Some restaurants are banning food photography. [Business Insider]

* But if you insist on the point and click. Here are some tips for jerk-free restaurant food photography. [PopPhoto.com]

* Make no mistake. Or at least not these five mistakes that restaurant’s make with their websites. [SmallBizTrends.com]

* Map quest. An Apple Maps error is costing Portland restaurant Metrovino $50,000 in lost business. [CultofMac.com]

* Pay your bill, pal. You may be able to use PayPal the next time your restaurant check comes. [Columbus Dispatch]

* Fancy feast. The top trends from the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. [Mercury News]

* Feliz cumpleanos, Jaleo. The D.C. mainstay by Jose Andres turns 20. [Washington Blade]

* Shhhh! Here are some of New York’s most quiet restaurants. [Bloomberg]

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