The Top 100 Restaurants in the Nation

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By Opentable, Special for  USDR


In celebration of another year of superb dining experiences, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), today unveiled the 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2015. 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. St. Francis Winery & VineyardsSanta Rosa, California
  2. Mama’s Fish HousePaia, Hawaii
  3. Kai-Sheraton Wild Horse Pass ResortChandler, Arizona
  4. Halls ChophouseCharleston, South Carolina
  5. Sushi Nakazawa-Sushi BarNew York, New York
  6. Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
  7. AcquerelloSan Francisco, California
  8. n/nakaLos Angeles, California
  9. DanielNew York, New York
  10. VetriPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Like the list as a whole, the Top 10 Best Restaurants in America emphasizes revered restaurants that place a premium on striving for perfection, from Mama’s Fish House, which opened its doors in 1973 to n/naka, which opened in 2011. Each honoree provides fare and hospitality that consistently earn rave reviews and attract repeat diners, even though the concepts are quite diverse, including the non-traditional dining experience that is the sublime food and wine pairing experience at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards. Its idyllic vineyard setting, six-course menu tailored to compliment specific wine vintages and varietals, and unique value have helped St. Francis build quite a following and earn the number one spot for the second time in three  years.

Highlighting restaurants with experienced chefs behind the burners, the complete list features honorees in 28 states and the District of Columbia and includes Acquerello in San Francisco, Eleven Madison Park in New York, and Vedge in Philadelphia. California andNew York have 16 winning restaurants each, followed by Pennsylvania with 8, Texas with 5, and Arizona, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Virginia with four apiece. Colorado, Florida, and Ohio boast three winners each, while Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii,Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington all have two. Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington, D.C. are also  represented.

Established restaurants handily dominated the list; just three winners opened in the last year. Approximately a quarter of the eateries were established within the last five years, and many are more than 20 years old, with at least 14 having been in business in excess of 30 years, including perennial Manhattan favorite La Grenouille, which dates back to 1962. While American and French fare proved overwhelmingly popular, restaurants serving globally inspired fare also made their mark. Multi-course prix-fixe meals and chefs’ tastings abound, with almost half offering either one or both. The vast majority identify as fine dining restaurants, offering dinner service only, with some even indicating a jacket or formal attire is  required.

“Even as diners embrace a wide range of concepts from family-style meals to small plates, it’s clear that fine dining and multi-course tasting menus continue to dazzle,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “This year’s winners are the restaurants that transcend fads, consistently put out delicious dishes, provide impeccable service, and pay attention to every detail to orchestrate one-of-a-kind experiences, time and  again.”

The list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015. All restaurants with a minimum 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 and the average number of restaurants reviewed by diners who reviewed that  restaurant.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 100 Best Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at

2015 100 Best Restaurants in  America

AcquerelloSan Francisco, California
Addison RestaurantSan Diego, California
AmbienceLos Altos, California
Arethusa al Tavolo – Bantam, Connecticut
Arroyo VinoSanta Fe, New Mexico
Artisanal RestaurantBanner Elk, North Carolina
AteraNew York, New York
Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California
BacchanaliaAtlanta, Georgia
barmini by José AndrésWashington, D.C.
BavettesChicago, Illinois
BenuSan Francisco, California
Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
BokaChicago, Illinois
BonesAtlanta, Georgia
Bouchard Restaurant and InnNewport, Rhode Island
BouleyNew York, New York
Café JuanitaKirkland, Washington
Café MonarchScottsdale, Arizona
Café Provence – Prairie Villa, Kansas
The Capital GrilleLombard, Illinois
The Capital GrilleMinneapolis, Minnesota
Carlos’ BistroColorado Springs, Colorado
Castagna RestaurantPortland, Oregon
The CellarsVirginia Beach, Virginia
CharlestonBaltimore, Maryland
Chez Francois – Vermillion, Ohio
Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas
Chimney ParkWindsor, Colorado
Circle Brunch-The BreakersPalm Beach, Florida
ClementinesAvon-By-The-Sea, New Jersey
Collage RestaurantSt. Augustine, Florida
DanielNew York, New York
Daniel-Lounge SeatingNew York, New York
Del PostoNew York, New York
Eleven Madison ParkNew York, New York
Farmhouse Inn & RestaurantForestville, California
Fearrington House RestaurantPittsboro, North Carolina
ForageSalt Lake City, Utah
The French LaundryYountville, California
The French Room – Dallas Texas
GeronimoSanta Fe, New Mexico
Gramercy TavernNew York, New York
The Goodstone Inn & Estate RestaurantMiddleburg, Virginia
Halls ChophouseCharleston, South Carolina
Hannas Prime SteakRancho Santa Margarita, California
Jillian’sPalm Desert, California
Joan’s in the ParkSaint Paul, Minnesota
Joseph TambelliniPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass ResortChandler, Arizona
King Umberto RestaurantElmont, New York
KUSAKABESan Francisco, California
L’Auberge Chez FrançoisGreat Falls, Virginia
La FolieSan Francisco, California
La GrenouilleNew York, New York
La Mer at HalekulaniHonolulu, Hawaii
LaurelPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Le BernardinNew York, New York
Le CepFort Worth, Texas
Les NomadesChicago, Illinois
Mama’s Fish HousePaia, Hawaii
Marché ModerneCosta Mesa, California
McNinch HouseCharlotte, North Carolina
Michael’s-South Point CasinoLas Vegas, Nevada
MistralSherman Oaks, California
The Modern-Dining RoomNew York, New York
Montalcino Ristorante Italiano – Issaquah, Washington
n/nakaLos Angeles, California
NicholasRed Bank, New Jersey
Norman’s at the Ritz-CarltonOrlando, Florida
o yaBoston, Massachusetts
Orchids at Palm CourtCincinnati, Ohio
Per SeNew York, New York
The Phoenician-Afternoon TeaScottsdale, Arizona
Quince RestaurantSan Francisco, California
Restaurant AugustNew Orleans, Louisiana
Restaurant Lorena’sMaplewood, New Jersey
RoePortland, Oregon
Rudy & Paco Restaurant & BarGalveston, Texas
Ruth’s Chris Steak HouseBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Second Empire Restaurant and TavernRaleigh, North Carolina
SetteBernardsville, New Jersey
ShinBayScottsdale, Arizona
Ski Tip Lodge – Keystone, Colorado
SonomaPrinceton, Massachusetts
St. Francis Winery & VineyardsSanta Rosa, California
State & LempBoise, Idaho
Sushi Nakazawa-Sushi BarNew York, New York
Talula’s GardenPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Thomas Henkelmann-Homestead InnGreenwich, Connecticut
Trattoria L’incontroAstoria, New York
Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab HouseAustin, Texas
UmamiChagrin Falls, Ohio
VedgePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Vernick Food & DrinkPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
VetriPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Volver – Philadephia, Pennsylvania
Waypoint Seafood & GrillWilliamsburg, Virginia
Yono’s RestaurantAlbany, New York
ZahavPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Diners can also read more about the 100 Best Restaurants in America by visiting the OpenTable  blog.

About OpenTable Restaurant  Reviews 
Originally launched in November 2008, the OpenTable Reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions.  Only diners who recently honored an OpenTable reservation are invited to submit restaurant reviews. Visitors to OpenTable can access reviews for thousands of OpenTable restaurant partners across the United States, Canada, Germany, Ireland,Japan and the UK.  The OpenTable Reviews program has generated more than 36 million restaurant reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant  reviews.

About  OpenTable
OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 17 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 33,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company’s website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet’s most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations, and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 940 million diners around the world.  The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, and the  UK.

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