OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America

Root-Vegetable-Saladlow2SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of our country’s progressive food and dining culture, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is pleased to honor the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America.  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.

“In many ways, the winning restaurants represent the future – and the fun – of food, where trends are being set,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “The list features a multitude of gifted young chefs who are redefining fine dining and opening exciting establishments to serve delicious dishes that are both personal and playful.”

Newer eateries rule the list, with the majority of winners opening in the last three years.  More than 20 were founded in 2012 alone, while 15 launched in 2013, and six debuted as recently as 2014. Also, 14 of the honorees have women as executive chefs.  American fare is overwhelmingly popular, but French and Italian restaurants are common among the honorees.  Other popular cuisines include Japanese, Spanish, Middle Eastern, modern European, tapas/small plates, and vegetarian.

Showcasing restaurants with unique menus, easygoing ambience, and passionate chefs who have a “source local, cook global” approach, the complete list includes award winners in 29 states, including Aviary in Portland,Odd Duck in Austin, and Vedge in Philadelphia.  California has the greatest number of winners with 14, followed closely by Oregon and Pennsylvania with 13 each.  New York has eight honorees, while Colorado,Massachusetts, and Washington all have five, and Illinois has four. Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas each have three winning restaurants.  Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, North Carolina, and Virginia, respectively, have two award winners.  Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin are also represented.

The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between September 1, 2013, andAugust 31, 2014.  All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration.  Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “fit for foodies” was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed athttp://www.opentable.com/m/best-fit-for-foodies-restaurants-in-america/.

2014 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America

a(MUSE.)Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
AcornDenver, Colorado
AlturaSeattle, Washington
Ava Gene’sPortland, Oregon
AviaryPortland, Oregon
Bar AvignonPortland, Oregon
BeastPortland, Oregon
Bistro C.V.Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Black CatBoulder, Colorado
Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
BluestemKansas City, Missouri
BottegaBaltimore, Maryland
Brimmer & HeeltapSeattle, Washington
Cascina SpinasseSeattle, Washington
CastagnaPortland, Oregon
chi SPACCALos Angeles, California
CommisOakland, California
Community Table – New Preston, Connecticut
Corner TableMinneapolis, Minnesota
Craigie on MainCambridge, Massachusetts
The Crimson SparrowHudson, New York
CrudoPhoenix, Arizona
CurateAsheville, North Carolina
Dirt CandyNew York, New York
dish-Creative CuisinePalm Springs, California
django’s Restaurant & Wine BarCrested Butte, Colorado
DOCPortland, Oregon
The EddyNew York, New York
edison: food+drink labTampa, Florida
ElaiaSt. Louis, Missouri
Extra VirginKansas City, Missouri
The Farm and FishermanPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
FIGCharleston, South Carolina
FondPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
ForageSalt Lake City, Utah
FT33Dallas, Texas
Girl & the GoatChicago, Illinois
Giulia RestaurantCambridge, Massachusetts
goosefootChicago, Illinois
Gracie’sProvidence, Rhode Island
Grit & GracePittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Homestead on the RoofChicago, Illinois
The House of William & MerryHockessin, Delaware
Hugo’s RestaurantPortland, Maine
The Iberian PigDecatur, Georgia
ink.Los Angeles, California
Julienne – Santa Barbara, California
JuniNew York, New York
La MerendaMilwaukee, Wisconsin
LaundrySteamboat Springs, Colorado
LaurelPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Le PigeonPortland, Oregon
Lenoir RestaurantAustin, Texas
MateoDurham, North Carolina
Matthew Kenney’s M.A.K.E.Santa Monica, California
MicaChestnut Hill, Pennsylvania
MokomandySterling, Virginia
n/nakaLos Angeles, California
Natural SelectionPortland, Oregon
Nobuo at Teeter HousePhoenix, Arizona
NoisettePortland, Oregon
Odd DuckAustin, Texas
Olympic Provisions NorthwestPortland, Oregon
Orsa & WinstonLos Angeles, California
PapillesLos Angeles, California
Park KitchenPortland, Oregon
Parlor MarketJackson, Mississippi
PiccoloMinneapolis, Minnesota
The Pickled HeronPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
PlaygroundSanta Ana, California
Plow & AnchorIndianapolis, Indiana
PrimoRockland, Maine
RecessIndianapolis, Indiana
Red MedicineBeverly Hills, California
Restaurant AlmaMinneapolis, Minnesota
The Restaurant at Patowmack FarmLovettsville, Virginia
RibelleBrookline, Massachusetts
RoePortland, Oregon
RootNew Orleans, Louisiana
Roots Bistro GourmandWest Islip, New York
SarmaSomerville, Massachusetts
SbragaPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
SenzaChicago, Illinois
Sons & DaughtersSan Francisco, California
Spur GastropubSeattle, Washington
St. Francis Winery & VineyardsSanta Rosa, California
State & LempBoise, Idaho
T.W. FoodCambridge, Massachusetts
Talula’s Daily-Secret Supper ClubPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Tanglewood SupremeSeattle, Washington
TORINOFerndale, Michigan
Torrisi Italian SpecialtiesNew York, New York
TownsendPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
The TrattoriaSaint James, New York
UnionPasadena, California
Uptown Billiards ClubPortland, Oregon
VedgePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Vernick Food & DrinkPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Will BYOBPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
ZahavPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Diners can also read more about the Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America by visiting the OpenTable “Dining Check” blog.

About OpenTable Restaurant Reviews
Originally launched in November 2008, the OpenTable Reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions.  Diners who recently honored an OpenTable reservation are invited via email to submit restaurant feedback using an online form. Visitors to OpenTable can access reviews for thousands of OpenTable restaurant partners across the United States, Canada, Germany and the UK.  The OpenTable Reviews program has generated more than 25 million restaurant reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews.

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