Top 100 American Fare Restaurants

In celebration of the holiday dining season, OpenTable, a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, announces the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 American Fare 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.

The list of winners, which includes Annisa in New York City, Lola in Cleveland, and Sweet Basil in Vail, Colo., spans 31 states and Washington, D.C.  Texas has the greatest number of winners with 10, followed by California with eight winners, and New York and South Carolina with seven each. Maryland boasts six winning restaurants, trailed by Colorado and Missouri with five honorees apiece. Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania all have four winning restaurants, while Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia have three each.  Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Utah, and Washington, D.C. all have two award winners. Arkansas earned a single spot, as did Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, and Washington.

“Food is the cornerstone of holiday celebrations, and American fare is the perfect fit with which to fete them,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer.  “These winning restaurants are serving the finest of the fall harvest in ways both familiar and unique, giving family and friends dishes that help remind them of years past and anticipate those to come.”

The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 American Fare Restaurants are generated from more than 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012.  All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “American cuisine” was selected as a special feature.

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

2012 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 American Fare Restaurants in the U.S.

1789 Restaurant – Washington, D.C.
A Toute Heure – Cranford, New Jersey
Abacus – Dallas, Texas
The American Restaurant – Kansas City, Missouri
Annie Gunn’s – Chesterfield, Missouri
Annisa – New York, New York
Aria – Atlanta, Georgia
Ashley’s Restaurant-Capital Hotel – Little Rock, Arkansas
Bartlett Pear Inn – Easton, Maryland
Baxter’s Lakeside Grille – Lake Ozark, Missouri
Blue Hill – New York, New York
Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
The Blue Ox – Lynn, Massachusetts
Bluestem – Kansas City, Missouri
Boulevard – San Francisco, California
Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar – Covington, Kentucky
Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant – Fredericksburg, Texas
The Cafe at Brookwood – Brookshire, Texas
Canoe – Atlanta, Georgia
Carpe Diem Restaurant – Charlotte, North Carolina
Castagna – Portland, Oregon
Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
Charleston Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
Cheever’s Cafe – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Chef’s Table at the Edgewater – Winter Garden, Florida
The Classic Cafe – Roanoke, Texas
Coldwater Cafe & Catering – Tipp City, Ohio
Communal – Provo, Utah
Corbett’s Fine Dining – Louisville, Kentucky
Corduroy – Washington, D.C.
Craft – New York, New York
Dal Rae – Pico Rivera, California
DANTE – Tremont, Ohio
Devereaux’s – Greenville, South Carolina
The Dock – Newport Beach, California
Eleven Madison Park – New York, New York
Ellerbe Fine Foods – Fort Worth, Texas
Fearing’s – Dallas, Texas
FIG — Charleston, South Carolina
Flagstaff House – Boulder, Colorado
Gramercy Tavern – New York, New York
Grove – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Hamptons – Sumter, South Carolina
Harry’s Restaurant – Manhattan, Kansas
Herons – Cary, North Carolina
Joan’s in the Park – Saint Paul, Minnesota
John Bentley’s – Redwood City, California
K Restaurant – Orlando, Florida
Lahaina Grill – Lahaina, Hawaii
Lilly’s Bistro – Louisville, Kentucky
LJ’s & The Kat Lounge – Hagerstown, Maryland
Lola-A Michael Symon Restaurant – Cleveland, Ohio
The Macintosh – Charleston, South Carolina
Manhattan Beach Post – Manhattan Beach, California
Masraff’s – Houston, Texas
McEwen’s on Monroe – Memphis, Tennessee
Mica – Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania
The Mill at 2T – Tariffville, Connecticut
Millwright’s – Simsbury, Connecticut
Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails – Alpharetta, Georgia
Mokomandy – Sterling, Virginia
Mulvaney’s B&L – Sacramento, California
Murray’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nana’s Restaurant – Durham, North Carolina
Niche – Clayton, Missouri
The Orchard Restaurant – Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
The Parson’s Table – Little River, South Carolina
Paseo Grill – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Patti’s 1880’s Settlement – Grand Rivers, Kentucky
Peli Peli – Houston, Texas
Peninsula Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
Per Se – New York, New York
The Prime Rib – Baltimore, Maryland
The Pullman – Glenwood Springs, Colorado
The Ranch Restaurant – Anaheim, California
Restaurant Tallent – Bloomington, Indiana
Root Down – Denver, Colorado
The Root Restaurant & Bar – White Lake, Michigan
Saddle Peak Lodge – Calabasas, California
The Schoolhouse at Cannondale – Wilton, Connecticut
Seasons 52 – Phoenix, Arizona
Shoemaker’s Grille – Lynchburg, Virginia
Silo Elevated Cuisine-1604 – San Antonio, Texas
Silo Elevated Cuisine-Alamo Heights – San Antonio, Texas
Splendido – Beaver Creek, Colorado
St. John’s Meeting Place – Chattanooga, Tennessee
St. Johns’ Restaurant – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Story – Prairie Village, Kansas
Sweet Basil – Vail, Colorado
Talula’s Garden – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tilth – Seattle, Washington
The Tree Room at Sundance – Sundance, Utah
Vernick Food & Drink – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vie – Western Springs, Illinois
Vintage Tavern – Suffolk, Virginia
VOLT – Frederick, Maryland
Washington Inn – Cape May, New Jersey
White Barn Inn – Kennebunk, Maine
Woodberry Kitchen – Baltimore, Maryland

Diners can also read more about the Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 American Fare Restaurants in the U.S. by visiting OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter’s “Dining Check” blog.