Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants

Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants

As the height of harvest season draws near, OpenTable, a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, has announced the 2012 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.

The list of winners, which includes Beast in Portland, Cochon in New Orleans, and Gwynnett St. in Brooklyn, spans 17 states and Washington, D.C.  With regard to metropolitan areas, the San Francisco Bay Area has the greatest number of winners with 17, followed by Chicago with 13 winners. Oregon’s Portland and Seattle each boast 11 winning restaurants, and Los Angeles and Philadelphia have 10 apiece. Six standouts hail from New York City, trailed by Atlanta with four honorees, Cambridge, Mass. and Minneapolis with three each, and Denver and Portland, Maine, with two. Other winning restaurants are located in Forestville, Calif., Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Scottsdale, Tampa, Washington, D.C. and Yountville, Calif. While a large share of the award-winning restaurants serve contemporary American fare, an array of cuisines are represented, including Cajun, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Thai, vegetarian, and Vietnamese.

“Foodies are connoisseurs of every cuisine, seeking authenticity and excellence in every bite, whether they’re eating Southern poutine at Abattoir in Atlanta, a smoked sardine at Camino in Oakland, jalapeno hush puppies at New York’s Dirt Candy, or pork belly sliders at Spur in Seattle,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer. “The winning restaurants are all very ingredient-focused, serving the cream of each season’s crop using inspired techniques to the delight of even the most discerning diners’ appetites.”

The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants are generated from more than 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between September 1, 2011 and August 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 “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 the U.S. according to OpenTable diners.  The complete list may also be viewed at

2012 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the U.S.

Abattoir – Atlanta, Georgia
Acadia – Chicago, Illinois
Ad Hoc – Yountville, California
Altura – Seattle, Washington
Annisa – New York, New York
Atelier Crenn – San Francisco, California
Aviary – Portland, Oregon
Beast – Portland, Oregon
Benu – San Francisco, California
Bibou – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Blackbird – Chicago, Illinois
Bresca – Portland, Oregon
The Bristol – Chicago, Illinois
Camino – Oakland, California
Canteen – San Francisco, California
Cascina Spinasse – Seattle, Washington
Castagna – Portland, Oregon
Central Kitchen – San Francisco, California
Cochon – New Orleans, Louisiana
Commis – Oakland, California
Commonwealth – San Francisco, California
Cotogna – San Francisco, California
Craigie on Main – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cube Café and Marketplace – Los Angeles, California
Dirt Candy – New York, New York
East By Northeast – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ela – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Eola – Washington, D.C.
The Farm and Fisherman – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant – Forestville, California
FIG – Charleston, South Carolina
Flour + Water – San Francisco, California
Fond – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Forage – Salt Lake City, Utah
Frances – San Francisco, California
Girl & the Goat – Chicago, Illinois
Golden Beetle – Seattle, Washington
goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois
Graham Elliot – Chicago, Illinois
Gruner – Portland, Oregon
Gwynnett St. – Brooklyn, New York
Haven – Oakland, California
How To Cook a Wolf – Seattle, Washington
Hugo’s Restaurant – Portland, Maine
Hungry Mother – Cambridge, Massachusetts
iNG Restaurant – Chicago, Illinois
ink. – Los Angeles, California
Kin Shop – New York, New York
Le Pigeon – Portland, Oregon
Little Bird – Portland, Oregon
Little Fish – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Local Mission Eatery – San Francisco, California
Lula Café – Chicago, Illinois
Mezze – Los Angeles, California
Miller Union – Atlanta, Georgia
Mistral Kitchen – Seattle, Washington
Moto – Chicago, Illinois
Natural Selection – Portland, Oregon
Ned Ludd – Portland, Oregon
Nobuo at Teeter House – Phoenix, Arizona
Park Kitchen – Portland, Oregon
Piccolo – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ping – Portland, Oregon
Playa – Los Angeles, California
Plum – Oakland, California
Poppy – Seattle, Washington
Posh – Scottsdale, Arizona
The Publican – Chicago, Illinois
Range – San Francisco, California
Red Medicine – Beverly Hills, California
The Refinery – Tampa, Florida
Restaurant Alma – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Restaurant Zoe – Seattle, Washington
Russet – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar – Santa Monica, California
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saison – San Francisco, California
Sbraga – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sons & Daughters – San Francisco, California
Soto – New York, New York
The Spence – Atlanta, Georgia
SPQR – San Francisco, California
Sprout – Chicago, Illinois
Spur Gastropub – Seattle, Washington
The Squeaky Bean – Denver, Colorado
Staple & Fancy Mercantile – Seattle, Washington
Susan Feniger’s STREET – Los Angeles, California
Tabla Mediterranean Bistro – Portland, Oregon
Takashi – Chicago, Illinois
Tar & Roses – Santa Monica, California
Terra Plata – Seattle, Washington
Tilth – Seattle, Washington
Topolobampo – Chicago, Illinois
Twelve Restaurant – Denver, Colorado
Underbelly – Houston, Texas
Vedge – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vernick Food & Drink – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
wd-50 – New York, New York
Woodfire Grill – Atlanta, Georgia
Zahav – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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