Top 100 Restaurants of 2011

To celebrate another amazing year in fine dining, OpenTable, Inc., a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, is pleased to announce the Diners’ Choice Awards for the  top 100 best restaurants in the United States.  The list of winners is derived from more than 10 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The honorees span 34 states and Washington, D.C., and include Canlis in Seattle, Barbara Lynch’s Menton in Boston and John Besh’s Restaurant August in New Orleans. North Carolina tied the dining mecca of California with ten winning restaurants, while New York eateries claimed seven spots. South Carolina, Texas and Virginia each took six places. Colorado and Ohio restaurants earned four wins apiece, and Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts and Minnesota all won three nods. States also represented on the list of winners include Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Rhode Island and Tennessee, among others.

“The restaurants on this list are wonderfully varied, but they have one overwhelming quality in common – each establishment is taking every opportunity to deliver a superb dining experience,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer.  “Quality and consistency in the food, service and setting  are the hallmarks of the very best restaurants, and all three elements can be found in abundance by diners visiting any of these honorees.”

Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between December 2010 and November 2011, the following 100 restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, received the highest scores from OpenTable diners for being the best overall restaurants in the U.S. For more information about this list, please visit

Acqua Restaurant & Wine Bar – White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Addison at The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, California
Ambience – Carmichael, California
Artisanal Restaurant – Banner Elk, North Carolina
Bibou – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Binkley’s Restaurant – Cave Creek, Arizona
Bistro L’Hermitage – Woodbridge, Virginia
Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
Bones – Atlanta, Georgia
Bottega – Birmingham, Alabama
Bouchard Restaurant and Inn – Newport, Rhode Island
Boulevard Bistro – Elk Grove, California
Cafe Juanita – Kirkland, Washington
Cafe Renaissance – Vienna, Virginia
Canlis – Seattle, Washington
Carpe Vino – Auburn, California
Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse – Downers Grove, Illinois
Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
Charleston Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
Chef and The Farmer – Kinston, North Carolina
Chez Francois – Vermilion, Ohio
Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas
Chimney Park – Windsor, Colorado
Coach House – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Congress – Austin, Texas
The Copper Door – Hayesville, North Carolina
Corbett’s Fine Dining – Louisville, Kentucky
Daniel – New York, New York
Dewz – Modesto, California
The Dining Room – Biltmore Estate – Asheville, North Carolina
Eleven Madison Park – New York, New York
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant – Forestville, California
Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
FIG – Charleston, South Carolina
Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar – Memphis, Tennessee
Forage – Salt Lake City, Utah
The French Laundry – Yountville, California
The French Room – Dallas, Texas
The Gamekeeper – Boone, North Carolina
Genoa Restaurant – Portland, Oregon
The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant – Middleburg, Virginia
Gracie’s – Providence, Rhode Island
Hall’s Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
Hamptons – Sumter, South Carolina
Harry’s Restaurant – Manhattan, Kansas
Herons – Cary, North Carolina
Highlands Bar & Grill – Birmingham, Alabama
The Hobbit – Orange, California
Jens’ Restaurant – Anchorage, Alaska
Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona
The Kitchen Restaurant – Sacramento, California
La Belle Vie – Minneapolis, Minnesota
La Mer at Halekulani – Honolulu, Hawaii
L’Auberge Chez Francois – Great Falls, Virginia
Le Bernardin – New York, New York
Le Yaca – Williamsburg, Virginia
Les Nomades – Chicago, Illinois
L’Etoile Restaurant – Madison, Wisconsin
The Little Dipper – Wilmington, North Carolina
Madrona Manor – Healdsburg, California
Mahogany Prime – Omaha, Nebraska
Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
Marcel’s – Washington, D.C.
The Melting Pot – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Menton – Boston, Massachusetts
Metro Wine Bar & Bistro – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Michael’s – South Point Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
NAOE – Sunny Isles, Florida
Niche – St. Louis, Missouri
Nicholas – Red Bank, New Jersey
The North Fork Table & Inn – Southold, New York
o ya – Boston, Massachusetts
On the Square – Tarboro, North Carolina
Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
Palace Arms at the Brown Palace – Denver, Colorado
Peninsula Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
Pepper Tree Restaurant – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Per Se – New York, New York
The Precinct – Cincinnati, Ohio
Primo – Rockland, Maine
The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro – Columbus, Ohio
Restaurant Alma – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Restaurant August – New Orleans, Louisiana
Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar – Galveston, Texas
Russell’s Steaks, Chops, and More – Williamsville, New York
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Jacksonville, Florida
Saint Jacques French Cuisine – Raleigh, North Carolina
Sedgley Place – Greene, Maine
Sonoma – Princeton, Massachusetts
Splendido – Beaver Creek, Colorado
St. John’s Restaurant – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Sushi POP – Oviedo, Florida
Tony’s – St. Louis, Missouri
Uchi – Austin, Texas
Uchiko – Austin, Texas
Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vie – Western Springs, Illinois
Vintage Tavern – Suffolk, Virginia
White Barn Inn – Kennebunk, Maine
Woodfire Grill – Atlanta, Georgia

Diners can also find additional information on the Diners’ Choice Awards for the Best Overall Restaurants in the U.S. by visiting OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter’s “Dining Check” blog at