HUFFINGTON POST
12/12/2012 12:26 pm ET

OpenTable Announces 100 Best Restaurants In America

OpenTable has released its list of the best restaurants in America. The list was determined based on reviews given by customers who have recently used the site. Over five million reviews have been submitted in the last year, representing over 15,000 dining establishments nationwide.

The list includes restaurants from 27 states. The California food scene comes out on top with 24 inclusions, followed by New York with 18 and Virginia with six. American and French are the most strongly represented cuisines.

Some winners make sense: Thomas Keller's much-hyped restaurant, Per Se, regularly makes headlines, and Tim Cushman's beloved sushi spot, O Ya, has garnered excellent reviews.

However, the list's bias towards small-town favorites and restaurants that pay to use OpenTable is evident. Reviews of some winners, including Cottage Place Restaurant in Flagstaff, Arizona and Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar in Galveston, Texas indicate that these spots are highly regarded among locals due to their historical significance rather than the quality of their cuisine.

Still, the list is worth a look. Check out OpenTable's 2012 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the U.S.:

Acquerello – San Francisco, California

Addison at The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, California

Altura – Seattle, Washington

Andrea at Pelican Hill – Newport Coast, California

Annisa – New York, New York

Artisanal Restaurant – Banner Elk, North Carolina

The Ashby Inn – Paris, Virginia

Atelier Crenn – San Francisco, California

Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California

Bacchanalia – Atlanta, Georgia

The Belvedere – Beverly Hills, California

Bibou – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Binkley’s Restaurant – Cave Creek, Arizona

Bistro L’Hermitage – Woodbridge, Virginia

Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York

Bouchard Restaurant and Inn – Newport, Rhode Island

Bouley – New York, New York

Café Provence – Prairie Village, Kansas

Café Renaissance – Vienna, Virginia

Canlis – Seattle, Washington

Capital Grille – Kansas City, Missouri

Capital Grille – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Carpe Vino – Auburn, California

Castle Hill Inn – Newport, Rhode Island

Chachama Grill – East Patchogue, New York

Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse – Downers Grove, Illinois

Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland

Charleston Grill – Charleston, South Carolina

Chez Francois – Vermilion, Ohio

Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas

CityZen – Washington, D.C.

Commis – Oakland, California

Cottage Place Restaurant – Flagstaff, Arizona

Daniel – New York, New York

Daniel-Lounge Seating – New York, New York

Del Posto – New York, New York

Eleven Madison Park – New York, New York

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant – Forestville, California

Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina

Fountain Restaurant – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The French Laundry – Yountville, California

The French Room – Dallas, Texas

Geronimo – Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant – Middleburg, Virginia

Gracie’s – Providence, Rhode Island

Gramercy Tavern – New York, New York

Hannas Prime Steak – Rancho Santa Margarita, California

The Hobbit – Orange, California

Jean Georges – New York, New York

Joseph Tambellini – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

JUNGSIK – New York, New York

Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona

Keiko à Nob Hill – San Francisco, California

King Umberto – Elmont, New York

The Kitchen Restaurant – Sacramento, California

La Ciccia – San Francisco, California

La Folie – San Francisco, California

La Grenouille – New York, New York

L’Auberge Chez Francois – Great Falls, Virginia

Le Bernardin – New York, New York

Le Vallauris – Palm Springs, California

Le Yaca – Williamsburg, Virginia

L’Espalier – Boston, Massachusetts

The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach – Laguna Beach, California

Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii

Manresa – Los Gatos, California

Marcel’s – Washington, D.C.

Marinus-Bernadus Lodge – Carmel Valley, California

Menton – Boston, Massachusetts

Michael’s – South Point Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada

The Modern-Dining Room – New York, New York

n/naka – Los Angeles, California

NAOE – Miami, Florida

Nicholas – Red Bank, New Jersey

Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando – Orlando, Florida

The North Fork Table & Inn – Southold, New York

o ya – Boston, Massachusetts

ON20 – Hartford, Connecticut

Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio

The Painted Lady – Newberg, Oregon

Palace Arms at The Brown Palace – Denver, Colorado

Per Se – New York, New York

Perry Street Brasserie – Galena, Illinois

Providence – Los Angeles, California

Restaurant Alma – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Restaurant Iris – Memphis, Tennessee

Rover’s – Seattle, Washington

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar – Galveston, Texas

Saint Jacques French Cuisine – Raleigh, North Carolina

Saison – San Francisco, California

Scalini Fedeli – New York, New York

ShinBay – Scottsdale, Arizona

Sonoma – Princeton, Massachusetts

Splendido – Beaver Creek, Colorado

Studio at Montage Laguna Beach – Laguna Beach, California

Tony’s – St. Louis, Missouri

Tosca Ristorante – Washington, D.C.

Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

VOLT – Frederick, Maryland

Woodfire Grill – Atlanta, Georgia

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