100 Best Restaurants in America for 2015

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100 Best Restaurants in America for 2015

100 Best Restaurants in America for 2015

OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has unveiled the 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2015. 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.

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America, in rank order, include:

  1. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California
  2. Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
  3. Kai-Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona
  4. Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
  5. Sushi Nakazawa-Sushi Bar – New York, New York
  6. Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
  7. Acquerello – San Francisco, California
  8. n/naka – Los Angeles, California
  9. Daniel – New York, New York
  10. Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Like the list as a whole, the Top 10 Best Restaurants in America emphasizes revered restaurants that place a premium on striving for perfection, from Mama’s Fish House, which opened its doors in 1973 to n/naka, which opened in 2011. Each honoree provides fare and hospitality that consistently earn rave reviews and attract repeat diners, even though the concepts are quite diverse, including the non-traditional dining experience that is the sublime food and wine pairing experience at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards. Its idyllic vineyard setting, six-course menu tailored to compliment specific wine vintages and varietals, and unique value have helped St. Francis build quite a following and earn the number one spot for the second time in three years.

Highlighting restaurants with experienced chefs behind the burners, the complete list features honorees in 28 states and the District of Columbia and includes Acquerello in San Francisco, Eleven Madison Park in New York, and Vedge in Philadelphia. California and New York have 16 winning restaurants each, followed by Pennsylvania with 8, Texas with 5, and Arizona, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Virginia with four apiece. Colorado, Florida, and Ohio boast three winners each, while Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington all have two. Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington, D.C. are also represented.

Established restaurants handily dominated the list; just three winners opened in the last year. Approximately a quarter of the eateries were established within the last five years, and many are more than 20 years old, with at least 14 having been in business in excess of 30 years, including perennial Manhattan favorite La Grenouille, which dates back to 1962. While American and French fare proved overwhelmingly popular, restaurants serving globally inspired fare also made their mark. Multi-course prix-fixe meals and chefs’ tastings abound, with almost half offering either one or both. The vast majority identify as fine dining restaurants, offering dinner service only, with some even indicating a jacket or formal attire is required.

“Even as diners embrace a wide range of concepts from family-style meals to small plates, it’s clear that fine dining and multi-course tasting menus continue to dazzle,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “This year’s winners are the restaurants that transcend fads, consistently put out delicious dishes, provide impeccable service, and pay attention to every detail to orchestrate one-of-a-kind experiences, time and again.”

The list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “overall” category along with that restaurant’s rating relative to others in the same metropolitan area and the average number of restaurants reviewed by diners who reviewed that restaurant.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 100 Best Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/best-restaurants-in-america-for-2015/.

2015 100 Best Restaurants in America

Acquerello – San Francisco, California
Addison Restaurant – San Diego, California
Ambience – Los Altos, California
Arethusa al Tavolo – Bantam, Connecticut
Arroyo Vino – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Artisanal Restaurant – Banner Elk, North Carolina
Atera – New York, New York
Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California
Bacchanalia – Atlanta, Georgia
barmini by José Andrés – Washington, D.C.
Bavettes – Chicago, Illinois
Benu – San Francisco, California
Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
Boka – Chicago, Illinois
Bones – Atlanta, Georgia
Bouchard Restaurant and Inn – Newport, Rhode Island
Bouley – New York, New York
Café Juanita – Kirkland, Washington
Café Monarch – Scottsdale, Arizona
Café Provence – Prairie Villa, Kansas
The Capital Grille – Lombard, Illinois
The Capital Grille – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Carlos’ Bistro – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Castagna Restaurant – Portland, Oregon
The Cellars – Virginia Beach, Virginia
Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
Chez Francois – Vermillion, Ohio
Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas
Chimney Park – Windsor, Colorado
Circle Brunch-The Breakers – Palm Beach, Florida
Clementines – Avon-By-The-Sea, New Jersey
Collage Restaurant – St. Augustine, Florida
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
Forage – Salt Lake City, Utah
The French Laundry – Yountville, California
The French Room – Dallas Texas
Geronimo – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Gramercy Tavern – New York, New York
The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant – Middleburg, Virginia
Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
Hannas Prime Steak – Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Jillian’s – Palm Desert, California
Joan’s in the Park – Saint Paul, Minnesota
Joseph Tambellini – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona
King Umberto Restaurant – Elmont, New York
KUSAKABE – San Francisco, California
L’Auberge Chez François – Great Falls, Virginia
La Folie – San Francisco, California
La Grenouille – New York, New York
La Mer at Halekulani – Honolulu, Hawaii
Laurel – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Le Bernardin – New York, New York
Le Cep – Fort Worth, Texas
Les Nomades – Chicago, Illinois
Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
Marché Moderne – Costa Mesa, California
McNinch House – Charlotte, North Carolina
Michael’s-South Point Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
Mistral – Sherman Oaks, California
The Modern-Dining Room – New York, New York
Montalcino Ristorante Italiano – Issaquah, Washington
n/naka – Los Angeles, California
Nicholas – Red Bank, New Jersey
Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton – Orlando, Florida
o ya – Boston, Massachusetts
Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
Per Se – New York, New York
The Phoenician-Afternoon Tea – Scottsdale, Arizona
Quince Restaurant – San Francisco, California
Restaurant August – New Orleans, Louisiana
Restaurant Lorena’s – Maplewood, New Jersey
Roe – Portland, Oregon
Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar – Galveston, Texas
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern – Raleigh, North Carolina
Sette – Bernardsville, New Jersey
ShinBay – Scottsdale, Arizona
Ski Tip Lodge – Keystone, Colorado
Sonoma – Princeton, Massachusetts
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California
State & Lemp – Boise, Idaho
Sushi Nakazawa-Sushi Bar – New York, New York
Talula’s Garden – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thomas Henkelmann-Homestead Inn – Greenwich, Connecticut
Trattoria L’incontro – Astoria, New York
Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House – Austin, Texas
Umami – Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Vedge – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vernick Food & Drink – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Volver – Philadephia, Pennsylvania
Waypoint Seafood & Grill – Williamsburg, Virginia
Yono’s Restaurant – Albany, New York
Zahav – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Diners can also read more about the 100 Best Restaurants in America by visiting the OpenTable blog.