What makes a restaurant hot? OpenTable believes that they have the answer: they recently announced a list of the Top 100 Hottest Restaurants across the nation, spanning 21 states, and containing restaurants that go “beyond great cuisine” into the realm of sexy, unusual, hip, and most of all, the hard to get into. There’s Café Martorano in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a restaurant that has a live DJ who spins to scenes from classic movies, or SUR of West Hollywood, which is a frequent hotspot for A-listers and the star of the reality TV series Vanderpump Rules.
“Many diners are seeking more than a meal at restaurants — they want an experience,” said OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter. “These hot restaurants, more than a few of which are located in chic hotels, have curated all the elements that create excitement, from mouthwatering menus and unique cocktail programs to a sexy, energetic ambience. They are among the most sought-after reservations in the nation."
OpenTable compiled their list by surveying their more than 5 million reviews of 19,000 restaurants. The list isn’t enumerated, but some familiar names include BB King Blues Club in Memphis, Girl and the Goat in Chicago, ink in Los Angeles, and Soco in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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