OpenTable Diners Have Spoken: The 100 Best Restaurants in America 2018 #OpenTable100

Best Restaurants in America 2018

Millions of dining experiences and reviews later, we’re pleased to share our list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America 2018, according to OpenTable diners. The list is a comprehensive look at the year’s most beloved dining spots culled from more than 12 million verified diner reviews of more than 28,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

From foodie-favorites with world-renowned chefs to breakthrough hidden gems, the list showcases the platform’s comprehensive network of dining options for every occasion across the country. New York holds the most honorees with 24 winning restaurants followed by California with 15, Illinois with nine and Texas with eight, including Uchi in Dallas (pictured above). Pennsylvania boasts seven winners followed by Washington D.C. with six winners while Florida and Georgia each claim four. New to the list are Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, and Rhode Island, with standout restaurants including Matsuhisa Denver, Phoenicia, AgriVino, and The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn, respectively. Additional states represented include Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Washington.

Gabriel Kreuther (amuse bouche, pictured below), chef-owner of his eponymous Manhattan restaurant, said of his inclusion, “We were thrilled when we learned the wonderful news. My team and I have worked tirelessly and relentlessly since we began developing our restaurant vision almost five years ago and are overjoyed by this recognition. I have been a chef in New York City for over twenty years and it’s been an amazing journey for me to be here and to have the recognition from our guests is always the reward. I am so honored to head up such a talented, hard-working, kind-hearted, passionate, and skillful team who go the extra mile until we attain the ultimate experience for our guests.” He added, “Going into this field when I was barely fourteen years old, I was influenced and inspired by my mother and then my uncle who always understood and imparted to me that life is fleeting and therefore, our guests are coming to us to help them create memorable experiences, whether consciously or not. By choosing to dine with us, they are entrusting us with these very special moments in their lives. As the keeper of these occasions, we truly hold them with care each and every day.”

Best Restaurants in America 2018

While American and Italian proved to be the most popular cuisines, they were closely followed by French, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern. Hyperlocal cuisines including Californian, Hawaiian, and Tex-Mex are also represented in the list. The diversity of the honorees points to an increase in appetite, from coast to coast, for adventurous eats and more exotic flavors, as well as travel-inspired dishes.

So how exactly does a restaurant land on this list? The list is generated solely from diner reviews collected between November 1, 2017, and October 31, 2018. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and 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. That overall category score is made up of unique data points (read: our secret sauce), such as overall diner rating, user klout, total number of reviews, and regional overall rating to arrive at…ta-da, the final list! It’s a mouthful, we know, but would you expect anything less from a list that’s all about the best restaurants in the country?

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 100 Best Restaurants in America 2018, according to OpenTable diners:

AgriVino – Carlton, Oregon
The Arthur J – Manhattan Beach, California
Atlas – Atlanta, Georgia
Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California
Avra Madison Estiatorio on 60th – New York, New York
The Bar Room at The Modern – New York, New York
Benu – San Francisco, California
Bistro 31 – Dallas, Texas
Blue Ridge Grill – Atlanta, Georgia
BOCA – Cincinnati, Ohio
Boka – Chicago, Illinois
BONDST – New York, New York
Bones – Atlanta, Georgia
Bouchard Restaurant and Inn – Newport, Rhode Island
Buccan – Palm Beach, Florida
Bull & Bear Steakhouse – Orlando, Florida
Cafe Monarch – Scottsdale, Arizona
Cafe Provence – Prairie Village, Kansas
The Capital Grille – Multiple Locations*
Casa Lever – New York, New York
Chez Billy Sud – Washington, D.C.
Chi SPACCA – Los Angeles, California
Costa Brava Bistro – Bellaire, Texas
Del Posto – New York, New York
The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn – Newport, Rhode Island
Double Knot – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ema – Chicago, Illinois
Estiatorio Milos – New York, New York
Frances – San Francisco, California
Gabriel Kreuther – New York, New York
Geronimo – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Gibsons Italia – Chicago, Illinois
Girl & the Goat – Chicago, Illinois
Gramercy Tavern – New York, New York
GW Fins – New Orleans, Louisiana
Highlands Bar & Grill – Birmingham, Alabama
Il Mulino New York – Downtown – New York, New York
Il Segreto – Bel Air, California
The Inn at Little Washington – Washington, Virginia
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab – Multiple Locations*
JUNGSIK – New York, New York
Kappo Masa – New York, New York
Kinship – Washington, D.C.
Koi – West Hollywood, California
Kokkari Estiatorio – San Francisco, California
KYU – Miami, Florida
L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon – New York, New York
La Nouvelle Maison – Boca Raton, Florida
Lafayette Restaurant – Washington, D.C.
L’Artusi – New York, New York
The Lawn at Castle Hill Inn – Newport, Rhode Island
Le Bilboquet – Dallas, Texas
Le Diplomate – Washington, D.C.
Majorelle – New York, New York
Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
Maple & Ash – Chicago, Illinois
Marc Forgione – New York, New York
Marea – New York, New York
Market Restaurant and Bar – Del Mar, California
Matsuhisa Denver – Denver, Colorado
Mesero – Inwood Village – Dallas, Texas
The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mistral – Sherman Oaks – Sherman Oaks, California
The Modern – New York, New York
Neighborhood Services – Lovers – Dallas, Texas
Noord – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Omakase Room by Tatsu – New York, New York
Oriole – Chicago, Illinois
Parc – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenicia – Birmingham, Michigan
The Polo Bar – New York, New York
Quince – San Francisco, California
Raoul’s – New York, New York
Rasika – Washington, D.C.
Rich Table – San Francisco, California
RL Restaurant – Chicago, Illinois
RPM Italian – Chicago, Illinois
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Saloon Restaurant – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Salum Restaurant – Dallas, Texas
Shinsei Restaurant – Dallas, Texas
SHU – Sushi House Unico – Bel Air, California
Sistina – New York, New York
Sotto – Cincinnati, Ohio
Steak 44 and Steak 48 – Multiple Locations*
Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay – Margate, New Jersey
Sushi Ginza Onodera – New York, New York
Sushi Kaito – New York, New York
Sushi Kappo Tamura – Seattle, Washington
Sushi Nakazawa – Sushi Bar – New York, New York
The Table at Season To Taste – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Talula’s Garden – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Terzo – San Francisco, California
Tosca Ristorante – Washington, D.C.
Toscana – Los Angeles, California
Tutta Pesca – Hoboken, New Jersey
Uchi – Dallas, Texas
UMI – Atlanta, Georgia
Vetri Cucina – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Zahav – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

* Restaurants with multiple winning locations were counted one time.

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Photo credit: Heather Hawkins (Uchi).