The Best Restaurants in America Are Found in These 10 Cities

Whether you’re on vacation or staying close to home, eating at the best restaurants is always a good idea. Yes, fine dining can be expensive, but it also can be unique and romantic. Of course, no one’s going to fault you for relying on a trusted chain restaurant. Given the way chains are struggling, they’d surely love to have you.

If you’re in search of a great meal, we’re here to help. OpenTable sorted through more than 12,000,000 reviews of over 26,000 restaurants to come up with the 100 best restaurants in the country. The OpenTable list isn’t ranked, but we searched the results to find out which cities have the most restaurants on the list. If you want a fine dining experience you’ll never forget, you have to head to these U.S. cities, including one up the list that might surprise you.

10. Atlanta (TIE)

Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown skyline at dusk.

Each of Atlanta’s restaurants got 4.8 stars. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

  • Number of restaurants in the top 100: 3

A steakhouse (Bones), an Italian restaurant (La Grotta), and a sushi house (UMI) are the three Atlanta restaurants landing on the OpenTable list. Each gets 4.8 stars, though UMI might not be so highly rated in the near future. Recent reviewers say the value just isn’t there. Bones and La Grotta, however, continue drawing raves.

Next: Carolina on the mind.

9. Charleston, South Carolina (TIE)

Charleston, South Carolina, USA cityscape

Charleston is the least populous city on this list. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

  • Number of restaurants in the top 100: 3

What it lacks in population (with 134,385 people, it’s the least populous on this list), Charleston makes up for in destination restaurants. Hall’s Chophouse, a steakhouse that gets a 4.8 rating from OpenTable users, is also highly-rated on Yelp. The other two restaurants, Charleston Grill and Zero Restaurant + Bar, are within walking distance of Hall’s Chophouse.

Next: A trio of nearby destinations in our next city.

8. Cincinnati (TIE)

Cincinnati downtown early in the night

Cincinnati has three restaurants in the top 100 within a few blocks from each other. | AndreyKrav/iStock/Getty Images

  • Number of restaurants in the top 100: 3

Foodie tourists should be delighted with the trio of Cincinnati restaurants that make the list. Not only do The Orchids at Palm Court, Restaurant L, and Sotto offer three types of cuisine (American, French, and Italian, respectively), but all three are just a few blocks from each other.

Next: Probably not what you’d expect from our next location.

7. Dallas

Surprisingly a true steakhouse didn’t make the cut in Dallas. | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

  • Number of restaurants in the top 100: 4

If you’re in Dallas and looking for a steakhouse, you have plenty of well-regarded options. If you’re in Dallas and looking for a steakhouse among its best restaurants, you’re out of luck. The four on the list cover lots of culinary styles, but a true steakhouse isn’t among them. You can get a steak at Neighborhood Services, but it has other American dishes on the menu. Restaurants specializing in sushi, French, and Asian cuisines also make the cut in Dallas.

Next: Nor for one of our two West Coast stops.

6. San Francisco (TIE)

San Francisco Panorama

The San Francisco restaurants use lots of fresh, local ingredients. | kropic/iStock/Getty Images

  • Number of restaurants in the top 100: 6

The Californian style of cuisine rules the day for the best restaurants that put San Francisco on the list. Four of the six specialize in blending fine cuisine with fresh and local ingredients, which are hallmarks of the Californian style. Yet the Mediterranean fare at Kokkari Estiatorio is the most-reviewed of the bunch on Yelp, and favorably at that.

Next: Fine French cooking dominates at our next destination.

5. Washington, D.C. (TIE)

Washington DC in Spring

Three of D.C.’s restaurants feature French cuisine. | SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images

  • Number of restaurants in the top 100: 6

The nation’s capital is about as far away from France as you can get, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the OpenTable list. Three of the six specialize in French cuisine, including Le Diplomate, where you can also grab one of America’s best cheeseburgers.

Next: Fine dining abounds here

4. Chicago

You’ll find some celebrity chefs in Chicago. | Ibsky/iStock/Getty Images

  • Number of restaurants in the top 100: 7

Chicago is the Restaurant City of the Year, according to Bon Appétit magazine. Now it makes the top 5 on this list of best restaurants. The Girl & the Goat, run by a Top Chef winner, is a fan favorite on Yelp. Two restaurants on the list, Bavette’s and RPM, are located just a few blocks away from each other. If you can make reservations (and afford the prices), you can do a personal taste test.

Next: There is one attention-grabbing restaurant in our next city.

3. Los Angeles (TIE)

Los Angeles’ restaurants serve up a variety of cuisine. | Choness/iStock/Getty Images

  • Number of restaurants in the top 100: 8

The eight restaurants in L.A. that rank in the OpenTable list offer Japanese, French, and Italian cuisines. Sushi is on the menu, and so is seafood. One restaurant that grabbed us because of the name? Fishing With Dynamite in the Manhattan Beach neighborhood.

Next: The city that comes as a bit of a surprise.

2. Philadelphia (TIE)


You might not think of Philadelphia as a food city, but it landed eight restaurants in the top 100. | iStock/Getty Images

  • Number of restaurants in the top 100: 8

If Philadelphia isn’t one of the first cities that comes to mind when you think of the best restaurants, maybe it should be. Its restaurants on OpenTable’s list range from Italian to French to sushi. Philly also claims a Middle Eastern restaurant, Zahav, which gets very favorable reviews on Yelp and Open Table.

Next: Can you guess which city is No. 1?

1. New York

Many cuisines are represented on the list. | iStock/Getty Images

  • Number of restaurants in the top 100: 18

Is it any surprise that the most populous city in the United States has the most restaurants on this list? Plenty of cuisines are represented, from sushi (Sushi Nakazawa) to Korean (JUNGSIK) to French, Italian, and American. Celebrity favorite The Polo Bar makes the cut, so you can get a great meal and a brush with fame at the same time.

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