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100 Hottest Restaurants In America

OpenTable, a leading provider of online restaurant reservations, recently revealed the 100 Hottest Restaurants in America for 2016.
    SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen in Scottsdale, Arizona made the delicious cut. - photo credit OpenTableSumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen in Scottsdale, Arizona made the delicious cut. – photo credit OpenTable

OpenTable, a leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group, recently revealed the 100 Hottest Restaurants in America for 2016. 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.

Featuring stylish restaurants from celebrated chefs as well as those popular with celebrity diners, the complete list includes honorees in 27 states, such as The Nice Guy in West Hollywood, Santina in New York, and Talde in Jersey City. The winning restaurants are highly regarded for their lively ambience, and many feature vibrant bar and lounge scenes with an after-hours feel. New restaurants made a splash with more than a fifth opening their doors in 2015 alone. While American cuisine was quite popular, Asian, global, Italian, Mexican, and sushi eateries also made strong showings.

Goat cheese and sweet corn dumplings from winner Girl & the Goat Restaurant based in Chicago. - photo credit - OpenTable
Goat cheese and sweet corn dumplings from Girl & the Goat Restaurant based in Chicago. – photo credit OpenTable

“The honorees on this list have each crafted a delicious recipe for a thrilling meal,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “From inventive fare with an international flair and enticing cocktail programs to energetic atmospheres and sexy surroundings, these restaurants have all the elements for a fresh, fun dining experience.”

The list of the 100 Hottest Restaurants in America is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between March 1, 2015, and February 29, 2016. 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 “hot spot” category.

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

2016 Top 100 Hottest Restaurants in America

40/40 ClubNew York, New York
8 UpLouisville, Kentucky
AcornDenver, Colorado
Alley Cat Oyster BarCleveland, Ohio *
AsiaSFSan Francisco, California
B.B. King’s Blues ClubMemphis, Tennessee
B.B. King’s Blues ClubOrlando, Florida
Beauty and EssexNew York, New York
BestiaLos Angeles, California
BuccanPalm Beach, Florida
BuddakanNew York, New York
Café MartoranoFort Lauderdale, Florida
CassiaSanta Monica, California *
Chino LatinoMinneapolis, Minnesota
Cork & Pig Tavern #2Odessa, Texas
Culinary DropoutTempe, Arizona
CurrentSalt Lake City, Utah *
Departure Restaurant and LoungePortland, Oregon
Dinosaur Bar-B-QueRochester, New York
do Restaurant at the ViewAtlanta, Georgia
E.P.+L.P.West Hollywood, California *
Eight4NinePalm Springs, California *
El Camino Mexican Soul Food & Tequila BarDelray Beach, Florida
EmpireBoston, Massachusetts
Forno Kitchen and BarColumbus, Ohio *
GatoNew York, New York
Girl & the GoatChicago, Illinois
GjelinaVenice, California
The GreySavannah, Georgia
Gypsy KitchenAtlanta, Georgia
High Rooftop LoungeVenice, California
The Hudson RoomPeekskill, New York
.inkWest Hollywood, California
The IvyWest Hollywood, California
Izakaya DenDenver, Colorado
Juniper & IvySan Diego, California
Kettner ExchangeSan Diego, California
La EsquinaNew York, New York
The LarkSanta Barbara, California
LingerDenver, Colorado
Lolita Cocina & Tequila BarBoston, Massachusetts
Manhattan Beach PostManhattan Beach, California
Marble + RyeBuffalo, New York *
middle fork kitchen barLexington, Kentucky *
MomotaroChicago, Illinois
MUAOakland, California
The NestIndian Wells, California
The Nice GuyWest Hollywood, California
O-KuCharleston, South Carolina
Ophelia’s Electric SoapboxDenver, Colorado *
Palace BarMiami Beach, Florida
Palmilla Cocina Y TequilaHermosa Beach, California
Peck’s ArcadeTroy, New York *
Perch LALos Angeles, California
Pitch Coal-Fire PizzeriaOmaha, Nebraska
Pitch Pizzeria-WestOmaha, Nebraska *
PratoWinter Park, Florida
PumpWest Hollywood, California
Red GingerTraverse City, Michigan
Red Rooster HarlemNew York, New York
RepublicDetroit, Michigan
RepubliqueLos Angeles, California
The RestSalt Lake City, Utah
Rizzuto’s Oyster Bar and RestaurantWestport, Connecticut
RoCADes Moines, Iowa
Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila BarOrlando, Florida
Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasLas Vegas, Nevada
RPM ItalianChicago, Illinois
SantinaNew York, New York *
Shakou SushiLibertyville, Illinois
Shakou SushiSt. Charles, Illinois
ShayaNew Orleans, Louisiana *
SoBe Restaurant & LoungeLanham, Maryland *
Spoon and StableMinneapolis, Minnesota
STK-NYC-MeatpackingNew York, New York
STK-The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasLas Vegas, Nevada
Streets-BKBrooklyn, New York *
Strip by StregaBoston, Massachusetts *
SumoMaya Mexican-Asian KitchenScottsdale, Arizona
Sur RestaurantWest Hollywood, California
TaldeJersey City, New Jersey *
Tao DowntownNew York, New York
Tao Restaurant and NightclubLas Vegas, Nevada
Tender Bar + KitchenPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Three Dots and a DashChicago, Illinois
Three MusesNew Orleans, Louisiana
Toca MaderaWest Hollywood, California *
ToutantBuffalo, New York *
The TropicalePalm Springs, California
Tsunami Shaw CenterBaton Rouge, Louisiana
UchiAustin, Texas
UchiDallas, Texas *
UchiHouston, Texas
UchikoAustin, Texas
UMIAtlanta, Georgia
Union 50Indianapolis, Indiana
UntitledChicago, Illinois
Vitello’sStudio City, California
Yokozuna-DowntownTulsa, Oklahoma
YsabelWest Hollywood, California *

*Indicates restaurants opened in 2015

Diners can also learn more about the 100 Hottest Restaurants in America by visiting the OpenTable blog.