SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the height of harvest season draws near, OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN), a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, is pleased to announce the 2012 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The list of winners, which includes Beast in Portland, Cochon in New Orleans, and Gwynnett St. in Brooklyn, spans 17 states and Washington, D.C. With regard to metropolitan areas, the San Francisco Bay Area has the greatest number of winners with 17, followed by Chicago with 13 winners. Oregon's Portland and Seattle each boast 11 winning restaurants, and Los Angeles and Philadelphia have 10 apiece. Six standouts hail from New York City, trailed by Atlanta with four honorees, Cambridge, Mass. and Minneapolis with three each, and Denver and Portland, Maine, with two. Other winning restaurants are located in Forestville, Calif., Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Scottsdale, Tampa, Washington, D.C. and Yountville, Calif. While a large share of the award-winning restaurants serve contemporary American fare, an array of cuisines are represented, including Cajun, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Thai, vegetarian, and Vietnamese."Foodies are connoisseurs of every cuisine, seeking authenticity and excellence in every bite, whether they're eating Southern poutine at Abattoir in Atlanta, a smoked sardine at Camino in Oakland, jalapeno hush puppies at New York's Dirt Candy, or pork belly sliders at Spur in Seattle," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable's Chief Dining Officer. "The winning restaurants are all very ingredient-focused, serving the cream of each season's crop using inspired techniques to the delight of even the most discerning diners' appetites." The Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants are generated from more than 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which "fit for foodies" was selected as a special feature. Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the U.S. according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/foodies. 2012 Diners' Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the U.S. Abattoir – Atlanta, Georgia Acadia – Chicago, Illinois Ad Hoc – Yountville, California Altura – Seattle, Washington Annisa – New York, New York Atelier Crenn – San Francisco, California Aviary – Portland, Oregon Beast – Portland, Oregon Benu – San Francisco, California Bibou – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Blackbird – Chicago, Illinois Bresca – Portland, Oregon The Bristol – Chicago, Illinois Camino – Oakland, California Canteen – San Francisco, California Cascina Spinasse – Seattle, Washington Castagna – Portland, Oregon Central Kitchen – San Francisco, California Cochon – New Orleans, Louisiana Commis – Oakland, California Commonwealth – San Francisco, California Cotogna – San Francisco, California Craigie on Main – Cambridge, Massachusetts Cube Café and Marketplace – Los Angeles, California Dirt Candy – New York, New York East By Northeast – Cambridge, Massachusetts Ela – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Eola – Washington, D.C. The Farm and Fisherman – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant – Forestville, California FIG – Charleston, South Carolina Flour + Water – San Francisco, California Fond – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Forage – Salt Lake City, Utah Frances – San Francisco, California Girl & the Goat – Chicago, Illinois Golden Beetle – Seattle, Washington goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois Graham Elliot – Chicago, Illinois Gruner – Portland, Oregon Gwynnett St. – Brooklyn, New York Haven – Oakland, California How To Cook a Wolf – Seattle, Washington Hugo's Restaurant – Portland, Maine Hungry Mother – Cambridge, Massachusetts iNG Restaurant – Chicago, Illinois ink. – Los Angeles, California Kin Shop – New York, New York Le Pigeon – Portland, Oregon Little Bird – Portland, Oregon Little Fish – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Local Mission Eatery – San Francisco, California Lula Café – Chicago, Illinois Mezze – Los Angeles, California Miller Union – Atlanta, Georgia Mistral Kitchen – Seattle, Washington Moto – Chicago, Illinois Natural Selection – Portland, Oregon Ned Ludd – Portland, Oregon Nobuo at Teeter House – Phoenix, Arizona Park Kitchen – Portland, Oregon Piccolo – Minneapolis, Minnesota Ping – Portland, Oregon Playa – Los Angeles, California Plum – Oakland, California Poppy – Seattle, Washington Posh – Scottsdale, Arizona The Publican – Chicago, Illinois Range – San Francisco, California Red Medicine – Beverly Hills, California The Refinery – Tampa, Florida Restaurant Alma – Minneapolis, Minnesota Restaurant Zoe – Seattle, Washington Russet – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rustic Canyon Wine Bar – Santa Monica, California Saffron Restaurant & Lounge – Minneapolis, Minnesota Saison – San Francisco, California Sbraga – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sons & Daughters – San Francisco, California Soto – New York, New York The Spence – Atlanta, Georgia SPQR – San Francisco, California Sprout – Chicago, Illinois Spur Gastropub – Seattle, Washington The Squeaky Bean – Denver, Colorado Staple & Fancy Mercantile – Seattle, Washington Susan Feniger's STREET – Los Angeles, California Tabla Mediterranean Bistro – Portland, Oregon Takashi – Chicago, Illinois Tar & Roses – Santa Monica, California Terra Plata – Seattle, Washington Tilth – Seattle, Washington Topolobampo – Chicago, Illinois Twelve Restaurant – Denver, Colorado Underbelly – Houston, Texas Vedge – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Vernick Food & Drink – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania wd-50 – New York, New York Woodfire Grill – Atlanta, Georgia Zahav – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Diners can also read more about the Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the U.S. by visiting OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter's " Dining Check" blog. 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