OpenTable Reveals the 100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out

Mar 21, 2018

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Whether you’re spring-breaking or hit with spring fever, there’s a feeling of weariness and readiness in the air. For those of us sick of this long winter, OpenTable has released their list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out, right in time for al fresco dining weather.

“The list features an array of buzz-worthy restaurants, from up-and-coming to established, trendy to tried-and-true, across 24 states and Washington, DC,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s chief dining officer. “Whatever your notion of a big night out entails, whether it’s a bustling bar scene or a spot to see-and-be-seen, fun is on the menu at any of these honorees.”

With 18 restaurants on the list, California boasts the highest number of restaurants for a night on the town, with Florida slightly behind with 17 locales. In total, 50 cities are on the list; New York and Las Vegas appear more than any other destination, with Chicago trailing closely behind with seven restaurants.

The list of the 100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out is generated from more than 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between February 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration; qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted, according to the percentage of reviews for which “hot spot” was selected as a special feature. Based on this methodology, the restaurants below, listed in alphabetical order, make up OpenTable’s Hot 100 for 2018.

The 100 best restaurants (domestically) for a big night out, according to OpenTable diners:

Al Biernat’s – Oak Lawn – Dallas, Texas
Andina – Portland, Oregon
Battalion – San Antonio, Texas
Beauty & Essex – Multiple Locations
Bestia – Los Angeles, California
Blend on the Water – Long Island City, New York
The Boathouse – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Brewery Bhavana – Raleigh, North Carolina
Buddakan – Multiple Locations
Campfire – Carlsbad, California
Campiello – Naples, Florida
Carmine’s – 44th Street – New York, New York
Carnivale – Chicago, Illinois
Carson’s Food & Drink – Lexington, Kentucky
Catch – Multiple Locations
Charlie’s of Bay Head – Bay Head, New Jersey
Coasterra – San Diego, California
Compère Lapin – New Orleans, Louisiana
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant – Multiple Locations
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Departure Restaurant and Lounge – Portland, Oregon
Double Knot – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duck Duck Goat – Chicago, Illinois
El Five – Denver, Colorado
El Vez – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar – Memphis, Tennessee
Gato – New York, New York
Giada – The Cromwell – Las Vegas, Nevada
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – Chicago, Illinois
Girl & the Goat – Chicago, Illinois
Gordon Ramsay Steak – Paris Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada
Gracias Madre – West Hollywood, California
GW Fins – New Orleans, Louisiana
Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
Harp & Crown – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hell’s Kitchen Minneapolis – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Herb & Wood – San Diego, California
Husk – Charleston – Charleston, South Carolina
Ironside Fish & Oyster – San Diego, California
Ivan Ramen – New York, New York
Ivy – West Hollywood, California
Juniper & Ivy – San Diego, California
Juvia – Miami, Florida
Kaluz Restaurant – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Komodo – Miami, Florida
KYU – Miami, Florida
The Lark – Santa Barbara, California
Le Diplomate – Washington, DC
Linger – Denver, Colorado
Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
LUCA – Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Maple & Ash – Chicago, Illinois
Mariposa – Sedona, Arizona
Mastro’s Ocean Club – Newport Beach, California
Meril – New Orleans, Louisiana
Moku Kitchen – Honolulu, Hawaii
Momofuku Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada
Mora Italian – Phoenix, Arizona
Morimoto Asia – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Myers + Chang – Boston, Massachusetts
Nobu – Caesars Palace Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada
North Italia – BLVD – Houston, Texas
Ocean Prime – Naples, Florida
Old Ebbitt Grill – Washington, DC
The Optimist – Atlanta, Georgia
Otium – Los Angeles, California
Oxford Exchange – Tampa, Florida
Parc – Detroit, Michigan
The Pearl – Columbus, Ohio
Perch LA – Los Angeles, California
Pump – West Hollywood, California
Red Ash Italia – Austin, Texas
Red Rooster Harlem – New York, New York
Republique – Los Angeles, California
RPM Italian & Steak – Multiple Locations
Sacred Pepper – Tampa, Florida
Sampan – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sixty Vines – Plano, Texas
Sotto – Cincinnati, Ohio
Southern Social – Germantown, Tennessee
St. Elmo Steak House – Indianapolis, Indiana
Steak 44 – Phoenix, Arizona
Steak 48 – Houston, Texas
Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay – Margate, New Jersey
STK- Multiple locations
SumoMaya Mexican – Asian Kitchen – Scottsdale, Arizona
Tao – Multiple locations
The Tropicale – Palm Springs, California
Town – San Carlos, California
TWO urban licks – Atlanta, Georgia
Uchi – Austin, Texas
Ulele – Tampa, Florida
Uncle Julio’s – Brentwood – Brentwood, Tennessee
Urban Grub – Nashville, Tennessee
Vandal – New York, New York
Water Grill – South Coast Plaza – Costa Mesa, California
Woodberry Kitchen – Baltimore, Maryland
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – Miami Beach, Florida
Yvonne’s – Boston, Massachusetts
Zahav – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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