Considering their diners as informed, adventurous and appreciative of unique dining, OpenTable asked them to disclose which restaurants they consider to be the most “Fit for Foodies”.
After collecting more than 10 million restaurant reviews, OpenTable compiled their 2011 Diners’ Choice list of the top 50 restaurants for foodies (in alphabetical order). Enjoy a closer look at the first five below and then browse through the rest of the top 50 at the bottom.
Abattoir in Atlanta, GA, Serves: Organic
The latest dining venture to come from chefs/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison with partner and executive Chef Joshua Hopkins. Abattoir is French for “slaughterhouse” and is an American chophouse specializing in the use of locally raised proteins to produce high-quality, affordable food. The restaurant serves freshly butchered whole fowl, fish, beef, pork and other game and the menu is based around the “whole animal cuisine” a term referring to the use of every functional piece of the animal.
Ad Hoc in Yountville, CA, Serves: American
Thomas Keller’s ad hoc, which literally means “for this purpose,” was originally intended to be just a temporary restaurant that was opened during the development of a very different concept. But, as is typically with Keller, he has such a loyal following and it was decided that it must be a permanent fixture in Yountville. Ad Hoc serves a prix fixe 4-course chalkboard menu that changes daily. Food is served family style and is described best as comfort food.
Aldea in New York, NY, Serves Mediterranean
Chef/owner George Mendes opening this in the spring of 2009 elevating Portuguese cuisine in New York. This is a New York Times 2 star-rated restaurant and it features seating in an open kitchen where diners are at the center of the action.
Annisa in New York, NY, Serves: American
This is a small, fine dining establishment in the West Village owned and operated by Chef Anita Lo, winner of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best new Chef Award 2001. Annisa serves contemporary American cuisine with Asian accents in a beautiful and soothing dining room.
Bergamot in Somerville, MA, Serves: Contemporary American
Bergamot is a neighborhood restaurant serving progressive American cuisine in a casual elegant space.
Remaining 45 on list:
Bibou – Philadelphia,PA – French
Blackbird – Chicago, IL – Contemporary American
Blue Hill – New York, NY – American
Bonsoirée – Chicago, IL – Contemporary French
Camino – Oakland, CA – Californian
Canteen – San Francisco, CA – American
Cascina Spinasse – Seattle, WA – Italian
Coi San Francisco CA Contemporary American
Commis (Oakland) – Oakland, CA- Californian
Commonwealth – San Francisco – San Francisco, CA – Contemporary American
Craigie on Main – Cambridge, MA – French
Dirt Candy – New York, NY – Contemporary American
FIG – Charleston, SC – Mediterranean
Fond – Philadelphia, PA – Contemporary American
Forage – Salt Lake City, UT – Contemporary American
Frances- San Francisco, CA – Californian
Frasca Food and Wine – Boulder, CO – Italian
The French Laundry – Yountville, CA – American
Gather – Berkeley, CA – Organic
Girl & the Goat – Chicago, IL – Contemporary American
Graham Elliot – Chicago, IL – Contemporary American
Hatfields – Los Angeles, CA – Contemporary American
Haute Dish – Minneapolis, MN – American
Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market – St. Paul, MN – Contemporary American
Hungry Mother – Cambridge, MA – Contemporary American
Local 127 – Cincinnati, OH – American
Menton – Boston, MA – French
Mistral Kitchen – Seattle, WA – Global, International
Noca – Phoenix, AZ – Contemporary American
o ya – Boston, MA – Japanese
Osteria Mozza – Los Angeles, CA – Italian
Park Kitchen – Portland, OR – Contemporary American
Piccolo – Minneapolis, MN – Contemporary American
The Publican – Chicago, IL – American
Range – San Francisco, CA – Californian
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge – Minneapolis, MN – Mediterranean
Saison – San Francisco, CA – Contemporary American
Sprout Chicago – Chicago, IL – Contemporary American
Spur Gastropub – Seattle, WA – Gastro Pub
Staple & Fancy Mercantile – Seattle, WA – Italian
Tilth – Seattle, WA – American
Ubuntu Napa – Napa, CA – Organic
wd-50 – New York, NY – American
Wexler’s – San Francisco , CA – Barbecue