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OpenTable Reveals the 50 Best Southern Restaurants for Extra Summer Sizzle

July 31, 2018
Restaurants Across 14 States and Washington, D.C. Turn Up the Heat on Favorite Southern Fare

SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- With only 50 lazy, hazy days of summer remaining as of this week, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), today unveiled the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018. Featuring restaurants across 14 states and Washington D.C., including ten in the South, the list evokes all the joys of summer picnic fare without having to break a sweat.

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While Southern states claim the most number of restaurants on the list, with Louisiana in the lead with eight, northern and mid-western states including New York, Philadelphia, and Illinois prove that Southern hospitality can take root anywhere. From Café Dupont's famed fried chicken in Birmingham, Alabama and Antebellum's mouth-watering shrimp and grits in Flowery Branch, Georgia to Acadiana's soft shell crabs in Washington, D.C. and Maple Tree Inn's Étouffée in Blue Island, Illinois, diners don't have to venture too far this summer to find the best Southern fare near them.

"OpenTable's list of the best Southern restaurants offers diners plenty of options to savor flavors that are strongly associated with warm summer days and balmy nights, although the honorees serve standout Southern fare year-round," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable's Chief Dining Officer. "While winning restaurants are sprinkled throughout the nation, spots in southern states rightfully dominate the list, which works as a handy guide for travelers who want to eat their way through the region."

The 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018 list is generated solely from more than 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews for more than 27,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. collected between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. All restaurants in the "Southern" cuisine category with a minimum "overall" score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to their overall food rating.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018 according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at www.opentable.com/lists/best-southern-restaurants-2018.

50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018

Abel BrownAugusta, Georgia
AcadianaWashington, D.C.
AcreAuburn , Alabama
Alligator SoulSavannah, Georgia
AnsonCharleston, South Carolina
AntebellumFlowery Branch, Georgia
Atchafalaya RestaurantNew Orleans, Louisiana
The Boil WaverlyNew York, New York
BoucherieNew Orleans, Louisiana
Brennan's of HoustonHouston, Texas
Cafe DupontBirmingham, Alabama
Carrollton MarketNew Orleans, Louisiana
Circa 1886Charleston, South Carolina
CuredSan Antonio, Texas
Cypress RestaurantTallahassee, Florida
Distilled at The Sire HotelLexington, Kentucky
Dogwood Southern Table & BarCharlotte, North Carolina
FixeAustin, Texas
High Street Caffe & Vudu LoungeWest Chester, Pennsylvania
Highball & HarvestOrlando, Florida
Highlands Bar & GrillBirmingham, Alabama
Hot and Hot Fish ClubBirmingham, Alabama
Ida ClaireAddison, Texas
Kitchen Notes - Omni NashvilleNashville, Tennessee
The King's KitchenCharlotte, North Carolina
Langdon's RestaurantMount Pleasant, South Carolina
Madison'sHighlands, North Carolina
MandolinRaleigh, North Carolina
Maple Tree InnBlue Island, Illinois
Merrick InnLexington, Kentucky 
Midtown CafeNashville, Tennessee
Mozelle's Fresh Southern BistroWinston-Salem, North Carolina
Mr. B's BistroNew Orleans, Louisiana
Muriel's Jackson SquareNew Orleans, Louisiana
The Olde Pink House RestaurantSavannah, Georgia
Preserved Restaurant   – St. Augustine, Florida
RapscallionDallas, Texas
Restaurant IRONPensacola, Florida
Restaurant R'evolutionNew Orleans, Louisiana
Restaurant RebirthNew Orleans, Louisiana
Root & BoneNew York, New York
RT's RestaurantAlexandria, Virginia
Rx RestaurantWilmington, North Carolina
South City Kitchen – Multiple locations
State of GraceHouston, Texas
Stella's Bistro - SimpsonvilleSimpsonville, South Carolina
ToutantBuffalo, New York
Urban GrubNashville, Tennessee
Willa JeanNew Orleans, Louisiana
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – Multiple locations

About OpenTable
OpenTable, part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 25 million diners per month via online reservations across more than 46,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company's website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet's most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations, and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated over 1.6 billion diners via online reservations around the world. OpenTable is headquartered in San Francisco and has bookable restaurants in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. Restaurants are available for reservations in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish languages.

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Lisa Singh, OpenTable, lsingh@opentable.com; Cristina Calzadilla, DKC, Cristina_Calzadilla@dkcnews.com