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OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America

Lively Restaurants with Bustling Bar Scenes, Entertainment, and a Captivating Ambience Rise to the Top
Winning Restaurants Span 25 States; Florida, California, New York, and Ohio Restaurants Claim Most Winners

SAN FRANCISCO, March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As we look forward to a spring filled with vibrant dining experiences, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), today unveiled the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America for 2017. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 10 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 25,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The list includes restaurants with buzzy, engaging ambience, many of which feature interactive dining experiences, live entertainment, and appealing playlists.  While American cuisine is quite popular, an international array of fares are present, especially Asian, Brazilian, Italian, Latin, Mexican, and Spanish.

Showcasing winners in major metropolitan areas as well as resort towns, the complete list features restaurants in 25 states, and includes Barton G. The Restaurant in Miami Beach, .ink in West Hollywood, and Vandal in New York. Sunny Florida boasts 17 winning restaurants, followed by California with 15, and New York and Ohio with nine apiece. Arizona and Pennsylvania have seven each, while Minnesota has five and Colorado and Tennessee have four. Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Texas all have three standout restaurants. Indiana, Michigan, and North Carolina earned two each. Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon, and South Carolina are also represented.

"This year's winning restaurants are pulsing with energy from both diners and the eateries' atmospheres, creating an infectiously energetic dining experience," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. "If you're looking for a spot where fun is always on the menu, look to one of these honorees."

The list of the  Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America is generated solely from more than 10 million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between February 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017. 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 following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Hot Spots Restaurants in America for 2017 according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/diners-picks-hot-spot-restaurants-in-america-for-2017/.

2017 Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America

4 Bells - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Acorn - Denver, Colorado
The Avenue Steak Tavern - Columbus, Ohio
Barton G. The Restaurant - Multiple Locations
The Bayou - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Bazaar by José Andrés South Beach - Miami Beach, Florida
Beat Brasserie (Beat Hotel) - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Beauty & Essex - New York, New York
Besito Mexican - Huntington, New York
Bida Manda Restaurant and Bar - Raleigh, North Carolina
Bistro 821 - Naples, Florida
Blend on the Water - Long Island City, New York
BRAVO Cucina Italiana - Naples, Florida
Broadway by Amar Santana - Laguna Beach, California
Buccan - Palm Beach, Florida
Buddakan NY - New York, New York
Butcher & the Boar - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Café Tu Tu Tango - Orlando, Florida
Campiello - Naples, Florida
Capo Restaurant - South Boston, Massachusetts
Carnivale - Chicago, Illinois
Centro Restaurant - Des Moines, Iowa
Chino Latino - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Continental Naples - Naples, Florida
Culinary Dropout - Multiple Locations
Departure Restaurant and Lounge - Portland, Oregon
Don & Charlie's - Scottsdale, Arizona
E+O Kitchen - Cincinnati, Ohio
Edmund's Oast - Charleston, South Carolina
Eight4Nine - Palm Springs, California
El Camino Mexican Soul Food & Tequila Bar - Delray Beach, Florida
Fixe - Austin, Texas
Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar - Memphis, Tennessee
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Forno Kitchen and Bar - Columbus, Ohio
Girl & the Goat - Chicago, Illinois
Grato - West Palm Beach, Florida
The Greenhouse Tavern - Cleveland, Ohio
The Grey - Savannah, Georgia
.ink - West Hollywood, California
Ironside Fish & Oyster - San Diego, California
Juniper & Ivy - San Diego, California
Kaluz Restaurant - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
La Cuchara - Baltimore, Maryland
Lola-A Michael Symon Restaurant - Cleveland, Ohio
Louie Bossi's Ristorante Bar Pizzeria - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mastro's Ocean Club - Scottsdale, Arizona
Mateo - Durham, North Carolina
Mercantile dining & provision - Denver, Colorado
The Millworks - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
The Mission-Old Town - Scottsdale, Arizona
Mita's - Cincinnati, Ohio
Morcilla - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nada - Cincinnati, Ohio
The Nest - Indian Wells, California
O-Ku - Atlanta, Georgia
Officine BRERA - Los Angeles, California
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox - Denver, Colorado
The Pearl - Columbus, Ohio
Perch LA - Los Angeles, California
Poros - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Prasino - St. Charles, Missouri
Puckett's 5th & Church - Nashville, Tennessee
Pump - West Hollywood, California
Raglan Road Irish Pub - Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Red Rooster Harlem - New York, New York
Republic - Detroit, Michigan
Root Down - Denver, Colorado
Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada
Selva Grill - Sarasota, Florida
Shore Diner - Sarasota, Florida
The Southern - Nashville, Tennessee
Spoon and Stable - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Steak 44 - Phoenix, Arizona
STK - Multiple Locations
Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill - Germantown, Tennessee
Strip by Strega - Boston, Massachusetts
SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen - Scottsdale, Arizona
Tao - Multiple Locations
Texas de Brazil - Multiple Locations
Three Muses - New Orleans, Louisiana
Toca Madera - West Hollywood, California
Tony's of Lexington - Lexington, Kentucky
Toutant - Buffalo, New York
Trio Restaurant - Palm Springs, California
The Tropicale - Palm Springs, California
The Twisted Olive - Green, Ohio
TWO urban licks - Atlanta, Georgia
Uchi - Austin, Texas
Uchiko - Austin, Texas
Ulele - Tampa, Florida
Union 50 - Indianapolis, Indiana
VACA - Costa Mesa, California
Vandal - New York, New York
Vida - Indianapolis, Indiana
Warmdaddy's - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Whitfield - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
YOLO - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Yoshi's - Oakland, California
Zahav - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Diners can also read more about the 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America by visiting the OpenTable blog.

About OpenTable Restaurant Reviews
Originally launched in November 2008, the OpenTable Reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions. Only diners who recently honored an OpenTable reservation are invited to submit restaurant reviews. Visitors to OpenTable can access reviews for thousands of OpenTable restaurant partners across the United States, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan and the UK.  The OpenTable Reviews program has generated more than 40 million restaurant reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews.

About OpenTable:
OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 21 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 40,000 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 billion diners 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, United Kingdom and the United States.

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