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Our community travels… constantly and so finding the best restaurants in a new city is always important. Many of us turn to Social Media and Apps for advice. This has it’s pluses and minuses but crowd sourced recommendations are starting  to replace going to the Concierge for suggestions.  OpenTable a perennial fav on many of our smartphones is actually the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and so they get a lot of feedback . They have just released the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Showcasing restaurants with sophisticated chefs and a fashionable clientele, the complete list features award winners in 21 states and includes ABC Cocina in New York, ink. in Los Angeles, and RPM Italian in Chicago. California boasts the greatest number of winning restaurants with 21, followed by New York with 16, and with 14. Illinois and Texas have eight and six, respectively.  International cuisines reign supreme at these hot spots, with winning restaurants serving Asian, , Latin, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Peruvian fare, among others. Pizza, sushi and tapas are also popular.

Bear in mind this list is only for establishments that are on the OpenTable system but it is a good place to start when you’re researching a new restaurant to check out.

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Here’s the list presented alphabetically. You can also follow this link and book a table at these restaurants The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/hottest-restaurants-in-america/.

2014 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America

5Church – Charlotte, North Carolina
ABC Cocina – New York, New York
Acabar – Hollywood, California
Acorn – Denver, Colorado
Andrea’s –
Aventura –
B.B. King’s Blues Club –
Baku –
Baoli Miami –
The Bazaar by Jose Andres –
The Bazaar by Jose Andres at SLS Hotel South Beach –
Beauty and Essex –
Bestia –
BOA Steakhouse –
Buccan –
Buddakan –
Butcher and The Rye –
Cafe Fresco-Center City –
Cafe Martorano –
Campo –
Catch –
Charlie Bird –
Chino Latino –
The Church Key –
Cleo-SBE –
Cucina Enoteca –
Del Frisco’s Grille –
Del Frisco’s Grille –
Departure Restaurant and Lounge –
do Restaurant at the View –
Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa –
El Vez –
Empire –
FT33 –
Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill –
Girl & the Goat –
Gjelina –
Hakkasan –
Hakkasan –
Hobnob Kitchen and Bar –
ink. –
The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges –
Juvia –
Katana –
Katsuya-Hollywood-SBE –
Katsuya at SLS Hotel South Beach –
KaZe –
KD’s Southern Cuisine –
La Esquina –
The Lark –
Laurel Hardware –
Lavo –
Linger –
Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar –
Manhattan Beach Post –
Manon –
Mill House Brewing Company –
Miss Lily’s –
MUA –
Nico Osteria –
O-Ku –
The Pearl –
Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria –
Prato –
Red Ginger –
Red Lantern –
Republique –
Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar –
Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar –
RPM Italian –
S3 Restaurant –
Savor –
Searsucker –
Seasalt and Pepper –
Shakou Sushi –
Siena Tavern –
Soco –
Sotto –
St. Cecilia –
The Stanton Social –
STK-Atlanta –
STK-Los Angeles –
STK-NYC-Meatpacking –
STK-The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas –
Sub Zero Vodka Bar –
Sunda –
Sur Restaurant –
Swine Southern Table & Bar –
Tanta –
Tao Downtown –
Tao Restaurant and Nightclub –
Toku Modern Asian –
The Tropicale –
Tsunami –
Tsunami Shaw Center –

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