Online restaurant reservation platform OpenTable has released its 2014 Top 10 Best Restaurants in America list. Overall, the list on the company's recently redesigned website is filled with surprises: While there are a handful of well-known establishments on the list like Los Angeles' n/naka (number four) and New York City's Sushi Nakazawa (second on the list), many of the restaurants aren't known nationally.
The top spot was awarded to SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Other winners include the Ski Tip Lodge in Keystone Colorado and Kai at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, Arizona. OpenTable notes that the list was based on an "analysis of more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country."
The company also revealed its list of the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America. In addition to the aforementioned 10 eateries, there are a slew of familiar names from all parts of the country. Unsurprisingly, the list features numerous restaurants from New York City including Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, Atera, and Le Bernardin. Saison in San Francisco also made the cut as did Bazaar meat by José Andrés in Las Vegas. Other winners include restaurants from cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma; Bend, Oregon; and Sumter, South Carolina.
OpenTable notes that this year's "notable culinary trends" include many restaurants serving foie gras, duck, and sweetbreads which the company dubs the "new bone marrow." According to the site, restaurants this year have also paid more attention to their beverage selection: Many now offering house-made sodas, signature cocktails, and "expansive wine lists." Shared plates continue to appear on menus across the country.