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2007
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.


, which has converted the content of its famous award-winning restaurant guides into a comprehensive and complimentary restaurant database available on the world wide web, has selected their Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. for 2007 as part of their Annual Restaurant Issue. In preparation for the publication of the prestigious list, the professionals who write for GAYOT.com visited thousands of restaurants to update their ratings and informative reviews.

There are ten changes from last year’s list. The newcomers are Bacchanalia in Atlanta, Marinus in Carmel Valley, Avenues in Chicago, Sona in Los Angeles, Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia, Silks in San Francisco and Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine. Three entries from 2006 have closed: Seeger’s in Atlanta, Le Français in Chicago and Alain Ducasse in New York (although it is scheduled to reopen at a new location). After an absence, Honolulu’s Chef Mavro, and New York’s Bouley and Le Cirque have returned to the list.

Gayot’s highest rating, 19 out of 20, has only been awarded to five restaurants, and two of them are from the same chef: Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Yountville, CA, and Per Se in New York. The others are Daniel in New York, Joël Robuchon Restaurant in Las Vegas and Michel Richard Citronelle in Washington, D.C.

Besides Top 40 restaurant reviews and profiles of their chefs, the Issue also includes:

• The 10 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. which have opened in the past twelve months, along with other Top New selections;

• The 10 Best Steakhouses in the U.S., from old-fashioned “red leather” joints to new-fangled modern chophouses;

• A letter from the editors explaining how the sometimes difficult choices were made, and detailing current dining trends;

• Profiles of five Rising Chefs, all aged 30 and under, destined for glory;

• Profiles of five Top Pastry Chefs, who help end meals on a sweet note.

New York wins the geographic battle with a whopping nine entries on our Top 40 restaurant list, followed by Southern California with six, Chicago with five, and Las Vegas and San Francisco each with four. Los Angeles and Atlanta are the only cities with a winner in all five categories.

Wolfgang Puck, Rick Tramonto and Michel Richard are the only chefs to be recognized in more than one classification. Puck (Spago and CUT) and Tramonto (TRU and Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood) are represented on both the Top 40 and the Top Steakhouse lists, while Richard graces the Top 40 list with Citronelle and the Top 10 New Restaurant list with Central Michel Richard.

Explanation of GAYOT.com’s restaurant ratings:

The highest possible rating is 19 out of 20 [19/20], as a perfect 20/20 is never awarded, and the lowest awarded is 10/20. The rankings reflect only our opinion of the food. Other factors, such as the décor, service, ambience and wine list are commented upon within each review.
Rating of 19/20
Exceptional
Ratings of 17/20 & 18/20
Excellent
Ratings of 15/20 & 16/20
Very Good
Ratings of 13/20 & 14/20
Good
Ratings of 10/20, 11/20 & 12/20
Average
Rating of Quick Bites
Quick Meal
No Rating
Not rated because restaurant is new or undergoing changes

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ATLANTA
Bacchanalia

BOSTON
L'Espalier

CARMEL VALLEY, CA
Marinus

CHICAGO
Avenues
Alinea
Charlie Trotter's
Everest
TRU

HEALDSBURG, CA
Cyrus

HONOLULU
Chef Mavro

LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Studio

LAS VEGAS
Alex
Joël Robuchon
Picasso
Restaurant Guy Savoy

LOS ANGELES
Mélisse
Patina
Providence
Sona
Spago Beverly Hills

NEW ORLEANS
Restaurant August

NEW YORK
Bouley
Daniel
Eleven Madison Park
Jean Georges
Le Bernardin
Le Cirque
Masa
The Modern

Per Se

OGUNQUIT, ME
Arrows Restaurant

PHILADELPHIA
Le Bec-Fin

SAN ANTONIO
Restaurant Le Rêve

SAN FRANCISCO
The Dining Room
Gary Danko
Michael Mina
Silks

WASHINGTON, D.C.
CityZen
Michel Richard
Citronelle

WASHINGTON, VA
The Inn at Little
Washington


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