As we compile our top restaurants in the country yet again, we marvel at the veterans that always seem to appear, and delight in the “rookies” that have finally reached the pinnacle. From coast to coast (and beyond, in Chef Mavro’s case), we salute the restaurateurs and chefs that consistently overcome the obstacles and rocky economic environment in order to give us the ultimate in dining. The large coastal cities of New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are well-represented, but metropolises do not hold a monopoly on culinary creativity.
On GAYOT.com, we are proud to present hundreds of restaurants that have earned high ratings. These 40 restaurants were selected by our local writers, regional editors and headquarters staff for this accolade because they provide diners with more than a good meal; rather, they do their best to ensure an unforgettable, unique dining experience.
Excellent Places to Eat in Your Area Beyond the Top Restaurants
If you can’t make it to one of our best dining establishments, you're still sure to find a wonderful restaurant in your area on GAYOT.com. Start by finding your city in our restaurant reviews guide. You can then search by area, zip code, and rating, type of cuisine, price, or feature. If you need to find a place that is open late or kid friendly, it's easy. Once you find an appealing restaurant, you can read the professional review and make a reservation.
Each area also has its own "best of" list for a wide variety of dining establishments. Craving a steak? Gayot has the list of the best steak places in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities. You can find great ethnic food, frozen yogurt, brunch, and more in your neighborhood. These lists make it easy to find a wonderful place to eat, even if you're too far away to visit one of the establishments in our top 40.