America’s Best Restaurants 2016

Michael Mina San Francisco

Celebrating culinary achievements across the United States, GAYOT’s 2016 Annual Restaurant Awards features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Best New Restaurants, Best Restaurateur and, for the first time, the Most Adventurous Restaurants in America.

Bon Appétit!

TALENTED TOQUES

Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.

Prawns by chef Michael Cimarusti (Providence, Los Angeles)
Prawns by chef Michael Cimarusti (Providence, Los Angeles)

Each year we honor fine-dining establishments in America that reach the top echelon of gastronomy, where meals transcend mere sustenance.

FRESH ON THE SCENE

Best New Restaurants in the U.S.

Gabriel Kreuther restaurant
In the kitchen at Gabriel Kreuther


From exciting debut solo ventures to solid new concepts from venerable chefs, discover the restaurants that have recently made a splash on America’s dining scene.

DARING DINING

Adventurous Restaurants that Go Against the Grain

Creative presentation at Square Root (Photo Credit: Madeline Rose)
Creative presentation at Square Root (Photo Credit: Madeline Rose)

Discover some of America’s most eccentric and far-out establishments headed by daring chefs who see cooking as a personal artform.

EPICUREAN EMPIRE

Best Restaurateur: Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten | GAYOT 2016 Restaurateur of the Year
GAYOT’s 2016 Best Restaurateur: Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s culinary innovations and daunting restaurateur skills have given birth to dozens of establishments worldwide, from New York to Paris to Tokyo.