Let's give a hand to this A Team of restaurateurs and chefs behind the best restaurants in the country who also hold the titles of dreamers and masterminds, savants and scientists. They have influenced the dining scene in big cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco with daring, elegant, exciting and soothe-the-soul concepts. Smaller towns, too, whether on secluded Atlantic shores or California's golden hills, have benefited by having one of these top-rated restaurants in their midst. The best eateries not only share their spirit, but ignite our intelligence, imagination, and desire for more truly exceptional dining experiences. This year, we welcome a few new places to dine to our list—and congratulate those who prevail once again.