Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. 2016

By Gayot Editors

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

Browse GAYOT’s selections for the 2016 Top 40 Restaurants in America, presented in alphabetical order.

> This list is part of GAYOT’s 2016 Annual Restaurant Awards.

1. Addison

Addison, San Diego
San Diego, CA

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Chef William Bradley orchestrates exceptional, seasonal haute cuisine in a lavish European-style setting at Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort. See more…

2. Alinea

Alinea, Chicago
Chicago, IL

Chef Grant Achatz and owner Nick Kokonas have ushered in a new era at Alinea following extensive renovations to the dining areas and kitchen. See more…

3. Atelier Crenn

Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Chef Dominique Crenn’s “poetic culinaria” tasting menu features luxurious ingredients and unique presentations. See more…

> Discover chef Dominique Crenn and the restaurant with our exclusive video interview.

4. Aubergine

Aubergine, Carmel
Carmel, CA

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Aubergine executive chef Justin Cogley’s creativity with top-tier, seasonal and local products (especially from the sea) leans towards the playful and beautifully executed. See more…

5. Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown
Tarrytown, NY

Blue Hill at Stone Barns strikes a fine balance between traditional charm and modern amenities, an archetype. A working farm, education center, and bar and restaurant, it is truly unique. See more…

6. Brushstroke

Brushstroke, New YorkN
New York, NY

You’d never guess what was going on behind the rice paper-shrouded windows at Brushstroke, but there’s serious food and saké artistry happening. See more…

7. Chef Mavro

Chef Mavro, HonoluluHonolulu, HI

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Chef Mavro not only features the finest ingredients Hawaii has to offer, but also supplements them with luxurious imported items. Thanks to the formidable skills of chef-owner George Mavrothalassitis, the results of this sublime culinary marriage are always elegant and intriguing. See more…

8. Daniel

Daniel, New York
New York, NY

Chef extraordinaire and entrepreneur Daniel Boulud’s eponymous fine dining establishment is a grand “dinner-theatre” masterpiece. See more…

9. Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park, New York
New York, NY

Enjoy an evening of epicurean entertainment at Eleven Madison Park, where chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara demonstrate theatrical flair while presenting one of the world’s finest dining experiences. See more…

10. Epic Restaurant

Epic Restaurant, ColumbusColumbus, GA

Surrounded by art, fine dining in a restored historic building could not be more exciting. Presentation matters at Epic Restaurant — the food is as much a delight to behold as to savor. See more…