Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. 2018

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31. Restaurant Eugene | Chef Linton Hopkins

North Georgia mountain trout & roe, Restaurant EugeneAtlanta, GA

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This Atlanta gastronomic enclave centers a growing local restaurant collection from chef Linton Hopkins and wife, Gina. Restaurant Eugene features a thought-provoking menu with Southern sensibilities and ingredients, as in the sorghum-glazed quail. The atmosphere, professional service, outstanding wine list and attention to details of all sorts elevate this dining experience.

> Restaurant Eugene has previously been featured on GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list from 2009-2012.

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32. Restaurant Guy Savoy

Dungeness crab, Restaurant Guy Savoy, Las VegasLas Vegas, NV





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Expect an all-encompassing experience for the senses at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, from the deliberately simple yet modern décor to the parade of plates that delight with impressive presentations as well as tastes.

> Restaurant Guy Savoy has previously been featured on GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list since 2006.

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33. The Restaurant at Meadowood | Chef Christopher Kostow

The Restaurant at Meadowood salted mackerel vegetable escabecheSt. Helena, CA





Chef Christopher Kostow’s intention is to surprise, disarm and delight diners at The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, California. The presentations are beautiful, and even dishes with seemingly modest ingredients are complex and unforgettable delicacies.

> The Restaurant at Meadowood has previously been featured on GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list in 2011 and 2013-2017.

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34. Restaurant Nicholas | Chef Nicholas Harary

Restaurant Nicholas dayboat black bass, sunchoke cream, micro bacon, grilled radicchioRed Bank, NJ





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Watch all the behind-the-scenes action from the chef’s table tucked into the kitchen of Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, New Jersey. This sophisticated restaurant from chef/owner Nicholas Harary and his wife Melissa features remarkable New American food and personalized, spot-on wine recommendations.

> Restaurant Nicholas has previously been featured on GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list since 2011.

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35. Saison | Chef Joshua Skenes





Saison's abalone with a sauce of its liver (Bonjwing Lee Photography)San Francisco, CA

Chef/founder Joshua Skenes achieves perfect harmony with simple ingredients at Saison in San Francisco. The team, led by chef Laurent Gras, tailors each meal to the diner’s tastes and preferences, so there is no set tasting menu.

> Saison has previously been featured on GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list since 2014

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36. SingleThread Farm – Restaurant – Inn | Chef Kyle Connaughton

SingleThread wild salmon smoked in the ibushi-gin donabe (Photo by Eric Wolfinger)Healdsburg, CA

The farm/restaurant/inn hybrid SingleThread has ascended the culinary throne in California’s Sonoma County, thanks to the prodigious cooking and farming talents of Kyle and Katina Connaughton. There is a consistent, well-integrated Japanese influence in most dishes, such as the addition of seasoning or individual elements such as house-made tofu.

> SingleThread Farm – Restaurant – Inn has previously been featured on GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list in 2017.

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37. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

Salad from Twist by Pierre GagnaireLas Vegas, NV

Nestled away on the twenty-third floor of the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire provides an extravagant dining experience as well as an oasis of serenity. The elegant restaurant overlooking the Las Vegas Strip serves the celebrated French fusion fare of its namesake master chef.

> Twist by Pierre Gagnaire has previously been featured on GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list from 2011-2012 and 2015-2017.

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38. Vetri | Chef Marc Vetri

Vetri, PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA

Sit back and entrust your hosts, chef Marc Vetri and business partner/sommelier Jeff Benjamin, to offer a feast of soulful Italian cooking at Vetri in Philadelphia. (They’ve also set out to recreate that culinary magic with Vetri Cucina in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, which opened its doors in late 2018.)

> Vetri has previously been featured on GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list from 2005-2006 and from 2008-2017.

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39. Vie | Chef Paul Virant

Whitefish at Vie in Western Springs, ILWestern Springs, IL

Chef-owner Paul Virant’s Vie is a gem of a restaurant in Western Springs, Illinois, a town that had hardly known fine dining before. A great supporter of local and sustainable produce, he fashions fleeting delights on his ever-changing menu. He also stands out for his innovative pickling, canning and aigre-doux techniques.

> Vie has previously been featured on GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list since 2009.

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40. The Willows Inn | Chef Blaine Wetzel

The Willows Inn, Lummi Island, WALummi Island, WA

Chef Blaine Wetzel, who apprenticed at Copenhagen’s Noma, brings Scandinavian elegance and refined, precise technique to The Willows Inn. Venturing from Seattle to this remote outpost on Lummi Island takes around two hours, including driving and a short ferry ride, but it’s well worth it.

> The Willows Inn has previously been featured on GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list in 2013 and from 2015-2017.

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