Not only is OpenTable a popular online restaurant reservation system, but OpenTable loves to release surveys. It seems like every month we're getting announcements for another list - best restaurant wine lists, best late night dining, best restaurants for brunch, top restaurants for service, top 100 scenic view restaurants, etc. etc. But if there's any one OpenTable list to make, it's this one: Top 100 Best Restaurants in the United States.
This list includes some of the heaviest hitters in the restaurant world, including The French Laundry, Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York and Le Bernardin in NYC. So, let's give it up for two area restaurants which made the cut: The Kitchen and Auburn's Carpe Vino. Both made this list for the second year in a row, while Carpe Vino remains a perennial favorite for OpenTable's surveys. In November, Carpe Vino was also named among OpenTable's Top 100 Restaurant Wine Lists.
"We were one of only seven restaurants to make both lists nationwide," said Gary Moffat, Carpe Vino's owner and who also ran a formidable campaign for a seat on the Auburn City Council. "Last year, there were just four on both lists. Not bad for a little joint in the sticks."
(That's Gary in the above pic, wearing the blue shirt and holding fort at Carpe Vino).
Congrats all around for both Carpe Vino and The Kitchen. The list was culled from OpenTable diners, which submitted some 5 million reviews in the past year. Click here for the full list.