Find a great restaurant for your next celebration or group event
Updated for 2023.
Harvest time is now. Weather is cooling. Leaves are afire with color. And activities turn more indoors, often to creature comforts such as cooking, culinary tours, regular meals with families, and food in general.
To inspire your next special meal or gathering, these three sites offer annual rankings of the best restaurants in the U.S.:
OpenTable's Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S. is compiled from over 12 million verified diner reviews and dining metrics, including diner ratings, reservation patterns, and five-star reviews.
Yelp also releases an annual list of Top U.S. Restaurants. For 2023, their top pick is the Los Angeles restaurant Broken Mouth.
Tripadvisor's Travelers' Choice Award for 2023, named the Best of the Best Restaurants, is based on the quality and quantity of reviews on its platform. This list includes different subcategories, from quick bites to fine dining, and covers a range of styles including hidden gems and everyday eats.
For special occasions (birthday parties, bachelorette parties, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners for weddings) and holiday gatherings, treat your group, family, and/or friends to a sumptuous meal. You can also treat yourself and call it "research" for new holiday meal or family reunion dish ideas. Expensive though these restaurants may be, sometimes life's worth a little indulgence, especially during the colder months. Bon appetit!