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20 Top-Rated Restaurants Across America

By Zagat Staff
December 4, 2013

The results are in: We polled over 224,000 diners in 36 major markets across America for our 2014 America’s Top Restaurants Survey. Here, we share only the best-of-the-best: the No. 1-rated restaurants of 20 U.S. cities. Check out all the top spots in the slide show and check out more cities and regions here.

  • Atlanta: Bacchanalia

    Food: 29
    Decor: 26
    Service: 28
    Price: $111

    Holding fast as the "pinnacle of refined dining" (voted No. 1 for Food and Popularity in Atlanta), this near-"flawless" Westside New American "keeps it fresh year after year" with "absolutely outstanding" fare, served in a five-course, prix fixe menu that can be paired with an "impeccable" wine list for a "feast befitting its name"; the "well-trained" staff works with "panache", the setting is done up in "chic retro-industrial" style and there's a definite "sense of occasion" in the air, leaving the "extraordinary" cost as the only sticking point; P.S. à la carte ordering is available at the bar and allowed, if not encouraged, in the dining room.

    1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW; 404-365-0410

  • Austin: Uchi

    Food: 29
    Decor: 25
    Service: 27
    Price: $56

    "Heaven" for sushiphiles, this Zilker jewel box (and its newer Montrose outpost) presents the "finest in forward-thinking Japanese" cuisine via chef Tyson Cole – from "delish" raw fare and the signature deep-fried shag roll to "incredible" fusion plates that "make you cry tears of joy" – earning it Austin's No. 1 Food rating and tying it for Most Popular; a "sophisticated" vibe, "outstanding" service and a "great-looking clientele" mean it "surpasses expectations" for most, just "take another hit of sake before you look at the bill."

    801 S. Lamar Blvd.; 512-916-4808

  • Boston: Neptune Oyster

    Food: 28
    Decor: 23
    Service: 24
    Price: $43

    Although it's a "mecca for oyster lovers", this "fabulous" North End "seafood place you always dreamed of" earns its No. 1 ranking for Food because "every single thing on the menu" is "unbelievable", from the "warm, butter-smothered" lobster rolls "worth dying for" to johnnycakes "wisely touted by insiders"; "if you can get in the door" (with no reservations, lines "form shortly after it opens"), expect "expensive" tabs – but also count on an "intimate" ambiance, with "professional" staffers catering to a "jovial crowd."

    63 Salem St.; 617-742-3474

  • Photo by: Nick Murway

    Chicago: Katsu Japanese Restaurant

    Food: 29
    Decor: 19
    Service: 24
    Price: $61

    "If you crave real Japanese sushi" (and "not Westernized maki rolls") fans say "don't miss" this Northwest Side stalwart where chef-owner Katsu Imamura makes use of "excellent-quality" ingredients in his "expertly prepared" fare ("one word: omakase"), earning it top Food honors in Chicago; "friendly" staffers work the minimalist space, and "expensive" tabs aren't a surprise given the highly rated offerings.

    2651 W. Peterson Ave.; 773-784-3383

  • Photo by: Linnea Covington

    Dallas/Ft. Worth: Saint-Emilion

    Food: 29
    Decor: 26
    Service: 28
    Price: $57

    Bernard Tronche's "fantastique" "jewel" in the Cultural District is "always tops" proclaim fans who vote it No. 1 for Food in Dallas/Ft. Worth, a tribute to the daily blackboard menu of "exquisite" fare from the South of France complemented by a "fabulous" wine list; "impeccable" service and a "quaint-old-house" setting are more reasons why it's a "favorite destination" of many.

    3617 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth; 817-737-2781

  • Denver Area: Carlos' Bistro

    Food: 29
    Decor: 25
    Service: 28
    Price: $46

    "Phenomenal" "gastronomical pleasures" – voted tops for Food in Colorado's Restaurant Survey – are "worth" the "fairly high prices" at this Colorado Springs Eclectic with a "romantic" setting; "personalized service" comes from the "accommodating" staff and chef-owner Carlos Echeandia himself, a real "character" who's "always out on the floor meeting and greeting his customers."

    1025 S. 21st St., Colorado Springs; 719-471-2905

  • Photo by: Amanda Spurlock

    Houston: Da Marco

    Food: 29
    Decor: 24
    Service: 27
    Price: $61

    Tuscany comes to Texas via this Montrose Italian – No. 1 for Food and Most Popular in Houston – whipping up "memorable" meals with "sublime", "homemade pastas" and "amazing things with truffles" in an "intimate" setting tended by a "knowledgeable" staff; yes, it's "crowded", and "you'll take a hit in the pocketbook, but you won't mind"; P.S. beer and wine only.

    1520 Westheimer Rd.; 713-807-8857

  • Las Vegas: Joël Robuchon

    Food: 29
    Decor: 28
    Service: 28
    Price: $227

    "An experience from the moment you sit down", this "one-of-a-kind" dazzler at the MGM Grand – brought to you by chef extraordinaire Joël Robuchon – ranks No. 1 for Food in Vegas, with "stunning" New French cuisine that's "as close to heaven as you can get", plus "wonderful", purple-accented decor and "flawless" service; bien sûr, you may "faint when the bill arrives", but as to whether it's worth it – "yes, yes, yes!"

    3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-891-7925

  • Los Angeles: Asanebo

    Food: 29
    Decor: 18
    Service: 25
    Price: $91

    "Amazing", "top-tier omakase" featuring the "freshest fish from around the world" plus other "innovative" dishes make this modest Studio City Japanese from "master" chef Tetsuya Nakao LA's No. 1 for Food; sure, it's in a "dumpy strip mall" and you might have to "take out a mortgage to indulge", but acolytes insist "you won't regret it."

    11941 Ventura Blvd.; 818-760-3348

  • Miami: NAOE

    Food: 29
    Decor: 23
    Service: 28
    Price: VE

    “I can’t believe this exists in Miami” since it would be “outstanding even in Japan” gush fans of this culinary star; Kevin Cory’s “creative” omakase meals include a bento box “revelation” and “impossibly good” sushi, all presented with “warm”, “personal” care; it’s not cheap (price varies according to the day’s offerings and how many courses you opt for), but it’s so “worth it” – just book “well in advance” (two seatings, Tuesday–Sunday).

    661 Brickell Key Dr.; 305-947-6263

  • Nashville: Etch Restaurant

    Food: 28
    Decor: 27
    Service: 27
    Price: $49

    At this "cutting-edge" SoBro addition, chef Deb Paquette (of late, lamented Zola) presents an "array of flavor, texture and olfactory experiences" in Eclectic dishes "worth savoring"; the upscale prices are "reasonable" for the quality, the "knowledgeable" staff is "helpful with wine pairings" and the "NY-chic" room's best seats overlook the "open kitchen" for "an entertaining view" of the action.

    303 Demonbreun St.;615-522-0685

  • New Orleans: Cochon Butcher

    Food: 28
    Decor: 21
    Service: 22
    Price: $20

    "A must if you dig the pig", Donald Link's "phenomenal" Warehouse District Cajun earns a resounding "oink" of approval and New Orleans' No. 1 Food score for its "daring", "decadent" sandwiches, "atypical" daily sides and "well-curated" wine list; the "small", "laid-back" space (right next to Cochon) has "squashed-together" seating and a "constant crowd", so "plan your time of attack carefully" or let the "ultrafriendly" staff send you home with "superb" charcuterie from the "hard-to-resist" deli case.

    930 Tchoupitoulas St.; 504-588-7675

  • New York City: Le Bernardin

    Food: 29
    Decor: 28
    Service: 28
    Price: $169

    Dining doesn't get much more "blissful" than at this "sublime" Midtown French seafooder via Maguy Le Coze and chef Eric Ripert, a near "religious experience" where "exquisite" meals, "meticulous" service and an "impressive", revamped room have again earned it Top Food and Most Popular honors in NYC; granted, the tabs are equally "extraordinary" – the prix fixe–only dinners start at $130 – but then again, it's "fabulous in every way"; P.S. a no-reserving lounge offers small plates, while a neighboring wine bar and private dining room in the former Palio/Piano Due spaces are in the works.

    155 W. 51st St.; 212-554-1515

  • Photo by: Danya Henninger

    Philadelphia: Fountain

    Food: 29
    Decor: 28
    Service: 28
    Price: $82

    Philadelphia's No. 1 for Food, Decor and Service, the Four Seasons' "formal but comfortable" French-Continental standout makes you "feel like royalty" with "fabulous" "feasts" of "succulent, creative" fare and "impeccable" service in a "beautiful" setting; "you feel rich just being there", though maybe less so after you leave – but "go ahead and splurge" since most agree it's the "standard by which all other restaurants should be judged."

    1 Logan Sq.; 215-963-1500

  • Portland: The Painted Lady

    Food: 29
    Decor: 28
    Service: 29
    Price: $85

    "You're in for a remarkable" evening (and the Portland area's top-rated Food, Decor and Service) the "minute you step inside the picket fence" at this wine-country "jewel" set in a "romantic" Newberg Victorian, where the "world-class" Pacific NW tasting menus are "fascinating in their variety, seasonality and freshness"; "well-orchestrated" service and "fabulous" local vinos add to the "stellar" experience; P.S. rezzies required and closed Monday and Tuesday.

    201 S. College St., Newberg; 503-538-3850

  • San Antonio: Chez Vatel & Bistro

    Food: 28
    Decor: 20
    Service: 25
    Price: $46

    It may be a "low-key" bistro in an Olmos Park strip mall, but "lovely" fish, steaks and other "super", "high-quality" French fare from Damien Watel earn it San Antonio's No. 1 Food rating; a "cozy atmosphere" and "good-value" pricing inspire repeat visits; P.S. the prix fixe menu is "a deal."

    218 E. Olmos Dr., Olmos Park; 210-828-3141

  • Photo by: Darlene Horn

    San Diego: Sushi Ota

    Food: 29
    Decor: 16
    Service: 21
    Price: $49

    "Sushi purists" will "cry" tears of "pleasure" when "lucky enough" to snag a seat at this "incomparable" Pacific Beach Japanese, where "gracious" chef-owner Yukito Ota and his talented "army" earn the No. 1 Food score in San Diego with "simply magnificent" seafood "delicacies" and an "innovative" omakase tasting; frequently "hurried" service, a "random" strip-mall location and "shabby" interior certainly don't match the "phenomenal" fare and "pricey" tabs, but guests still need to make a reservation "well in advance."

    4529 Mission Bay Dr.; 858-270-5670

  • San Francisco: Gary Danko

    Food: 29
    Decor: 27
    Service: 29
    Price: $111

    "In a city of great restaurants", Gary Danko's Wharf-area "classic" is the "all-time favorite" – and once again voted No. 1 in the Bay Area for Food, Service and Popularity thanks to its "sensational", "personalized" New American prix fixe menus and "perfect wine pairings" (plus "the most impressive cheese cart"), all delivered "without a speck of pretentiousness" by a "smart, warm" staff that treats everyone "like royalty"; true, it "isn't cheap" and "reservations are difficult to get" in the "understated, tasteful" room, but for those with the bucks and the necessary "hours" to indulge, devotees urge "just put yourself in their hands, and you won't go wrong."

    800 N. Point St.; 415-749-2060

  • Seattle: Nishino

    Food: 29
    Decor: 23
    Service: 27
    Price: $54

    Kyoto-born Nobu alum Tatsu Nishino conceives "delicate, inventive" and altogether "amazing" sushi for deep-pocketed fin fans at his "low-key" Madison Park Japanese; "expert" service and "masterpieces on the walls" by local artist Fay Jones put diners "in a Zen state", but those who want a truly transporting experience know "it's all about" the "straight-from-heaven" omakase menu (just be sure to "order a few days ahead").

    3130 E. Madison St.; 206-322-5800

  • Photo by: Robert Miller

    Washington, DC: Rasika

    Food: 28
    Decor: 25
    Service: 26
    Price: $51

    "Only superlatives" describe the "mind-blowing" "modern Indian" food that gives diners a "mouthgasm" at this "wildly popular", "classy" Penn Quarter destination (and its newer cosmopolitan West End sister) that has diners "salivating" for dishes like its crispy spinach; "luxurious" appointments, "knowledgeable" servers and a sommelier "savant" create a "sophisticated" environment that further makes it a "bargain for the quality" – translation: "plan early" for a reservation at Penn Quarter (West End is roomier) or "eat at the bar."

    633 D St. NW; 202-637-1222

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