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More America's Best Restaurants: 15 Top-Rated Spots

By Zagat Staff
December 5, 2013

We polled over 224,000 diners in major markets across America for our 2014 America’s Top Restaurants Survey and on Tuesday we revealed 20 top-rated spots around the U.S. Today, the rest of the best - 15 more No.1 rated restaurants from all around the U.S. Factor these into your upcoming travel plans. Missed the first round? Check those out here.

  • Atlantic City: Chef Vola's

    Food: 27
    Decor: 16
    Service: 25
    Price: $52

    "Those in the know" "plan well in advance" to score a "tough reservation" at this "off-the-beaten-trail" Atlantic City BYO where a "congenial" staff serves "excellent, authentic" Italian "home cooking" amid an "old-school" atmosphere that "feels like a secret club"; "don't expect fancy" in the "noisy" basement space (you'll be "jammed in like sardines"), but do bring cash to cover the "expensive" tabs for an all-around "delicious experience."

    111 S Albion Pl; 609-345-2022

  • Baltimore: Charleston

    Food: 29
    Decor: 28
    Service: 28
    Price: $99

    Cindy Wolf remains "at the top of her game", applying "world-class technique" to "Lowcountry" cuisine to create "phenomenal" New American masterpieces at her Harbor East "destination", which ranks as "Baltimore's best restaurant" with its No. 1 ratings for Food, Decor and Service; "no detail goes unnoticed" by the "superlative" staffers, who "spoil" guests with selections from co-owner Tony Foreman's "epic" wine list in a "stunningly beautiful" space; just "be prepared" for the multicourse menu's "sticker shock" – for many, it's a "once-every-few-years kind of place."

    1000 Lancaster Street; 410-332-7373

  • Charleston: Peninsula Grill

    Food: 29
    Decor: 28
    Service: 29
    Price: $67

    A “fine jewel among Charleston eateries” set in Downtown’s “historic” Planters Inn, this “classic dining room” with “loads of Southern charm” offers “gastronomic bliss” in the form of “sublime” “interpretations of Lowcountry classics” presented with “flair”; diners are “lavished with attention” by servers “amazingly in sync, yet never obtrusive” as they work the “elegant” but “not over-stuffy” velvet-walled space, and if it’s in the “special-occasion price category”, all agree it’s “an experience to remember.”

    112 North Market Street; 843-723-0700

  • Charlotte: McNinch House

    Food: 28
    Decor: 27
    Service: 29
    Price: $104

    "The consummate special-occasion spot", this Uptown Queen Anne–style house is "the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening" lingering over multicourse flights of "flawless" Continental dishes that earn it Charlotte's No. 1 rating for Food; the "gracious" service (also voted tops in the city) is "marvelous", though the tabs are "equally special"; P.S. jackets required.

    511 N Church St; 704-332-6159

  • Connecticut: Le Petit Cafe

    Food: 28
    Decor: 21
    Service: 26
    Price: $68

    "Make sure you book" well in advance advise admirers of this Branford Gallic bistro, voted No. 1 for Food in Connecticut and run by "passionate" chef-owner Roy Ip and his "polished staff"; each evening's four-course, prix fixe "gourmet extravanganza" consists of "absolutely scrumptious" classics served in a "cozy" "French-countryside" atmosphere that makes for "fine dining without the pretense", and while tabs aren't petit, it's "very reasonably priced for the quality" of the fare; P.S. two seatings nightly.

    225 Montowese St, Branford; 203-483-9791

  • Ft. Lauderdale: La Brochette Bistro

    Food: 28
    Decor: 19
    Service: 26
    Price: $54

    "Who would expect to find" Broward County's top spot for Food and Service "tucked away" in a Cooper City strip mall "a couple doors down from Winn-Dixie"? ask fans who marvel at the "gastronomical delights" on chef-owner Aboud Kobaitri's moderately expensive, seafood-focused Med menu; the "intimate" "European" environs are conducive to "romantic" meals, and diners are "well cared for" by the "sweet, old-fashioned" staffers.

    2635 North Hiatus Road, Cooper City; 954-435-9090

  • Honolulu: La Mer

    Food: 29
    Decor: 29
    Service: 29
    Price: $143

    "By far the finest dining experience you will have on Oahu", this "elegant, intimate" French "keeper" in the "stunning" Halekulani Hotel "aspires to Parisian culinary decadence with prices to match", garnering No. 1 ratings among Oahu Restaurants for Food, Decor and Service; the "superbly prepared" prix fixe and tasting menus coupled with a "top-notch wine list", "supreme" setting overlooking Waikiki Beach and "utterly spectacular" sunset views give epicures the "best reasons to open the piggy bank and put on a jacket" or long-sleeve collar shirt (either one required).

    2199 Kalia Rd; 808-923-2311

  • Long Island: North Fork Table & Inn

    Food: 28
    Decor: 24
    Service: 27
    Price: $81

    Southold's "shining star" is again rated No. 1 for Food and Service on Long Island thanks to chef Gerry Hayden's "wonderfully imaginative" American prix fixe menus featuring locally sourced ingredients and Claudia Fleming's "orgasmic" desserts – all "masterpieces of culinary design, taste and complexity" and presented by a "superb" staff; the "spare" "country setting" makes for an "elegant" yet "understated ambiance", and though you'll need to "save your pennies", the more wallet-friendly Lunch Truck in the parking lot offers "delicious" treats like lobster rolls.

    57225 Main Rd.,Southold; 631-765-0177

  • New Jersey: Nicholas

    Food: 28
    Decor: 27
    Service: 28
    Price: $103

    Nicholas and Melissa Harary's "epitome" of "exquisite" fine New American dining in Red Bank is truly "second to none" – and once again voted the state's Most Popular restaurant and No. 1 for both Food and Service; the prix fixe–only menus of "flawlessly executed" seasonal fare are "presented beautifully" by a "top-notch" staff in a "modern" setting that's "upscale" yet "welcoming", and while the prices make it strictly a "special treat" for most, the "bar menu is a pretty good deal."

    160 New Jersey 35, Middletown; 732-345-9977

  • Orange County: Bluefin

    Food: 29
    Decor: 23
    Service: 26
    Price: $53

    "Way beyond a sushi bar", this "busy" Newport Coast Japanese – voted OC's No. 1 for Food – showcases chef-owner Takashi Abe's "phenomenal" fish and other "yummy" creations for a mostly local clientele; the "fast" service and "fabulous", waterfall-enhanced modern decor make the most of the Crystal Cove Promenade space, and though some think it's "pricey", the omakase lunch is still a "deal."

    7952 E Pacific Coast Hwy.,Newport Beach; 949-715-7373

  • Orlando: Cress

    Food: 29
    Decor: 23
    Service: 26
    Price: $53

    "Incredible talent" Hari Pulapaka ("geeky math professor" by day, chef-owner by night) "never fails to delight" at this "rare jewel in DeLand", wowing with "innovative", "globally inspired" Eclectic cooking that highlights "crazy refined flavors" and earns No. 1 Food honors in the Orlando area; servers who "know their menu" work the "intimate", "romantic" space, and while it's not cheap, it's labeled "one of the best" around.

    103 W Indiana Ave., DeLand; 386-734-3740

  • Palm Beach: Marcello's La Sirena

    Food: 28
    Decor: 19
    Service: 26
    Price: $66

    There are "no surprises" at this venerable West Palm Beach "icon", just "unforgettable" Italian "soul food" – which rates as the No. 1 meal in the county – accompanied by a wine list full of "character" and "professional" service, making it perfect for "special occasions"; its "old-style, white-tablecloth" setting can get "crowded", but tables are in better supply if you "eat later than the senior set"; P.S. closed in summer.

    6316 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-585-3128

  • Phoenix/Scottsdale: Binkley's

    Food: 29
    Decor: 22
    Service: 28
    Price: $82

    "Fasten your seat belts" at this "expensive" Cave Creek New American – voted the Phoenix/Scottsdale area's No. 1 for Food – because chef-owner Kevin Binkley conducts a "culinary magical mystery tour" focusing on customized tasting menus with "surprising combinations" and "beautifully prepared small plates" inspired by molecular gastronomy; the "romantic", "out-of-the-way" setting, "flawless" service and "expert wine pairings" also help make it the "best excuse for a splurge."

    6920 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480-437-1072

  • Tampa/Sarasota: Beach Bistro

    Food: 29
    Decor: 26
    Service: 28
    Price: $77

    "Always on top of its game", Sean Murphy's Anna Maria Island "jewel" is "one of the best restaurants" around – indeed, it's rated Tampa/Sarasota's No. 1 for Food and Service thanks to its "perfectly prepared" Floridian fare complemented by "refined yet warm" service from waiters who show "an obvious desire to please"; some may find tables "too close" in the "cozy" space, but it's nothing a few "fantastic" drinks can't cure – or reserve a spot outside on the beach and "watch the spectacular sunset"; P.S. if "high prices" are a barrier, sit at the "fun" bar, which has more affordable offerings.

    6600 Gulf Dr.,Holmes Beach; 941-778-6444

  • Westchester/Hudson Valley: Sushi Nanase

    Food: 28
    Decor: 17
    Service: 17
    Price: $73

    "Always call for a reservation" before heading to this White Plains Japanese where "unsurpassed sushi" crafted from "perfect, fresh fish" by "hardworking" chef Yoshimichi Takeda earns it the No. 1 Food rating for Westchester/Hudson Valley; the traditional confines are "tiny" and the equally "small" menu is "pricey", but supporters vow that one bite of the "sublime", "artfully presented" fare will leave you "transported."

    522 Mamaroneck Avenue., White Plains; 914-285-5351

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