With Memorial Day and warm weather celebrations on deck, we’re excited to unveil OpenTable’s list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out 2019. The honorees are restaurants with not only exceptional food and drinks but also vibrant bar scenes and lively atmospheres, allowing diners to take advantage of the summer evenings to celebrate life’s big moments with great dining and a night on the town. The Big Night Out list is also great year-round for anyone planning a celebratory evening out, whether it’s a girls’ night, a milestone birthday, or an anniversary.
Featuring restaurants coast-to-coast across 19 states and Washington, D.C., the list is culled from more than 12 million verified diner reviews of over 30,000 U.S. restaurants. From the star-studded crowd and killer cocktails at The Ivy in West Hollywood, Calif., to the outstanding wine program at Maple & Ash in Chicago, to TAO group’s Vandal in New York City, which doubles as a nightclub, the Big Night Out list has plenty of establishments that are the perfect backdrop for any night out.
California leads the list with 18 restaurants, and New York follows with 16. Illinois comes in third with 14 winners with all honorees located in Chicago — the most featured city on the list. Nevada and Pennsylvania follow close behind with 11 and 10 restaurants, respectively. Washington, D.C. has eight establishments, and Florida has seven. Additional cities among the honorees are Las Vegas, New York, and Philadelphia. While American and contemporary American cuisines dominate the list with 26 restaurants, an array of international flavors are also highlighted, including Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
The 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out list is generated solely from diner reviews collected between March 1, 2018, and February 28, 2019. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the sum of tags for which “hot spot” was selected as a special feature.
Based on this methodology, the 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out 2019, according to OpenTable diners, are below (in alphabetical order).
Aba – Chicago, Illinois
Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! – Chicago, Illinois
Eiffel Tower – Las Vegas, Nevada
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab – Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C.; Las Vegas, Nevada
Mon Ami Gabi – Las Vegas, Nevada
RPM Italian – Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C.
RPM Steak – Chicago, Illinois