There are many great restaurants to be found in the mainland US. Here are fifty suggestions for restaurants you may want to try.
1. Alinea – Chicago, Illinois.
Alinea offers an exquisite range of cuisine. It has three times been named the Best Restaurant in America, and is the only restaurant in Chicago to earn the coveted Micheliun 3-Star rating.
2. Eleven Madison Park – New York, New York
Eleven Madison Park is a fine dining restaurant overlooking one of the most beautiful parks in Manhattan. Visit this restaurant for upscale American tasting menus served in high-ceilinged art deco space.
3. Le Bernardin – New York, New York
Le Bernardin, which was opened to the public in 1986 offers a wide range of sumptuous seafood dishes.
4. Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
There are no menus at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Instead, guests are offered a multi-taste feast featuring the best offerings from the field and market.
5. Quince restaurant – San Francisco, California
Situated in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square, Lindsay and Chef Michael Tusk’s celebrated Quince features Californian contemporary cuisine. Quince serves a nightly-changing tasting menu highlighting the restaurant’s unique partnership with Fresh Run Farm.
6. Per Se – New York, New York
The restaurant is Chef Keller’s second three-Michelin-starred property featuring his daily nine-course tasting menu and a nine-course vegetable tasting menu using classic French technique and the finest quality ingredients available.
7. Saison restaurant – San Francisco, California
Saison is an American restaurant located in San Francisco, California. Their menu is constantly evolving, yet always abides by a few simple constants. All of their cooking revolves around open wood fire, and they work with a small group of fisherman, hunters, gatherers, ranchers, and farmers to find and follow micro-climates that produce specific tastes from wild foods. They steer clear of imported and commercial goods, opting instead to build their own pantry through patient harvesting and preservation.
8. Daniel – New York, New York
Located in the former Mayfair Hotel on Park Avenue. Daniel is steeped in French culinary history, serving a modern, seasonal menu inspired by the finest meats, wild game, seafood, fruits and vegetables.
9. Cosme – New York, New York
Cosme is a restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron District serving contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine. World-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera and his team create dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions, while also celebrating local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley and surrounding region.
10. The French Laundry – Yountville, California
The French Laundry’s menu, which changes daily, showcases the restaurant’s commitment to creating classic French cuisine with the finest quality ingredients, along with a similarly intense focus on impeccable guest service.
11. Benu – San Francisco, California
Benu offers wide range of innovative and finely prepared American and Asian dishes.
12. Manresa – Los Gatos, California
Manresa prepares dishes using local ingredients, which are brought from neighbouring farms. They offer a wide range of dishes such as fried river eel along with lily bulb, and rose wine. The customer can also opt for desserts like acorn and chocolate to complete the menu.
13. Jean-Georges – New York, New York
Jean-Georges offer wide range of French, American and Asian cuisines. One of the major highlights of this restaurant is the mesmerising views that guests get of Central Park and the Columbus Circle.
14. The Modern – New York, New York
Founded by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, The Modern is a two Michelin-starred, contemporary American restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art. They offer a wide range of delicious dishes such as grilled lobster and sauteed Foie Gras.
15. The Restaurant at Meadowood – St. Helena, California
The Restaurant at Meadowood serves cuisines catering to the tastes and preferences of their discerning customers, with an emphasis on originality and natural flavours.
16. Gramercy Tavern – New York, New York
Gramercy Tavern has welcomed guests to enjoy its contemporary American cuisine, warm hospitality, and unparalleled service for over two decades. Chef Michael Anthony’s ever-evolving seasonal menu showcases the restaurant’s relationships with local farms and purveyors. They primarily focus on simple ingredients such as cavetelli with presto, pine nuts along with arrowhead spinach. Besides that, they serve arrowhead spinach, pork belly fried rice along with scallions, pepper and broccoli rabe.
17. Masa – New York, New York
Masa serve authentic seafoods at affordable rates, with leading chef Takayama in charge of this restaurant.
18. The Inn at Little Washington – Washington, Virginia
Dining at The Inn at Little Washington’s restaurant has been likened to a performance with the guest always playing the star role. Patrick O’Connell’s inspired American cuisine draws admirers from around the world and has been described by critics as “so good it makes you cry”.
19. Topolobampo – Chicago, Illinois
Topolobampo’s food has always been contemporary, and it becomes more so every year. Now almost 30 years old, their dinner menu is divided not into appetizers and entrees but rather into three distinct, chef-selected tasting menus – the five-course “classic” and “seasonal” options, or the showcase seven-course “Perfect 7” tasting menu.
20. Highlands Bar and Grill – Birmingham, Alabama
Highlands Bar and Grill’s daily-changing menu, rooted in classic French technique, features the best from each harvest. They anticipate the cooler weather game of venison and quail, root vegetables and greens; the first springtime shad roe and the blue-green, live and kickin’ soft shell crabs arriving a few weeks later, followed by summer’s shell beans, tomatoes and okra. Regional, heritage ingredients and gracious service have been celebrated here since its opening in 1982.
21. Mini Bar – Washington, DC:
Mini Bar, a two Michelin-starred restaurant, is a study in avant-garde cooking where each bite is designed to thrill the senses by pushing the limits of what we have come to expect – and what is possible – from food. The creations combine art and science, as well as tradition and technique, to deliver an imaginative and progressive tasting menu, offered at a communal setting for up to 6 guests.
22. Momofukuko – New York, New York:-
Momofikuko is guided by the Japanese kaiseki tradition as well as seasonality, the innovation of their mentors and peers, food memories, and the breadth of cuisine available in the melting pot of New York City.
23. Coi – San Francisco, California
Coi, which is located in the North Beach area of San Francisco serves fresh seafood at reasonable cost. Most of their food items are usually prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients, with some of their main dishes including loup de mer, usually served ith honey dew and caviar.
24. Rose’s luxury – Washington DC
Rose’s luxury was opened to the public in the year 2015. This restaurant is one of the favorites of former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, and hosted his birthday celebrations three years ago. They offer wide range of delicious dishes such as Kung Pao tofu which is served with Virginia peanuts and broccoli. They also offer a range of steaks, such as Thai-marinated pork.
25. Oriole – Chicago, Illinois
Oriole serves food items such as dried wild blueberry and rye berry along with yeast. The customers have the option to choose a fifteen-coursemenu, which contains foiegras with scallop along with dried wild blueberry.
26. Gabriel Kreuther – New York, New York
Some of the top delicious dishes offered by this restaurant include Australian Lamb which is usually served with parsley root and Fava bean ragout.
27. Black Bird – Chicago, Illinois
Critically acclaimed Blackbird is home base for Executive Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004.
28. Le Coucou – New York, New York
Internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Rose of Spring and La Bourse et La Vie in Paris has made his way to NYC to open a restaurant with famed restaurateur Stephen Starr. Le Coucou blend’s the chef’s personal vision of classic French cuisine in the most charming of settings designed by Roman and Williams.
29. The No Mad – New York, New York
The NoMad’s casually-elegant food and beverage program comes from Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara. Inspired by Chef Daniel’s time spent throughout Switzerland, California, and New York City, the restaurant is rooted in the same traditions found at their critically acclaimed, Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park.
30. Spiaggia – Chicago, Illinois
Spiaggia is a beautiful romantic restaurant, which serves Italian dishes such as diver scallops. It is regarded as one of the favorites of former United States President Barack Obama.
31. Cafe Boulud – New York, New York
Café Boulud has become an Upper East Side staple, with its menu inspired by Daniel Boulud’s four culinary muses: la tradition, classic French cuisine; la saison, seasonal delicacies; le potager, the vegetable garden; and le voyage, flavors of world cuisines. Having earned three stars in the New York Times as well as a star in the Michelin Guide, Café Boulud is both a destination and a neighborhood gem for casually elegant dining.
32. Restaurant Gary Danko – San Francisco, California
Restaurant Gary Danko , which has bagged numerous awards and accolades, serves fresh sea foods such as horse radish crusted salmon and steaks including juniper crusted bison.
33. Frasca Food and Wine – Boulder, Colorado
Frasca is the creation of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Their shared passion for Friulano cuisine and fine wine is reflected in the exquisitely prepared fare and a comprehensive wine list boasting over 200 varieties.
34. Peter Luger – Brooklyn, New York
Peter Luger, which was commissioned by the Forman family, was opened to the public back in the year 1950. Still under Forman family management, the restaurant has been rated the top steakhouse in New York since 1984, has earned itself a Michelin Star, and has joined the ranks of American classics.
35. Marea – New York, New York
Marea’s menu reads like a map of the sea. Guests can experience a variety of dishes with selections devoted to crudo, oysters, antipasti and Chef White’s award-winning hand-made pastas. The menu also includes composed fish dishes, whole fish preparations and a selection of meat and side dishes to round out the extensive offerings.
36. Gotham Bar and Grill – New York, New York
In 2010 the New York Times awarded Gotham its fifth three-star review, a distinction achieved by no other New York restaurant. In 2009 New York Magazine named Gotham one of the most important New York City restaurants of the past forty years. Since 2005 the restaurant has maintained a one star Michelin rating and the restaurant is consistently highly ranked in the annual Zagat Guide. The restaurant has also collected three James Beard Awards including the prestigious Award as Outstanding Restaurant in the nation in 2002, and in 2006 Chef Portale was named Outstanding Chef in the nation.
37. Aureole – New York, New York
Aureole is located within the spectacular Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, the most environmentally advanced skyscraper in the world. Offering a range of dining options, the Liberty Room is smart and casual with walnut-topped tables and a back-lit, etched glass front bar with polished natural zinc top surface, the intimate Dining Room is designed in both lighting and texture to give off a golden glow, and The Halo Private Dining Room is wrapped with fabric panel and silver leaf walls, dotted with sculptural back-lit flame sconces.
38. Pineapple and Pearls – Washington, DC
At Pineapple and Pearls, the customers can enjoy up to an eleven-course dinner, including dishes like roasted potato ice cream, which is topped with creme fraiche along with Osetra Caviar. They can also enjoy desserts like chocolate souffle served with honeycomb ice cream.
39. Babbo – New York, New York
Babbo serves authentic Italian dishes such as pasta and cheeses such as Parmigiano-Reggiano. It bills itself as an exuberant celebration of the best of Italian food, wine and lifestyle.
40. Zahav – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Opening its doors in 2008, Zahav is a modern Israeli restaurant that brings the authentic flavors of Israel’s cultural heritage to Philadelphia.
The name Zahav means “gold” in Hebrew, and is a reference to Jerusalem, which has been a cultural crossroads for thousands of years. The design of the restaurant echoes the hidden courtyards of Jerusalem, with golden limestone floors and walls, hand-carved tables, and soaring ceilings
41. Everest – Chicago, Illinois
Offering world-renowned French cuisine, Everest’s menu features the finest seasonal fare and a superb wine collection. Guests may order Chef Joho’s acclaimed seven-course degustation menu, the seven-course vegetarian degustation menu, or select from the three and four course pre fixe menus.
From its location on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Everest offers breathtaking views of Chicago on par with the exquisite wine and cuisine offered by Chef Joho.
42. Roister – Chicago, Illinois
Roister’s food is rooted in primal cooking techniques combined with modern technology when it produces better results. The results are a combination of understated platings and vibrant flavours. Roister offers classic dishes such as pasta, green chilli and lime accompanied by the Italian sauce. Some of the other delicious food items served by this restaurant include ember-roasted ribeye steaks, whole chicken and chamomile along with rohan duck.
43. FIG – Charleston, South Carolina
FIG is an up-scale restaurant, which serves authentic Southern dishes such as fish stew, shrimps along with Carolina Gold rice. FIG’s approach is simple. They have a passion for pure flavour, quality ingredients, and for creating an atmosphere that is convivial, approachable, and a haven for people who simply love food.
44. Herbsaint – New Orleans, Louisiana
Chef Donald Link’s Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant, established in 2000 on historic St. Charles Avenue, is the flagship of the Link Restaurant Group. Herbsaint works closely with local farmers and fishermen, offering contemporary, seasonal French-Southern cuisine with elements of rustic Italian cooking. An eclectic wine list and a knowledgeable staff make for perfect pairings. The restaurant earned Chef Link a James Beard Award for Best Chef South in 2007; Chef de Cuisine Rebecca Wilcomb was honored with the same award in 2017.
45. Acquerello – San Francisco, California
For more than two decades, Acquerello has offered an unparalleled Italian fine-dining experience in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood. The restaurant, operated by Giancarlo Paterlini and Executive Chef Suzette Gresham, has been heralded for its cuisine, wine, and service.
Keeping ahead of the ever-changing dining scene in San Francisco, Acquerello showcases its brightest young talent in the kitchen as well as with its wine program. Acquerello has received countless awards, including a Michelin star since the first-ever 2007 Bay Area guide, and the Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Most recently they we have been honored to receive a second Michelin star for 2015!
Zuni Cafe – San Francisco, California
Zuni Café opened in San Francisco, California on February 15, 1979. Zuni Café won the James Beard Foundation Award for ‘Outstanding Restaurant’ in 2003. It offers a seasonal menu, including warm bread, salad of scallions, garlic, mustard greens and pine nuts.
47. KYU – Miami, Florida
KYU serves authentic Japanese cuisine such as black Shichimi pepper along with Wagyu beef brisket. Besides that, the customer can savor some tangy dishes like Tuna Talaki which is usually served along with fermented chili, as well as citrus fruits.
48. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare – New York, New York
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare is a three star restaurant, which primarily focuses on seafoods such as fish and shellfish. They usually prepare their food items using fresh local ingredients.
49. Grace Restaurant – Chicago, Illinois
Grace Restaurant makes use of superior quality ingredients containing natural flavors. They serve a wide varieties of American cuisine. The customers can also enjoy special nine-course dinners.
50. Next – Chicago, Illinois
Next constantly explores the world of cuisine, changing their prix fixe menus and dining experience completely every four months. Founded by chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas and under the direction of Executive Chef Jenner Tomaska, Next has received an unprecedented fifteen 4-star reviews from the Chicago Tribune and won a James Beard Award as the Best New Restaurant in America.