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OpenTable Reveals the Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the U.S.

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Just as summer peeks around the corner and gives us all a glimpse of balmy nights to come, OpenTable has revealed diners' 2014 picks for the Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the U.S. Curious about where to go to get your fill of delicious cuisine and open air atmosphere? Let’s take a look at the California spots that made the list!

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2014 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America (California Only)

Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California
Beachcomber Café-Crystal Cove – Newport Coast, California
Blue Agave Club – Pleasanton, California
Café Jardin at Sherman Gardens – Corona Del Mar, California
Café Pinot – Los Angeles, California
Caffe Riace – Palo Alto, California
Carbon Beach Club Restaurant at Malibu Beach Inn – Malibu, California
Cavatina at Sunset Marquis – West Hollywood, California
Coliseum Pool & Grill-The Resort at Pelican Hill – Newport Coast, California
Corks at Russian River Vineyards – Forestville, California
The Deck on Laguna Beach – Laguna Beach, California
The Dining Room at El Encanto – Santa Barbara, California
Fuego-Maya Hotel – Long Beach, California
Geoffrey’s Restaurant – Malibu, California
George’s Ocean Terrace – La Jolla, California
GG’s Waterfront Bar & Grill – Hollywood, California
Gracias Madre -- West Hollywood, California
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern – San Diego, California
JRDN Restaurant – San Diego, California
Las Campanas – Riverside, California
Nikita Malibu– Malibu, California
O’Neill’s Bar & Grill – Mission Viejo, California
Paradise Cove Beach Café – Malibu, California
Perch LA – Los Angeles, California
Poseidon – Del Mar, California
The Ranch House – Ojai, California
The Restaurant at Ponte – Temecula, California
Rustic, Francis’s Favorites – Geyserville, California
Sheerwater Restaurant at the Hotel Del Coronado – Coronado, California
Sonoma Wine Garden – Santa Monica, California
Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort – Laguna Beach, California
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido, California
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch – Santa Barbara, California
Underdog Wine Bar & Lounge – Livermore, California
Union on Yale – Claremont, California
Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant – San Diego, California
West Shore Café – Homewood, California
Wilshire – Santa Monica, California
Zin Bistro Americana – Westlake Village, California

When asked about the trends arising from this list, OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer, Caroline Potter, remarked:

“With balmy weather and so many waterfront eateries, it's easy to understand why the coastal states of California, Florida, and Hawaii top this year’s Diners' Choice list. The outdoor ambiance at these restaurants combined with stellar food and intriguing cocktails make for an ideal summer dining experience.”

It’s one of the things I love about California—the weather allows for a much longer outdoor dining season, and taking in the ocean views inevitably makes the dining experience even more special. Whether it is seaside brunch with the girls, or a date night set against the backdrop of the fading sun, I’m ready to start a tour of the 38 restaurants located in California that made the list-- even Carbon Beach Club which is already among my favorites!

For the complete list covering the 100 spots throughout the country, be sure to head over here, and then let me know if any of your favorite spots made the list!

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