St. Francis Winery and Vineyards took the top spot in the 2013 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America list released yesterday by OpenTable, an online restaurant reservations booking service..
Located in Sonoma, Cali., St. Francis has been widely recognized for its food and wine pairing lunches prepared by David Bush, the winery's executive chef. Bush focuses on local, sustainably-farmed ingredients to prepare meals that pair with St. Francis' award winning wines. The winery also offers private dinners for groups of 8 to 16. St. Francis is one of the few wineries in Northern California wine country to have a dedicated onsite chef .
A graduate of California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Bush honed his skills prior to joining St. Francis in 2007 at a number of highly acclaimed restaurants in Northern California , including San Francisco’s Azie and the former Carnelian Room and Sonoma’s the girl & the fig.
Rounding out the top spots on OpenTable's list are:
2. Mama's Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
3. n/naka – Los Angeles, California
4. Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
5. Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
6. o ya – Boston, Massachusetts
7. Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
8. Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
9. The French Laundry – Yountville, California
10. goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois
"These winning restaurants are conducted like great orchestras," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. "All the players, from chefs and managers to wait staff and sommeliers, have artfully mastered their parts, and every instrument of hospitality, whether it be deft service or imaginative menus, is in harmony with one another to create a symphonic dining experience."
OpenTable's list was generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between November 14, 2012, and November 15, 2013. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant's average rating in the "overall" category along with that restaurant's rating relative to others in the same metropolitan area and the average number of restaurants reviewed by diners who reviewed that restaurant.
Three restaurants in Washington, D.C., made the top 100 list: CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Rasika (D Street location) and Seasons Restaurant at the Four Seasons hotel. The complete list of all the winning restaurants is available at opentable.com/best-restaurants-in-america.