Choosing the perfect restaurant to eat in can be a highlight on any trip or just crown the celebration of a special moment. So it is no surprise that some lavish lodges have been investing in their cuisine, and the United States also has many Michelin star-rated restaurants.
Every year, TripAdvisor releases a list of the best restaurants in the country based on the reviews. They are spread all over the country, but they have many things in common: fresh ingredients and offering and excellent services are some of them. Here are the top 10 fine-dining restaurants in the United States.
10 A Piece Of Greece In San Francisco
According to the Michelin Guide, even Zeus would approve the dishes served at Kokkari Estiatorio. Located in San Francisco, this restaurant is specialized in Greek food, featuring an elegant and cozy atmosphere. Named after a small village in Greece, the place follows the concept of philoxenia, the skill of turning strangers into friends. Indeed, there is no better way to make new friends than to serve great food.
The Kokkari Estiatorio is known for its modern Greek cuisine, and the highlights are the wood-fired rotisserie meats.
9 This Restaurant Is Based In A Carriage House
The Circa 1886 Restaurant is the best place for a luxurious and romantic dinner. Located in a carriage house in Charleston, South Carolina, the restaurant serves a Southern breakfast. Yet, the dinner menu prepared by chef Marc Collins is the highlight, featuring a modern cuisine inspired by South Carolina's traditional dishes.
In the TripAdvisor reviews, guests often praise the exceptional experience at the restaurant, as they seem to think about each detail. On top of that, they also have a great selection of wines perfect for pairing with their dishes.
8 This Place Was Voted The Best Restaurant In Maui For Nearly 30 Years
Foodies who have visited Maui probably have heard about the Lahaina Grill, as it was elected the best restaurant on the island for 28 years in a row. The place is specialized in new Ameican cuisine, using fresh ingredients purchased from locals.
But what makes it so unique? At Lahaina Grill, guests can try sophisticated dishes such as the wagyu beef ravioli or the Kona coffee roasted rack of lamb. The place also has a high-standard service, and the staff is often described as impeccable.
7 The Best Seafood Restaurant In The French Quarter
Many clients have described the GW Fins as the "absolute best restaurant in New Orleans." Gastronomic publications highly recommend the fin wings appetizers, and the dish consists of fried tempura red snapper seasoned with a Korean honey sauce. Another popular option is the Scalibut.
Chef Michael Nelson is all about sustainability and has created dishes where he can use all parts of the fish. Everything comes from local shops, making it even more sustainable. Considering GW's popularity, it was a great decision.
6 There Is A Three-Month Waiting Line For This Restaurant
Travelers who want to taste the famous dishes at Mama's Fish House need to make their reservations three or six months before. The restaurant overlooks the Hookipa Beach Park, and the dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients from the local markets and fishermen.
The menu features dishes such as Kona lobster and coconut luau soup and ahi with caramelized Maui onions. Clients visiting Mama's Fish House are often pleased with the food and the views.
5 A Place With An Eclectic Menu
Collage Restaurant, Florida, is no stranger to winning prizes. The restaurant is nestled in a charming neighborhood in St. Augustine, and it is known for its food and services. The owners believe the secret to its success lies in the eclectic menu, and clients can find steaks, lamb, veal, and fresh seafood on the menu — everything prepared with an international concept.
Like other restaurants on this list, the Collage Restaurant recognizes the importance of having fresh ingredients. They also have a great selection of wines.
4 The Best Of Mexican Cuisine
Thanks to chef Fernando Olea, it is possible to find the best Mexican cuisine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is responsible for creating the menu at Sazon, one of the best restaurants in the country, featuring a combination of traditional Mexican cuisine with an international touch.
The first thing guests will notice is that the menu has only a few options, including fish and meant, prioritizing the products available in the region. It is also possible to order a tasting menu at 5 p.m and 7 p.m.
3 A Paradise For Steak-Lovers
Halls Chophouse, Charleston, is the ultimate destination for steak-lovers. the restaurant is proud of its meat, which is "hand-selected, meticulously aged, hand-cut to portions specifications." The menu features filet mignon, dry-aged steaks, and ribeye steaks, among other options. According to the reviews, the staff will often give a review of each steak on the menu, which makes it easier to decide.
They live up to the expectations, and clients are often highlighting the quality of the meat at Halls Chophouse. People who are not close to Charleston can also find it in Columbia, Greenville, Nexton, and Nashville.
2 One Of The Best Restaurants In Arizona
Cafe Monarch, Arizona, is one of the best restaurants in the region, and it is a family business. Located in the charming Old Town Scottsdale, the restaurant offers outstanding services and a sophisticated atmosphere. The menu is constantly changing, and the dishes are prepared with local and fresh ingredients. Clients can also order a four-course menu, and each member of the staff is trained to help costumers to choose the perfect wine.
Clients highly recommend the food, but they also highlight the service's quality.
1 This Is The Best Restaurant In The U.S.
Inn at Little Washington has several impressive achievements: it is the only Michelin star restaurant in Washington DC, and it has also been named Forbes 5 Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant than any other place. The place has also been crowned as the best restaurant in the United States on TripAdvisor's list.
The ingredients come from a small farm, and it is a perfect place for a sophisticated romantic dinner. According to the Michelin Guide, it features excellent options for vegetarians, but they have also highlighted its truffle-infused tartar.