San Francisco's Saison Named Top Restaurant in U.S. by List

Opinionated About Dining (OAD), a leading source of global restaurant rankings for devout diners, unveiled the fifth edition of its annual top U.S. restaurants selected by the survey’s seasoned membership of food connoisseurs. As a major departure from last year, there are only 100 destinations featured this year, instead of 200.

Although Saison holds firm at the No. 1 spot on the 2016 list, there is significant movement among the top 10 this year. Urasawa is bumped seven spots to No. 10, and is replaced by Manresa at No. 3. Alinea improves its ranking by three and is now at No. 4, while é and minibar by José Andrés are knocked out of the top 10 and replaced by Damon Baehrel at The Basement Bistro with the highest new entry in the survey’s history at No. 5. The Restaurant at Meadowood debuts at No. 6 as Blue Hill at Stone Barns moves up three spots to No. 7. However, Sushi Taro and Catbird Seat also make huge strides, moving into the top 10. Sushi Taro increased its ranking by 13 at No. 8, and Catbird Seat climbed 13 spots to claim No. 9. 

New York City remains the country’s reigning destination for remarkable dining experiences with 24 restaurants on the list, followed by San Francisco and Chicago with nine, Los Angeles with eight, and Brooklyn, New York, with four. Additional cities on the list with more than one restaurant, include: Beverly Hills, California (3), Washington D.C. (3), Boston (2), Frederick, Maryland (2), Houston, Texas (2), Charleston, South Carolina (2), Las Vegas (2), New Orleans (2), Milwaukee (2), Miami (2), Portland, Maine (2), Portland, Oregona (2), and West Hollywood, Califonria(2).

TOP 100 U.S. LIST 

1. Saison, San Francisco, CA

2. Willows Inn, The Lummi Island, WA

3. Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

4. Alinea, Chicago

5. Damon Baehrel at The Basement Bistro, Earlton, NY

6. Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA

7. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

8. Sushi Taro (Omakase Counter), Washington D.C.

9. Catbird Seat, Nashville, Tennessee

10. Urasawa, Beverly Hills, CA

11. minibar by Jose Andres, Washington D.C.

12. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn, NY

13. é by José Andrés, Las Vegas

14. Aubergine, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

15. Eleven Madison Park, New York, NY

16. Blanca, Brooklyn, NY

17. Jean George, New York, NY

18. Tempura Matsui, New York, NY

19. Masa, New York, NY

20. Kyo Ya, New York, NY

21. Benu, San Francisco, CA

22. Sushi Yasuda, New York, NY

23. Sushi Nakazawa, New York, NY

24. Kuruma Zushi, New York, NY

25. Providence, Los Angeles

26. Castagna, Portland, OR

27. Elements, Princeton, NJ

28. Grace, Chicago

29. McCrady’s, Charleston, SC

30. Momofuku Ko, New York, NY

31. Schwa, Chicago

32. Trois Mec, Los Angeles

33. Coi, San Francisco, CA

34. Next, Chicago

35. Ichimura at Brushstroke, New York, NY

36. Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, CA

37. Hugo’s, Portland, ME

38. Marea, New York, NY

39. 42 Grams, Chicago

40. Oxheart, Houston, TX

41. Nozawa Bar, Beverly Hills, CA

42. Sanford, Milwaukee, WI

43. Sushi Zo, Los Angeles

44. Commis, Oakland, CA

45. Square Root, New Orleans

46. Soto, New York, NY

47. Quince, San Francisco, CA

48. Betony, New York, NY

49. Bazaar, West Hollywood, CA

50. Birch, Providence, RI

51. Mourad, San Francisco, CA

52. Contra, New York, NY

53. Komi, Washington DC

54. Blue Hill, New York, NY

55. Minetta Tavern, New York, NY

56. Gunshow, Atlanta

57. Mori Sushi, Los Angeles

58. Totoraku, Los Angeles

59. Semilla, Brooklyn, NY

60. Nomad, New York, NY

61. Carnevino, Las Vegas, NV

62. Craft, New York, NY

63. Luksus at Torst, Brooklyn, NY

64. Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, CO

65. Estella, New York, NY

66. Sixteen, Chicago, IL

67. Orsa & Winston, Los Angeles

68. Ink., West Hollywood, CA

69. Chi Spacca, Los Angeles

70. Q Sushi, Los Angeles

71. O Ya, Boston

72. Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA

73. Commonwealth, San Francisco, CA

74. Uchi, Houston, TX

75. Volt, Frederick, MD

76. Uni, Boston

77. Goosefoot, Chicago

78. Shuko, New York, NY

79. Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

80. Sons & Daughters, San Francisco, CA

81. Miyake, Portland, ME

82. El Ideas, Chicago

83. Alter, Miami

84. Gramercy Tavern, New York, NY

85. Niche, St. Louis. MO

86. Maude, Beverly Hills, CA

87. N’Naka, Los Angeles

88. Ardent, Milwaukee, WI

89. Modern, New York, NY

90. Gabriel Kreuther, New York, NY

91. Barley Swine, Austin, TX

92. Fork, Philadelphia, PA

93. Californios, San Francisco, CA

94. Babu Ji, New York, NY

95. Shaya, New Orleans

96. Piora, New York, NY

97. Roe, Portland, OR

98. Cosme, New York, NY

99. Elizabeth, Chicago, IL

100. Baumé, Palo, Alto, CA

Over 4,500 food enthusiasts voted this year’s restaurants onto the list with a total of 160,000 reviews collected. 

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