The 25 best restaurants in the United States, according to travelers

TripAdvisor just released the results of its annual Travelers’ Choice awards in the fine dining category, which names the best restaurants in the US as reviewed by millions of travelers on its site.

Of the 25 restaurants, four are in New York City, four are in Charleston, and two are in New Orleans.

From a high-end sushi place in Austin to upscale palaces of gastronomy in New York City, these 25 restaurants can pretty much guarantee a meal you’ll never forget.


25. Rasika — Washington, DC


“Loved this place for its fresh variety of menu items, some traditional some more forward thinking, all simply delicious and perfectly prepared.” – AugieDaddy, TripAdvisor user


24. Canlis Restaurant — Seattle, WA


“Canlis certainly lives up to their reputation. A wonderful atmosphere, terrific service and the meals were sublime. Nothing was out of place. Don’t miss this experience, it is well worth it.” – alimentoD, TripAdvisor user


23. Fig — Charleston, SC

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Lance C. / Yelp

“With all the new, acclaimed restaurants opening in Charleston, it is good to know that this place, part of the first wave of Charleston’s epicurean movement, is still innovative and delicious.” – slonim, TripAdvisor user


22. The Bazaar by Jose Andres — Miami Beach, FL



“The tasting menu was truly out of this world. JA mixes textures and flavors like no other and the food is just enough. The wine list is also awesome and sommelier was very helpful. Service is top notch. Can’t wait to try it again … definitely worth the price of admission.” – Izzy D., TripAdvisor user


21. Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf — Chicago, IL

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Linda X. / Yelp

“There is a reason this restaurant is so highly rated on TA. It was hands down the best steak I have ever had. I ordered the 10 oz filet and it was cooked to perfection! Couple it with their salt seasoning and béarnaise and it was absolutely amazing. We did start with salads and they were very big – I would suggest sharing one if you want to leave room for a large steak. The service was excellent – friendly and very efficient. The place is really lovely too – dark wood, pretty chandeliers. It was a great experience and well worth the money. Make your reservation now!” – LB1202, TripAdvisor user


20. Le Bernardin — New York, NY

The 25 best restaurants in the United States, according to travelers

“A thoroughly lovely experience from beginning to end. The room is beautiful, matched by the service and mostly importantly, the glorious food. Every detail was perfect, from the fine linens, to the beautiful tableware, from the salmon amuse Bouche to the coffee caramel dessert. Every dish was superb, and the entire experience was truly memorable
A meal to savor for a lifetime.” – lscquig, TripAdvisor user


19. Upperline Restaurant — New Orleans, LA


“Upperline is truly one of the most enjoyable dining experiences in New Orleans. Owner Joanne is a charming hostess, welcoming each guest and sharing he background of her dare I say iconic dishes. Each bite is turned out to perfection. Upperline should be on everyone’s Must Go list.” – LD38, TripAdvisor user


18. GW Fins — New Orleans, LA


“Excellent dinner. The food was fantastic, the servers were very knowledgeable and attentive. Every dish was delicious and had beautiful presentation.” – mkrasnov51, TripAdvisor user


17. Geronimo — Santa Fe, NM


“This was one of many meals as we ate our way through Sante Fe, but this was one of the best. Food, service and drinks were all amazing. Can’t wait to go back.” – Waynebg5, TripAdvisoruser


16. Circa 1886 Restaurant — Charleston, SC


“Went on my birthday and so glad I chose this restaurant, it was perfect. The food was excellent, the service was too! The building is unique and the atmosphere wonderful. Great place for a special night. Highly recommend.” – Travel-as-you-can, TripAdvisor user


15. Lahaina Grill — Lahaina, HI


“If you’re on the west coast of Maui, it’s simply mandatory to dine at Lahaina Grill. The ambiance is fantastic and the dishes are as scrumptious as they can be! The staff accepted us as walk-in and were extremely nice to accommodate a birthday celebration. If I lived in Maui, I’d pay a visit every week to this place.” – João Miguel C, TripAdvisor user


14. Zahav — Philadelphia, PA


“From the moment of arriving and being seated, the goal of the staff became clear – to give us an unforgettable dining experience. From the Marble Rye Cocktail to the Digestif to go with our mouthwatering desserts, the experience was like no other.” – barbann412, TripAdvisor user


13. Uchi — Austin, TX


“Loved this place! We had our server pick our menu for us after giving him some ideas of how we dine. He was amazing! Picked just the right items, the spacing on how things came to the table was perfect and the food was paired beautifully with a bottle of sake from an extensive menu. I liked it more than Nobu!” – Angela P., TripAdvisor user


12. Chef and The Farmer — Kinston, NC


“My wife and I drove 1-1/2 hours to the Chef and the Farmer. It was worth it! The food was delicious! We had the fried okra and wood fired flatbread for appetizers. Our entries were seared cobia and pan roasted chicken breast. For dessert we shared a chocolate coffee pound cake. The staff was very friendly and professional. We are looking forward to our next “special occasion” so that we can go again!” – Robbie B., TripAdvisor user


11. Auberge du Soleil Restaurant — Rutherford, CA


“We had made our reservation for dinner to coincide with sunset from the patio of this fabulous restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed the three courses we ordered, in addition to two additional courses that were compliments of the chef. The service was spot on perfect, from the valet for parking to the servers and sommelier. Everyone was charming and efficient. I can’t think of a thing to judge less than excellent.” – Fallbrookian, TripAdvisor user


10. Mama’s Fish House — Paia, Hawaii


“We were lucky to get a reservation at Mama’s Fish House during our visit to Maui. It was everything we thought it would be, delicious food, extraordinary service and a gorgeous view! Make sure to book a reservation ahead of time, you won’t regret it!” – vabeachelectric, TripAdvisor user


9. The French Laundry — Yountville, CA


“I’ve eaten at several 3-star Michelin restaurants and while the food and service are always outstanding, it is difficult for these places to live up to the ridiculously high expectations. French Laundry does this and does it well. The service was impeccable, the food was awesome. Every dish was surprising, innovative (without being overly weird) and tasted awesome. Yes, it’s a pain to get a reservation. There is a reason for that. It’s worth the effort.” – Michael F., TripAdvisor user


8. Restaurant Gary Danko — San Francisco, CA


“Possibly one of the best dining experiences we’ve had. The staff was attentive without being overbearing and had a sense of humor as well. The food? Superb all the way around. Definitely worth a second visit if and when we’re back in San Francisco. Made for a wonderful 41st wedding anniversary.” – Richard H., TripAdvisor user


7. Daniel — New York, NY


“This place oozes class and luxury without being stuffy. We went with the four course tasting menu, with the wine pairing and it was phenomenal. We were absolutely stuffed at the end of the meal with all the little “extras” they provide. The wagyu was probably the best thing I’ve ever tasted. The food was stunning, not only in taste, but presentation as well. Even more impressive than the food was the service, the service was unparalleled. Everything was perfectly paced and flawless executed. It was an exquisite experience and well worth every dollar. Can definitely see why this is the number one rated restaurant in NYC.” – winelover128, TripAdvisoruser


6. Charleston Grill — Charleston, SC


“We had a group dinner here and would highly recommend Charleston Grill. The crab cake appetizer was to die for – I could have just had that for my meal. It was delicious – everyone raved about it. I had the tenderloin for my meal and it was cooked just as I asked and was very good. The service was excellent – we had about 20 people in our group and they were constantly coming by filling drink orders and waiting on us. Very pleasant experience and great atmosphere.” – okstatecowboys, TripAdvisor user


5. Bouley — New York, NY


“Still (after 30+ years) the most creative cuisine around, with an attention to quality and freshness in ingredients, subtle and nuanced preparation, and superb service, all in one of the most beautiful spaces in New York.” – Robert C., TripAdvisor user


4. Halls Chophouse — Charleston, SC


“Halls is wonderful. I go to the Charleston and Greenville locations. Their service is the BEST and their food and drinks never disappoint! Don’t be afraid to sit in the bar area. Tables are hard to come by but the bar is great and even has a fantastic menu as well! Great family. Great restaurant!” – Rob M., TripAdvisor user


3. Per Se — New York, NY


“A once in a lifetime experience, and completely elevating! The most delicious caviar I’ve ever had, and amazing roasted vegetables. The lamb is amazing and incredibly flavorful. What they’re able to do here is unbelievable!” – HigginsCA, TripAdvisor user


2. Victoria & Albert’s — Orlando, FL


“Cannot say enough….service was above excellent and the food was perfection! We even got a visit from the chef to make sure we were enjoying. It is pricey but is a once in a lifetime experience!” – Theresa C., TripAdvisor user


1. Alinea — Chicago, IL


“An amazing multisensory dining experience. Every wine had a story, the courses were interesting aromatically, visually, and in taste and texture. Service was outstanding. Had a great time in the Salon. Standard wine pairings were wonderful. White truffle dish was amazing.” – Michael Y., TripAdvisor user



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