Special Report

Best Restaurants in America

Source: Courtesy of Holly H. via Yelp

15. Manresa
> Location: Los Gatos, California
> Fixed-price menu per person (food only) $275

One of only 15 restaurants across America to earn a coveted three-star rating from Michelin, this sleek establishment in the small Northern California town of Los Gatos uses California produce, local seafood, foraged mushrooms, and other first-class ingredients to construct imaginative multi-course fixed-price menus. Michelin singles out the striped bass in saffron bouillabaisse and the duck with foie gras for special notice.

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14. Atelier Crenn
> Location: San Francisco, California
> Average price per person (gratuity included) $335

This intimate eight-table restaurant features multi-course fixed-price menus created by Dominique Crenn, who became, in 2018, the first woman in America to be awarded three Michelin stars. Past menus have included such innovative dishes as caviar in ginger and carrot sauce with hazelnuts, mountain trout with Greek yogurt and shaved foie gras, and olive and pistachio sorbet with olive oil and sea salt.

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13. Blue Hill at Stone Barns
> Location: Tarrytown, New York
> Average price per person (gratuity included) $258

Part of the 80-acre Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, occupying a former Rockefeller family estate in Westchester County, chef Dan Barber’s Blue Hill (there is also an urban branch in New York City) serves an ever-changing nightly fixed-price menu based almost entirely on foodstuffs sourced from the property — from greens to beans, eggs to heritage-breed pork.

Source: Courtesy of D. T. via Yelp

12. The Restaurant at Meadowood
> Location: St. Helena, California
> Fixed-price menu per person (food only) $350

Licorice-coated foie gras, terrine of rabbit with lobster and sweetbreads, and duck rubbed with chermoula (a Moroccan herb sauce) are examples of the kinds of specialties chef Christopher Kostow and his team serve in the upscale-ranch-house-style three-star destination restaurant. Not surprisingly, given its location, the wine list is extensive and superb.

Source: Courtesy of Genevieve Y. via Yelp

11. Joël Robuchon
> Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
> Fixed-price menu per person (food only) $127, $198, $250, and $445

The late French master chef and restaurateur, whose numerous restaurants at one point held more than 30 Michelin stars, opened this temple of gastronomy (itself garlanded with three stars when the guide covered Las Vegas) in 2005. It has been known ever since for its opulent setting — rich purple fabrics, intricate chandeliers, flowers everywhere — and such preparations as frogs’ legs fritters with miso and truffled langoustine ravioli in foie gras sauce.

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