“Average price per person” is computed by adding together the cost of the cheapest appetizer, main dish, and dessert on the dinner menu, along with those of the most expensive, then averaging the totals. In every case where an average price is given, it will be possible to dine for less than that amount. “Fixed-price menu” means that a restaurant offers only one or more multi-course tasting menus, or charges a set price for a three- or four-course meal.
None of these prices account for supplemental menu charges (as for luxury ingredients like truffles or Wagyu beef), beverages, taxes, or gratuities, unless otherwise noted. Some restaurants add a service charge for larger parties, typically six or more.
In some cases, these restaurants operate on a ticketing system instead of taking conventional reservations. This requires either prepayment in full or a substantial deposit, and tickets are not refundable (though they may be passed along to others).
Some of the restaurants listed have bar or lounge menus, which may be à la carte, but in any case will be less expensive than the main menus. Some of these restaurants are also open for lunch, offering à la carte and/or cheaper fixed-price menus.If your favorites aren’t on this list, never mind. The best restaurant in America, for you, is the restaurant you like the best, no matter what or where it may be.
To identify the best restaurants in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed U.S. restaurants awarded a AAA 5-Diamond rating and/or at least a 1-star review by the Michelin Guide, adding a small number of others that have been widely acclaimed by reputable critics. (Current Michelin ratings are only available for restaurants in three U.S. cities and their immediate regions — New York, Chicago, and San Francisco — though the guide’s publishers have announced plans to launch its first-ever regional restaurant guide, covering all of California, later this year.)
To be considered for this list, restaurants also needed to have at least 250 combined reviews on Google and Yelp. To rank the restaurants, we used an index of AAA Diamond and Michelin star ratings and credible editorial reviews to measure critical assessments, as well as Google and Yelp ratings to measure popular opinion. Google and Yelp ratings were average weighted by number of reviews.
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