Top Fine Dining Restaurants in the US

Make food the main attraction on your upcoming vacation with the top fine dining restaurants in the US.

Fine Dining

1. The French Laundry

Yountville, CA

Every day is Valentines Day, high school graduation day, your significant other’s birthday, and your 20th wedding anniversary at the French Laundry – patrons who are in the loop reserve their tables two months in advance. If they had their way, they’d reserve their table a year in advance (but that’s just not possible). It didn’t take long for foodies to figure out that the French Laundry was no longer a French steam laundry room, but possibly America’s most divine culinary offering.
 
Chef Thomas Keller and his all-star team dream up two delectable nine-course menus a day. While at the end of the night, you won't dare step on a scale, each and every pocket-sized entrée will leave you wanting more. Individual dishes are made to intrigue, but before you linger on the “sweet butter-pached Maine lobster tail” for too long, you'll be tempted with the next mini masterpiece, perhaps an “olive oil serbet." No ingredient shows up twice.

Your three to four-hour sojourn at the French Laundry will never happen again, because the menu changes day to day, season to season. So, savor it!

You’re welcome to bring your own bottle of wine (for a $50 corkage fee), but why would you? The French Laundry has an unsurprisingly stunning collection of wines, from near – hello, the restaurant’s setting is Napa Valley – and far.

The French Laundry
6640 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599

2. Le Bernardin

New York

Even casual New York restaurants are high-end by other cities' standards, so men, don’t forget your jacket! Le Bernardin offers up a seductive selection of seafood, many entrées sporting a French and/or Asian flare. If you’re open to suggestion, try the Escolar (white tuna poached in olive oil), the warm octopus salad, or the red snapper. Tip: Before digging in, take a snapshot of your delicately prepped dish.

Le Bernardin
155 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019

3. Per Se

New York

Per Se is the New York version of the French Laundry, literally. Thomas Keller decided to bring his inspired culinary creations to the East Coast, specifically New York, home of America’s most discerning diners. Although Per Se doesn’t overshadow its predecessor, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in this case. Per Se is on every gourmand’s top 10 list, and has received consistently rave reviews from the hypercritical New York Times.

Per Se
10 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019

4. Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Tarrytown, NY

The idea behind this farm-to-table restaurant is so novel, yet so obvious. With the exception of a few imports, everything you eat at Blue Hill traveled very little distance to get to your plate. All the menu items, from the veggies to the beef, originated on the farm, the farm right outside the restaurant you're sitting in. But it’s not just the fresh, local ingredients that make this Hudson Valley hideaway so enchanting; the chefs behind the scenes provide that extra, gourmet touch.

Blue Hill
630 Bedford Rd
Tarrytown, NY 10591

5. Alex

Las Vegas

Need something to spend your slot machine winnings on? Well, here’s a savory suggestion – a $145 four-course dinner at Iron Chef Alessandro Stratta’s namesake restaurant. From walking up the lavish staircase to taking your seat in the even more lavish dining room, the buildup to your five-star feast will be great, and it should be. The cuisine is just as luxurious as the décor, but unlike many Vegas spectacles, there’s more to Alex than appearances. The “Roasted Pineapple with Banana Basque Cake and Coconut Sorbet” tastes even better than it looks!

Alex
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Fine Dining

6. Alan Wong’s

Honolulu

Leave it to Alan Wong to turn a sushi standard, the California roll, into a cutting-edge classic. (He substitutes the rice with lobster.) While you can expect Hawaiian fare here, the constantly changing menu is inspired by Japan and America, too. Save some room for desert – the “crunch bar” is legendary.

Alan Wong’s
1857 S King St # 3
Honolulu, HI 96826

7. Spago

Beverly Hills

Even though Spago is Wolfgang Puck’s concoction, it wasn't necessarily destined for greatness from the beginning. After all, Los Angeles is a tough crowd. However, Spago’s cuisine managed to upstage the celebrity sightings time and time again. Must-eat dishes include the smoked salmon pizza and the crawfish salad, but the menu’s seasonal, so come with an open mind and empty belly.

Spago
176 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

8. Cityzen

Washington DC

Award-winning chef Eric Ziebold offers up one of the more contempo dining options on this list. Whether it’s a pre-dinner cocktail or the poached river oysters, every single sip and bite at Cityzen is memorable.

Cityzen
1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

9. Charlie Trotter’s

Chicago

Chef Charlie Trotter’s eponymous entry into the world of fine dining has been a Windy City and even international favorite for years, particularly with wine lovers. Trotter’s three in-flux tasting menus – the Grand, Vegetable, and Kitchen Table – are made up of fresh, organic ingredients. Wondering what wine will go with the roasted duck breast? Ask the waiter for some guidance. He or she won’t hesitate to go into lots of detail about the restaurant’s elegant wine pairings, a substantial source of pride for Trotter.

Charlie Trotter’s
816 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

10. Bone’s Restaurant

Atlanta

Bone’s is one of America's most gratifying steakhouses, so if you’ve got a hankering for filet-mignon or rib eye, this is as good as it gets. Don’t let Bone's reputation as a superior steakhouse deter you from trying the world-class seafood, too, which includes everything from grouper to oysters.
 
Bone’s
3130 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

America's top 10 restaurants usually require reservations months in advance, so better start planning!

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