From sea to shining sea, the United States of America offers a number of special, one of a kind dining options. In this list of the best restaurants in the US, we made some hard decisions, and narrowed those offerings into ten, exceptional restaurants. From Contemporary American cuisine, to French, to Japanese, the restaurants on this list all share one thing in common – they are a cut above the rest.
If you want a truly remarkable dining experience, find the closest restaurant on this list to you, and make your reservation!
For even more exceptional dining offerings, check out our list of the best restaurants in NYC. As the largest city in the US, New York City is home to six three star Michelin restaurants and a number of other outstanding, unique, and delicious restaurants, so once you have eaten your way through this list, head straight to NYC!
List of the Best Restaurants in the US
The French Laundry, Yountville, CA
Situated in Napa Valley, The French Laundry features delicious and innovative modern French-American food. The West Coast sibling of Per Se, The French Laundry does not disappoint, whether you go for coffee and doughnuts or salmon tartare cornet. Ever changing tasting menus keep things fresh and make The French Laundry a place worth visiting time and time again.
SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar, Myrtle Beach, SC
Situated in North Myrtle Beach, SeaBlue offers contemporary American fare. Fresh, high quality ingredients make SeaBlue a diner choice favorite, and the restaurant’s large wine selection is an added boon. For a special night out after a day at the beach, SeaBlue is the place to be.
Le Bernadin, New York City, NY
A mainstay of NYC, Le Bernadin offers delicious fare in a three star Michelin atmosphere. Seafood is king here, with almost every type of fish and crustacean available. For a classy and classic dining experience, Le Bernadin should not be missed.
Alinea, Chicago, IL
Alinea shows up on almost every best of list, and for good reason – it is truly special. This three star Michelin restaurant features modern and innovative cuisine that focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients. A full renovation is planned for early 2016, leading chefs and owners Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas to promise something “entirely new” when the restaurant reopens.
Coi, San Francisco, CA
California cuisine at its finest, Coi features a variety of innovative and classic dishes. The tasting menu includes delicacies like steamed tofu mousseline, chilled English pea soup with buttermilk, and aged and grilled spicy vinaigrette duck. Coi also employs the Coravin system, which allows diners to enjoy glasses of wine from unusual and rare bottles.
Canlis, Seattle, WA
With a self-proclaimed “comfort geek” style of cooking, Canlis is known for using modern cooking techniques in a comfortable and approachable style. Pacific Northwest fare is at its best here, and the restaurant’s large windows offer classic PNW views at every turn. No matter what tasting menu you choose, you are sure to be pleased with your choice.
Restaurant August, New Orleans, LA
Situated in the heart of NOLA’s Central Business District, Restaurant August offers a taste of Louisiana in offerings like Louisiana blue crab and Covey Rise cabbage. Fresh market vegetables also factor heavily into the menu, and a variety of other delicious food offerings like gnocchi and Wagyu steak make Restaurant August a place you will want to come back to time and time again.
Patina, Los Angeles, CA
Offering truly special and unique tasting meals (three, five and eight course tasting menus are available), Patina is a cut above the rest. Classics like foie gras are served alongside dishes like rabbit shoulder lasagna, and uber-tasty homemade breads. Be sure to save room for dessert, however – Patina also offers a number of creative and tasty offerings.
Per Se, New York City, NY
Home to three Michelin stars, Per Se is the East Coast sister of The French Laundry. Classic French cuisine is mixed with seasonal American ingredients, making the end product delicious and creative. Try the oysters and pearls (pearl tapioca, that is) for a truly sensational meal.
Uchi, Austin, TX
Featuring an array of innovative, contemporary Japanese dishes, Uchi is the perfect place to enjoy fresh and flavorful food. The hot and cold tasting menu is a delight, and the seafood, flown in fresh every day from markets in Japan, is always a good bet. If you are in the Austin area, Uchi is a must.