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February 26, 2014

Yelp Data Reveals Top 100 Places to Eat: Bookmark These Babies Now!

Remember those lofty goals you made this time last month to eat better? Ha, we don't either. So now that we've all thrown those resolutions out the window, let's talk about the spots Yelpers have deemed the ultimate, try-before-you-die, food-coma-inducing, so-good-it-makes-you-want-to-slap-your-momma places to eat across the globe. Add these babies to your Yelp bookmarks STAT and worry about that unused gym membership later.

From cheap eats to $$$$, food stands to Michelin stars, this list runs the gamut of dining experiences. Leave it to Yelpers to be in-the-know on the spots you’ve heard buzz about (like the fabled Le Bernardin at #45 and Chicago’s molecular gastronomy masterpiece Alinea at #7), and unearth hole-in-the-wall joints the locals would love to keep secret (a food stand serving only sweet potatoes at #54, or the hot dog cart with reindeer, elk and rattlesnake options in Denver at #12).

Best places to eat yelp collage
Clockwise from top left: dishes from Le Bernardin, Da Poke Shack, Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, and Alinea

How’d we make a list so all-encompassing? We dug in to our wealth of rich data to see what the numbers told us about which places Yelpers really love. Engineers on Yelp’s data mining team used a technique based on the Wilson Score to compile a list of highly rated places to eat. This method takes into account both star rating and number of reviews to reveal which spots not only have top notch ratings, but also which are most popular in the Yelp community.

Without further ado, we present 100 must-try spots in the US to get your #nomnom on. And don’t think we forgot about the other 23 countries where Yelp has a presence. Community Managers abroad shared a few hand-picked suggestions of places their locals love for both the cheap and spendy price points to make this munch-fest a global experience. Don’t say we didn’t warn you if your stomach starts to growl.

 

Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the US: A By-the-Numbers Look

1. Da Poke Shack, Kailua-Kona, HI
2. Paseo, Seattle, WA
3. Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue, Kansas City, KS
4. The Cinnamon Snail, New York, NY
5. Porto's Bakery, Burbank, CA
6. Dametra Cafe, Carmel by the Sea, CA
7. Alinea, Chicago, IL
8. Franklin Barbecue, Austin, TX
9. Gary Danko, San Francisco, CA
10. Joe’s Falafel, Los Angeles, CA
11. Sushi Izakaya Gaku, Honolulu, HI
12. Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, Denver, CO
13. Oscar’s Mexican Seafood, San Diego, CA
14. Coop’s West Texas Barbeque, Lemon Grove, CA
15. Tacos El Gordo, Chula Vista, CA
16. Cheese Board Pizza, Berkeley, CA
17. Ricky’s Fish Tacos, Los Angeles, CA
18. Ono Seafood, Honolulu, HI
19. Bogart’s Smoke House, Saint Louis, MO
20. Bakery Nouveau, Seattle, WA
21. Baguette Cafe, Las Vegas, NV
22. Eleven Madison Park, New York, NY
23. T-Deli, San Diego, CA
24. Built to Grill, Portland, OR
25. Alforon, San Diego, CA
26. Daniel, New York, NY
27. Hot Doug’s, Chicago, IL
28. Sal, Kris, & Charlie’s Deli, Astoria, NY
29. Blues City Deli, Saint Louis, MO
30. The Kitchen Restaurant, Sacramento, CA
31. Cream Pan, Tustin, CA
32. Dave’s Fresh Pasta, Somerville, MA
33. Café Besalu, Seattle, WA
34. The French Laundry, Yountville, CA
35. Turf N' Surf Po Boy, Austin, TX
36. Café Rolle, Sacramento, CA
37. Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse, Downers Grove, IL
38. Yoshino Japanese Deli, Carlsbad, CA
39. Opal Thai Food, Haleiwa, HI
40. Lou’s Cafe, San Francisco, CA
41. Marukame Udon, Honolulu, HI
42. Monell’s Dining & Catering, Nashville, TN
43. Roxie Food Center, San Francisco, CA
44. Graham Avenue Meats And Deli, Brooklyn, NY
45. Le Bernardin, New York, NY
46. El Chato Taco Truck, Los Angeles, CA
47. Mr. Gyros, Seattle, WA
48. The Waffle Window, Portland, OR
49. Per Se, New York, NY
50. Geste Shrimp Truck, Kahului, HI
51. Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights, Cypress, CA
52. Sushi Ota, San Diego, CA
53. Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco, CA
54. Sweet Potato Stall, Santa Clara, CA
55. Gramercy Tavern, New York, NY
56. Peter’s Kettle Corn, Oakland, CA
57. Johnny Pacific, Winnetka, CA
58. El Chilango, Arlington, VA
59. Ike’s Place, San Francisco, CA
60. Fishermen’s Grill, Portland, ME
61. Sabroso! Mexican Grill, Garden Grove, CA
62. District Wine, Long Beach, CA
63. Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, Houston, TX
64. Bludso’s BBQ, Compton, CA
65. Tiki Juice Bar, Anaheim, CA
66. Wally’s Cafe, Emeryville, CA
67. Vinh Loi Tofu, Reseda, CA
68. Mama D’s Italian Kitchen, Newport Beach, CA
69. Los Andes Restaurant, Providence, RI
70. Little Luca Sandwich Shop & Deli, South San Francisco, CA
71. Pho 95, Denver, CO
72. Garbo’s Grill, Key West, FL
73. Ono Tacos, Lahaina, HI
74. Mattern Sausage & Deli, Orange, CA
75. The Market Grill, Monrovia, CA
76. Urasawa, Beverly Hills, CA
77. Dat Cajun Guy, Haleiwa, HI
78. Los Agaves, Santa Barbara, CA
79. Outlaws Cafe, Van Nuys, CA
80. Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Chicken, Memphis, TN
81. Short Leash Dogs Food Truck, Phoenix, AZ
82. Pono Market, Kapaa, HI
83. Wafels & Dinges, New York, NY
84. Bell Street Farm, Los Alamos, CA
85. Uchiko, Austin, TX
86. Little Deli & Pizzeria, Austin, TX
87. Kokkari Estiatorio, San Francisco, CA
88. Kang Hodong Baekjeong, Los Angeles, CA
89. Komi, Washington, DC
90. Stuff I Eat, Inglewood, CA
91. Taste of Ethiopia, Pflugerville, TX
92. Hy Mart Sandwiches, North Hollywood, CA
93. The Codmother Fish and Chips, San Francisco, CA
94. Mastro’s Steakhouse, Beverly Hills, CA
95. Sushi Sasabune, Honolulu, HI
96. Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL
97. Postino Arcadia, Phoenix, AZ
98. Pappy’s Smokehouse, Saint Louis, MO
99. Uchi, Austin, TX
100. Zia Gourmet Pizza, San Diego, CA

 

Yelp Community Manager Picks for Best Places to Eat Around the Globe

AUSTRALIA

Gerard's Bistro, Brisbane

Esquire, Brisbane

Gelateria Primavera, Melbourne

Cumulus Inc., Melbourne

Ptite Ardoise Bistro, Perth

Is Donburi, Perth

Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Sydney

Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney

 

AUSTRIA

lutz, Vienna

Rudi’s Beisl, Vienna

 

BELGIUM

Grill Meat & Eat, Antwerp

De Godevaart, Antwerp

La Boule d’Or, Brussels

La Buvette, Brussels

 

BRAZIL

Meza Bar, Rio de Janeiro

Zazá Bistrô Tropical, Rio de Janeiro

Bella Paulista, Sao Paulo

Feirinha Gastronômica, Sao Paulo

 

CANADA

Rouge, Calgary

The Himalayan, Calgary

Duchess Bake Shop, Edmonton

Red Ox Inn, Edmonton

Triple Crown Dinette, Montreal

Le Quartier Général, Montreal

DiRienzo's, Ottawa

Beckta, Ottawa

St Lawrence Market, Toronto

Enoteca Sociale, Toronto

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Cafe Lounge, Prague

Čestr, Prague

 

DENMARK

Cafe Dyrehaven, Copenhagen

Oliver and the Black Circus, Copenhagen

 

FINLAND

Café Balzac, Helsinki

Chef & Sommelier, Helsinki

 

FRANCE

Plume Small Kitchen, Bordeaux

El Nacional, Bordeaux

Tous les Jours Dimanche, Lille

Bloempot, Lille

Palégrié, Lyon

Butcher, Lyon

Restaurant Peron, Marseille

Sur le Pouce, Marseille

West Country Girl, Paris

Frenchie, Paris

Burger N’co, Toulouse

Le Bibent, Toulouse

 

GERMANY

Chay Viet, Berlin

reinstoff, Berlin

Bei Oma Kleinmann, Cologne

Le Moissonnier, Cologne

Lido, Dusseldorf

Menta cucina italiana, Dusseldorf

Casa Franco Caramba, Hamburg

Mr. Kebab, Hamburg

Makassar, Munich

Belicious, Munich

 

IRELAND

The Pieman, Dublin

The Hot Stove, Dublin

 

ITALY

Taverna Trilussa, Rome

Cacio e Pepe, Rome

Se.Sto on Arno, Florence

I 2 Fratellini, Florence

Cracco, Milan

Trattoria Casa Fontana 23 Risotti, Milan

Terrazza Calabritto, Naples

Hosteria Toledo, Naples

 

THE NETHERLANDS

Café Bern, Amsterdam

Lagaste, Amsterdam

La Pizza, Rotterdam

Visrestaurant Las Palmas, Rotterdam

 

NEW ZEALAND

The French Café, Auckland

The Lucky Taco, Auckland

 

NORWAY

Fiskeriet, Oslo

Maaemo, Oslo

 

POLAND

Konfederacka 4, Krakow

Pimiento, Krakow

Kuchnia Funkcjonalna, Warsaw

Beirut, Warsaw

 

SINGAPORE

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore

Aoki, Singapore

 

SPAIN

Bar Mut, Barcelona

Morryssom, Barcelona

Casa Federica, Madrid

In Situ, Madrid

Burguett, Seville

La Azotea, Seville

La Pascuala, Valencia

Montes, Valencia

 

SWEDEN

Gro, Stockholm

Ekstedt, Stockholm

 

SWITZERLAND

The Bite, Zurich

Loft Five, Zurich

 

TURKEY

Namlı Rumeli Köftecisi, Istanbul

Mikla, Istanbul

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Bodega, Birmingham

Woktastic, Birmingham

Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

Palmyra, Edinburgh

Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow

Where the Monkey Sleeps, Glasgow

RARE, Leeds

Fuji Hiro, Leeds

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London

Beigel Bake, London

The French by Simon Rogan, Manchester

This & That, Manchester