Yes Lunch on the Grass was one indication, eating al fresco was obviously appealing long before 2020. But if the pandemic has taught restaurants anything, it’s how to pivot and make things even better – and diners, in turn, have certainly learned to. appreciate their third places more.
So, for those looking for something beyond fancy streetery, OpenTable – one of America’s most popular online booking platforms – has just released its latest list of reviews in anticipation of reopening. of the country after Covid: Top 25 Restaurants for Outdoor Dining.
And looking at all of these datasets (via the OpenTable State of the Industry dashboard) is quite interesting. Especially as it evolves.
New York, arguably one of the world’s most important dining destinations, is not represented at all. (Although data from OpenTable shows Lupa near SoHo, Baker & Co in Greenwich Village, and Catch in the Meatpacking District are a small sampling of the city’s top-rated and most booked places.) Apparently, in early April, only about 60% of New York restaurants that use the platform have reopened. Beyond that, sit-down dinners at the aforementioned open restaurants are at 75% of 2019 levels – so there is certainly room for major growth as the industry slowly recovers.
But New York is not the only “snubbed” city. New Orleans, Portland, Chicago, and Charleston are some of the big food towns that are conspicuously absent from this list – and that’s a shame.
As for this admittedly abbreviated national list, the warmer states occupy the first places. Without surprise. California has the most award winners with six restaurants, including the Beachcomber Café, Foreign Cinema, Pacifica Seafood Restaurant and Waterbar. Next up is Florida with five. While the District of Columbia and Georgia are tied for third place with two restaurants each.
To view the full list, scroll down or click here. And if you’re a worried parent looking for kid-friendly establishments, fear not: OpenTable has a list for that as well.
OpenTable’s 25 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining
Beachcomber Cafe (Newport Coast, CA)
Bottega Napa Valley Restaurant (Yountville, CA)
Campiello Restaurant, Naples (Naples, FL)
Canoe Restaurant (Atlanta, GA)
Chart House Restaurant (Alexandria, Virginia)
Columbia Restaurant, Sand Key (Clearwater, FL)
Foreign cinema restaurant (San Francisco, California)
King + Duke Restaurant (Atlanta, Georgia)
Latitudes on Sunset Key (Key West, Florida)
The Diplomat (Washington, DC)
Linger (Denver, CO)
Mama’s Fish House (Paia, Hawaii)
Mesón Sabika Restaurant (Naperville, IL)
Pacifica Seafood Restaurant (Palm Desert, CA)
Bonus: American cuisine and bar (Huntington, NY)
The restaurant at Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, NC)
Root Down (Denver, CO)
Red (Miami Beach, Florida)
Seasons 52 (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station (San Diego, CA)
Talula Garden (Philadelphia, PA)
Vivace Restaurant (Tucson, AZ)
Waterbar Restaurant (San Francisco, CA)
Woodberry Kitchen Restaurant (Baltimore, MD)
Zaytinya (Washington, DC)