Whether they're looking for a classy place to wine and dine a client, or a unique venue for a board meeting, meeting planners should consult TripAdvisor's 2014 list of the "Top 10 Travelers' Choice Restaurants in the U.S."
"The Travelers' Choice restaurant winners have won over the TripAdvisor community with their outstanding food, service and ambiance -- the perfect ingredients for a memorable fine dining experience," Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, said in a statement. "TripAdvisor is raising a glass to these top restaurants in the world that have delighted our community and their appetites."
Published last week, TripAdvisor's annual list of top restaurants is based on millions of reviews written by TripAdvisor users and travelers. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account both the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants during a 12-month period.
This year's top restaurants in the United States are:
1. Alinea, Chicago (543 reviews)
Says TripAdvisor: "This exquisite restaurant offers impressive creations delicately crafted by renowned chef and owner Grant Achatz. Among the delicacies on the menu are Dungeness crab, trout roe, and Wagyu."
2. Eleven Madison Park, New York (996 reviews)
Says TripAdvisor: "Steps from Madison Square Park, guests are invited to experience culinary art impeccably prepared by chef Daniel Humm. The unique menu is designed to blend extraordinary 'agriculture with centuries-old traditions' to deliver mouthwatering flavor that won't disappoint."
3. Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco (1,327 reviews)
Says TripAdvisor: "This premier West Coast establishment works to ensure that each 'performance is seamless and magical.' Using only the finest ingredients, each dish is carefully constructed to delight those lucky enough to experience Gary Danko. Signature plates include roast lobster, foie gras, and succulent lamb loin."
4. Halls Chophouse, Charleston, SC (1,453 reviews)
Says TripAdvisor: "This Charleston eatery invites travelers to experience true Southern hospitality. Featuring 160 seats, guests can enjoy a prime steak amid the warm and rustic dining room that boasts exposed brick and warm lighting that creates the perfect ambiance."
5. Victoria & Albert's, Orlando (635 reviews)
Says TripAdvisor: "Boasting modern American cuisine including Alaskan King salmon, Osetra caviar, and wild turbot, this premier restaurant is sure to impress. Using his vivid imagination to enhance the colorful presentation of each course, chef Scott Hunnel creates a perfect synergy of food and art."
6. Uchi, Austin, TX (489 reviews)
Says TripAdvisor: "In the heart of Austin, travelers can enjoy contemporary Japanese fare prepared with local ingredients and fine seafood imported daily from Tokyo. The eclectic menu boasts hot and cool items including sushi, sashimi, makimono, and agemono."
7. Bouley, New York (710 reviews)
Says TripAdvisor: "Travelers visiting Bouley can indulge in authentic French cuisine in TriBeca. Its menu designed with 'purity and integrity,' features palatable creations like porcini flan, Kobe beef, Wellfleet oysters, and New England black sea bass."
8. Canlis Restaurant, Seattle (490 reviews)
Says TripAdvisor: "This contemporary Seattle restaurant boasts a menu of 'Comfort Geek' cuisine, defined as easy-to-like, delicious food. Guests can choose from an appetizing array that includes steak tartare, foie gras, Muscovy duck, and Wagyu."
9. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Dallas (347 reviews)
Says TripAdvisor: "Serving premium cuts of beef, this Southern steakhouse's secret to success is a unique dry-aging process that produces bold and tender meat. In addition to its premium steaks, Pappas Bros. offers jumbo lump crab cakes, fried oysters, rack of lamb, and more."
10. Daniel, New York (1,240 reviews)
Says TripAdvisor: "At this Upper East Side restaurant, guests are invited to immerse themselves in elegance as they dine upon contemporary French cuisine and world-class wines. Mouthwatering offerings include crispy Japanese snapper, chorizo wrapped swordfish, and duck terrine."