10 Best Restaurants to Visit in the US Before you Die

Having a great meal with your loved ones in a fabulous restaurant can be memorable and even life-changing experience.

Every year there are thousands of restaurants in the United States that wait for reviews made by food critics, food experts and diners who rank them based upon various categories. This is the list given to us by both domestic and international travelers based on their gastronomical experience in the US. If you love variety of food on your plate, and have not visited any of the restaurants mentioned below, then you have missed out something tantalizingly some of the best tasting experience in your life. We will not keep you waiting more and here is that one of a kind list that has been prepared for people who love what they eat by our fellow food travelers from around the world.

10 Best Restaurants to Visit in the US before you Die

1) Chef Vola’s, Atlantic City

Chef Vola’s, Atlantic City

Chef Vola’s, Atlantic City

Those who know this place will tell you to ‘plan in advance’ to get a reservation. Chef Vola’s is present in Atlantic City and is BYOB (Bring-Your-Own-Bottle) type restaurant, as they do not serve liquor in the restaurant. Chef Vola’s take a 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 reservation in the evening, so plan well in advance to book your seats either in the patio or the dining room. You can bring your favorite bottle of wine and they will uncork it for you for free.  The best part of this restaurant is that it is Italian and it is authentic to its core.  The staff serves some excellent Italian cuisine which feels like ‘home cooked’ Italian meal. The atmosphere of this place is very ‘old school’ and gives you the feeling of a secret club on the residential street where it is located. It costs around $200 for a four people to enjoy a sumptuous Italian meal. Great food, old school ambiance and the cool factor is just something works wonders for this amazing place.

2) Zuni Cafe, San Francisco

Zuni Cafe, San Francisco

Zuni Cafe, San Francisco

Zuni Cafe has been one of San Francisco’s classic restaurants. Zuni’s has been open since 1979 and you might think that they’ve become complacent over the years. But Chef Judie Rodgers has ensured that they are very much a favorite place then and now and still continue to rank on major food lists in the United States. The restaurant, which serves fresh organic ingredients, has grown four times its size since it originally opened more than three decades ago. 

Zuni is famous for its roasted chicken and people will have to get their reservations right to book their seats here. Other than roasted chicken it also serves Tuscan chicken, pizza and burger which are all great tasting experience. Travelers are fond of this place and rate this place very high for other fellow travelers to visit for lunch and dinner.  Zuni’s Café is one of the best places to spend couple of hours with your family or loved ones. Though the restaurant is a bit expensive but not over the top as other restaurants in the SF area.

3) Charleston, Baltimore

Charleston, Baltimore

Charleston, Baltimore

Welcome to the No.1 restaurant in Baltimore for food, service and décor. Chef Cindy Wolf has remained on top of her game for a very long time.  The detailing that goes into each of her items on the menu is something extraordinary. She just applies world-class technique to low country cuisine and creates new American masterpieces time and again. You get 4 course and 6 courses with some wonderful wine pairings. Yes the price is on the higher end, but you get what you have paid for and is a sure shot must-visit restaurant in Baltimore.

Charleston is an award-winning and highly acclaimed restaurant in the United States which is present on the waterfront neighborhood, Harbor East. Both co-owners Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf bring a lot to the table, as Chef Cindy Wolf is a 2006 and 2008 James Beard Finalist nominee for best chef, Mid-Atlantic and Tony Foreman brings an extensive, award-winning wine list that complements Chef Wolf’s cuisine. There is nearly 800+ label wine list that showcases some of the very finest wines from all over the world in a continually evolving list.

4) Le Petit Cafe, Connecticut

Le Petit Cafe, Connecticut

Le Petit Cafe, Connecticut

Le Petit Café gives you the feeling of that you are actually in a restaurant located in Paris; such is their authority in French cuisine. This small French bistro is something special and people in Connecticut have fallen in love with this place. Chef and owner Roy Ip, born and raised in Hong Kong believes in letting the food communicate with his customers’ taste buds. The food is thoughtfully paired with the textures of his ingredients and gives you the subtle flavor with elegant presentation.

La Petit is famous for its ‘four-course’ and ‘prix fixe gourmet extravaganza’, which is amazingly scrumptious which makes it a fine dining experience. Make sure you book your seats well in advance as this place is voted No.1 for food in Connecticut. The food is reasonably priced and the table is for two seatings only. 

5) Blue Fin, Orange County

Bluefin, Orange County

Bluefin, Orange County

Located in Crystal Cove Promenade space on the Newport Coast in Orange County is way beyond a sushi bar. Bluefin has become the default sushi restaurant in the region due to critically acclaimed chef Takashi Abe.  This place has an open dining area with great bar; the view of the Pacific Ocean is a great backdrop for this excellent sushi restaurant.  Bluefin has been voted OC’s No.1 for Food – this shows Chef Takashi Abe’s prowess in ‘fish’ and other yummy creations for the local folks. Though some sushi lovers feel the price is on the higher side, but the best part of Bluefin is their Bento Box and the Omakase lunch which is a great deal none the less.

6) Peninsula Grill, Charleston

Peninsula Grill, Charleston

Peninsula Grill, Charleston

People in Charleston in South Carolina are so lucky to have a fine jewel of a restaurant among them in the Peninsula Grill. The restaurant is set in downtown’s historic ‘Planters Inn’ which is a classic dining room that offers gastronomic ecstasy through Low Country classics.  The place is a “special-occasion price range category”, but every penny spent is worth it.  People are simply in love with this place for dishes presented with flair and the service is just amazing.  The best part of Peninsula Grill is their ‘Coconut Cake’.  Appropriate attire is requested for this restaurant, so men please remember to wear a jacket.

7) The Bazaar, Beverly Hills

The Bazaar, Beverly Hills

The Bazaar, Beverly Hills

Rated as one of the top 10 restaurants in the United States for 2015, The Bazaar by chef Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel is famous for presenting Spanish cuisine in a very artistic way. The Bazaar has a very unique and creative décor by the world-renowned designer Philippe Starck. In fact the décor and the ambience of The Bazaar out rank its food on the menu. But do not get stuck with their décor, their food on the menu is a sure shot hit with foodies in LA. The Philly cheesesteak is a popular dish 0here; others such as carprese, modern tapas, fois grass, king crab buns are also very popular here.

 

Chef Jose Andres who is trained under the famous chef Ferran Adria at El Bulli is one reason enough for people to try this place. Another reason to eat here is that critics have placed The Bazaar in ‘Top 10’. The Bazaar has few different rooms to select from and Rojo y Blanca will offer a combo of both modern and traditional tapas which is experimental and offers something classic for a food lover.

8) La Brochette Bistro, Fort Lauderdale

La Brochette Bistro, Fort Lauderdale

La Brochette Bistro, Fort Lauderdale

La Brochette Bistro is located in Broward County’s Cooper City strip mall. The restaurant stands at top spot for food and service in Fort Lauderdale. Chef and owner Aboud Kobaitri’s creations are moderately expensive, but you would do a disservice if you do not visit this restaurant which offers true gastronomical delights. The menu is Mediterranean seafood-focused and offers intimate European décor / environment conducive for having a romantic meal.

People who frequent this restaurant highly recommend it for its fine dining experience. The restaurant is a family owned business and is in business for more than 20 years.  The menu is extensive and creative which offers something for everyone with different tastes. La Brochette Bistro is a great place for food and service and one can see pride in the people’s eyes when asked about the restaurant. Visiting Florida and when in Fort Lauderdale do not forget to visit this amazing restaurant.

9) Nicholas, New Jersey

Nicholas, New Jersey

Nicholas, New Jersey

Highly acclaimed Nicholas restaurant in Red Bank, NJ opened in 2000 and is still dedicated to create something special on a regular basis. The true hallmark of this restaurant is its attention to detail in their inventive cuisine that is paired with an extensive wine list makes Nicholas a brilliant dining experience in New Jersey. Voted as the Most Popular restaurant in the state of NJ for Food and Service; exceptional staff with elegant but contemporary ambience with quiet acoustics makes this place a tad bit expensive. You can try this place for one-of-a-kind place for a special night out with your loved ones.

Nicholas is recognized as one of the premier restaurants in the United States after receiving rave reviews on Zagat survey and Gayot’s list of Top 40 Restaurants in the US. The restaurant has received 4 stars from New York Times and has got a 29/30 rating from Zagat Survey.

 10) Cress, Orlando

 

Cress Restaurant, Orlando

Cress Restaurant, Orlando

Chef Hari Pulapaka’s Cress is an independent restaurant in historic downtown DeLand in Florida in 2008. The talented Hari Pulapaka is a math professor by day and a chef-owner by night and one who never fails to delight his guests with innovative and globally inspired eclectic cooking. The best part of Cress is most of the food on the menu has crazy refined flavors which is just simply amazing. The chef is a 4-time James Beard semi-finalist and the restaurant earns No. 1 Food honors in the Orlando area and is also rated as Top Restaurant in Central Florida in Zagat’s Orlando Guide as well.

These are 10 best restaurants in the United States that you need to visit before you die. The list comprises of both budget and high-price restaurants across America. From Bluefin to Nicholas and Charleston to Peninsula Grill, we have covered some amazing restaurants which offer authentic and eclectic gastronomical delights for a food lover. Do let us know in the comments section if we have missed out on any great restaurant which deserves to be in this list.

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