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1

The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
5
San Diego's special occasion go-to spot, with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking the beach, tops the list this year for Most Loved Restaurant in the Gogobot community. Book a 'High Tide Dinner' to experience the waves crashing right on the windows as you dine.
Chef Bernard is a bit of a local legend, creative, hilarious and very French.
2

Raku

5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd, #2, Las Vegas, NV 89146
5
Japanese food this exquisite is hard to come by outside Japan, but Gogobot users agree...Raku is a delight for the senses, a true surprise in the 'Vegas valley.'
I thought long and hard but still could not come up with the right words to do Raku justice. Their ... read more
kaiseki was one of the best meals I have had. Everything was meticulously flawless from the beginning till the end. There were not one single dish that was not beyond impressive. It was more than just food. It was art. Among my limited exposure to Japanese kaiseki and other haute cuisine, Raku offered one of the most humble yet most exquisite experience. The presentation is formal but the atmosphere is quite casual. We dined at one of the two back rooms at the small restaurant. Exclusive but not totally isolated from the lively robata gill ambiance. The three hour dinner was a feast to my sensory mind and a truly memorable affair. Advanced reservation for kaiseki is a must. The reservation process was almost ridiculous. You will need to provide your credit card number at the time of your phone call. They will then email you their terms and conditions to which you must accept or your reservation will be canceled. They will call you up the day before your reservation to make sure you are still planning to keep your reservation and then remind you again on the same day. I don't think I had to confirm this many times even for famous Michelin starred restaurants. Oh yes and don't be late because they won't hesitate to give away your table. This is also not the best place to enjoy a good conversation after dinner because they have reservations lined up and you will be reminded politely not to overstay. A bit of a pain but totally worth it.
3

Burma Superstar

309 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
4.5
Five stars all around for Burma Superstar, where Gogobot users love the tea-leaf salad, Burmese curry, and overwhelmingly unique combinations of titillating tastes.
Spectular food! The flavors and combination of ingredients were like none other. The tea leaf salad ... read more
is a must try. We have heard that the wait for this small venue can be extremely long. We on the other hand did not have to endure the pain of waiting since we had a late dinner after a great day at Outside Lands Festival. Even at 930 PM we did have to wait for about 20 minutes to be seat with a call ahead to be added to the waiting list. I would wait to eat here.
4

ABC Kitchen

35 E 18th Street, New York, NY 10003
4.5
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, where the food is all local, nothing is wasted and even the leftovers are composted.
Fabulous food in one of new york's best retail destinations-- what could be better?I would have done ... read more
anything to go to the Obama event at Abc. One ticket allowed guests to attend a special dinner at ABC with the president, who then gave a talk to the guests, following what I am sure was a pretty stupendous meal. How do you top that?
5

Mama's Fish House

799 Poho Pl, Paia, HI 96779
5
Maui's first fresh fish restaurant was founded by the Christensen family in 1973. The Gogobot community loves the fresh and imaginative seafood dishes like lobster guacamole and Tahitian ceviche.
Maui's north shore has myriad options for good food and great scenery, but Mama's Fish House might ... read more
be the best destination for both. For almost forty years, this beach house turned restaurant has offered visitors a scenic paradise to enjoy any special occasion. A coconut grove shades an open-aired deck overlooking a private, white sand beach and friendly servers deliver traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian fare, like wasabi crusted calamari and Ahi tuna caught only ten miles offshore.
6

Central Grocery

923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
4.5
Central Grocery does one thing, and does it right: the mufuletta. This is one monster sandwich, layered with meats, olives, and provolone. They'll serve you a half, cut in half, or a whole, cut in four; whatever you choose, prepare to skip your next meal.
The muffuletta is one thing you must eat in New Orleans. That is, if you can eat it all. It is ... read more
massive, but oh so delicious. A French Quarter original for sure.
7

Mercat a la Planxa

638 Michagan Avenue, Chicago, IL
5
Mercat a la Planxa is lauded by the Gogobot community for its progressive tapas and excellent Sunday brunch.
Exceptional tapas with good atmosphere. The service can be a bit hit or miss but with a few glasses ... read more
of sangria, you'll forget.
8

Cafe O'Lei Kihei

2439 S Kihei Rd, #201a, Kihei, HI 96753
4.5
Sure to satisfy any appetite, the menu at the Cafe O'Lei features everything from fish to meat to a full Hawaiian plate lunch. Gogobot users love the combination of great food at a reasonable price.
I always recommend Cafe O'Lei to friends vacationing in Kihei or Wailea. My family has been ... read more
vacationing in this area every Christmas for years, and after many failed attempts at finding a nice intersection between nice, fresh seafood and affordable prices, we finally found this place. Nice service, great cocktails and excellent fish and meat keep us coming back almost exclusively to this low-key but somewhat upscale dinner spot.
9

Tapas 24

Carrer de la Diputació 269, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
4.5
Sunk in a half-basement, this contemporary tapas bar's walls are covered in mosaics and its chairs filled with the fabulous.
The best tapas I've had in Barcelona - pure deliciousness served by a helpful and friendly ... read more
waitstaff. This place gets crowded (for good reason), so come prepared to wait. Must try dishes include the ham croquettes and the truffled grilled cheese sandwich. Yum!
10

Gary Danko

800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109
5
Looking for a top-notch dining experience? Gary Danko delivers. Wine list, check. Service, check. Maine Lobster with chanterelle mushrooms? Check...and many more.
The food offering, the service, the wine list, the cozy and comfortable dining area, the cheese ... read more
cart!, and the take home goodie bag. Who says coming to Gary Danko has to be on special occasion?! Being alive and being able to eat (well) is special and hence, there is no reason to wait! dining experience at Gary Danko is top notched and always enjoyable.
11

Nobu New York

105 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
4.5
Nobu barely needs an introduction. This high-end sushi restaurant first opened on 57th St. and has numerous locations 'round the world. Gogobot users applaud the sushi (obviously) but also the service, cocktails, and overall experience.
Get in here for dinner if you can. Most amazing sushi experience in New York City. Decor is elegant, ... read more
service is impeccable, and the food is exquisite. There is a reason why Nobu is known as simply Nobu. I have only dined here once, but the memory has stayed with me. If you are looking for an amazing dining experience and a great New York City memory, make a reservation at Nobu.
12

Girl & the Goat

809 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607
5
Top Chef season 4 winner Stephanie Izard is the chef behind this popular eaterie with a goat-heavy menu. Choose from goat cheese wontons, goat empanadas, and goat liver mousse, among others. Our users love the inventive small plates and buzz.
I love this place. It is big and loud and full of energy...and you'd think with that type of ... read more
ambiance that the quality of food might be compromised, but nope. Stephanie Izard runs a tight ship, and her food will still send your eyes rolling to the back of your head. Make reservations months ahead of time unless you like dining at 5 or 10:30 pm. I recommend coming with a group and sharing as many dishes as possible - crispy pig face being mandatory.
13

Neptune Oyster

63 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113-2273
5
One of Boston's premier oyster houses, Neptune's raw bar is well loved but their fish is excellent as well. The Gogobot community goes mad for the lobster rolls and fifteen different kinds of bivalves.
This is such an amazing seafood restaurant that it's not a mystery why the wait can get up to 3 ... read more
hours. The restaurant is small and has maybe 5 tables besides seating at the bar. You can drop in and put your name on the waiting list. They will let you know approximately how long the wait will be and call you when your table is ready, so you're free to roam around the area (maybe even get a snack and a cup of coffee to calm your hunger). They have about 15 different kinds of oysters, which all have a different, but delicious taste to them. The scallop entree is a must try, as are the fried clams (so much better than normal clam strips).
14

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139-2422, United States
4.5
Proudly Southern dishes meant for sharing adorn the menu at this darling of Miami Beach. With creative yet comforting dishes like strawberries and ricotta with pickled radish or sweet tea-brined Southern ribs, in this case, we're happy to follow the crowd.
I love Yardbird. It's kind of under the radar for people visiting Miami. It's trendy Southern soul ... read more
food, which is an awesome mix. They have really fun drinks served in Mason jars. You can get fried chicken and waffles done in a gourmet way. The atmosphere is fun and it's a great scene. Minus a star because we arrived just a few minutes past our res and ended up waiting forever!
15

Burnt Rice

121 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, California
5
Korean fusion in the South Bay. Gogobot users are enamored of the 'Gangnam Style Fries', prawns and nachos.
Innovative cuisine. Very modern décor. Relaxed atmosphere. Exceptional staff and service. Food is ... read more
simply delicious. Definitely keeps you coming back for more. Food: Jumbo prawns – delicious! Light and crispy, crunchy with a burst of flavor. Gangnam style fries – delicious! Full of flavor and the cheese is amazing! Even after an hour the cheese is still melted and does not make the fries soggy! Nachos – delicious! I think hands down this is my favorite dish of the night! We licked the plate clean! Chicken wings – delicious! Very flavorful and well cooked! Meat is not dried out, still very juicy. Seafood soup – good! I was a little bit under the weather so this soup was very soothing and tasty! Beef tacos – delicious. Tender and flavorful! Pork tacos – delicious! It’s hard to decide if I like the pork or beef better, but if I must, I’d say pork won! It was more tender and just as flavorful! So good!!! Chap Chae – delicious! Cooked just perfect and it tasted divine! Kim chee fried rice – amazing! SO good! I think it would have been heaven if they threw an egg on top!! MMMmmmm good! Make sure you get their wine reduction sauce and the orange sauce! So good with everything! New gem in the Plant! Discover it! Embrace it! Pamper your taste buds with it! Enjoy!
16

Windy City Pizza

400 N Park Ave, Breckenridge, CO 80424
4.5
This 'off-the-beaten-path' pizzeria in Breckenridge is beloved by Gogobot users for its fast service and, in addition to pizza, great wings.
They have excellent pizza and calzones and are off the beaten path. Located right next to the City ... read more
Market, they are a great place to go during Peak ski season. Because they are not located right on Main Street, you can get seated or take out very quickly which is great especially after a long day of skiing when everyone is starving.
17

Secret Pizza -- The Cosmopolitan

The Cosmpolitan, 3708 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
4.5
Head down a 'nondescript third floor hallway past Blue-Ribbon Sushi' to find Secret Pizza. It's become a bit of an open secret these days, but is beloved for bringing real New York pizza to Vegas.
Perfect for a midnight snack! Secret Pizza in the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino was a delicious and ... read more
satisfying meal past midnight. Open late, late night, it's the place to be after partying in the club or to fuel the body for another round at the gambling tables. Buy by the whole pizza or just a slice. White pizza was recommended to me and i absolutely loved it. Super cheesy with a flavorful, slightly crunchy crust. It tasted great just the way it was. Next time I want to order a whole pizza to share. There were also veggie and meat toppings available for an extra cost.Free cups of water available near the register. Highly recommended.
18

Loveless Cafe

8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN, United States
4.5
Southern comfort food is the currency at Loveless, where 7,000 biscuits are made every day and the live music is an added draw.
A must-try local eatery known for their tasty traditional southern fare, particularly their ... read more
biscuits. It's a bit of an event just to head out to the welcoming farm style home where you'll find a rocking chairs set out on the lawns, a massive BBQ shed, and a cute gift shop along with the lively vibe happening inside the main hub of the restaurant.
19

Green Eggs Cafe

719 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123-3007, United States
4.5
Brunch, brunch, brunch. Red velvet pancakes, classic eggs, and more are favorites of the Gogobot community.
Loved this brunch. The portions are huge so basically you're paying $10 for two meals. The featured ... read more
dish here are the Red Velvet pancakes. If it's too large/rich for you just order the kid sized portion. Come early or prepare to wait. It gets busy starting at 10am on weekends.
20

Chuy's Restaurant

1728 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
4.5
The Elvis-Presley-covered walls at lively Chuy's are living just about large enough to match up with the Lone Star State. This Austin mini-chain is known for its Tex-Mex cuisine and speedy service.
Amazing. Food. Go on Thursday and try the daily special - stuffed avocado!!! Queso is also delish! ... read more
Kitschy decor and friendly staff make this place a MUST. Bonus - it's located right by the Umlauf Sculpture Garden - be sure to stop there for a lovely walk around the open garden.
21

Pizzeria Bianco

623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
4.5
Long waits are offset by the quality of the pizza at Bianco, lauded by Gogobot users as one of the best in the country.
Yes, this place is worth all the hype. It's worth checking out, but be prepared to wait. And not ... read more
just an hour, I am talking getting there before 3 and if you are in a party of 3 or more, do not count on sitting down till 7 or later. The doors open at 5, and you must remain in line until then. Bar Bianco is right next door and you can hang out there while you wait (they will come get you). The pizzas are classic thin crust Italian style and are amazing! They do not take reservations, but if you happen to be a party of 5 or more you can book in advance. No desserts served here, but the pizza is so good that just fill up on the pie and forget the other pie.
22

Star Noodle

286 Kupuohi Street Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
4.5
Fresh, house made noodles and innovative desserts like almond tofu have earned Star Noodle various accolades, a James Bead nomination among them.
This place was amazing. We started with the pork buns which were phenomenal. Served different then ... read more
other buns I've seen - they looked like little tacos. Then we got the Hapa Ramen and the Pad Thai. I'm not a huge Ramen noodle fan, but this was so tasty that I could have eaten the whole thing. Finally, we ended with Malasadas. These were freshly made little donuts (like munchkins) that came with chocolate and butterscotch caramel sauces. Wow. Just. Wow. If you are traveling through Lahaina I would put this place on your "must do" list.
23

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, Austin, TX
5
Out of all the barbecue joints in Austin, Gogobot users name Franklin's as a standout. Tip: order takeout to avoid the long wait for a table (or just bring some good friends to while away an hour or two in conversation).
Believe the hype. Humble, friendly and unbelievably tasty barbecue in Austin. If you want to eat ... read more
here expect to queue for a few hours, but the warm reception and camaraderie make it fun. Worth it. http://www.jenography.net/2013/09/is-franklin-barbecue-really-the-best-in-the-world/
24

The Girl & the Fig

110 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476
4.5
Call it eccentric, call it eclectic, call it delightfully spontaneous, this comfy-cozy restaurant whisks you to Provence and back again. Our community swoons for the relaxed yet creative setting.
Really good food here. There is a balance of creativity and simplicity at this place. You can find ... read more
lots of twists on flavors here and some classics. The food here is just amazing. The store also offers amazing vinegars and other products as well. All worth checking out and trying.
25

Hakkasan

1 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
5
The San Francisco outpost of Hakkasan delivers on the 'modern, upscale Chinese' promise, seducing Gogobot users with its sexy decor, sumptuous duck and lobster, and location right in the middle of the city.
Stunning decor and delicious food. Plus, the service is extremely friendly. Perfect for lunch after ... read more
shopping in Union Square or a hip, romantic dinner.
26

Schwartz's Delicatessen

3895 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2W Canada
4.5
A Montreal icon, Schwartz's is adored for its smoked meats, folded into gigantic sandwiches. Schwartz's is ready to satisfy the most voracious of appetites.
Look for the steamed-up windows! This is one of those Montreal legends, but it's so small we nearly ... read more
walked right by it. And when the waiter asks if you want regular or fatty smoked meat, of course say fatty. Or is it 'lean' vs. 'regular'? At any rate, get the fattier end of the brisket--why not? You're on vacation. (Smoked meat is the name of the game here--like pastrami, but so much better!)
27

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

56-505 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI
4.5
The 'shrimp truck' is one of Oahu's distinguishing foodie features, and Giovanni's is generally considered to be at the front of the pack. Gogobot users love Giovanni's heavy hand with garlic (though we can't speak for their friends).
I dreamt about this shrimp after eating it; still do and always will. It's so good. For a little ... read more
over $10, you get a huge plate of garlic shrimp and rice (good for two people or one hungry me), that you can savor at the tables nearby. There's a restroom for cleaning up located nearby :)
28

Jacques-Imo's Cafe

8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
5
Red beans and rice, crawfish and all the usual N'awlins suspects adorn the menu at Jacques Imo, but it's when your eyes alight on the shrimp and alligator cheesecake that this starts to look like a long term love affair.
This is the place to be! Gotta have the alligator cheesecake. Cool vibe and awesome food in a laid ... read more
back neighborhood.
29

RumFire

2255 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815
4.5
Sample the self described "bahawaiian" cuisine -- a blend of spicy baja flavors found along the south-western coast of the continental US with the unique tropical and east Asian tastes found in Hawaii.
For those who want to do up Waikiki in style a spot at the Sheraton's RumFire Lounge is a must! High ... read more
style and high quality dishes including fresh local sashmi that can't be beat. Enjoy the great views with one of their many specialty cocktails and you'll have a night to remember.
30

Rustic Inn

4331 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
5
This Fort Lauderdale seafood spot has crept onto the list for 2014 thanks to its incredible crabs and long-standing reputation in town as, frankly, one of the best.
Best Maryland-style blue crabs in the State of Florida! They cook they're crabs right and have a ... read more
charming waterfront ambiance to help with hours of picking, chugging beer and whipping spices off messy hands. Great spot - and, oh - don't miss the garlic crabs!