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The Best Restaurants in the U.S. 2021

Today, Tripadvisor announced Best Restaurants in the U.S. 2021, the winners of its 2021 Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” Restaurants awards, with five new categories of must-visit restaurants no matter where you are or what you crave, based on traveler reviews of people who have dined there before. From favorite Fine Dining establishments for the more discerning taste buds and the Best Brunch Spots to fill up on avo toast and mimosas, to the Hottest New Restaurants and Best Vegan Spots serving up some of the tastiest plant-based grub. These award-winning restaurants have something to suit every type of palate.

The title of U.S. No. 1 Fine Dining restaurant goes to the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va. This intimate restaurant boasts an award-winning 14,000 bottle wine cellar (what’s not to love about that?!) and serves up classic French cuisine including dishes such as carpaccio of herb-crusted Elysian Fields baby lamb loin with Caesar salad ice cream and coconut sorbet with passionfruit and ginger granité.

If quality food on the go is what you’re after, the Quick Bites category (previously named Fast Casual) fits the brief and this year it’s New York City’s Bleecker Street Pizza topping the list. This much-hyped pizza joint knows a thing or two about serving up a decent slice.

New this year, the Picture-Perfect Restaurants category celebrates those places that have a serious wow factor, not just for the food, but the restaurant setting as well. These stunning spots are worth a thousand selfies and it’s not surprising to see why Koral Restaurant in Nusa Dua, Bali has been crowned world No. 1. At this epic aquarium restaurant, you’ll feel as though you’re dining underwater as tropical fish swim around and above you and a hypnotic soundtrack plays to give the full below the waves experience.

If you’re looking to set the mood with a romantic dinner, the Date Night category – another newbie for 2021 – has you covered. Topping the U.S. list is The Silver Fork in Manchester, Vt. Located in the picturesque Manchester Village, The Silver Fork is housed within the historic building which was once the Mark Skinner Library. This quaint restaurant is run by a husband and wife team and serves up an eclectic mix of cuisines from around the world including goat cheese soufflé with chutney and homemade melba toast and mixed paella for two.

Below you’ll find the Best Restaurants in the U.S. in 2021 and the world across the eight award subcategories. The full list of winners can be found here.

Food and drinks in restaurants in Zurich were on average more expensive than anywhere else in the world. It is the world's most expensive city to eat out.

U.S. Fine Dining Restaurant Award-Winners

Inn at Little Washington – Washington, Va.
Cafe Monarch – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Halls Chophouse – Charleston, S.C.
Sazón – Santa Fe, N.M.
Collage Restaurant – St. Augustine, Fla.
Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
GW Fins – New Orleans, La.
Lahaina Grill – Lahaina, Hawaii
Circa 1886 Restaurant – Charleston, S.C.
Kokkari Estiatorio – San Francisco, Calif.

U.S. Best Restaurants for Everyday Eats

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille Ft. Myers Beach – Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
CVI.CHE 105 – Miami Beach, Fla.
Local Goat – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Florida’s Fresh Grill – Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Ristorante Pesto – Philadelphia, Pa.
Blue Moose Burgers & Wings – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Chesapeake’s Seafood and Raw Bar – Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Jargon – Asheville, N.C.
Binion’s Roadhouse – Hendersonville, N.C.
Timber Kitchen and Bar – Bangor, Maine

U.S. Quick Bites Restaurant Award-Winners

Bleecker Street Pizza – New York City, N.Y.
BirdHouse – Page, Ariz.
In-N-Out Burger – Los Angeles, Calif.
Laspada’s Hoagies – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Portillo’s Hot Dogs – Chicago, Ill.
Seven Brothers – Kahuku, Hawaii
NY Pizza Suprema – New York City, N.Y.
Blaze Pizza – Orlando, Fla.
The Doghouse – Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
Muldoon’s – Munising, Mich.

U.S. Date Night Restaurant Award-Winners

The Silver Fork – Manchester, Vt.
Circa 1886 Restaurant – Charleston, S.C.
Le Stick Nouveau – Eureka Springs, Ark.
Latitude’s Restaurant – Key West, Fla.
Bistro St. Michaels – St, Michaels, Md.
Collage Restaurant – St. Augustine, Fla.
Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant – Cape May, N.J.
Inn at Little Washington – Washington, Va.
Madeline’s Restaurant & Wine Cellar – Cambria, Calif.
Tidepools – Poipu, Hawaii

U.S. Best Restaurants for Vegans 

Full Bloom Vegan – Miami Beach, Fla.
City O City – Denver, Colo.
The Land of Kush- Baltimore, Md.
Planta South Beach – Miami Beach, Fla.
Green Elephant – Portsmouth, N.H.
Laughing Seed Cafe – Asheville, N.C.
VegeNation – Las Vegas, Nev.
Vedge – Philadelphia, Pa.
Bouldin Creek Cafe – Austin, Texas
Fox & Fig Cafe – Savannah, Ga.

Best Restaurants for Brunch in the U.S.

Halls Chophouse – Charleston, S.C.
High Cotton Charleston – Charleston, S.C.
Nomo Soho Restaurant – New York City, N.Y.
EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge – Palm Springs, Calif.
Mon Ami Gabi – Las Vegas, Nev.
Mala Tavern – Lahaina, Hawaii
Atchafalaya – New Orleans, La.
Commander’s Palace – New Orleans, La.
Oxford Exchange – Tampa, Fla.
Vintage – Vail, Colo.

Iuliia Tore