The Top 100 U.S. Restaurants of 2023, According to Yelp

Yelp released its annual 100 best restaurants in the U.S. list, based on user reviews.

A plate of shrimp and corn with gumbo, cajun foods

Photo via The Nook Cajun Cafe on Yelp

Every year for the last decade, Yelp has been analyzing the millions of reviews on its site to announce its Top 100 Places to Eat — and last week, the user-generated reviews site announced its 10th-anniversary edition, spanning 30 states. 

"From food trucks and sandwich shops to fine dining establishments, the Top 100 list reflects the diverse tastes and uniqueness of our community of users," Yelp’s trend expert Tara Lewis said in a statement released to Travel + Leisure. “It is powered by the people, not a small group of restaurant critics, and we look forward to consumers continuing to share their dining experiences in their reviews."

Health foods, avocado toast, acai bowl with granola and fruit bowls

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California led the way with 28 restaurants, including the No. 1 pick, the Hawaiian cafe Broken Mouth in Los Angeles, which has earned a five-star rating with more than 1,300 reviews. Diners raved about menu items like spam musubi, seaweed-wrapped spam on purple rice, and meat jun. Founder and chef Tim Lee, who calls himself “Korean by blood” but “Hawaiian at heart,” even appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show last week to share some of his dishes, with Clarkson raving that the meat jun “tastes like heaven.” (Other top California restaurants included Monrovia's Lord Empanada and Sunbliss Cafe in Anaheim.)

Hawaiian food dominated the top picks, with Kaaloa's Super Js Authentic Hawaiian Food on the Big Island snagging the second place spot, and Adela’s Country Eatery in Oahu’s Kaneohe stepping into fifth place. The top five was rounded out by Fort Lauderdale bakery Archibalds Village Bakery at No. 3 and San Diego’s Beyer Deli at No. 4.

A basket of deli sandwiches from Beyer Deli

Photo via Justin C. on Yelp

Florida also had a strong showing with 14 restaurants, like Orlando’s Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine in ninth place and St. Petersburg’s Uptown Eats at No. 21. Texas had eight restaurants, including Stafford’s Vietwich and Houston’s Crumbville, and Nevada had five restaurants split between Reno (including Arario Midtown) and Las Vegas (including Zenaida’s Cafe). Arizona’s four standouts included Tucson’s Tumerico, Scottsdale’s ​​De Babel, and Phoenix’s Cocina Madrigal.

For the 10-year anniversary of these rankings, Yelp also shared data about the restaurants (more than 700 across 376 cities) that have made the list in the last decade, revealing that Las Vegas has placed the most restaurants on the list.

The company comes up with the list each year by first asking the Yelp community to submit their favorite U.S. restaurants. Then, its team of data scientists looks at those picks in conjunction with ratings, number of reviews, and volume of submissions — as well as a geographic representation — before reaching out to its own Yelp community managers to lock in the rankings.

“The resulting list is collaborative and passion driven — an accurate reflection of the Yelp Community itself,” the company said in its release. Browse the full list of the top 100 restaurants of 2023 here.

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