Top Restaurants that Travelers Like

TripAdvisor, a leading travel site, has announced the winners of its 2012 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants awards. The inaugural awards recognize favorite dining establishments in popular cities worldwide, based on traveler reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor.

In total, 576 restaurants around the world were honored, including travelers’ overall favorites, plus travelers’ favorites in the U.S., Europe and popular travel destinations. Restaurants that offer dinner and table service were eligible for the awards.

Meanwhile, TripAdvisor also has launched Local Picks, a Facebook app that provides dining recommendations from locals and friends to discover and choose the best places to eat. (Read: Hi Facebook Friends, Which is the Best Restaurant?)

“We’re thrilled to highlight some of the TripAdvisor community’s most beloved eateries to help travelers plan their next trip or night out,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.

“We found that travelers’ favorite restaurants range from well-known, casual chains to upscale fine dining options – the common thread for these award-winners being a consistently remarkable dining experience with outstanding service and quality.”

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Travelers’ Choice Overall Favorite Restaurants:

  1. Le Bernardin, New York City
  2. Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco
  3. Le Cirque (Bellagio), Las Vegas
  4. Girl & The Goat, Chicago
  5. Le Gavroche, London
  6. La Pergola, Rome
  7. Ciya Sofrasi, Istanbul
  8. Guy Savoy, Paris
  9. Europea, Montreal
  10. Toulouse Petit, Seattle

Travelers’ Choice Favorite U.S. Restaurants:

  1. Le Bernardin, New York City
  2. Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco
  3. Le Cirque (Bellagio), Las Vegas
  4. Girl & The Goat, Chicago
  5. Toulouse Petit, Seattle
  6. Fruition Restaurant, Denver
  7. Alinea, Chicago
  8. Island Creek Oyster Bar, Boston
  9. Uchi, Austin
  10. Screen Door, Portland, Ore.

For the complete list of 2012 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants winners, go to

TripAdvisor made this announcement today, June 26.

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