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America's Top Restaurants in 25 Cities/Regions. Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas. By Kelly Dobkin. Our 2013 America's TOp Restaurants guide officially launched today, and it includes 1,822 restaurants in 46 U.S. cities and regions as rated and reviewed by more than 225,000 diners. So who were the big winners? We've rounded up the No. 1 eateries in 25 U.S. cities and regions from Atlanta to Seattle, so whether you're planning a cross-country trip or just want to see how your area stacks up, cloick through the slide show below to check out the best eats from coast to coast, and get your copy of the guide here.

Atlanta - Bacchanalia. Food: 29, Decor: 26, Service: 28, Cost $111. Holding fast as the pinnacle of refined dining (and again voted No. 1 for Food and Popularity in Altanta), this near-flawless Westside New American keeps it fresh year after year with absolutely outstanding fare, served in a five-course, prix fixe-only menu that can be paired with an impeccable wine list for a feast befitting its name; the well-trained staff works with panache, the setting is done up in chic retro-industrial style and there's a definite sense of occastion in the air, leaving the extraordinary prices as the only sticking point - though cheaper, à la carte dining is available at the bar. 1198 Howell Mill Road #100, Atlanta; 404-365-0410

Atlantic City - The Old Homestead. Food: 27, Decor: 25, Service: 26, Cost: $72. Killer steaks are cooked to perfection at this cavernous spin-off of the NYC original occupying a double-decker setting in the Borgata Hotel; typical leather decor and prompt, unobtrusive service come with the territory, and don't forget to bring deep pockets to settle the outrageous bill. 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 609-317-1000

Austin - Uchi. Food: 29, Decor: 25, Service: 27, Cost: $56. Heaven for sushiphiles, this Zilker jewel box presents the finest in forward-thinking Japanese cuisine via chef Tyson Cole - from delish raw fare and the signature deep-fried shag roll to incredible fusion plates that make you cry tears of joy - earning it Austin's No. 1 for Food rating and tying it for Most Popular; a sophisticated vibe, outstanding service and a great-looking clientele mean it surpasses expectations for most, just take another hit of sake before you look at the bill; P.S. a Houston outpost is now open. 801 South Lamar Blvd., Austin; 512-916-4808

Boston - O Ya. Food: 29, Decor: 23, Service: 27, Cost: $118. Have you recently won a small fortune? - then you have the means to enjoy this cozy, unmarked izakaya in the Leather District, where atomic bursts of texture and tastes come from every beutiful bite of the off-the-charts innovative sushi, winner of Boston's No. 1 Food rating; suggestions from the extensive sake list by the upbeat, spot-on staffers are just as amazing as the fare, but a caveat: even if you opt for the luxurious omakase, it's possible you will still leave hungry, as everything comes in amuse-bouche portions - nonetheless, it's an unforgettable meal. 9 East St., Boston; 617-654-9900

Chicago - Alinea. Food: 29, Decor: 28, Service: 29, Cost: $225. Grant Achatz is like a real-life Willy Wonka in his ability to imbue his creations with magic at this ultimate Lincoln Park New American that earns No. 1 Food and Most Popular honors in Chicago thanks to a spectacularly innovative multicourse culinary art show featuring playful, awe-inspiring gastronomic delights presented with unparalleled attention to detail; impeccable service ensures that meals are timed perfectly in the ultramodern surroundings, so while tabs are sky-high, if your wallet can take the hit (and you come with an open mind and sense of adventure), serious foodies say it ranks with seeing the wonders of the world. 1723 North Halsted St., Chicago; 312-867-0110

Cleveland Area - Chez Francois. Food: 29, Decor: 28, Service: 28, Cost: $71. The crème de la crème when it comes to exceptional, beautifully plated French food and a world-class wine list, this lakeside destination in Vermillion again takes the title of No. 1 for Food in the Cleveland area; noting its quaint, romantic interior, nice outdoor patio on the canal and tight ship of a staff that shows careful attention to detail, reviewers agree it's the ultimate celebration place when you want to splurge - and the specialty dinners throughout the year should not be missed. 555 Main St., Vermillion; 440-967-0630

Dallas/Ft. Worth - Saint Emilion. Food: 29, Decor: 26, Service: 28, Cost: $57. Bernard Tronche's fantastique jewel in the Cultural District is always tops proclaim fans who vots it No. 1 for Food in Dallas/Ft. Worth, a tribute to the daily blackboard menu of exquisite fare from the South of France complemented by a fabulous wine list; impeccable service and a quaint old house setting are more reasons why it's a favorite destination of many. 2617 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth; 817-737-2781

Denver - Carlos' Bistro. Food: 29, Decor: 25, Service: 28, Cost: $46. Phenomenal gastronomical pleasures - voted tops for Food in Colorado - are worth the fairly high prices at this Colorado Springs Eclectic with a romantic setting; personalized service comes from the accommodating staff and chef-owner Carlos Echeandia himself, a real character who's always out on the floor meeting and greeting his customers. 1025 South 21st St., Colorado Springs; 719-471-2905

Houston - Da Marco. Food: 29, Decor: 24, Service: 27, Cost: $61. Tuscany comes to Texas via this Montrose Italian - voted No. 1 for Food and Most Popular in Houston - whipping up memorable meals with sublime, homemade pastas and amazing things with truffles in an intimate setting tended by a knowledgeable staff; yes, it's crowded and you'll take a hit in the pocketbook, but you won't mind; P.S. beer and wine only. 1520 Westheimer Rd., Houston; 713-807-8857

Las Vegas - Joël Robuchon. Food: 29, Decor: 28, Service: 28, Cost: $227. An experience from the moment you sit down, this one-of-a-kind dazzler at the MGM Grand - brought to you by chef extraordinaire Joël Robuchon - once again ranks No. 1 for Food in Vegas, with stunning New French cuisine that's as close to heaven as you can get, plus wonderful, purple-acdented decor and flawless service: bien sûr, you may faint when the bill arrives, but as to whether it's worth it - yes, yes, yes! 3799 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas; 702-891-7925

Long Island - North Fork Table. Food: 29, Decor: 25, Service: 27, Cost: $77. Chef Gerry Hayden (ex Aureole) has reached new heights at this stellar Southhold destination, which secures the No. 1 rating for Food on Long Island with a constantly evolving, brilliantly realized New American menu crafted from the freshest local ingredients and matched with gold-standard desserts from Claudia Fleming (ex Gramercy Tavern); impeccable, gracous service that's also rated No. 1 on LI and civilized rural setting round out an experience as unforgettable as anything in NYC, period; P.S. the Lunch Truck is planted out back, dispensing midday lobster rolls, artisan hot dogs and such at gentle prices. 57225 Main Rd., Southhold; 631-765-0177

Los Angeles - Urasawa. Food: 29, Decor: 25, Service: 27, Cost: $488. Every dish is a work of art and a labor of love at Hiro Urasawa's Beverly Hills Japanese - LA's No. 1 for Food - where the sublime omakase-only feasts are prepared by the maestro himself with the utmost attention to detail in a tranquil setting; service is impeccable too, so put it on your bucket list, but be ready to fork over your car payment for the once-in-a-lifetime treat. 218 North Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-247-8939

Miami - Naoe. Food: 29, Decor: 23, Service: 28. I can't believe this exists in Miami since it would be outstanding even in Japan gush fans of this culinary star, rated the city's tops for Food and Service (recently resettled in bigger digs on Brickell Key, thus outdating the Decor rating); Kevin Cory's creative omakase meals include a bento box revelation and impossibly good sushi, all presented with warm, personal care by charming manager Wendy Maharlika and a helper; it's not cheap (price varies according to the day's offerings and houw many courses you opt for), but ti's so worth it - just book well in advance (two seatings, Tuesday-Sunday); P.S. it plans to add a lounge area. 661 Brickell Key Dr., Miami; 305-947-6263

New Jersey - Nicholas. Food: 29, Decor: 27, Service: 28, Cost: $84. Hot off its 10th-year anniversary, Nicholas and Melissa Haray's fine-tuned crown jewel in Red Bank is again voted New Jersey's Most Popular restaurant as well as No. 1 for Food and Service; look for showstopping, prix fixe-only New American meals served by an impeccable team in an understatedly elegant, jackets-suggested setting; it's a flawless experience that's worth every hundred  you spend, though insiders report you can dine for less (and à la carte) at the hip, more relaxed bar. 160 New Jersey 35, Red Bank; 732-345-9977

New Orleans - Cochon Butcher. Food: 28, Decor: 21, Service: 22, Cost: $20. A must if you dig the pig, Donald Link's phenomenal Warehouse District Cajun earns a resounding oink of approval and New Orleans' No. 1 Food score for its daring, decadent sandwiches, atypical daily sides and well-curated wine list; the small, laid-back space (right next to Cochon) has squashed-together seating and a constant crowd, so plan your time of attack carefully or let the ultrafriendly staff send you home with superb charcuterie from the hard-to-resist deli case. 930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans; 504-588-7675

New York City - Le Bernardin. Food: 29, Decor: 28, Service: 29, Cost: $163. Maguy LeCoze and chef Eric Ripert's best-in-class Midtown French seafood shrine has once again been voted NYC's Most Popular and No. 1 for Food because it embodies a commitement to excellence across the board, e.g. delicate, impossibly fresh fish dishes, efficient-beyond-belief staffers and a glorious, soothing setting (including the non-reserving godsend of a lounge); the prix fixe-only dinner starts at $125, but you pay for the extraordinary - and you get it. 155 W. 51st St., New York; 212-554-1515

Philadelphia - Fountain. Food: 29, Decor; 28, Service: 28, Cost: $82. Philadelphia's No. 1 for Food, Decor, and Service, the Four Seasons' formal but comfortable French-Continental standout makes you feel like royalty with fabulous feasts of succulent, creative fare and impeccable service in a beautiful setting; you feel rich just being there, though maybe less so after you leave - but go ahead and splurge since most agree it's the standard by which all other restaurants should be judged. 1 Logan Square, Four Seasons, Philadelphia; 215-963-1500

Portland - The Painted Lady. Food: 29, Decor: 28, Service: 29, Cost: $85. You're in for a remarkable evening (and the Portland area's No. 1-rated Food) the minute you step inside the picket fence at this wine-country jewel set in a romantic Newberg Victorian, where the world-class Pacific NW tasting menus are fascinating in their variety, seasonality and freshness; well-orcestrated service and fabulous local vinos add to the stellar experience; P.S. rezzies required. 201 South College St., Newberg; 503-538-3850

San Antonio - Bistro Vatel. Food: 28, Decor: 20, Service: 25, Cost: $46. It may be a low-key bistro in an Olmos Park strip mall but its lovely fish, hanger steaks and other super, high-quality French fare from Damien Watel earn it San Antonio's No. 1 Food rating; a cozy atmosphere and good-value pricing further inspire repeat visits; P.S. the $45 prix fixe menu is a deal. 218 East Olmos Dr., San Antonio; 210-828-3141

San Diego - Sushi Ota. Food: 29, Decor: 16, Service: 21, Cost: $49. Sushi purists will cry tears of pleasure when lucky enough to snag a seat at this incomparable Pacific Beach Japanese, where extremely gracious chef-owner Yukito Ota and his talented army earn the No. 1 Food score in San Diego with simply magnificent seafood delicacies and an innovative omakase tasting; frequently hurried service, a random strip-mall location and shabby interior certainly don't match the phenomenal fare and pricey tabs, but guests still need to make a reservation well in advance. 4529 Mission Bay Dr., San Diego; 858-270-5047

San Francisco - Gary Danko.  Food: 29, Decor: 27, Service: 29, Cost: $110. It's tough enough to get to No. 1 and even hareer to stay there, but Gary Danko (the man and his truly American classic on the Wharf) remains the reigning and undefeated champ for Food, Service and Popularity in the Bay Area Survey, offering the epitome of white-tablecloth fine dining without the stuck-up feeling via exceptional, flexible prix fixe options and marvelous custom pairings of wine (plus an stounding cheese cart); it's all delivered in a gorgeous jewel-box setting by a most graious staff that treats everyone like a millionaire, and naturally, it comes at a price, but it's widely considered a relative bargain compared to other temples of gastronomy. 800 North Point St., San Francisco; 415-749-2060

Seattle - Rover's. Food: 29, Decor: 26, Service: 29, Cost: $105. Seattle icon Thierry Rauturea gives Pacific NW fare an haute cuisine boost with outstanding prix fixe menus (and some à la carte options) at his truly indulgent French slice of heaven in Madison Park, voted No. 1 for Food and Service in Seattle; inside the flower-filled cottage, you'll feel like you're dining in the chef's own home, though one where a well-oiled team of nearly flawless servers helps make the greathtakingly expensive meals don't-miss special events. 2808 East Madison St., Seattle; 206-325-7442

St Louis - Bogart's Smokehouse. Food: 29, Decor: 19, Service: 26, Cost: $16. The BBQ will change your life declare devotees of this jewel across from Soulard Market, voted No. 1 for Food in the city for its smokin' good Memphis and St. Louis specialties (apricot-glazed ribs caramelized with a blow torch) delivering an amazing complexity of flavors; expect a laid-back atmosphere and line out the door, though it goes pretty quickly when you're licking your fingers from the free samples provided by the friendly owner. 1627 S. 9th St., St. Louis; 314-621-3107

Washington, DC - Rasika. Food: 28, Decor: 25, Service: 26, Cost: $51. Only superlatives describe the mind-blowing modern Indian food that gives diners a mouthgasm at this wildly popular, classy Penn Quarter destination (and its new, cosmopolitan West End sister) that has diners salivating for dishes like its crispy spinach; luxurious appointments, a knowledgeable wait staff and a sommelier savant create a sophisticated environment that further makes it a bargain for the quality - translation: plan early for a reservation, or eat at the bar. 633 D St. NW., Washington, DC; 202-637-1222. 1190 New hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC;202-466-2500

Westchester - Sushi Nanase. Food: 29, Decor: 15, Service: 23, Cost: $72. He may be a man of few words, but chef Yoshimichi Takeda is a true master at this tiny 18-seat White Plains Japanese secret where he fashions pristine fish into truly spectacular, delectable creations, voted No. 1 for Food in Westchester/Hudson Valley; the setting's spare and it's certainly not cheap, but if you put yourself in their hands you're in for an unforgettable experience; P.S. reservations are a must. 522 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-285-5351

 

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