updated 2/28/2011 8:16:24 AM ET 2011-02-28T13:16:24

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OpenTable, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPEN) ( www.opentable.com ), a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, today announced the 50 winners of its Diners' Choice Awards for Restaurants Providing the Best Service in the United States. The list of winners is derived from more than seven million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Demonstrating that Southern hospitality is alive and well, 19 of the winning restaurants are located in the South, including three from Charleston, South Carolina. The West is second best with 13 of its restaurants landing spots, followed by the Northeast with 12 winners, and the Midwest with five honorees.  Restaurants in the always-influential states of California and New York earned, respectively, nine and six nods from OpenTable diners.

Overall, French restaurants remain the gold standard for white-glove service, with 18 of the Diners' Choice Award recipients serving the cuisine of France.  Restaurants serving American cuisine came in second, earning 13 awards.

"Flawless service is the cornerstone of an unforgettable meal," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable's Chief Dining Officer. "Restaurants, particularly those in the South, understand that delivering impeccable service along with innovative dishes and comfort food is a winning combination. Of course, the mastery of service at so many French restaurants isn't surprising since France is the birthplace of fine dining."

Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between February 2010 and January 2011, the following 50 restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, received the highest scores from OpenTable diners.  For more information about this list, please visit http://www.opentable.com/bestservice .

Acquerello – San Francisco, California
Addison at The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, California
Ambience – Sacramento, California
Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
Bones – Atlanta, George
Café Renaissance – Vienna, Virginia
Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
Charleston Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
Chez Francois-Vermilion – Vermilion, Ohio
The Chop House – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Cyrus – Healdsburg, California
Daniel–Lounge Seating – New York, New York
Daniel – New York, New York
Eleven Madison Park – New York, New York
Erling Jensen The Restaurant – Memphis, Tennessee
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant – Forestville, California
Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
Fountain Restaurant – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Frasca Food and Wine – Boulder, Colorado
The French Laundry – Yountville, California
The French Room --- Dallas, Texas
Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
Highlands Bar & Grill – Birmingham, Alabama
The Hobbit – Orange, California
Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona
The Kitchen Restaurant – Sacramento, California
L'Auberge Chez Francois – Great Falls, Virginia
La Belle Vie – Minneapolis, Minnesota
La Mer at Halekulani – Honolulu, Hawaii
Le Bernardin – New York, New York
Madrona Manor – Healdsburg, California
The Melting Pot – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Menton – Boston, Massachusetts
NAOE – Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Nicholas – Red Bank, New Jersey
Palace Arms at the Brown Palace – Denver, Colorado
Peninsula Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
Pepper Tree Restaurant – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Per Se – New York, New York
Plume at the Jefferson Hotel – Washington, D.C.
Saint Jacques French Cuisine – Raleigh, North Carolina
Sonoma – Princeton, Massachusetts
St. John's Restaurant – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Terrapin Restaurant – Virginia Beach, Virginia
Tony's – St. Louis, Missouri
TRU – Chicago, Illinois
Uchi – Austin, Texas
Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
White Barn Inn – Kennebunk Beach, Maine
Woodfire Grill – Atlanta, Georgia

Diners can also find additional information on the Diners' Choice for Restaurants Awards with Best Service by visiting the OpenTable " Dining Check " blog at http://blog.opentable.com .

About OpenTable, Inc. 

OpenTable is a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants. The OpenTable network delivers the convenience of online restaurant reservations to diners and the operational benefits of a computerized reservation book to restaurants. OpenTable has more than 20,000 restaurant customers, and, since its inception in 1998, has seated more than 200 million diners around the world. The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. OpenTable also owns and operates toptable.com, a leading restaurant reservation site in the United Kingdom.      

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         OpenTable
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