Green Valley Grill makes OpenTable’s Top 100 list

Green Valley Grill makes OpenTable’s Top 100 list

By: mhastings, Greensboro News & Record

January 10, 2023

The Green Valley Grill in Greensboro has been named to OpenTable’s Top 100 Restaurants of 2022. It joins Charlotte’s Steak 48 as one of only two N.C. restaurants to make the list.

The Green Valley Grill is at 622 Green Valley Road, next to the O. Henry Hotel, both of which are employee-owned businesses of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels. The company also owns Print Works Bistro, Proximity Hotel and Lucky 32 in Greensboro and a second Lucky 32 in Cary.

The Top 100 list is based on an annual survey by OpenTable of restaurants that use its online reservation system. OpenTable said that the list is created from customer reviews posted to its site between October 2021 and September 2022, with overall scores that factored in restaurants’ overall ratings, regional ratings, user Klout (social-media presence) and number of reviews.

As of this month Green Valley Grill has an OpenTable overall score of 4.8 stars (out of five), based on nearly 8,000 reviews.

OpenTable said in a statement that this year’s survey revealed diners who are more willing to splurge on memorable meals, with meals priced $50 or more seeing the largest increase (8%). “Despite challenging macro-economic factors, we’re seeing a renewed vigor for dining out — diners are spending more on meals and going out during the weekday more frequently, too,” said John Tsou, the vice president of marketing at OpenTable.

The survey also showed more diners eating earlier: the 4 to 4:59 p.m. time frame saw the largest increase at 27%.

Green Valley Grill is known for its European- and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, especially from its wood-fired rotisserie and grill. It also has an extensive wine list — and has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence— as well as craft beers and artisanal cocktails.

“This is an amazing honor for each employee-owner,” said Dennis Quaintance, the CEO of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels.

Quaintance said he is especially honored to be one of only two N.C. restaurants included in a list that was dominated by much bigger cities. “This is further evidence that the Triad punches above its weight in many ways, including and especially lifestyle and amenities,” Quaintance said.

The complete Top 100 list is available at

Greensboro restaurant ranked among top 100 most beloved restaurants in America

Greensboro restaurant ranked among top 100 most beloved restaurants in America

By: Justyn Melrose, Fox8

January 6, 2023

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — If you’ve ever gone on romantic dates in Greensboro or sought out something beyond your standard casual fare, there’s a good chance you’ve been to Green Valley Grill.

On Friday, OpenTable revealed their top 100 “Most Beloved Restaurants in America” for 2022, and the list included that iconic Greensboro favorite.

Green Valley Grill has more than 7,800 reviews on Open Table with a rating of 4.8 stars.

“Enjoy fresh seasonal European and Mediterranean flavors from the wood-fired rotisserie and grill,” the restaurant says in its description. “Pair it with your choice of artisanal cocktails, craft beers and over 75 wines by the glass and 500 wines. In fact, we’re the only restaurant in Greensboro to receive the Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence.’”

Green Valley Grill is owned by Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels which also owns the nearby O.Henry Hotel, as well as Print Works Bistro and Proximity Hotel, both in Greensboro, and Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen locations in Greensboro and Cary. The company became 100% employee-owned in 2016.

This recognition is just the latest in a long line of achievements since the restaurant opened in 1998.

OpenTable named both Green Valley Grill and Print Works Bistro among the top 100 best outdoor dining restaurants in America in July and the top 100 best restaurants for a date in America in August.

The two restaurants were among five in the Triad to win Wine Spectator’s first-tier Award of Excellence for 2022. Wine Spectator granted 3,169 awards across all states and about 70 other countries. The other Triad spots recognized were Ryan’s Restaurant in Winston-Salem and both Greensboro and Winston-Salem locations of Village Tavern. Green Valley Grill also won Wine Spectator’s more prestigious Best of Award of Excellence in 2018.

In 2009, Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels‘s Dennis and Nancy Quaintance and Mike Weaver were semifinalists for Outstanding Restaurateur in the national 2009 James Beard Foundation awards, known as the “Oscars of the food world.”

Top 100 US restaurants of 2022 based on 13 million OpenTable reviews

Top 100 US restaurants of 2022 based on 13 million OpenTable reviews

By: Camille Fine, USA Today

December 16, 2022

The foodies have spoken, according to OpenTable’s 2022 list of the “Top 100 Restaurants” in the United States.

The “most beloved restaurants coast-to-coast” were based on 13 million reviews by diners who booked via OpenTable this year and 20,000 diners surveyed in the U.S. and Canada.

Featuring 47 cities across 21 states, the list is “curated for diners” and “by diners” looking for ideas now or in the new year, OpenTable said in a statement.

Qualifying restaurants were scored by data points such as overall diner rating, the reviewing accountholder’s “clout” on OpenTable, total number of reviews and overall regional rating.

Opentable’s top 100 restaurants of 2022


Scottsdale: Dominick’s Steakhouse, Ocean 44

Sedona: Mariposa

Phoenix: Steak 44, The Henry


Naples: Campiello

Sarasota: Connors Steak & Seafood

Longboat, Key: Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

Fort Lauderdale: Louie Bossi Ristorante, Takato Restaurant

Bal Harbour: Makoto

Tampa: Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Ocean Prime, Ulele

Lake Buena Vista: Raglan Road Irish Pub


Savannah: The Olde Pink House Restaurant


Lahaina: Fleetwood’s On Front St., Mala Ocean Tavern, The Plantation House Restaurant

Paia: Mama’s Fish House

Kamuela: Merriman’s

Waikiki: Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar


Indianapolis: St. Elmo Steak House

Carmel: The Cake Bake Shop


New Orleans: GW Fins


 Portland: Scales


Boston: Abe & Louie’s, Atlantic Fish


Roseville: Baldamar

Bloomington: Hazelwood


Las Vegas: Amalfi Caesars Palace, Hell’s Kitchen Caesars Palace, Beauty & Essex, Delmonico Steakhouse, Eiffel Tower, Golden Steer Steakhouse, Javier’s Restaurant, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Nobu Caesars Palace, TAO Asian Bistro

New York

New York: Olio e Più, Estiatorio Milos Midtown, Gallaghers Steakhouse Manhattan, Quality Italian, Quality Meats, RH Rooftop Restaurant, Tony’s Di Napoli Midtown

New Mexico

Santa Fe: Geronimo

North Carolina

Greensboro: Green Valley Grill

Charlotte: Steak 48


Cincinnati: Pepp & Dolores


 Philadelphia: Parc, Talula’s Garden, The Love


Dallas: Al Biernat’s Oak Lawn

Grapevine: Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Austin: Uchi Austin, Uchiko Austin


Memphis: Coastal Fish Company

Nashville: Sixty Vines, The Hampton Social

Washington DC

Filomena Ristorante, Le Diplomate, Old Ebbitt Grill, St. Anselm, Zaytinya


Seattle: The Pink Door

OpenTable Announces the Top 100 Restaurants for 2022

Diners Have Spoken: OpenTable Announces the Top 100 Restaurants for 2022

By: OpenTable, PRnewswire

December 7, 2022

SAN FRANCISCODec. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — This year, restaurants became much more than just a place to grab a meal – but instead, the perfect backdrop for socializing, a way to connect with the local community and an escape from too much time spent at home. OpenTable is revealing diners’ most beloved spots to do just that via the Top 100 Restaurants in America for 2022, curated for diners, by diners, from over 13 million reviews.1

The list comes as OpenTable data for 2022 shows diners are willing to spend on memorable dining experiences: restaurant meals priced $50+ per person saw the largest increase in diners (+8%) compared to 2019. This especially rings true for the holiday season: OpenTable’s Q4 Diners Survey2 reveals 49% want to celebrate with a high-end pre-fixe, 43% are planning or considering hosting a private party at a restaurant this year, and 30% are interested in buying tickets to an exclusive dining event.

“Despite challenging macro economic factors, we’re seeing a renewed vigor for dining out – diners are spending more on meals and going out during the weekday more frequently too,” said John Tsou, VP of Marketing at OpenTable. “If you need ideas for great dining experiences now or in the new year, start with this year’s Top 100 list, based entirely on verified diner reviews.”

Diners looking to indulge: insights from OpenTable’s 2022 diner data

OpenTable data from the year reveals diners are seeking more opportunities to get together over a meal, more captivating dining experiences and more ‘treat yourself’ moments.

Compared to last year, weekday dining saw a major boost in seated diners, with the biggest increase on Mondays (+27%) and Tuesdays (+26%). Diners are also dining out earlier, too: compared to pre-pandemic, dining between 4:00 – 4:59 p.m. saw the largest increase at 27% – suggesting diners are eager to get a head start on their evenings.3

2022 also saw new culinary curiosity, with cuisines more interactive or communal in nature all seeing a lift compared to pre-pandemic: seated dining at Korean, Hibachi and Brazilian Steakhouses up 50%, 50% and 49%, respectively. Another trending cuisine reveals mindful and sustainable dining is still top of mind for diners: Vegetarian cuisine saw a 60% spike in diners compared to pre-pandemic 2019.4

Discover fan favorites: OpenTable’s Top 100 Restaurants for 2022

OpenTable’s Top 100 Restaurants in America for 2022, culled from over 13 million verified reviews, meaning only those who book via OpenTable and dine can leave reviews, represents diner’s most beloved restaurants coast-to-coast. Featuring 47 cities across 21 states, the list arms diners with the perfect tool to plan holiday and year-end celebrations, and beyond.

This year, California dominates the list with 21 restaurants across Beverly HillsLos AngelesNewport BeachSan DiegoSan Francisco, and more. Illinois is runner up with 17 restaurants, all of which are in Chicago – the city with the largest number of restaurants on this year’s Top 100 list. Next up: Florida and Nevada are tied at 10 restaurants each – in Florida, cities with Top 100 restaurants include NaplesTampaBal HarbourFort Lauderdale and more, and in Nevada – all 10 are located in Las Vegas.

The Top 100 Restaurants in America for 2022 are (in alphabetical order):

The Top 100 Restaurants in America for 2022 can be found here.

100 Best Restaurants in America for 2022 Methodology
OpenTable’s list of the Top 100 Restaurants for 2022 in the U.S. is generated from diner reviews collected between October 1, 2021 and and September 30, 2022. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. The overall score is made up of unique data points, such as overall diner rating, user klout, total number of reviews, and regional overall rating. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the overall score.

OpenTable Survey Methodology
OpenTable surveyed over 20,000 diners in the U.S. and Canada on the OpenTable network between September 26, 2022 and October 3, 2022.

3OpenTable Data Methodology
**OpenTable looked at seated diners from online, phone, and walk-in reservations from January 1 – October 31, 2022 and compared it to the same range in 2021 and 2019.

4OpenTable Data Methodology
OpenTable looked at seated diners from online, phone, and walk-in reservations by cuisine from January 1 – October 31, 2022 and compared it to the same range in 2021 and 2019. Cuisines reflected had a minimum of 100K diners in 2019

About OpenTable

OpenTable, part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), connects more than 1 billion people with restaurants every year, helping power hospitality at more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, wineries, and other venues across the globe. With software that drives reservations, experiences, payments, guest insights and operations, OpenTable enables restaurants to run their most successful business yet.

SOURCE OpenTable, Inc.

100 Best Restaurant in America Newsweek

Revealed — The 100 Best Restaurants in America as Rated by Diners

By: Jack Beresford, Newsweek

December 8, 2022

A list of the top 100 restaurants in the U.S. in 2022, based on diner reviews, has been published ahead of the holiday and New Year celebrations.

Based on data gleaned from over 13 million user reviews posted on the online restaurant-reservation service OpenTable between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022, the list features 47 cities spread across 21 states.

While only those who book via OpenTable can leave reviews, the list does provide plenty of food for thought when it comes to eating out.

All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. The overall score was made up of unique data points, such as overall diner rating, user clout, total number of reviews, and regional overall rating. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the overall score.

California dominated the list with 21 restaurants across Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, and more. Illinois came in second with 17 restaurants, all of which are in Chicago, which also ranked the city with the largest number of restaurants on this year’s Top 100 list.

Florida and Nevada were tied in third with 10 restaurants each. In Florida, cities with Top 100 restaurants included Naples, Tampa, Bal Harbour, Fort Lauderdale and more, while in Nevada all 10 of the restaurants named were located in Las Vegas.

Rather than rank the restaurants by overall score, OpenTable provided a list of the top 100, listed alphabetically.

Though it’s often more convenient to either cook at home or order takeout, there are some noted benefits to dining out with company.

A 2017 study by the University of Oxford identified the concept as “social eating,” with the research concluding that those who eat socially more often “feel happier and are more satisfied with life, are more trusting of others, are more engaged with their local communities, and have more friends they can depend on for support.”

After several years of disruption due to the pandemic, it certainly appears as though diners are happy to shell out more to enjoy a memorable dining experience.

That was the conclusion drawn from a survey of 20,000 users conducted alongside the top 100 list. According to the reservation service’s figures, there was an 8 percent rise in the number of diners willing to pay $50 or more per person for a restaurant meal, compared with data gleaned from 2019.

The figures also revealed a jump in weekday dining with a 27 per cent and 26 per cent increase in seated diners on Mondays and Tuesdays respectively compared with pre-pandemic data.

John Tsou, VP of marketing at OpenTable, said: “Despite challenging macro economic factors, we’re seeing a renewed vigor for dining out—diners are spending more on meals and going out during the weekday more frequently too.”

The data also highlighted renewed curiosity in cuisines that had more of an interactive or communal element to them. For example, seated dining at Korean, Hibachi and Brazilian steakhouses went up 50 percent, 50 percent and 49 percent, respectively.

Mindful and sustainable dining is still high on the agenda for diners with vegetarian cuisine experiencing a 60 percent spike compared to the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

The Top 100 Restaurants in America for 2022 are (in alphabetical order):

  • 3 Arts Club Cafe at RH Chicago – Chicago, IL
  • Abe & Louie’s – Boston, MA
  • Al Biernat’s Oak Lawn – Dallas, Texas
  • Alla Vita – Chicago, IL
  • Amalfi Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
  • Atlantic Fish – Boston, MA
  • Bacari Silver Lake – Los Angeles, CA
  • Baldamar – Roseville, MN
  • Bavel – Los Angeles, CA
  • Beauty & Essex – Las Vegas, NV
  • Bestia – Los Angeles, CA
  • Bistro Don Giovanni – Napa, CA
  • Bistro Jeanty – Yountville, CA
  • Born & Raised – San Diego, CA
  • Café Ba-Ba-Reeba – Chicago, IL
  • Campiello – Naples, FL
  • Cesarina – San Diego
  • Coastal Fish Company – Memphis, TN
  • Connors Steak & Seafood – Sarasota, FL
  • Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant – Tampa, FL
  • Delmonico Steakhouse – Las Vegas, NV
  • Dominick’s Steakhouse – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Dry Dock Waterfront Grill – Longboat, Key, FL
  • Eiffel Tower – Las Vegas, NV
  • Ema – Chicago, IL
  • Estiatorio Milos Midtown – New York, NY
  • Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens – Corona del Mar, CA
  • Filomena Ristorante – Washington, DC
  • Fixins Soul Kitchen – Los Angeles, CA
  • Fleetwood’s On Front St. – Lahaina, HI
  • Gallaghers Steakhouse Manhattan – New York, NY
  • Geronimo – Santa Fe, NM
  • Girl & the Goat L.A. – Los Angeles, CA
  • Golden Steer Steakhouse – Las Vegas, NV
  • Gracias Madre West Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA
  • Green Valley Grill – Greensboro, NC
  • GW Fins – New Orleans, LA
  • Hazelwood – Bloomington, MN
  • Hell’s Kitchen Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
  • Herb & Wood – San Diego, CA
  • House of Prime Rib – San Francisco, CA
  • Javier’s Restaurant – Las Vegas, NV
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab – Las Vegas, NV
  • Kokkari Estiatorio – San Francisco, CA
  • La Mar Cebicheria Peruana – San Francisco, CA
  • Laurel Hardware – Los Angeles, CA
  • Le Colonial – Chicago, IL
  • Le Diplomate – Washington, DC
  • Louie Bossi Ristorante – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Makoto – Bal Harbour, FL
  • Mala Ocean Tavern – Lahaina, HI
  • Mama’s Fish House – Paia, HI
  • Mariposa – Sedona, AZ
  • Merriman’s – Kamuela, HI
  • Musso & Frank Grill – Los Angeles, CA
  • Nobu Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
  • Ocean 44 – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Ocean Prime – Tampa, FL
  • Old Ebbitt Grill – Washington, DC
  • Olio e Più – New York, NY
  • Pacific Coast Grill – Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Parc – Philadelphia, PA
  • Pepp & Dolores – Cincinnati, OH
  • Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Grapevine, TX
  • Quality Italian – New York, NY
  • Quality Meats – New York, NY
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub – Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • RED O Taste of Mexico – Newport Beach, CA
  • RH Rooftop Restaurant – New York, NY
  • Rose Mary – Chicago, IL
  • Scales – Portland, OR
  • Shaw’s Crab House & Oyster Bar – Chicago, IL
  • Siena Tavern – Chicago, IL
  • Sixty Vines – Nashville, TN
  • St. Anselm – Washington, DC
  • St. Elmo Steak House – Indianapolis, IN
  • Steak 44 – Phoenix, AZ
  • Steak 48 – Charlotte, NC
  • Summer House – Santa Monica, CA
  • Takato Restaurant – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Talula’s Garden – Philadelphia, PA
  • TAO Asian Bistro – Las Vegas, NV
  • The Cake Bake Shop – Carmel, IN
  • The Dearborn – Chicago, IL
  • The Gage – Chicago, IL
  • The Hampton Social – Nashville, TN
  • The Henry – Phoenix, AZ
  • The Love – Philadelphia, PA
  • The Olde Pink House Restaurant – Savannah, GA
  • The Pink Door – Seattle, WAThe Plantation House Restaurant – Lahaina, HI
  • The Smith – Chicago, IL
  • Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar – Waikiki, HI
  • Tony’s Di Napoli Midtown – New York, NY
  • Uchi Austin – Austin, TX
  • Uchiko Austin – Austin, TX
  • Ulele – Tampa, FL
  • Water Grill South Coast Plaza – Costa Mesa, CA
  • Ysabel – West Hollywood, CA
  • Zaytinya – Washington, DC

Date Night Outdoor in the Gate City

Date Night Outdoors in the Gate City

By: Business North Carolina, Daily Digest

August 22, 2022

Two venerable Greensboro restaurants, the Green Valley Grill and Print Works Bistro, landed on Open Table’s recently published national Top 100 list for Best Date Night and Best Outdoor Dining.

Both eateries are locally owned by Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, an employee-owned business.

CEO Dennis Quaintance said it’s improbable that his hometown could land one restaurant on one of the lists, much less two on each Top 100 ranking. Still, he confessed to being “like a proud Daddy” about the news.

“With the design of the outdoor spaces, we endeavored to create ‘outdoor rooms,’ with a sense of space, yet under the stars,” Quaintance told me last week. “As for Date Night, it has always been our objective with the Green Valley Grill and the Print Works Bistro (and the hotels they live adjacent to) to create a context where romance can be turbocharged. If our guests bring some romantic energy, our intentions are to add to that with the ambiance, service and food and drink offerings. It is great affirmation that some of those intentions are coming through for our guests.”

Kudos to Dennis and crew for this well-earned national recognition.

Best Places for Date Night

These Triad Restaurants Rank Nationally for Date, Meetups and Meetings

By:  , Triad Business Journal

August 18, 2022

These Triad restaurants have what you’re looking for in a romantic date spot, business meeting location of just a friend meetup, and were just ranked among the top 100 best restaurants nationally by OpenTable.

OpenTable partnered with Bumble, an online dating app, to compile three national lists: 100 Best Restaurants for a Date, 100 Best Restaurants for a Friend Date and 100 Best Restaurants for a Business Meeting.

“People are craving connection, and partnering with Bumble to debut curated diner guides means skipping the dreaded ‘where should we go’ question and instead focusing on nailing that first impression,” said Susan Lee, chief growth officer for OpenTable. “The win-win is that this movement for in-person socialization also supports the still-recovering dining scene.”

The website prompts viewers to download the app to find their match and to check the list to find their table.

Print Works Bistro and Green Valley Grill, owned by Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, made OpenTable’s 2022 edition of 100 Best Restaurants for a Date in America. Just under a month ago, both restaurants made OpenTable’s 2022 edition of the nation’s 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining.

“It really is a great honor for this employee-owned team to get recognized on two national lists as great places for outdoor dining and now for a date night,” said Dennis Quaintance, CEO of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels. “The statistical probability that Greensboro would get one restaurant on either of these lists is improbable. But that both made both of these top 100 lists is amazing.”
Raleigh’s Rey’s Steakhouse also ranked for best date venue, making up the only other North Carolinian to be featured on the list.

Green Valley Grill also made the 100 Best Restaurants for a Business Meeting list, along with Winston-Salem’s Ryan’s Restaurant. Steak 48 in Charlotte was the only other North Carolina venue on the list for business meeting restaurants.

The Triad made the 100 Best Restaurants for a Friend Date list with three restaurants: Print Works Bistro, Ryan’s Restaurant and The Bistro at Childress Vineyards in Lexington. Raleigh’s Rey’s made this list also.

TBJ attempts to reach Childress Vineyards and Ryan’s were unsuccessful.

The three lists were generated from over 13.6 million verified OpenTable diner reviews, according to the press release, and were received and reviewed between June 1, 2021, and May 31, 2022. The final overall score is composed of many factors, including overall dining rating, user clout, the total number of reviews and regional overall rating. These data points determined the qualification of restaurants and were sorted with the special features of romantic, good for groups or good for business meals.

Best Places for Outdoor Dining

These 4 NC restaurants rank among nation’s best places for outdoor dining. Here’s why

By: Simone Jasper, News & Observer, Charlotte Observer

July 15, 2022

North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s “best restaurants for outdoor dining,” a new report finds.

With views ranging from mountains to the water, it might not be a surprise that four places in the state were recognized as having top al fresco dining experiences. The eateries earning nods from the restaurant reservation website OpenTable:

To create the rankings, OpenTable said it considered more than 13.6 million “verified” U.S. reviews gathered from its website between May 2021 and April 2022.

“The overall score is made up of unique data points, such as overall diner rating, user klout, total number of reviews, and regional overall rating,” OpenTable wrote in a July 13 news release. “Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews, for which ‘outdoor dining’ was selected as a special feature.”

Of the 100 restaurants that earned spots on the list, Green Valley Grill is no stranger to recognition. The Greensboro eatery was recently named among the nation’s top places to grab brunch, McClatchy News reported in May.

This time around, the restaurant focusing on “Old World European and Mediterranean flavors” was recognized for its shaded courtyard that photos show has cascading greenery.

Another Greensboro location that’s part of the same restaurant group also earned a spot on the most recent OpenTable list. Photos on Print Works Bistro’s Facebook page show the French-inspired restaurant has tables nestled under trees and umbrellas, making for a “shady oasis.”

If you’re a fan of mountain views, another high-ranking spot was Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn. The seasonal restaurant in the popular tourist destination of Asheville debuted soon after the inn was built in 1913 and has charmed visitors with its “traditional American cuisine,” according to its OpenTable and Facebook pages.

On the other side of the state, some customers said they can’t get enough of the scenery at The Oyster Rock Waterfront Seafood, which overlooks the Calabash River roughly 50 miles southwest of Wilmington. The family-owned restaurant uses ingredients from the nearby Atlantic Ocean and other regional sources, according to its website.

OpenTable didn’t share numerical rankings for the restaurants on its list but said the state with the most top-ranking places for eating outside was California, which had 37. Data from the website shows the number of restaurants with outdoor dining listings has grown since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

“Outdoor dining played a major role in buoying the restaurant industry over the last few years, and restaurants took note — whether adding, expanding or elevating their offerings,” Susan Lee, chief growth officer at OpenTable, wrote in the release. “Offering outdoor dining is now a key part of restaurants’ business, and we’re happy to see that diners continue to embrace it.”

Green Valley Grill Courtyard

Print Works Bistro

AAA 3 Diamond Restaurants 2020

16 Triad restaurants make AAA’s list of Diamond-rated eateries

Triad Business Journel, February 2020

No Triad restaurants earned AAA’s coveted Four- and Five-Diamond ratings for restaurants this year, but 16 did earn Three Diamonds.

Eight restaurants from Winston-Salem, seven from Greensboro and one from Burlington earned Three Diamonds. In addition, 27 Greensboro restaurants earned an Approved rating, plus 20 from Winston-Salem, 10 in High Point, 7 in Burlington, 5 in Reidsville, 4 in Asheboro, 2 in Kernersville and 1 in Clemmons.

The Triad restaurants to earn Three Diamonds:


  • Bernardin’s Restuarant at Zevely House
  • Bleu Restaurant & Bar
  • Paul’s Fine Italian Dining
  • Milner’s American Southern
  • Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro
  • Rooster’s Ktichen, A Noble Grille
  • Ryan’s Restaurant
  • Village Tavern


  • 1618 Seafood Grille (Friendly Ave.)
  • Di Valletta
  • Green Valley Grill
  • Liberty Oak Restaurant & Bar
  • Lucky 32
  • Print Works Bistro
  • Undercurrent Restaurant


  • Grill 584

AAA overhauled its Diamond rankings in January, revising the tiers into which it sorts hotels and restaurants. Under the new ranking system, the auto club – which first started awarding diamonds to show its road-faring members the best places to eat and sleep while traveling – gives the following designations:

  • Five Diamonds, meaning the restaurant serves leading-edge cuisine, ingredients and preparation with extraordinary service and surroundings
  • Four Diamonds, meaning it offers distinctive fine dining and good service amid upscale ambiance
  • Three Diamonds, meaning it serves trendy food skillfully presented in a remarkable setting
  • Approved, meaning the restaurant meets the standards of AAA inspections

Heron’s of Cary was the only North Carolina restaurant to earn the Five Diamond designation. It is one of 67 restaurants nationwide to receive the award, representing just 0.2% of the more than 30,000 restaurants that were awarded Diamonds. Heron’s is located in The Umstead Hotel & Spa.

Ten North Carolina restaurants earned Four Diamonds from AAA, including four in the Triangle. The Four Diamond restaurants are:

  • Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern in Raleigh
  • The Fairview Dining Room in Durham
  • Crossroads Chapel Hill
  • Il Palio Ristorante in Chapel Hill
  • Kimball’s Kitchen in Duck
  • Manna in Wilmington
  • 1895 Grille in Pinehurst
  • Chef and The Farmer, Kinston
  • McNinch House, Charlotte
  • Gamekeeper Restaurant & Bar, Boone

Standout by the Glass

9 Restaurants with Standout By-the-Glass Selections

A fresh way to explore world-class wine lists

 Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards, June 2018

Wine lovers often gravitate to bottles when dining out. But if a restaurant has a strong selection, by-the-glass pours are an exciting way to discover something new or sample a trophy bottle without sampling the full price. These nine Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners go above and beyond with by-the-glass lists that excel in diversity, value, quantity, or all three. Enjoy exceptional by-the-glass selections at these dining destinations across the country.

Selections of wines by the glass can change frequently, so check with the restaurant for availability of specific labels.

Dine al Fresco in the Courtyard at Green Valley Grill

A local leader in Greensboro’s wine scene
The O. Henry Hotel, 622 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, N.C.
(336) 854-2015
Open for lunch and dinner, daily

Best of Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 520
Inventory 10,000
Wine strengths General manager and wine director Martin Hunt manages the wine list, covering a range of regions but excelling in California, France and Italy.
Cuisine Our culinary team at Green Valley Grill sources local ingredients for a Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring plenty of comfort foods.
Value-driven The moderately-priced wine list shows particular value when it comes to the extensive by-the-glass picks, which span the globe. Most are under $10, including labels from Louis JadotMatanzas Creek and Leonildo Pieropan.
Sommelier-picked samplings There are three flights of four 2-ounce pours available, each with a theme such as “Tour of France” and “Explore Pinot Noir.”
Innovative ownership Green Valley Grill and Print Works Bistro are part of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, a hospitality group owned entirely by its more than 600 staff members. This rare structure, called an “Employee Stock Ownership Plan,” ideally provides better benefits for employees and better experiences for guests.

See the full list of Restaurants with Standout By-the-Glass Selections

To check out more wine-and-food destinations around the world, see Wine Spectator’s more than 3,500 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 87 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

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