SAN FRANCISCO - OpenTable announced the “Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars in the United States” on Monday. Rhode Island landed on the list for Meritage-Warwick, an East Greenwich restaurant and Fall River-based Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill was among the 10 Massachusetts restaurant bars to be featured.
OpenTable compiled the list based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted to the website for more than 15,000 eateries throughout the United States.
Twenty-three states as well as the District of Columbia appeared on the list. California was heavily represented with restaurants from the Golden State comprising over a quarter of the list - 27 in total. Florida followed with fourteen restaurants featured, Massachusetts came in with 10 beating out New York who had only nine. Rhode Island’s lone representative was Meritage.
The press release indicated that restaurant-bars that featured American food constituted the majority of honorees. Jerry Remy’s of Fall River and Meritage fit this bill.
According to both restaurants OpenTable profile, each serves American cuisine with price ranges of $30 and under.
“The honorees have embraced the cocktail and craft beer movements to create the ideal places to bookend a dining experience,” Caroline Potter, OpenTable chief dining officer, said in prepared remarks. “Whether it’s kicking an evening off with a perfectly poured drink or winding down with a nightcap, fun is always on the bar menu at these winning restaurants.”