3 Arizona restaurants make Tripadvisor Best of the Best lists

Above: Cafe Monarch. Lifestyle | 9 Aug |

Today, Tripadvisor announced the winners of its 2021 Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” Restaurants awards, with five new categories of must-visit restaurants no matter where you are or what you crave, based on traveler reviews of people who have dined there before. From favorite Fine Dining establishments for the more discerning taste buds and the Best Brunch Spots to fill up on avo toast and mimosas, to the Hottest New Restaurants and Best Vegan Spots serving up some of the tastiest plant-based grub. These award-winning Tripadvisor restaurants have something to suit every type of palate.

Three Arizona restaurants — Cafe Monarch in- Scottsdale, BirdHouse in Page, and Golden Goose American Grill in Sedona, Arizona — earned spots on the lists of top Tripadvisor restaurants.


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The title of U.S. No. 1 Fine Dining restaurant goes to the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va. This intimate restaurant boasts an award-winning 14,000 bottle wine cellar (what’s not to love about that?!) and serves up classic French cuisine including dishes such as carpaccio of herb-crusted Elysian Fields baby lamb loin with caesar salad ice cream and coconut sorbet with passionfruit and ginger granité.

If quality food on the go is what you’re after, the Quick Bites category (previously named Fast Casual) fits the brief and this year it’s New York City’s Bleecker Street Pizza topping the list. This much-hyped pizza joint knows a thing or two about serving up a decent slice.

New to the top Tripadvisor restaurants this year, the Picture-Perfect Restaurants category celebrates those places that have a serious wow factor, not just for the food, but the restaurant setting as well. These stunning spots are worth a thousand selfies and it’s not surprising to see why Koral Restaurant in Nusa DuaBali has been crowned world No. 1. At this epic aquarium restaurant, you’ll feel as though you’re dining underwater as tropical fish swim around and above you and a hypnotic soundtrack plays to give the full below the waves experience.

If you’re looking to set the mood with a romantic dinner, the Date Night category – another newbie for 2021 – has you covered. Topping the U.S. list is The Silver Fork in Manchester, Vt. Located in the picturesque Manchester Village, The Silver Fork is housed within the historic building which was once the Mark Skinner Library. This quaint restaurant is run by a husband and wife team and serves up an eclectic mix of cuisines from around the world including goat cheese soufflé with chutney and homemade melba toast and mixed paella for two.

“It’s no secret that the restaurant industry has taken a hit over the past year or so, but the good news is that would-be diners all over the world are hungrier than ever to dine out again,” said Martin Verdon-Roe, general manager of Hospitality Solutions at Tripadvisor. “There is so much good out there to explore this summer and beyond and no matter what you’re craving, the Best of the Best Restaurants Awards is on hand to serve as a menu of options to satisfy your appetite.”

Below you’ll find the No. 1 restaurants in the U.S. and the world across the eight award subcategories. The full list of winners can be found here.

U.S. Fine Dining Restaurant Award-Winners

1. Inn at Little Washington – Washington, Va.

2. Cafe Monarch – Scottsdale, Ariz.

3. Halls Chophouse – Charleston, S.C.

4. Sazón – Santa Fe, N.M.

5. Collage Restaurant – St. Augustine, Fla.

6. Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii

7. GW Fins – New Orleans, La.

8. Lahaina Grill – Lahaina, Hawaii

9. Circa 1886 Restaurant – Charleston, S.C.

10. Kokkari Estiatorio – San Francisco, Calif.

U.S. Everyday Eats Restaurant Award-Winners

1. Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille Ft. Myers Beach – Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

2. CVI.CHE 105 – Miami Beach, Fla.

3. Local Goat – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

4. Florida’s Fresh Grill – Cocoa Beach, Fla.

5. Ristorante Pesto – Philadelphia, Pa.

6. Blue Moose Burgers & Wings – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

7. Chesapeake’s Seafood and Raw Bar – Gatlinburg, Tenn.

8. Jargon – Asheville, N.C.

9. Binion’s Roadhouse – Hendersonville, N.C.

10. Timber Kitchen and Bar – Bangor, Maine

U.S. Quick Bites Restaurant Award-Winners

1. Bleecker Street Pizza – New York City, N.Y.

2. BirdHouse – Page, Ariz.

3. In-N-Out Burger – Los Angeles, Calif.

4. Laspada’s Hoagies – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

5. Portillo’s Hot Dogs – Chicago, Ill.

6. Seven Brothers – Kahuku, Hawaii

7. NY Pizza Suprema – New York City, N.Y.

8. Blaze Pizza – Orlando, Fla.

9. The Doghouse – Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

10. Muldoon’s – Munising, Mich.

U.S. Date Night Restaurant Award-Winners

1. The Silver Fork – Manchester, Vt.

2. Circa 1886 Restaurant – Charleston, S.C.

3. Le Stick Nouveau – Eureka Springs, Ark.

4. Latitude’s Restaurant – Key West, Fla.

5. Bistro St. Michaels – St, Michaels, Md.

6. Collage Restaurant – St. Augustine, Fla.

7. Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant – Cape May, N.J.

8. Inn at Little Washington – Washington, Va.

9. Madeline’s Restaurant & Wine Cellar – Cambria, Calif.

10. Tidepools – Poipu, Hawaii

U.S. Best Vegan Restaurant Award-Winners

1. Full Bloom Vegan – Miami Beach, Fla.

2. City O City – Denver, Colo.

3. The Land of Kush– Baltimore, Md.

4. Planta South Beach – Miami Beach, Fla.

5. Green Elephant – Portsmouth, N.H.

6. Laughing Seed Cafe – Asheville, N.C.

7. VegeNation – Las Vegas, Nev.

8. Vedge – Philadelphia, Pa.

9. Bouldin Creek Cafe – Austin, Texas

10. Fox & Fig Cafe – Savannah, Ga.

U.S. Best Brunch Restaurant Award-Winners

1. Halls Chophouse – Charleston, S.C.

2. High Cotton Charleston – Charleston, S.C.

3. Nomo Soho Restaurant – New York City, N.Y.

4. EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge – Palm Springs, Calif.

5. Mon Ami Gabi – Las Vegas, Nev.

6. Mala Tavern – Lahaina, Hawaii

7. Atchafalaya – New Orleans, La.

8. Commander’s Palace – New Orleans, La.

9. Oxford Exchange – Tampa, Fla.

10. Vintage – Vail, Colo.

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