by Nancy Stiles
OpenTable is technically a reservation service, but the company is able to cull a lot of data from its diners based on their habits and experiences. Apparently, there is a list of the diner-picked ten best restaurants in St. Louis. There are also subcategories for things like best ambience, best service, scenic view, etc. So who do you guys love?
The site's top ten best overall restaurant in St. Louis are Five Bistro, Niche, the Crossing, Napoli 2, Sam's Steakhouse, Tony's, the Tavern Kitchen & Bar, Acero, Truffles and Charlie Gitto's on the Hill. Not a bad showing at all.
The real test, though is the list of St. Louis' most-booked restaurants. You can say you love a critically acclaimed place all you want, but where are you really going? The ten most-booked (on OpenTable, at least) are Maggiano's, 801 Chophouse, Bristol Seafood Grill, Cooper's Hawk Restaurant & Winery, Charlie Gitto's on the Hill, Annie Gunn's, the Tavern Kitchen & Bar, Prasino, EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery and Eleven Eleven Mississippi.
You can check out all the lists and rankings here. Do you think OpenTable got it right? What would you add?
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