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Canyon Cafe named in 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America for 2017

For the third consecutive year, Canyon Café at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort has been named as one of “The 100 Best Brunch Restaurants” in America by OpenTable. Its Blues, Brews & BBQ Sunday Brunch is a weekend institution, offering live blues and live action cooking stations. Canyon Café represents Tucson as the only restaurant in Arizona to receive this recognition.

SAN FRANCISCO – May 9, 2017 – As we look forward to feting the moms in our lives over brioche French toast and Bellinis on Mother’s Day, the most popular day to dine out for brunch, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of  The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), today unveiled the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America for 2017. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 10 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 24,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

From restaurants serving up classic comfort dishes and lavish buffets to those offering eclectic twists on traditional brunch fare, the complete list features winning restaurants in 36 states and Washington, D.C., and includes El Techo in San Francisco,  The Rainbow Room in New York City and Brennan's in New Orleans. California, a hot spot for both its beaches and ingredient-driven food scene, comes out on top with 10 winning restaurants, followed by Texas and Virginia with eight each, Florida and North Carolina with six a piece, and Pennsylvania and Washington both claiming five. 

Because brunch has become such a decidedly American pastime, it isn’t surprising that the majority of winners specialize in American fare. However, Creole, French, fusion, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisines are also present on the list.

“Brunch has become as synonymous with Mother’s Day celebrations as it has the weekend, and the repertoire of dishes associated with the midday meal has expanded exponentially,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “No longer an afterthought, this meal at these winning restaurants has become a showcase for culinary diversity, with restaurants serving everything from classic Eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes to succulent fried chicken with waffles, chorizo scrambles, and luxe buffets with made-to-order stations and raw bars that would delight even the most avid eaters.” 

The 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America list is generated solely from more than 10 million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between March 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which "great for brunch" was selected as a special feature.  

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America for 2017 according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at https://www.opentable.com/m/best-brunch-restaurants-in-america-2017.  

Diners can also read more about the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America as well as our #MomSquadBrunch Mother’s Day giveaway by visiting the OpenTable blog.

100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America for 2017 

187 Rue Principale - Emmaus, Pennsylvania
ACQUA - Forest Lake, Minnesota
Aksum - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Baker House - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove - Newport Coast, California
Biltmore Brunch - Coral Gables, Florida
The Bistro at Childress Vineyards - Lexington, North Carolina 
Blue Ridge - Asheville, North Carolina 
Boulevard Bistro- New York, New York 
Bravo! Restaurant and Cafe - Kalamazoo, Michigan 
Brennan's - New Orleans, Louisiana
Café 43 - Dallas, Texas
Cafe Benedicte - Houston, Texas
Cafe Modern - Fort Worth, Texas
Cafe Monte - Charlotte, North Carolina  
Cafe Pacific – Palos Verdes, California
Café Sebastienne - Kansas City, Missouri 
Camp Verde General Store and Restaurant - Camp Verde, Texas
*Canyon Cafe at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort - Tucson, Arizona 
Chateau Morrisette - Floyd, Virginia 
Chez Zee - Austin, Texas
Chicken and the Egg - Marietta, Georgia
Circle Brunch - The Breakers - Palm Beach, Florida
Claire's at the Depot - Warrenton, Virginia 
The Comus Inn at Sugarloaf Mountain - Dickerson, Maryland 
Cooperage Inn Restaurant - Baiting Hollow (Calverton), New York 
Dante Next Door - Cleveland, Ohio
The Davenport Signature Buffet - Spokane, Washington 
Deerpark Restaurant-Biltmore Estate - Asheville, North Carolina
The Dining Room at Salish Lodge & Spa - Snoqualmie, Washington 
El Techo - San Francisco, California 
Eleven at Crystal Bridges - Bentonville, Arkansas
Ellyngton's at the Brown Palace - Denver, Colorado
Farm & Table - Albuquerque, New Mexico 
The Fieldhouse - Billings, Montana
Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant - Arlington, Virginia
The Frog and Turtle - Westbrook, Maine
Galvez Bar & Grill - Galveston, Texas
Garden Terrace at The Inverness Hotel - Englewood, Colorado
Gertrude's - Baltimore - Baltimore, Maryland
Golden Mast - Okauchee, Wisconsin
Grand Cafe at Omni Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California
Grand Dining Room at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel - Jekyll Island, Georgia
Grand Finale Restaurant - Cincinnati, Ohio 
The Greenhouse Bistro & Market - Homosassa, Florida
Harding House - Nashville, Tennessee 
Home Restaurant - Silver Lake - Los Angeles, California
Hotel Del - Crown Room - San Diego, California
The Hunt Room at the Desmond Hotel - Malvern, Pennsylvania
Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm - Holicong, Pennsylvania 
Iron Rooster - Annapolis, Maryland
Italia Trattoria - Spokane, Washington
J Graham's Cafe - Louisville, Kentucky
Lake Elmo Inn - Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Lake Terrace - The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Lakehouse - Mandeville - Mandeville, Louisiana 
Lilac - Billings, Montana 
Lucille at Drury Lane - Oak Brook, Illinois
LuLu's - Richmond, Virginia 
M ST. Cafe - Saint Paul, Minneapolis
The Magnolia Thomas Restaurant - Woodstock, Georgia
Market Street Grille - Harrison, Ohio
Michele's - Dover, Delaware
Museum Cafe - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nasher Cafe - Durham, North Carolina
Oasis Cafe - Salt Lake City - Salt Lake City, Utah
Old Mill Room at The Boar's Head - Charlottesville, Virginia
The Old School Farm To Table - Nashville, Tennessee
Oxford Exchange - Tampa, Florida
Palace Bar - Miami Beach, Florida
The Palmetto Cafe - Charleston, South Carolina
Porch Cafe - Galveston, Texas
Post & Beam - Los Angeles, California
Provence - Carrboro - Carrboro, North Carolina
The Pump House - Fairbanks, Alaska 
Queen Mary Tea Room - Seattle, Washington 
The Rainbow Room - New York, New York
Red Gravy - New Orleans, Louisiana 
The Regency Room - The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center - Roanoke, Virginia
Regi's American Bistro - Baltimore, Maryland
Region's 117 - Lake Frederick, Virginia
The Restaurant at Burdicks - Walpole, New Hampshire
Restaurant Pomme - Gordonsville, Virginia
Restaurant506 at The Sanford House - Arlington, Texas
River Crab - St. Clair - St. Clair, Michigan
The Roycroft Inn - East Aurora, New York
Salty's on Alki Beach - Seattle, Washington
Seasons At The Ocean House - Westerly, Rhode Island
Seaview's Main Dining Room - Galloway, New Jersey
SpringHouse - Alexander City, Alabama
Sterling Brunch Buffet - Bally's Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada
Sundy House - Delray Beach, Florida
Taste of Belgium - Clifton - Cincinnati, Ohio
Terrain Garden Cafe - Glen Mills, Pennsylvania 
Timmer's Resort - West Bend, Wisconsin 
TJ's at The Jefferson Hotel - Richmond, Virginia 
V's Italiano Ristorante - Independence, Missouri 
The Veranda Restaurant - Fallbrook, California
West Cafe - Portland, Oregon 
The Westgate Hotel - Sunday Brunch & Le Fontainebleau Room - San Diego, California

Photo: Chef Ken Harvey at the grill at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

About OpenTable Restaurant Reviews:
Originally launched in November 2008, the OpenTable Reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions. Only diners who recently honored an OpenTable reservation are invited to submit restaurant reviews. Visitors to OpenTable can access reviews for thousands of OpenTable restaurant partners across the United States, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan and the UK.  The OpenTable Reviews program has generated more than 40 million restaurant reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews.

About OpenTable:
OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 21 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 40,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company's website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet's most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations, and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated over 1 billion diners around the world.  OpenTable is headquartered in San Francisco and has bookable restaurants in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States.

OpenTable, OpenTable.com, OpenTable logos, and other service names are the trademarks of OpenTable, Inc. and/or its affiliates. Ahead of Mother’s Day – the Busiest Brunch Day of the Year – Diner Reviews Point to Top Spots for Brunch. Winners Scattered Across 36 States and Washington, D.C. 

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