Got Thrills?

Steven-G-Jackson-visits-the-Inn-at-Little-Washingtonthrilling_restaurant_nomaFine dining can be as unforgettable as a great book. Any “top” list represents a certain bias of the reviewer, and is short-lived due to the constant change in the business. New eateries pop up, instantly earning rave reviews. Any list that ranks restaurants is tricky (can you really say one is better than the next on the list?), but we have to start somewhere.

I rate over 1000 restaurants in three main categories: my personal evaluation, professional reviewer evaluations, and the public’s perception. I weigh each category as follows: 44% – my evaluation, 32% professional reviewers, and 24% public perception. I do this because a restaurant can always have an off night, or a staff flaw, that doesn’t truly represent the experience you should expect to have. The highest possible score is 100. Any restaurant over 50 is a five-star, fine dining experience.

My own evaluation takes into account some specifics that are probably unique. I’m a big fan of big views, especially ocean views. I expect the bar to be able to make a perfect Margarita. I love tasting menus and chef tables. And it helps if you make a traditional soufflé, or another thriller dessert.

I’ve grouped the restaurants into an overall top list, and then, for any popular travel destinations with at least three restaurants with a five star rating, the top three in that region. For my money, these are the best dining regions in the world.

I also post reviews on Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=dQmkOHSHFcXrvFKZ0h09rg

Finally, if you’re planning a trip and want to know about other restaurants in that area, contact me at: steven@stevengjackson.com, and I’ll gladly help you out.

 

Thriller Restaurants – The Top List

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Thriller Restaurants – New York City

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Thriller Restaurants – Washington, DC area

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Thriller Restaurants – Paris

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Thriller Restaurants – Lima

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Thriller Restaurants – Las Vegas

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Thriller Restaurants – Mexico City

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Thriller Restaurants – Hong Kong

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Thriller Restaurants – Los Angeles

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Thriller Restaurants – London

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Thriller Restaurants – Copenhagen

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Thriller Restaurants – Napa Valley

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Thriller Restaurants – New Orleans

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Thriller Restaurants – Tokyo

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Thriller Restaurants – San Francisco

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Thriller Restaurants – Boston

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Thriller Restaurants – Big Sur/Carmel

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Thriller Restaurants – Chicago

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Thriller Restaurants – Dallas

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Thriller Restaurants – Laguna Beach / Dana Point / Monarch Beach

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Thriller Restaurants – San Diego

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Thriller Restaurants – Shanghai

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Thriller Restaurants – Singapore

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Thriller Restaurants – Stockholm

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Thriller Restaurants – Oslo

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