More than half the entries are in laidback country locations.
Move over World's 50 Best Restaurants. Reservation site and app OpenTable has sifted through more than 110,000 user reviews and ratings to reveal the 50 most amazing restaurants right here on our shores. And the winner is ... regional Australia, with more than half the entries located not in the big smoke but in laidback country towns.
Elm Dining in Bright and Isabella's Cocktail Bar in Beechworth are among the 17 restaurants from Victoria (the winning state) that have made it to the list, along with A Touch of Salt in Queensland's Townsville and Karkalla in Byron Bay, NSW.
Winery restaurants, such as Down the Rabbit Hole Wines in South Australia's McLaren Vale region, made up 14 per cent of the Top 50, while modern Australian proved to be the most popular cuisine. The report also highlights some key trends: solo dining is up 14 per cent year on year; trending cuisines range from Afghan (up 73 per cent) to Scandinavian (up 62 per cent); Tuesday-night dining is seeing the largest growth (up 5 per cent) compared to other days of the week; and 6pm is the most popular time to book. opentable.com.au
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