Restaurant reservation service OpenTable recently named The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge one of its 100 Most Scenic in America. The restaurant made the list for the first time this year and is one of six named in North Carolina. The state had the second most in the nation, behind only California.
The list of 100 was generated from more than 10 million restaurant reviews of 25,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia submitted by verified OpenTable diners between July 1, 2016, and May 31, 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 qualifying reviews for which “scenic views” was selected as a special feature.
Unlike other awards, there were no secret tasters, judges, panels, or special awards.
“A meal becomes a moment when it transcends the ordinary and becomes a true feast for all senses,” Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer, said. “This year’s winning restaurants deliver on taste and sight in spades, offering delectable menus and breathtaking surroundings for the ultimate dining experience. They are also a great way for both locals and travelers to immerse themselves in a destination and relish in some of the best views the area has to offer.”
Restaurant Chef Hunter Womble said, “We are lucky to be surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the High Country, and it’s something that I try to take time to appreciate every day. The farm-to-table vision for the menu here at Gideon Ridge is one that reflects the natural beauty of our surroundings, letting the flavors and quality shine through. We love what we do, and love that we get to do it here, in such an inspiring place.”