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TripAdvisor: top U.S. restaurants

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, announced its winners of the 2012 Travelers' Choice Restaurants awards based on millions of valuable customer reviews. Here are their choices for the top ten restaurants in the US.

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#1 Le Bernardin- New York City

This French seafood restaurant located in New York City was started in Paris in 1972 and moved in 1986. It is a Michelin Guide three star (only one of seven in the whole city!), and Zagat rated. As of today, it has roughly four and a half stars on TripAdvisor. The meal is considered pricey, but worth it. After all, it has been voted number one. 

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#2 Restaurant Gary Danko- San Francisco

This American, modern, and classic cuisine, located in the heart of San Francisco, has received six Five Star ratings from Mobil in the seven years it has been in business. Described as a mixture of California and Upper East Side chic, elegant and dress attire is requested, and reservations are a must. The restaurant has two rooms that accommodate 65 people.

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#3  Le Cirque (Bellagio)- Las Vegas

This French restaurant, located in the Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, is described as expensive, but elegant and delicious. It is an AAA Five Diamond restaurant, that serves the cuisine "exquisitely." Its opulent dining room is a must see attraction, not to mention its coveted title as number three on the list. 

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#4 Girl & The Goat- Chicago

Located in the Windy City, the American cuisine served here is one desired by tourists all year round. Open since summer 2010, it is home to "fun foods, craft beers," and their own wine. The menu is divided into three parts: vegetables, fish, and of course, meat. Be sure to make a reservation, although the place is "huge," it fills up. 

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#5 Toulouse Petit- Seattle

This kitchen lounge, home to Creole and Cajun style food, is described as imaginative, and fun. Not to mention, its breakfast is said to be phenomenal as well. Still not sold? It is home to one of the ten best happy hours in the nation, according to TripAdvisor.

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#6 Fruition Restaurant- Denver

Described as "sophisticated comfort food meets the elegance of home," this restaurant balances both atmosphere and cuisine. It has garnered rave reviews, and even five stars on TripAdvisor.  Chefs Alex Seidel and Matthew Vawter insist on creating a tranquil environment for all their guests. 

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#7 Alinea- Chicago

Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of the city, this restaurant boasts international cuisine: everything from pig, to scallop, to black truffle. It may cost you, though. Meals run from $150-$1000. 

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#8 Island Creek Oyster Bar-Boston

Described as a "hybrid of New England shore food and creative, seasonally influenced seafood", this restaurant has charm and taste. The fish and oyster lists change daily to reflect what is the best stuff coming out of the water. One wall is also adorned with oyster shells. What's not to love!

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#9 Uchi- Austin

This contemporary Japanese and sushi restaurant (the only to make the top 10 list), features a hip take on your favorite food. Everything is fresh and flavorful, and even if you don't like sushi, there is something for everyone.

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#10 Screen Door- Portland, Ore.

Even though it is located in the Northwest, this restaurant that rounds out the top ten list boasts some pretty delicious Southern eats. From South Carolina Lowcountry cuisine, to soul food and Cajun, to Creole, their meals are definitely something to try. While there is typically a long wait, it's worth it. Another plus? It is ideal for children and special occasions. 

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TripAdvisor: top U.S. restaurants

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, announced its winners of the 2012 Travelers' Choice Restaurants awards based on millions of valuable customer reviews. Here are their choices for the top ten restaurants in the US.

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