With only 50 lazy, hazy days of summer remaining as of this week, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), today unveiled the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018. Featuring restaurants across 14 states and Washington D.C., including ten in the South, the list evokes all the joys of summer picnic fare without having to break a sweat.

While Southern states claim the most number of restaurants on the list, with Louisiana in the lead with eight, northern and mid-western states including New YorkPhiladelphia, and Illinois prove that Southern hospitality can take root anywhere. From Café Dupont's famed fried chicken in Birmingham, Alabama and Antebellum's mouth-watering shrimp and grits in Flowery Branch, Georgia to Acadiana's soft shell crabs in Washington, D.C. and Maple Tree Inn's Étouffée in Blue Island, Illinois, diners don't have to venture too far this summer to find the best Southern fare near them.

"OpenTable's list of the best Southern restaurants offers diners plenty of options to savor flavors that are strongly associated with warm summer days and balmy nights, although the honorees serve standout Southern fare year-round," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable's Chief Dining Officer. "While winning restaurants are sprinkled throughout the nation, spots in southern states rightfully dominate the list, which works as a handy guide for travelers who want to eat their way through the region."

The 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018 list is generated solely from more than 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews for more than 27,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. collected between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018. All restaurants in the "Southern" cuisine category with a minimum "overall" score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to their overall food rating.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018 according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at www.opentable.com/lists/best-southern-restaurants-2018.

50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018

Abel Brown – Augusta, Georgia 

Acadiana – Washington, D.C. 

Acre – Auburn, Alabama 

Alligator Soul – Savannah, Georgia 

Anson – Charleston, South Carolina 

Antebellum – Flowery Branch, Georgia 

Atchafalaya Restaurant – New Orleans, Louisiana 

The Boil Waverly – New York, New York 

Boucherie – New Orleans, Louisiana 

Brennan's of Houston – Houston, Texas 

Cafe Dupont – Birmingham, Alabama 

Carrollton Market – New Orleans, Louisiana 

Circa 1886 – Charleston, South Carolina 

Cured – San Antonio, Texas 

Cypress Restaurant – Tallahassee, Florida 

Distilled at The Sire Hotel – Lexington, Kentucky 

Dogwood Southern Table & Bar – Charlotte, North Carolina 

Fixe – Austin, Texas 

High Street Caffe & Vudu Lounge – West Chester, Pennsylvania 

Highball & Harvest – Orlando, Florida 

Highlands Bar & Grill – Birmingham, Alabama 

Hot and Hot Fish Club – Birmingham, Alabama 

Ida Claire – Addison, Texas 

Kitchen Notes - Omni Nashville – Nashville, Tennessee 

The King's Kitchen – Charlotte, North Carolina 

Langdon's Restaurant – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 

Madison's – Highlands, North Carolina 

Mandolin – Raleigh, North Carolina 

Maple Tree Inn – Blue Island, Illinois 

Merrick Inn – Lexington, Kentucky  

Midtown Cafe – Nashville, Tennessee 

Mozelle's Fresh Southern Bistro – Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

Mr. B's Bistro – New Orleans, Louisiana 

Muriel's Jackson Square – New Orleans, Louisiana 

The Olde Pink House Restaurant – Savannah, Georgia 

Preserved Restaurant   – St. Augustine, Florida 

Rapscallion – Dallas, Texas 

Restaurant IRON – Pensacola, Florida 

Restaurant R'evolution – New Orleans, Louisiana 

Restaurant Rebirth – New Orleans, Louisiana 

Root & Bone – New York, New York 

RT's Restaurant – Alexandria, Virginia 

Rx Restaurant – Wilmington, North Carolina 

South City Kitchen – Multiple locations 

State of Grace – Houston, Texas 

Stella's Bistro - Simpsonville – Simpsonville, South Carolina

Toutant – Buffalo, New York 

Urban Grub – Nashville, Tennessee 

Willa Jean – New Orleans, Louisiana 

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – Multiple locations