OpenTable released its annual list of the 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining, and Louisville’s River House Restaurant & Raw Bar made the cut.

It’s a good place to be. Nationwide data from OpenTable shows the number of restaurants listing outdoor dining grew 54% compared to pre-pandemic 2019, per a news release.

The list is curated from 13.6 million verified diner reviews and identifies restaurants coast-to-coast with great views, delicious cuisine and above all, an incredible outdoor dining experience. This year, 25 states feature restaurants on the list.

“Outdoor dining played a major role in buoying the restaurant industry over the last few years, and restaurants took note – whether adding, expanding or elevating their offerings,” said Susan Lee, Chief Growth Officer for OpenTable, said in the news release. “Offering outdoor dining is now a key part of restaurants’ business, and we’re happy to see that diners continue to embrace it.”

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