Open Table, the leading provider of free online restaurant reservations, announced the 2011 Annual Winners among the restaurants chosen as Great for Outdoor Dining by OpenTable diners.

Not surprisingly, California and Florida dominated the list, which is derived from more than seven million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Naples, FL, alone has six winners on the list. The state of California had 18, evenly scattered between Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, and northern California. Hawaii was represented with eight restaurants, and three winners were in Arizona. New York was mentioned twice, and Las Vegas and Texas each had one restaurant on the list.  Curiously, the New England area -  home to scores of coastal and seaside restaurants - was excluded from the list entirely, which ranks the 50 honorees alphabetically, not by the number of votes. (Presumably, this is because New England restaurants are only Great for Outdoor Dining during certain times of the year.)

Clearly, the cornerstone of great outdoor dining is a great location, but, really, there's much more to it than that.  The winning restaurants on this list have put great effort into creating an ambiance that maximizes their surroundings while also crafting a menu that will wow foodies, says Caroline Potter, OpenTable's Chief Dining Officers said in a press release.  These restaurants have shown diners that they don't have to choose between one or the other.  They can have it all - al fresco dining and amazing eats.

Below is a list of the 50 best spots for outdoor dining, according to OpenTable voters:

 

22 North - Lihue, Hawaii

A Fish Called Avalon - Miami Beach, Florida

 

BALEENnaples - Naples, Florida

Beachcomber Cafe-Crystal Cove - Newport Coast, California

Blue Agave Club - Pleasanton, California

Blue Moon Fish Co. - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Brown's Beach House-The Fairmont Orchid - Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Cafe Blue - Volente, Texas

Caffe Riace - Palo Alto, California

Campiello - Naples, Florida

Capische - Wailea, Hawaii

Chautauqua Dining Hall - Boulder, Colorado

Circa59 at Riviera Palm Springs - Palm Springs, California

Cliff's Edge - Los Angeles, California

Crazy About You - Miami, Florida

Duke's Beach House Maui - Lahaina, Hawaii

El Chorro Lodge - Paradise Alley, Arizona

Fuego-Maya Hotel - Long Beach, California

Geoffrey's Restaurant - Malibu, California

George's Ocean Terrace - La Jolla, California

Gigino at Wagner Park - New York, New York

Handsome Harry's Third Street Bistro - Naples, Florida

Hau Tree Lanai - Honolulu, Hawaii

House of Tricks - Tempe, Arizona

Hula Grill-Kaanapali - Lahaina, Hawaii

La Bottega - New York, New York

Latitudes - Key West, Florida

Lon's at The Hermosa - Paradise Valley, Arizona

Marche Bacchus - Las Vegas, Nevada

Max's Grille - Boca Raton, Florida

MiraMare - Naples, Florida

Nick's Fishmarket Maui - Wailea, Hawaii

Nine One Five - Key West, Florida

Novo Restaurant - San Luis Obispo, California

Oceans 234 - Deerfield Beach, Florida

Plantation Gardens - Koloa, Hawaii

Poseidon - Del Mar, California

Red Fish Grill - Miami, Florida

The Restaurant at Ponte - Temecula, California

Sapphire Laguna - Laguna Beach, California

Sonoma Wine Garden - Santa Monica, California

Spencer's Restaurant - Palm Springs, California

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden - Escondido, California

TART Restaurant @ Farmer's Daughter Hotel - Los Angeles, California

Tommy Bahama's Restaurant and Bar - Naples, Florida

Tommy Bahama's Restaurant and Bar - Palm Desert, California

The Turtle Club - Naples, Florida

Vic and Angelo's - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Wilshire - Santa Monica, California

Wish - Miami Beach, Florida

 

Source: PR Newswire via OpenTable