What are the best Florida restaurants? Yelp reveals Top 100 of 2023, ranked

One of the world's most popular review websites has again chosen to spotlight restaurants in the Sunshine State. Following its first-ever such list last year, Yelp recently revealed its ranking for the "Top 100 Florida Restaurants." The list includes numerous neighborhood gems as well as a restaurant our USA TODAY Network Florida Entertainment Team recently picked for best waterfront restaurants.

Yelp notes that they ranked the restaurants "using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews between January 1, 2022 and January 1, 2023. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of January 9, 2023."

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Pla-Tu Sushi Thai Tapas in South Miami took the No. 1 spot. Yelp described it as a "neighborhood gem" with "inventive Southeast Asian cuisine served in a sleek, colorful space." Yelp notes that popular dishes include "the Spicy Wahoo Tataki starter (sashimi-grade white fish with crispy onions and a zesty ponzu sauce); grilled salmon with a Thai herb salad; and Beef Massaman (a warm curry with avocados and cashews)."

Tikka Indian Cuisine in the south Sarasota County city of Venice placed second. "Sleek, modern presentations of authentic North and South Indian dishes — from clay-oven-baked meats to biryani rice blends—have catapulted this bright Venice restaurant to the second-highest-ranked spot in Florida (from #66 on last year’s list)," Yelp writes.

India Grill & Bar in West Palm Beach ranked No. 9. Yelp notes that "rich curries and tandoori-grilled meats get the royal treatment at this festive West Palm Beach restaurant and banquet hall.

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In addition to the restaurants in Venice and West Palm Beach, many other local favorites from our USA TODAY Florida Network made the Top 100. Just among the Top 50, you will find:

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Bomboloni Bakery-Cafè in Jensen Beach, Buccan Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Dry Dock Waterfront Grill on Longboat Key in Sarasota County, and Uncle Rico’s Pizza in Fort Myers barely missed the Top 50, finishing at 51, 52, 54 and 57 respectively. Dry Dock was included on our list of best waterfront restaurants in Florida.

Fort Myers and Naples claimed three spots on the list at numbers 57, 84 and 100. Another one of our favorites, from Tallahassee, came in at 82.

Sarasota-Manatee had a total of seven restaurants on the list, Palm Beach County had six, Pensacola totaled five and the Jacksonville area had four. For the complete Top 100 Florida Restaurants 2023 list, visit Yelp.

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Wade Tatangelo is the Florida-Georgia Regional Dining and Entertainment Editor for the USA TODAY Network. Email him at wade.tatangelo@heraldtribune.com. Support local journalism by subscribing.​​​​​​

This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Yelp's Top 100 Florida Restaurants list includes local favorites