Restaurant.com customers love to discover new restaurants on our site, but they also have some favorites!

Restaurant.com Customers Craved Comfort Food in 2012: American cuisine was the most searched for option this year, followed by Italian, steak and Mexican.  Diners looked for comfort food above gourmet meals this year: Sushi was the 9th most popular cuisine, while French fell to 13th and contemporary cuisine ranked 15th.

Quick-Serve Spots on the Rise: Busy diners enjoyed using Restaurant.com certificates at quick-serve spots in 2012.  Restaurants listed under Dessert, Deli/Sandwich/Soup/Salad, Coffee/Tea/Bakery and Pizza all spiked in popularity.

Top-Rated Restaurants aren’t Just on the Coasts: Though it’s often said that the best dining in the U.S. is on the coasts (hello New York City and LA!), the 25 most popular Restaurant.com restaurants in 2012 came from 15 different states!  In fact, no New York restaurants made our top 25 list.  From a Utah steak house to a Greek restaurant in the Chicago suburbs and Mexican spots in Texas and Arizona, our customers’ tastes cover a wide range.

The 25 most popular Restaurant.com restaurants for 2012 are:

Biggie’s- Carlstadt, NJ – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Palermo’s 95th Italian Cuisine – Oak Lawn, IL – 4.4 out of 5 stars

Filippa’s Wine Barrel – Shelby Township, MI – 4.4 out of 5 stars

Alondra Hot Wings – Alhambra, CA – 4.2 out of 5 stars

Harley-Davidson Café – Las Vegas, NV – 4.2 out of 5

Pat’s Pizza of Windham –Windham, ME – 4.6 out of 5 stars

Riverwinds – West DeptFord, NJ – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Kobe Steaks Japanese Restaurant – Nashville, TN – 4.3 out of 5 stars

Giordano’s – Lake Buena Vista, FL – 4.2 out of 5 stars

Studio Diner – San Diego, CA – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Jimmy’s Charhouse – Elgin, IL – 4.3 out of 5 stars

Carver’s Steak & Seafood – Sandy, UT – 4.5 out of 5 stars

DiNero’s – Cohasset, MA – 4.4 out of 5 stars

Valle Luna Mexican Food & Cantina – Phoenix, AZ – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Los Toros Mexican Restaurant – Chatsworth, CA – 4.2 out of 5 stars

1149 Bar And Grill – Seekonk, MA – 4.4 out of 5 stars

Black Cow Kitchen And Bar – Mount Prospect, IL – 4.2 out of 5 stars

Top of the World – Las Vegas, NV – 4.6 out of 5 stars

Harvest Grill – Coon Rapids, MN – 4.2 out of 5 stars

Fontaine’s Oyster House – Atlanta, GA – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Basil Greek Dining – Aurora, IL – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Alicia’s Mexican Grille – Cypress, TX – 4.4 out of 5 stars

Squeeze Inn – Sacramento, CA – 4.2 out of 5 stars

Pier House Restaurant at 2nd Avenue Pier – Myrtle Beach, SC – 4.7 out of 5 stars

Rita’s On The River – San Antonio, TX – 3.8 out of 5 stars

* This list was calculated based on search data, certificates purchased, tenure on the program and Restaurant.com’s Verified Diner Ratings and Reviews.