Detroit’s dining scene has been heating up with openings, it seems, all the time. But, the hottest of the hottest this year, at least according to OpenTable, is Republic.

Located in the historic Grand Army of the Republic building on Grand River, the restaurant opened with much anticipation and has continued to deliver over the last year.

These awards, according to OpenTable reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The reviews were collected from verified OpenTable diners between March 1, 2015, and February 29, 2016.

All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “hot spot” category.

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The competition was tight, and the winning restaurants across the nation are highly regarded for their lively ambience, and many feature vibrant bar and lounge scenes with an after-hours feel.

New restaurants made a splash with more than a fifth opening their doors in 2015 alone, and Republic is also one of those.

“The honorees on this list have each crafted a delicious recipe for a thrilling meal,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer in a release. “From inventive fare with an international flair and enticing cocktail programs to energetic atmospheres and sexy surroundings, these restaurants have all the elements for a fresh, fun dining experience.”

The other Michigan winner was The Red Ginger in Traverse City.

So cheers to Republic. If you want to find them, they’re at 1942 Grand River in Detroit and here’s their website.

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