[MAP] The Best US Cities To Wine And Dine

Even as the cost of wining and dining creeps ever higher, only the most dedicated of frugal minds are able to resist the luxury of eating out. 

Beyond the price of bottle service, people who live in metros that rank high in the restaurant and bar scene typically see higher housing costs as well. 

As a guide to the country’s best metro areas for restaurants and bars, real estate tracker Trulia has come up with this study on dining density in the U.S.

“Homes for sale in seven of the top 10 eating towns have a median price per square foot of $200 or more,” Trulia notes. Why?  “Many people are willing to pay more to live near restaurants. But, more importantly, high-income people have more money to spend on eating out, so the high-cost places where high-income people tend to live can support more restaurants.”

But that doesn’t mean big cities have the final say in fine dining. Take Seattle, Providence, and Portland for example. All three made the top 10 restaurant list, thanks to local chefs who are willing to trade big city paychecks for cheaper rent while they get their start in the business. 

Read on for the lists. 

Top Metros for Eating Out

# U.S. Metro

Restaurants per 10,000 households

Median price per square foot of homes listed for sale

1 San Francisco, CA



2 Fairfield County, CT



3 Long Island, NY



4 New York, NY-NJ



5 Seattle, WA



6 San Jose, CA



7 Orange County, CA



8 Providence, RI-MA



9 Boston, MA



10 Portland, OR-WA



Note: among the 100 largest metros.

Top Metros for Drinking

# U.S. Metro

Bars per 10,000 households

Median price per square foot of homes listed for sale

1 New Orleans, LA



2 Milwaukee, WI



3 Omaha, NE-IA



4 Pittsburgh, PA



5 Toledo, OH



6 Syracuse, NY



7 Buffalo, NY



8 San Francisco, CA



9 Las Vegas, NV



10 Honolulu, HI



Note: among the 100 largest metros.

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