EATING OUT CAN BE GOOD FOR YOU

 Dining out with family and friends is one of life's great pleasures.  Photo courtesy of The Capital Grille.

Dining out with family and friends is one of life's great pleasures. Photo courtesy of The Capital Grille.

Sharing a great meal with family and friends is one of the best things you can do for your emotional health. Entertaining at home is fun, but so is the stress-free option of dining out. 

If you're always looking for new restaurants to add to your list of favorites, The O Report is a fan of recommendations from Open Table, a restaurant reservation booking site. You can learn about top restaurants all over the U.S. and the world on its website.

If your eating out options tend to be a little closer to home, here are a few of Open Table's new Top 10 lists for the Charlotte area.

Best Atmosphere: McNinch House, Webb Custom Kitchen (Gastonia), The Cellar at Duckworth's, Luce Ristorante, Cafe Rule & Wine Bar (Hickory), The Fig Tree, The Capital Grille, Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge (Mooresville), Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House and Ruth's Chris Steak House. 

Foodies' Favorites: Aix en Provence, Heirloom, Namastay Kitchen and Hangout, The Cellar at Duckworth's, Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge (Mooresville), Luca Modern Italian Kitchen, Barrington's, Customshop, The Asbury and Webb Custom Kitchen (Gastonia).

Most Booked Restaurants: Maggiano's, 300 East, The Capital Grille, Fahrenheit, Paco's Tacos & Tequila, Cafe Monte, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, The Pump House (Rock Hill), Essex and Aria Tuscan Grill. 

Neighborhood Gems: Aix en Provence, Dolce Ristorante, Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge (Mooresville), The 220 Cafe (Statesville), Primo Tuscan Grille, Mario's Italian Restaurant (Matthews), Namastay Kitchen and Hangout, Luca Modern Italian Kitchen, Webb Custom Kitchen (Gastonia) and Customshop.