Flash, filter, upload, repeat, then eat. It can be difficult to miss people documenting their latest meals while dining out.
To find the top-10 most Instagrammed restaurants in America last year, restaurant review startup MyFab5 crunched the numbers for CNBC. A range of restaurants from dining stalwarts that have been open for decades to relatively new restaurants made the cut.
Many of these are well known for signature dishes, such as Dominique Ansel's Cronuts or Café Du Monde's beignets, which fans seek out and then document on social media.
"It really helps to be known for something. You want to stand out," said Omeid Seirafi-Pour, MyFab5 co-founder and CEO in a phone interview.
Being in a touristy area also helps. Several of the restaurants are in tourist hotspots Los Angeles and New York City.
To create the list, MyFab5 sifted through geo-tagged restaurants where at least 15 percent of photos included a food-related word in the caption. This removed places like bars where food is not as center stage. It also included only the most popular location of any chain, which eliminated any outsize presence from large chains, and counted up to 25 photos from any user to exclude post flooding from restaurants' own accounts. From there, it ranked the total number of Instagrammed photos.
Still, Seirafi-Pour stressed the list has its limitations.
"Just because you're the most Instagrammed doesn't mean you're the best restaurant," he said. "Some have dimmed lighting, and you can't get good photos."
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—By CNBC's Katie Little
First published 28 Jan 2015
This downtown Los Angeles rooftop lounge offers great views, a variety of indoor and outdoor seating areas, live music, French cuisine and 25 wines by the glass.
"I'll have what she's having" …. Katz's Delicatessen was already well known before Meg Ryan's famous scene in "When Harry Met Sally," but the big screen didn't hurt its popularity.
The deli, known for its pastrami, salami, brisket and more, has been serving Old Country dishes in New York City's Lower East Side for more than a century.
Drawing inspiration from various clubs and buildings in England, Oxford Exchange offers a restaurant, bookstore, retail shop, private flexible work stations and more in Tampa. Its menu features seasonal local and organic ingredients and dishes.
This microbrewery and brew pub in California's Sonoma County offers an extensive beer list. Customers can also buy growlers of beer to go.
This SoHo bakery helped catapult bakery mashups to fame with the Cronut, its croissant-donut hybrid shown here that draws long lines of people hoping to secure the $5 (plus tax) pastry. The company also releases a limited number of its cookie shots daily, a cookie shaped like a shot glass with milk inside.
Located in New York's Central Park, the Boathouse offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the City. It includes a lakeside restaurant, outside bar and an express café that offers a simpler menu than the more upscale main restaurant.
The humble egg isn't relegated to just the breakfast table at this restaurant where the ingredient takes center stage. Founded in 2011, this Los Angeles restaurant offers a limited menu that includes dishes with eggs made a wide range of ways. Shown here is a creation with carnitas, chimichurri, cotija and a fried egg on brioche.
This Los Angeles restaurant has a menu that changes daily based on seasonal and market availability that includes a variety of French dishes and an extensive wine list. This spread includes the restaurant's Mediterranean salad and kimchi fried rice.
Another Los Angeles favorite on Instagram, Bottega Louie is a restaurant, gourmet market, café and patisserie all in one. The company's fall seasonal menu included this minestrone soup.
For diners who do not plan to be in the L.A. area any time soon, the company's e-commerce store sells macaroons, chocolates, truffles and savory options too.
Instagram users uploaded more than 11,000 photos last year at Café Du Monde, a traditional French coffee shop that opened during the Civil War. The New Orleans restaurant is well known for its beignets, fried pieces of dough covered with powdered sugar shown here that are sometimes filled with fruit. Like many of the most Instagrammed restaurants, it sells its most famous products online along with other accessories like mugs and T-shirts.