A whopping 20 per cent of those surveyed would chose where to head for their holiday based on going to a strongly recommended restaurant there, with 44 per cent saying they would gladly book a ticket on a plane, a bus or a train to get their chosen food place.
And nearly two thirds (61 per cent) of Americans would happily travel over an hour to dine at their favourite "wish list" restaurant, whilst 62 per cent admit they would prefer to eat the local cuisine over the food they are familiar with when at home.
Caroline Potter, OpenTable's chief dining officer, told USA Today: "Food has become such a bigger part of the culture for everyone, we're a nation - or a world - of foodies. I think food is a universal way for people to get into culture, even if you don't speak the language. They're not big, bucket-list, once-in-a-lifetime restaurants. The places to go to get a good flavour of where locals go, to get what the vibe is."
As part of the study, the two companies - OpenTable and Kayak - came up with a list of their top 25 hidden gem restaurants across the world and that are definitely worth travelling for.
This includes the 12th Avenue Grill in Honolulu, Hawaii; Cafe Luxembourg in New York; Musso & Frank Grill in Los Angeles; Nusret Dubai (the home of the famous Salt Bae); Stella Cocktail Club in Dublin, Ireland; and Westerns Laundry in London, England.