2012 was a notable year for the local Bay Area dining scene. Neighborhoods boomed (not without controversy), new dining trends were established and one of our most decorated fine-dining temples closed. With so many exciting candidates, it was hard to narrow down our list of the top hottest restaurants of the year. Some just opened; others, like Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski's State Bird Provisions, opened on New Year's Day and have been swamped ever since. For housekeeping purposes, we narrowed down our criteria to those newcomers that opened in 2012, which explains why some hot spots such as AQ didn't make the list. Without further ado, click through the slide show to see which 10 restaurants had the biggest impact on the 2012 dining landscape.