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Valentine’s Day, the biggest holiday for romantic dinners, is around the corner and OpenTable just released its list of the country’s most romantic restaurants. The list is based off the combined opinions of over 12 million restaurant reviews from verified OpenTable diners. More than 26,000 restaurants were submitted in all 50 states and Washington, DC.
The final selection came from all over the country in cities big and small. North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia tied at eight for the states with the most restaurants on the list, followed by Florida with seven; New Jersey and Texas with six; New York, Tennessee and Washington with five. Alabama, California, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania and South Carolina have three; Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon and Rhode Island have two.
The 100 restaurants represent a diverse array of eateries across the country, but American flavors dominant the list more than any other cuisine; steakhouses, French and Italian fares are well-represented as well. The list is generated from verified diner reviews that were collected between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017. Restaurants qualified based on their minimum “overall” score and number of reviews — they were then scored and sorted according to the percentage or reviews where “romantic” was selected as a special feature.
According to OpenTable, there’s still time to book Valentine’s reservations if you haven’t yet: As of February 5, 74% of prime-time Valentine’s Day dining reservations (defined as reservations within the coveted 6pm – 8:45pm window) across the US are still available on OpenTable. However, that figure is expected to be affected and soon.
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OpenTable’s 100 most romantic restaurants in alphabetical order:
Altius – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ariana – Bend, Oregon
Arrowleaf Bistro – Winthrop, Washington
Babette’s Cafe – Atlanta, Georgia
BakerStreet – Fort Wayne, Indiana
Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Baxter’s Lakeside Grille – Lake Ozark, Missouri
Benvenuti’s – Norman, Oklahoma
The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard – Canton, Ohio
Bistro L’Hermitage – Woodbridge, Virginia
Bistro San Martin – Arlington, Washington
Black Cat – Boulder, Colorado
Bob’s Steak & Chop House* – Multiple Locations
Bolete Restaurant – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Bookbinder’s Seafood and Steakhouse – Richmond, Virginia
Bouchard Restaurant and Inn – Newport, Rhode Island
Café Monarch – Scottsdale, Arizona
Cafe Provence – Prairie Village, Kansas
Caprice Bistro – Wilmington, North Carolina
Carlo & Johnny – Cincinnati, Ohio
Chandlers Steakhouse – Boise, Idaho
Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
Charleston Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
Chez Francois – Vermilion – Vermilion, Ohio
Christopher’s World Grille – Bryan, Texas
Circa 1886 – Charleston, South Carolina
Claire’s at the Depot – Warrenton, Virginia
Collage Restaurant – St. Augustine, Florida
Connors Steak & Seafood – Huntsville – Huntsville, Alabama
Donatello – Tampa, Florida
El Gaucho – Tacoma – Tacoma, Washington
Enzo’s on the Lake – Longwood, Florida
Erling Jensen The Restaurant – Memphis, Tennessee
Erminia Ristorante – New York, New York
The Fig Tree Restaurant – Charlotte, North Carolina
Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar – Memphis – Memphis, Tennessee
Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House – Memphis, Tennessee
Four Winds Steakhouse – Wills Point, Texas
Franklinville Inn – Franklinville, New Jersey
Frog Hollow Tavern – Augusta, Georgia
The Gamekeeper – Boone, North Carolina
Geronimo – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Gracie’s – Providence, Rhode Island
The Grill – The Ritz-Carlton, Naples – Naples, Florida
Hanover Street Chophouse – Manchester, New Hampshire
Harvest Beat – Seattle, Washington
Hugo’s Cellar – Four Queens – Las Vegas, Nevada
The Inn at Little Washington – Washington, Virginia
The Ivy Inn Restaurant – Charlottesville, Virginia
Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse – Louisville – Louisville, Kentucky
Katherine’s Steakhouse – Mesquite, Nevada
L’Auberge Chez Francois – Great Falls, Virginia
La Fable – Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Latitudes on Sunset Key – Key West, Florida
Le Vallauris – Palm Springs, California
Le Yaca – Williamsburg, Virginia
Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel – Richmond, Virginia
Lewnes’ SteakHouse – Annapolis, Maryland
Mahogany Prime* – Multiple Locations
The Melting Pot* – Multiple Locations
Mizuna – Denver, Colorado
Mucca Osteria – Portland, Oregon
Nineteen61 – Lakeland, Florida
Nocturne – Denver, Colorado
The Ocean House Restaurant – Cape Cod – Dennis Port, Massachusetts
Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
Over The Moon Cafe – Tacoma, Washington
Oyster Loft – Pismo Beach, California
Paseo Grill – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pellana – Peabody, Massachusetts
Peninsula Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Birmingham – Birmingham, Alabama
Peter Shields Inn – Cape May, New Jersey
Pier W – Cleveland, Ohio
The Precinct – Cincinnati, Ohio
The Prime Rib – Baltimore (The Original) – Baltimore, Maryland
Red Prime Steak – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro – Columbus, Ohio
Restaurant L – Cincinnati, Ohio
Restaurant Lorena’s – Maplewood, New Jersey
Ristorante Lombardo – Buffalo, New York
River Cafe – Brooklyn, New York
Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar – Galveston, Texas
Russell’s Steaks, Chops, and More – Buffalo, New York
Ryan’s Restaurant – Winston-Salem, North Carolina
The Saddle River Inn – Saddle River, New Jersey
Saint Jacques French Cuisine – Raleigh, North Carolina
Scalini Fedeli – Chatham Chatham, New Jersey
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern – Raleigh, North Carolina
Signature, Inspired by Chef Andrew Weissman – San Antonio, Texas
Southern Social – Germantown, Tennessee
St. John’s Restaurant – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch – Santa Barbara, California
The Tailor and the Cook – Utica, New York
Tony’s – St. Louis – St. Louis, Missouri
Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House – Austin Arboretum – Austin, Texas
The Victor Cafe – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vintage Year – Montgomery, Alabama
Washington Inn – Cape May, New Jersey
Webb Custom Kitchen – Gastonia, North Carolina
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Productions; OpenTable.
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