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These are the Most Romantic Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable

Feb. 06, 2018
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These are the Most Romantic Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable
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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.

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Orchids at Palm Court — Cincinnati, Ohio

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.

TPG Senior Editor, Julian Mark Kheel, has credit card suggestions when dining out at a romantic restaurants. "When you’re dining out, you’ll always want to make sure to pay with a credit card that earns bonus points at restaurants. Two of the best choices are the Chase Sapphire Reserve with 3 points per dollar on dining, and the Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card which earns 3.5x points at restaurants when you’re also a Platinum Honors elite with Bank of America. The Uber Visa Card earns 4% back on dining if you’d rather earn cash back instead of points and miles. And you can earn 2 points per dollar on a number of other cards, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Premier Rewards Gold from American Express, and all three of the Citi ThankYou cards — the Preferred, the Premier and the Prestige."

OpenTable's 100 most romantic restaurants in alphabetical order:

Altius - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ariana - Bend, Oregon

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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

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