50 Most Romantic Restaurants in the US: OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award 2011

Did your favorite romantic spot make this year's list?

With less than three weeks until Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to announce the 50 winners of the 2011 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for Most Romantic Restaurants. The list of winners is derived from 7 million+ reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

California is the stand-out state on the list, with nine Golden State restaurants earning spots; New York is home to just four winners, which begs the question, “Should Sleepless in Seattle have culminated atop the Golden Gate Bridge rather than the Empire State Building?” And, while we normally associate French and Italian foods with romance (see Julie & Julia and Lady and the Tramp), this list proves that home is where the heart is: American cuisine accounted for 14 slots on the list. If you follow our Diners’ Choice Awards each year, you’ll know how very romantical our diners find fondue — and that’s still true; melted cheese and chocolate continue to inspire amore.

A perfect guide to help you plan your best Valentine’s Day dining experiences yet, this list ensures you’ll book a table that would make Cupid proud!


  1. Vicki says

    10 of the top 50 spots are The Melting Pot? Really? There are thousands of restaurants in the U.S. and 20% of the list is the same restaurant. The list looks ‘loaded’ or the people at OpenTable weren’t paying attention? I hope neither is true. But, honestly! Where is the diversity in this list? I live in Atlanta and eat out with great frequency. I can’t imagine the diners spoke and what they came up with was The Melting Pot over the many choices for romantic dining here. I am so puzzled and disappointed.

  2. Betsy says

    I agree with Vicki. I live in Philadelphia and the Melting Pot isn’t on our dining list, let alone considered a Romantic spot. Truly it is the Olive Garden with a different menu, at least here in Philly. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. However, it makes this article look (sorry to say) just plain stupid.

  3. Kelli says

    Ditto what Vicki says. There were two restaurants in Colorado listed and both were in the same a tiny mountain town. One was a fondu restaurant, go figure. There are many more famous and romantic restaurants all over the state here that should have made the list over that one. Guess I’ll have to see if it’s worth it’s salt next time I am down that way, but it didn’t look like anything special from the outside last time I was there, which is why we didn’t eat there.

  4. Ed says

    Yes, Vicki and Kelli! The Melting Pot? A chain restaurant? Romantic? Give me a break! There aren’t any restaurants from my state. And there are a few that come to mind when I think of romantic restaurants. I just can’t buy into this one.

  5. Colleen says

    I agree with the Colorado reviewer Kelli. What happened to the Brown’s Palace restaurants and elegant tea? Littleton’s Cafe Terra Cottta? Or Allen’s Park wonderful unsurpassed gem of the Fawnbrook Inn or the little hideaways in Vail? this makes no sense to load it with two Manitou restaurants.

  6. Rose says

    HUH??!!!??? The Melting Pot?!?! Agree with everyone above. Also, nothing in the San Fran (yes, resident bias). I’ve lived in Richmond, VA and much, MUCH more romantic restaurants (with better food) are easy to find.


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