In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wondered if you couldn’t be with the one you love, which celebrity you’d love to dine with. In a new survey, OpenTable diners revealed that top celebrity dream dates include George Clooney, Eva Mendes, and Oprah Winfrey. Clooney was the most popular choice for women diners, snagging 44% of the votes, while Mendes is male diners’ top pick (35%). Winfrey, idol to millions of women, proved her influence as the third most popular pick for female diners overall, finishing behind Ryan Reynolds. With their smoldering good looks, it’s easy to see why Clooney and Mendes are the most desired dinner dates, but after 25 years on the air, Oprah Winfrey feels like every woman’s best friend, and who wouldn’t want to share a meal and girl talk with a close confidante — or someone who might give you a show on the OWN network?
Los Angeles diners love fellow Angeleno George Clooney more than diners in any other city, with 35% naming him as their dream date. Eva Mendes busted the myth of the archetypal blonde California girl, besting willowy, tow-headed Maria Sharapova in the City of Angels, but Mendes is even more in the city of Miami, earning greater than 20% of votes. Talk-show queen and media mogul Oprah Winfrey is a less popular dream date to her hometown Chicago diners (11%) than she is with Atlanta diners (14%).
The least popular (or less-than-dreamy) dates were Olympian Michael Phelps (2%) and Gossip Girl Blake Lively (2%).
Public displays of affection, or PDA, can make some diners lose their appetites, but on Valentine’s Day, an overwhelming number of respondents (77%) say that some PDA is okay, specifically G-rated PDA – some handholding and a couple of quick kisses. While almost 15% thought that anything goes on this romantic holiday, a small percentage of respondents (8%) would prefer that people kept the PDA out of public dining rooms altogether [Ed. note: Mom and Dad, this means you.]
Miami may be the friskiest city, with more than 25% of respondents saying even anything-goes PDA is okay. Boston and Raleigh diners may be the least, as more than 11% in each city said “No way!” to any amount of PDA.
For diners still searching for the right restaurant for Valentine’s Day, visit www.opentable.com/valentines to check out menus and offers, and be sure to check out the winners of 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards for Most Romantic restaurants as well as the local winners in your metropolitan area.