2016 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America

As we celebrate love and romance in honor of Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to announce the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2016. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Featuring beloved restaurants adept at delivering hospitality with a personal touch, often from owner-operators, the complete list spans 33 states and includes honorees such as The Cellars in Virginia Beach, Forbes Island in San Francisco, and Zenkichi in Brooklyn. California has 15 winning restaurants, followed by New York and Virginia with 8 apiece, Colorado with 7, and Arizona, Florida, and Texas with six each. Hawaii and Nevada each have five winners while North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina each boast four. Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Washington count two winners per state. Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah are also represented.

Exceptional ambience is the common thread at the winning restaurants, from those set in historic buildings, such as the Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Center, to those associated with cozy inns and luxe resorts, including Duling Kurtz House and Tidepools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Establishments serving American and French cuisines dominate the list; however, Italian restaurants and steakhouses also proved popular, as did those specializing in perennial favorite fondue.

The list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between December 7, 2014, and December 6, 2015. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were then sorted according to Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “romantic” was selected as a special feature. “

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 2016 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, according to OpenTable diners:

Addison Restaurant – San Diego, California
Alizé at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada
Aly’s Restaurant – Solvang, California
Ambience – Los Altos, California
Bistro Romano – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bouchard Restaurant and Inn – Newport, Rhode Island
Briarhurst Manor – Manitou Springs, Colorado
Cacharel Restaurant – Arlington, Texas
Café Central – El Paso, Texas
Café Matisse – Rutherford, New Jersey
Café Monarch – Scottsdale, Arizona
Café Renaissance – Vienna, Virginia
Canlis – Seattle, Washington
Capische – Wailea, Hawaii
Carlos’ Bistro – Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Cellar Restaurant – Daytona Beach, Florida
The Cellars – Virginia Beach, Virginia
Chez François – Vermilion, Ohio
Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas
Circa 1886 – Charleston, South Carolina
Coco Palm – Pomona, California
Collage Restaurant – St. Augustine, Florida
Different Pointe of View – Phoenix, Arizona
The Dining Room-Biltmore Estate – Asheville, North Carolina
Duling Kurtz House – Exton, Pennsylvania
Edgewood Restaurant – Stateline, Nevada
Eiffel Tower – Las Vegas, Nevada
The English Inn – Eaton Rapids, Michigan
Erminia Ristorante – New York, New York
The Farmhouse at Turkey Hill – Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
Flagstaff House – Boulder, Colorado
The Flatiron Café – Omaha, Nebraska
Fleurie – Charlottesville, Virginia
Forbes Island – San Francisco, California
The French Room – Dallas, Texas
Geja’s Café – Chicago, Illinois
The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant – Middleburg, Virginia
Harry’s Restaurant – Manhattan, Kansas
The Hobbit – Orange, California
Hugo’s Cellar-Four Queens – Las Vegas, Nevada
Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm – Holicong, Pennsylvania
Iridescence –Detroit, Michigan
Jillian’s – Palm Desert, California
Keystone Ranch Restaurant – Keystone, Colorado
L’Auberge de Sedona – Sedona, Arizona
La Bergerie – Alexandria, Virginia
La Cremaillere Restaurant – Bedford, New York
La Mer at Halekulani – Honolulu, Hawaii
Latitudes – Key West, Florida
Le Vallauris – Palm Springs, California
Les Nomades – Chicago, Illinois
The Little Door – Los Angeles, California
Mar’sel at Terranea Resort – Rancho Palos Verdes, California
The Melting Pot – National locations
Michael’s-South Point Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
Michel’s at the Colony Surf – Honolulu, Hawaii
Middleton Place Restaurant – Charleston, South Carolina
ON20 – Hartford, Connecticut
Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Moon Café – Tacoma, Washington
The Painted Lady – Newberg, Oregon
Palme d’Or – Coral Gables, Florida
Paseo Grill – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Penrose Room-The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pepper Tree Restaurant – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Peter Shields Inn – Cape May, New Jersey
Primavista – Cincinnati, Ohio
Rainbow Room Dinner & Dancing – New York, New York
The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro – Columbus, Ohio
The Restaurant at the Gideon Ridge Inn – Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Restaurant Iris – Memphis, Tennessee
Ristorante Massimo – Portsmouth, New Hampshire
River Café – Brooklyn, New York
River’s End – Jenner, California
Russell’s Steaks, Chops, and More – Williamsville, New York
Saddle Peak Lodge – Calabasas, California
Salacia Prime Seafood and Steaks – Virginia Beach, Virginia
SASSI – Scottsdale, Arizona
Seagar’s Restaurant – Destin, Florida
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern – Raleigh, North Carolina
Shadowbrook Restaurant – Capitola, California
Shearns Seafood and Prime Steaks – Galveston, Texas
Sir Winston’s Aboard the Queen Mary – Long Beach, California
Ski Tip Lodge – Keystone, Colorado
St. Martin’s Wine Bistro – Dallas, Texas
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch – Santa Barbara, California
The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
thirty-two – Biloxi, Mississippi
Thomas Henkelmann-Homestead Inn – Greenwich, Connecticut
Tidepools-Grand Hyatt Kauai – Poipu, Hawaii
The Tree Room @ Sundance – Sundance, Utah
TS Steakhouse at Turning Stone – Verona, New York
‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge – Kaupulehu, Hawaii
V.Mertz – Omaha, Nebraska
Vernon’s Speakeasy – Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
Viande Rouge – Duluth, Georgia
White Barn Inn – Kennebunk, Maine
Yono’s Restaurant – Albany, New York
Zenkichi – Brooklyn, New York

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  1. Robert L says

    I am not familiar with all of the restaurants in Hawaii, BUT Mama’s Fish House in Paia, Maui is a glaring omission.

  2. Norene says

    Canlis is the best dining experience I’ve ever had. Food, service, atmosphere were all perfect.

  3. Pete J says

    I was just thinking about Mama’s Fish house and was looking at it on this list. I used to live just down the street from there…

  4. Nancy Hopper says

    I used to live in Michigan and the English Inn was my all-time favorite restaurant ever! Beautiful restaurant, beautiful grounds on the Grand River, and the food and service are amazing. I live in Colorado now but anytime I ever go back I always go to the English Inn!

  5. Joni M says

    Did you misread? Mama’s Fish House does not sound like it should be on the list of the 100 most ROMANTIC restaurants.

  6. Mike Spitz says

    Where is Cotton Row, Huntsville, Alabama?
    That’s where I’m going to take my sweetie on 13 February!

  7. Dr. John Nicklas says

    Chez Paul on Maui is a MUST. Very romantic.
    you are right on with Michel’s at Colony Surf, Honolulu, Latitudes in Key West and the Dining room at Biltmore Estates, Asheville

  8. Sharon says

    I have eaten at L’Auberge in Sedona.
    It was a perfect evening. The service was platinum.

    The food was one of the best meals we have had.

    It was a birthday dinner with my husband and it was perfect.

    We stayed overnight and had a super breakfast.

    This place is number one!

  9. Heather ODonnell says

    I agree on Mama’s as a top place for romance. Also, Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur should be on this list.

  10. Shirley O says

    We ate at Mama’s yesterday. It was the best meal of my life! I agree with Robert! The view was spectacular and our waiter, Brad, was attentive and very knowledgeable about the ingredients of the menu and the preparations. We used Open Table to make the reservation and may even go back later in the week.

  11. Bess Moody says

    Have been to Harry’s in Manhattan, KS. Absolutely fabulous meal and service above and beyond.

  12. Ruth says

    Geja’s in Chicago is quite unique. It truly belongs in this list as does Maison Blanc, Longboat Key in Florida. Unfortunately it did not make the list.

  13. Sheila Bladsacker says

    You mean that none of the fabulous restaurants in New Orleans made this list!!! Amazing!

  14. Phyllis Sassano says

    Been to the Rainbow Room twice once for dinner and dancing the second time to see Rosemarty Cloony perform.

  15. Dr. Taylor Sawyer D.C. says

    The cellar in daytona beach was very good. My wife ordered a rabbit Alfredo and I had duck and pheasant with drinks and a salad. The history of the house is amazing and the food was excellent. Make sure to bring money because it is spendy.

  16. Kathryn Ryan-Dale says

    Chez Francois (we like to call it “Frank’s Joint”) in Vermilion, OH is simply French in the most lovely way. We adore it.


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