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10 Tips for a Delicious Valentine’s Day

We’re celebrating #29ReasonstoLoveFebruary all month long — and there are so very many already, thanks to Valentine’s Day! We’ve named the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America and the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America. Plus, we’re running a super-easy-to-enter #savorthelove Valentine’s Day giveaway in which you could win dinner for two. But we’re not stopping there. To make sure you have the best weekend  yet, we’ve gathered 10 tips for a delicious Valentine’s Day. Read on to set yourself up for success.

Tips for a Delicious Valentine's Day

1. It’s not too late to find the perfect table. If you’ve just remembered Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, don’t fret. OpenTable has got you covered. Did you know that almost half of all Valentine’s Day reservations are made in the week leading up to February 14? In other words, there’s still time to snag a terrific table at a top restaurant.

2. Use the notes/special requests field when booking – and be specific. Too often diners write, “I’d love a great table,” but they don’t go into detail about what “great” means to them. Is it a booth? A dimly lit table off to a corner? Name some particulars to score a table that suits your tastes.

3. Talk through extra-special special requests with a manager. If you have elaborate special requests that go above and beyond what most restaurants typically offer (say, asking that rose petals be scattered on the table or having a particular bottle of Champagne or type of flower awaiting your date), stop by the restaurant or call and speak with a manager to inquire if your request is feasible.

4. Celebrate all weekend long. Happily, Valentine’s Day falls smack in the middle of President’s Day weekend, giving diners opportunities to celebrate on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. In fact, in a recent OpenTable survey, more than 30% of respondents indicated that they were planning on dining out on Saturday, February 13. So pick the day that is best for your schedule.

5. Brunch with bubbles! If you don’t have off on President’s Day, and you’re worried about staying out late on the school night that is Sunday, consider brunch with bubbles on Saturday or Sunday, which gives you plenty of time to recover before Monday morning. Also, be on the lookout for special Valentine’s Day/President’s Day brunches at restaurants near you.

6. No date? No problem. There are Valentine’s Day specials for singles happening on the 13th and the 14th. For example, I|O at the Godfrey in Chicago will be hosting Valentine’s Nightcap on the 13th, a party for singles and those with “it’s complicated” relationship descriptions. Similarly, the J. Parker is hosting a Sadie Hawkins 90’s dance party on the same night.Continue Reading

Introducing the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America 2016 #savorthelove

As we begin to fete love and romance ahead of Valentine’s Day and on the heels of announcing the 2016 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, we’re thrilled to release our rankings of the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America 2016. Virginia Beach tops the list — can you guess which other destinations are represented?

2016 Most Romantic Cities in America

Food trends may come and go, but our data indicates that Americans continue to have an appetite for romantic dining. In order to provide a ranking of cities where romantic dining is inherently part of the culture, the OpenTable Most Romantic Cities Index was calculated using three variables: the percentage of restaurants rated “romantic” according to OpenTable diner reviews; the percentage of tables seated for two; and the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine’s Day last year.

The following cities, listed in order, comprise the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America 2016. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/25-most-romantic-cities-in-america-for-2016/.

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Touchdown: Delicious Game Day 2016 Specials for Sunday #CHI #LA #NYC #PHL

When Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on February 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, there are thousands of restaurants around the nation that will be ready to host hordes of hungry and thirsty football fans. In that spirit, we’ve gathered some fun offers and specials that are a thousand steps above jarred salsa and wings from your local pizza joint. Find out where to celebrate game day 2016  in delicious style this weekend.

Alla Spina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Add a touch of serious sophistication to your viewing with these conversions being offered by chef Julie Kline. She’s putting an upscale twist on two traditional game day dishes with her amazing Mortadella Hot Dog and playful Pig Tails with Fennel Agrodolce. Make a reservation at Alla Spina.

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American Cut, New York, New York
American Cut will be hosting a Sunday tailgate party on February 7, beginning at 5:30PM. For $150 per person, guests will enjoy offerings from chef Marc Forgione such as the NYC Pastrami Spice Sub, American Cut Wings with a chili lobster sauce, Tater Tots, Sunchoked Spinach with fontina and smoked salt, and desserts from pastry chef Tara Glick. Pair it all with drinks and specialty cocktails from the open bar while you soak up the gridiron action showing on two large projector screens with surround sound. Make a reservation at American Cut.

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American Whiskey, New York, New York
There are delicious two-for-one Smokey Chicken Wings from executive chef Roger Jacobsen, and even better, are the $7 pours of Stranahan’s, Breckenridge, and Defiant whiskeys from beverage director Joey Vargas in honor of Broncos QB John Elway who wore No. 7. You’ll also enjoy a free glass of Prosecco each time your team scores — if you are wearing a jersey of that team! Make a reservation at American Whiskey.

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Analogue, Chicago, Illinois
Located in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood, Analogue invites guests to enjoy a special menu of Cajun-style takes on football faves. The Big Game menu features Cajun Nachos with cheese sauce, red beans, chef Alfredo Nogueira’s pico de gallo made with pickles, and his housemade hot sauce, the Kaplan Burger, made by sous chef and butcher Danielle Kaplan, a cult-fave carryover from her days at Butcher & Larder, that features two patties, cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and onions; and housemade Jalapeño Poppers. Guests can enjoy the game as it is projected on a blank wall in the typically TV-less restaurant. Make a reservation at Analogue.

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Brother Jimmy’s, New York, New York
The specials are all about the Carolina Panthers at Brother Jimmy’s. After all, the slogan here is “Put some South in Yo’ Mouth.” There’s the Panther Pulled Pork Sandwich and Charlotte Pimento Cheese Fries, and look for the enthusiastic staff to be passing blue shots around throughout the night. Plus, there are a whopping 25 televisions and a tricked out sound system that will keep you focused on all the action. Make a reservation at Brother Jimmy’s.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurants, New York
So, it’s not T-Rex Tuesday, but you can still make game day seriously roar here. Founder and pit master John Stage of the meat mecca that is the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que dynasty invites you to quaff craft beers and dine on Dino signatures such as Dino Wings, St. Louis Ribs, and Creole Deviled Eggs at any of his New York locations. Make a reservation at a Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurant near you.

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