Enter the Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway: Share Your Tale of Romance + Restaurants for a Chance to Win 1 of 5 $200 OpenTable Gifts

giveaway-val-dayHave you ever been swept off your feet by your sweetie in a restaurant? Been surprised with an over-the-top romantic restaurant outing? Has your dining partner gotten down on bended knee to pop a very important question? Enter the OpenTable Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway!

With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, we want to spread the love with a giveaway we think you’ll love. Share a romantic dining story in the comments of this post, and you’ll be entered to win  one of five $200 OpenTable Gifts*, redeemable at a participating OpenTable Gifts restaurant. And, next week, we’ll publish several winning stories of romance and restaurants on our blog.

The entry period runs through Friday, February 7, 2014. Winners will be announced Monday, February 10, 2014, and will be notified via the email address associated with your comment below (so please be sure to check it!). Complete terms and conditions after the jump.

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Dining Poll: Are You a Fan or Foe of Mayo?

According to an article in TODAY, research firm Euromonitor has revealed that mayonnaise is the top condiment in the U.S., handily besting ketchup. I’m a fan of both, but Duke’s mayonnaise is absolutely my most coveted condiment. As united as we seem to be in our love of mayo in the United States, however, a lot of folks cannot abide the creamy marriage of eggs and oil, even tho’ many chefs are pro mayo. Where do you stand in this condiment conundrum? Weigh in on the issue in our dining poll below.


OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America; Plus Exclusive Dessert Slideshow

As diners make reservations for romance on Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to honor the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Featuring restaurants with alluring ambience and seductive menus, the complete list of honorees is scattered among 32 states and includes Canlis in Seattle, The Little Door in Los Angeles, and Zenkichi in Brooklyn. California boasts the greatest number of winning restaurants with 14, followed by Florida with eight. Hawaii, Texas, and Virginia each have seven winning restaurants. Colorado, Nevada, and Ohio claim five winners apiece, while Arizona, Illinois, New York, and Utah have four. Missouri, New Jersey, and Tennessee count three winning restaurants, and Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington have two each. Alaska, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, and Rhode Island also have winning eateries.

For another year, fondue is a favorite for diners seeking to fan the flames of romance. And, illustrating that home really is where the heart is, American fare restaurants account for the greatest number of winners. French and Italian cuisines are very popular as well. And, because almost everyone loves to share a sweet with their sweetheart, we have an exclusive slideshow of swoon-worthy desserts from our winning restaurants.

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On Our Plate: Valentine’s Day Reservations; #ShareMyPlate No Kid Hungry Giveaway; dineLA; Chicago Restaurant Week + More

DOVFHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Valentine’s Day reservations are open. Make a reservation for romance on February 14th.

* Restaurant operators: It’s not too late to share your Valentine’s Day specials with diners. Visit Restaurant Center today!

* Snap an Instagram of your plate + share it to help end childhood hunger. Enter the No Kid Hungry #ShareMyPlate giveaway for a chance to win cash prizes and to help feed hungry children throughout the U.S.

* Save 10% on tickets to Wine and Wishes in San Francisco on February 1. Help support Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area today.

* Attend the 16th annual St. Jude’s Gourmet Gala in Washington, D.C. on February 25. Purchase your ticket today.

* Berkeley Restaurant Week rocks on. Dive into $15 + $20 lunches and $20 + $30 three-course dinners through January 31.

* The new year is here — and Center City District Philadelphia is, too. Book for three-course $20 lunches and $35 dinners through January 31.

* dineLA has steals on meals in Tinsel Town. Book a table for $15, $20, or $25 lunches and $25, $35, or $45 dinners through January 31.

* Don’t forget to Dine About Town in San Francisco. Make a booking for two- or three-course lunches for $18.95 and $36.95 three-course dinners through January 31.

* Dine Out Vancouver continues. Feast on $18, $28, or $38 dinners through February 2. 

* Chicago Restaurant Week has blown into the Windy City. Order up $22 lunches and $33 or $44 dinners through February 5.

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