Lovers of love, rejoice! Valentine’s Day has arrived. The best day to enjoy chocolate, Champagne, and candy hearts, Valentine’s Day is also the best day to share a meal with your special someone. If you still haven’t made your reservation, fret not. You can still score a terrific table for two today — either online or on your phone using the OpenTable app. Check out availability in these major metropolitan areas — or find a restaurant right near you!
OpenTable diners! You’re invited to attend the Share Our Strength Minneapolis Cakewalk on February 28, 2013, at 8PM. An evening of drinks, dancing, and, most importantly, delectable desserts from the best pastry chefs in the Twin Cities, and presented in partnership with James Beard Award winner and Share Our Strength Minneapolis chef chair Tim McKee of La Belle Vie, Cakewalk benefits Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger. Save $5 on tickets with discount code OTicing.
Each chef/restaurant will host a table and lay out samples of delectable desserts. Guests can go from table to table sampling sweet treats from each. And, don’t miss the region’s best mixologists who’ll be on hand to whip up some fancy cocktail creations, as well as beer and wine — all of which are included with your ticket! Savory bites to cleanse the palate will also be available.
At 9:30PM, the official Cakewalk begins. Those who have purchased raffle tickets have the chance to take home an amazing cake with them! Music will be provided throughout the evening, with both a live band and DJ creating a fun festive night in the beautiful, historic Aria at the Jeune Lune space.
With Valentine’s Day almost a week away, we are pleased to release our rankings of the 25 Most Romantic Cities in the United States. While we may typically think of our largest cities as magnets for romance seekers, our analysis revealed that romance thrives in cities and communities of all sizes. 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.
According to a new survey of OpenTable diners, restaurants are poised to be busy with diners celebrating love not only on Thursday, February 14, but on the weekend following Valentine’s Day. OpenTable diners also indicated that they plan to celebrate love in a big way with a projected check average of $139, which is 63 percent more than the typical OpenTable check average of $85 per couple. The survey results also provided a peek into dating habits and trends related to the busiest holiday for dining out.
One of the biggest dining trend takeaways with this survey was diners indicating that, rather than extensive tasting menus, shared plated, or prix-fixe offerings, they wanted to enjoy a classic, a la carte, three-course meal. Additional reveals include: