OpenTable Survey Reveals Valentine’s Day Dining Trends: When Valentine’s Day Bookends a Weekend, It’s Typically Good for Restaurants — and Diners!

Sometimes the most important thing about romantic dining is the company. Who’s your favorite person to share a meal with?

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:

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Dining with the Stars: Kelly Clarkson at Buca Di Beppo in DC; Adam Levine at Mercer Kitchen in NYC; Charlize Theron at Tortilla Republic in LA + More

No word on whether Matt Dillon channeled his inner Dallas during dinner.

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

* Christina Ricci dined at Bocca di Bacco in the Big Apple. [NY Post]

* Non-lipsyncher Kelly Clarkson had a pre-inauguration meal at Buca di Beppo in Washington, D.C. [TravelersToday.com]

* Sofia Vergara stepped out at Katsuya in Brentwood, California. [Daily Mail]

* Son-of-rod and squeeze-of-Adrian Maloof Sean Stewart enjoyed some Italian eats at Meatball Spot in Las Vegas. [People]

* Singer Adam Levine lunched with friends at Mercer Kitchen in New York’s Soho ‘hood. [People]

* Jessica Alba and her husband had dinner at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. [Daily Mail]

* Jessica Chastain also dined at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. [DailyMail]

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On Our Plate: Just 2 Days Left for Restaurants to Claim Free Mobile Sites; Welcome Foodspotting; DC + Chicago Restaurant Weeks; Cooking Matters on NBC + More

The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals, through Cooking Matters.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the addition of Foodspotting to the OpenTable family! Learn more.

* There are just two more days to for restaurants to claim their FREE mobile site. Get yours today!

* Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program was featured on NBC News. Watch it now.

* Asheville Restaurant Week: $15 to-course lunches and $30 three-course dinners, February 1-7Book a table.

* Baltimore Restaurant Week: $20.13 or $30.13 dinners and $15.13 lunches, January 25-February 3Book a table.

* Chicago Restaurant Week: $22 lunches and $33/$44 dinners, February 1-10Book a table.

* dineLA: $15, $20, or $25 lunches and $25, $35, or $45 dinners, January 21-February 1Book a table.

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We Are Family: Foodspotting Joins OpenTable!

OpenTable is about to make you a whole lot hungrier, thanks to the addition of Foodspotting and their delectable photos to our family of products.

We are thrilled to announce that Foodspotting is becoming a part of OpenTable. An app for finding and sharing great dishes at restaurants, Foodspotting is a must-have for foodies who enjoy documenting, sharing, and discovering photos of delicious dishes.

“We’re proud to welcome the talented Foodspotting team to the OpenTable family,” said our own Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “The folks behind Foodspotting are as passionate about dining as we are, and we’re looking forward to leveraging their unique expertise in the areas of imagery and social sharing to enrich the OpenTable experience for diners and restaurants in new and exciting ways. By adding more visually compelling content to help people decide where to dine and discover dishes they’ll love, we hope to make it even easier to find the perfect table for any occasion.”

Foodspotting Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Alexa Andrzejewski is equally excited. “We’re so happy to have found a home for Foodspotting where our community can continue to thrive while our entire team continues to focus on creating great dining experiences.”

By becoming part of the OpenTable family of products, Foodspotting will enable us to deliver a richer visual and social experience for diners as well as provide our restaurants with new opportunities to showcase their culinary creations.

While Alexa and her team help us develop more enhancements to OpenTable, we will continue to maintain the Foodspotting site and mobile apps on a standalone basis. And, OpenTable is adding Foodspotting photos to our web and mobile web and will soon be available across our service.