OpenTable Reveals the Top 25 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.

San Antonio’s Riverwalk features several renowned romantic restaurants, such as Biga on the Banks.

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.

The following cities, listed in order, comprise the Top 25 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/RomanticCitiesContinue Reading

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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