50 Most Romantic Restaurants in the US: OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award 2011

Did your favorite romantic spot make this year's list?

With less than three weeks until Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to announce the 50 winners of the 2011 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for Most Romantic Restaurants. The list of winners is derived from 7 million+ reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

California is the stand-out state on the list, with nine Golden State restaurants earning spots; New York is home to just four winners, which begs the question, “Should Sleepless in Seattle have culminated atop the Golden Gate Bridge rather than the Empire State Building?” And, while we normally associate French and Italian foods with romance (see Julie & Julia and Lady and the Tramp), this list proves that home is where the heart is: American cuisine accounted for 14 slots on the list. If you follow our Diners’ Choice Awards each year, you’ll know how very romantical our diners find fondue — and that’s still true; melted cheese and chocolate continue to inspire amore.

A perfect guide to help you plan your best Valentine’s Day dining experiences yet, this list ensures you’ll book a table that would make Cupid proud!

American Cuisine: What Does It Really Mean?

americaOpenTable diners recently selected their 50 favorite restaurants for American cuisine. But the Chicago Tribune‘s Bill Daley wonders if anyone can even agree on what American cuisine specifically refers to. The James Beard Foundation posits that the U.S. is a nation of regional cuisines rather than one with a unifying national style of cooking. However, the wise Wylie Dufresne, the American master of molecular gastronomy, tells Daley, “What I like about the term ‘American cuisine’ is that it can encompass ingredients and techniques from around the world because that’s what it is.”

While the winners of the OpenTable 2009 Diners’ Choice awards for Best American Cuisine may vary in both method and menus, all do precisely what Mr. Dufresne, chef-owner of wd-50,  asserts — and, according to you, they do it very well.

Reserve a table to celebrate our country’s birthday in style this weekend.

Best Restaurants for American Cuisine: Your 50 Favorites

american-flag.jpgAre you feeling particularly patriotic as Independence Day draws near? Celebrate by dining out at one of the national winners of the OpenTable 2009 Diners’ Choice awards for Best American Cuisine, as selected by OpenTable diners. Based on 2.5 million reviews of more than 9,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, you can be sure this is one democratic list.

With winners in 23 states, the odds of finding the best American food in your neck of the woods are pretty high. And, proving the coastal states don’t dominate this cuisine, middle America makes a strong showing, with four winners in Missouri and three in both Colorado and Illinois, among others.

So, leave the barbecue behind this 4th of July, and book a table at any of these top restaurants that will make you proud to be an American foodie.