OpenTable Diner Reviews Name Top 75 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in U.S.

Judging by this list, kids clearly love Italian food!

Just in time for Father’s Day and summer vacations, we are pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 75 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of nearly 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Mangia was the word on tiny diners’ lips as Italian cuisine, especially that which is served at nationwide Buca di Beppo restaurants, proved extremely popular for the second year in a row. American fare was also a hit with kids and their families, with 17 restaurants offering homegrown dishes. Healthful choices were also crowd-pleasers, as Japanese food and seafood each accounted for 8 wins. Other popular cuisines included comfort food, Mexican, and steak.

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Top 50 Italian Restaurants in the U.S.: OpenTable’s 2010 Diners’ Choice Winners

Is pasta -- and not mashed potatoes -- the ultimate comfort food?

Are you always in the mood for Italian food? We are, too! That’s why we’re bursting to bring you the results of our second annual Diners’ Choice awards for the restaurants for best Italian.

Derived from more than 7 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners of more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this list includes winners from sea to shining sea — and almost everywhere in between. From Acqua in Minnesota and Bottega in Birmingham to Vetri in Philadelphia and South Carolina’s Wild Olive, there’s an honoree in almost half of the states in the union, good news because, from pasta to pizza and classic to contemporary, there’s nary an Italian dish that doesn’t make diners’ stomachs swoon!

Find out if your favorite Italian restaurant is among this year’s 50 winners, and let us know what dishes you crave when you’re eating Italian cuisine.

Dining Out on Valentine’s Day Is Twice as Nice in 2010, Survey Says

Dining-out-on-Valentines-Day-2010OpenTable diners are enjoying twice as many dining options for Valentine’s Day this year, thanks to February 14 falling on a Sunday. According to a recent online survey of nearly 1,000 diners, just as many people are choosing to eat out on Saturday, February 13, in honor of Valentine’s Day as are dining out on the actual holiday. This doubles your odds of dining out at the restaurant of your choice. And, if you factor in Friday night or doing brunch on Sunday at a hotspot…well, you can do math!

In terms of who’s dining with whom, the survey revealed that more than 63% of respondents will be dining out with a partner during this romantic weekend. In good news for foodies who aren’t picking up the tab, 85% expect to spend at least as much as they did in 2009. Multi-course menus, here we come!

We also learned that while Paris may be the city of lights and love, 33% of Valentine’s diners are seeking out Italian cuisine most of all this year — though French cuisine is a close second at 29%.

The factors that contributed to a really romantic dining experience included a private table (28%), exceptional service (16%), and a beautiful view (13%). Most respondents didn’t care about candlelight (5%) or soft music (2%), calling into question two longtime courtship clichés.

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