Introducing the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America 2016 #savorthelove

As we begin to fete love and romance ahead of Valentine’s Day and on the heels of announcing the 2016 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, we’re thrilled to release our rankings of the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America 2016. Virginia Beach tops the list — can you guess which other destinations are represented?

2016 Most Romantic Cities in America

Food trends may come and go, but our data indicates that Americans continue to have an appetite for romantic dining. 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 25 Most Romantic Cities in America 2016. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/25-most-romantic-cities-in-america-for-2016/.

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2016 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America

As we celebrate love and romance in honor of Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to announce the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2016. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Featuring beloved restaurants adept at delivering hospitality with a personal touch, often from owner-operators, the complete list spans 33 states and includes honorees such as The Cellars in Virginia Beach, Forbes Island in San Francisco, and Zenkichi in Brooklyn. California has 15 winning restaurants, followed by New York and Virginia with 8 apiece, Colorado with 7, and Arizona, Florida, and Texas with six each. Hawaii and Nevada each have five winners while North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina each boast four. Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Washington count two winners per state. Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah are also represented.

Exceptional ambience is the common thread at the winning restaurants, from those set in historic buildings, such as the Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Center, to those associated with cozy inns and luxe resorts, including Duling Kurtz House and Tidepools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Establishments serving American and French cuisines dominate the list; however, Italian restaurants and steakhouses also proved popular, as did those specializing in perennial favorite fondue.

The list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between December 7, 2014, and December 6, 2015. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were then sorted according to Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “romantic” was selected as a special feature. “

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OpenTable Reveals Top 25 Most Romantic Cities in America

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As we prepare to celebrate love and loved ones on  Valentine’s Day, we are over the moon to fete the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America.

It’s no secret that America has become a country of foodies, but our unique analysis has revealed that we’re also a nation of hungry romantics. 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 America. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/most-romantic-cities-in-america.

Top 25 Most Romantic Dining Cities in America

1. Atlantic City, New Jersey
2. San Antonio, Texas 3. Providence, Rhode Island
4. Key West, Florida
5. Birmingham, Alabama
6. Louisville, Kentucky
7. Newport, Rhode Island 8. Palm Springs, California
9. Austin, Texas
10. Lahaina, Hawaii
11. Colorado Springs, Colorado
12. Las Vegas, Nevada
13. Omaha, Nebraska
14. Santa Barbara, California
15. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
16. West Hollywood, California
17. St. Louis, Missouri
18. Charleston, South Carolina
19. Memphis, Tennessee
20. New Orleans, Louisiana
21. Fort Worth, Texas
22. Nashville, Tennessee
23. Long Beach, California
24. Santa Fe, New Mexico
25. Charlotte, North Carolina

For diners still searching for the right restaurant for Valentine’s Day, we have recently released the Diner’s Choice List of the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. Diners can also find more tips and trends regarding Valentine’s Day on the OpenTable “Dining Check” blog.

And, diners, you’re invited to enter the OpenTable #MyFoodieValentine Dinner for Two Giveaway. Entrants just need to share a fun photo of a favorite foodie — or food — with @OpenTable on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MyFoodieValentine for a chance to win one of the ten $200 OpenTable Gift cards we’ll be giving away every business day, starting Monday, February 2, 2015, through Friday, February 13, 2015. Learn more here…

What’s your favorite city for romantic dining? Let us know here or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, or share a photo of your fave romantic destination   with us on Instagram!

OpenTable Reviews Reveal #DinersChoice Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America — with Slideshow

As diners around the world prepare to celebrate love and loved ones on Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to honor the 2015 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

From restaurants serving shareable dishes to those showcasing seasonal delights, the complete list includes award winners in 31 states and Washington, D.C., such as Canlis in Seattle, La Grenouille in New York, and Red Fish Grill in Miami. California has the greatest number of winners with 15, followed by New York, Texas, and Virginia with eight each, and Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina with seven apiece, and Nevada with five. Colorado, Hawaii, and Illinois each have four, and Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania all have three. Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington, respectively, have two award winners. Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., are also represented.

Cheese continues to please diners, with fondue restaurants making a solid showing for the sixth consecutive year. American, French, and Italian cuisines are also popular.

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