OpenTable Reveals Top 25 Most Romantic Cities in America

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

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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Dining Happily Ever After: Meet Pat and David

winner4OMG! It’s Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, here’s another Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway winner who has been dining out with her husband for 50+ happy years.

Name: Patricia H.

Romantic Dining Partner: David H.

Married: February 22, 1958.

Hometown: Coppell, Texas.

Half a century of surprises: “My husband of almost 56 years, has surprised me so many times it would be difficult to pick just one. When we were first married, he would fly me from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery for dinner with friends.”

What do you enjoy most about dining out with your husband? “We have always enjoyed eating out.  When we were dating, we would pool our money to dine out. Now, it tastes better when I don’t have to cook it.  That has just happened.  I remember my mom saying she didn’t like what she cooked as she got older.”

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A Romantic Surprise: Meet Sharyn + Dan

SharynValentine’s Day is tomorrow! Here’s another Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway winner with her tale of how her husband surprised her with a well-planned dinner, even securing some very qualified sitters for their kids. 

Name: Sharyn L.

Romantic Dining Partner: Husband Dan.

Married: 1997.

Hometown: Winter Garden, Florida.

The fake out: “My husband is usually somewhat unromantic, so I never expect that much on Valentine’s Day. Last year, however, I came home from work to find my parents in our house, already feeding the kids dinner. My husband pops out of our bedroom, all dressed up, and tells me to hurry up and get dressed because our reservations are for 6:30pm! We had a wonderful time at a very nice restaurant, and I didn’t have to worry about the kids at all. It was awesome!”

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