It’s Not Too Late to Have a Happy Valentine’s Day With OpenTable

Last-Minute Valentine's Day DiningValentine’s Day is tomorrow. That’s right, procrastinators — it’s just a day away! There’s no need to panic, though. OpenTable can help you be a hero and save the day, even at the very last minute. To wit, there is availability on for two people at 7PM on Valentine’s Day at more than 50% of restaurants in most major cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Tables, however, are getting snapped up at a rate of two reservations per second, so book soon!

When booking last minute or day of for Valentine’s Day, use these tips to find a table that’s right for you.

* Be adventurous. Try a new restaurant or a new cuisine. Dine out in a different neighborhood. This is a great time to stretch your culinary wings and bond with your date over daring dishes.

* Use OpenTable’s rating and reviews to help you feel a bit more brave. You may not be familiar with every restaurant that has availability, so utilize OpenTable’s restaurant ratings and reviews to make an informed decision. Unlike other review sites, OpenTable only allows diners to review a restaurant after we’ve confirmed that they’ve actually dined there.

* Dine out at a different time. Snag a 5:30PM reservation and then go see a romantic movie. Or, meet friends first for drinks and have a late supper at a hot spot.

* Book a Valentine’s Day brunch. So many restaurants are offering amazing brunch menus at very affordable prices. Also, brunch is a fantastic excuse to start the day with a Champagne toast.

* Mingle over mixology. If you’re feeling anti-Valentine’s Day, look for a restaurant that is serving their regular menu. Odds are that you won’t be confronted with pink hearts and red roses. Better yet, hit up a restaurant that has a vibrant bar scene. You could end up meeting a Valentine. If drinks turn into dinner, whip out your smartphone and use one of our mobile apps to find a table on the fly.

50 Best Restaurant Bars in the U.S.

Top-50-Vibrant-Bar-Scene-RestaurantsDo you enjoy starting — or ending — your evening of dining out with a cocktail at a restaurant’s bar? Of course, you do — which is why OpenTable is pleased to announce the winners of our 2009 Diners’ Choice Awards for restaurants with the “Most Vibrant Bar Scenes.” Derived from nearly four million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 10,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this list speaks to diners who love to mix and mingle at the bar before or after dinner.

Out just in time for the super-social holiday season, this list, along with our Good for Groups winners as well as our new Private Dining Pages, can help you find the perfect place to get in the spirit of the season with friends, family, and coworkers. Winners include Chicago’s 33 Club, Chino Latino in Minneapolis, Henry’s 12th Street Tavern in Portland, Loft 610 in Plano (where “Top Chef” contestant Tre Wilcox runs the kitchen), meZ in Charlotte, Ozumo in Oakland, and YOLO in sunny Fort Lauderdale, among others.

From classic cocktails and craft beers to seasonal creations and diverse wine lists, these bars are also feature plenty of opportunities for people watching. Tell us if your favorite made the list, and be sure to fill out OpenTable’s Dining Feedback Forms to make sure your voice is heard next year.