Diner Reviews are in: OpenTable Announces the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America Ahead of Valentine's Day
Book before February 7th to beat the rush, plus additional tips & tricks for planning made easy
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether celebrating Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day or Palentine's Day, OpenTable is debuting a number of resources to help celebrate loved ones in style. First up, the anticipated annual list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America1 features spots that diners say deliver on romance – the list was culled by analyzing over 13 million US diner reviews. Additionally, regional diner guides spotlight restaurants for every kind of vibe including first dates, proposal-worthy and group dates; while OpenTable's Experiences feature helps diners discover and book chef tastings, dinner-and-a-show and more.
No matter the backdrop, data from OpenTable indicates the time to book Valentine's Day reservations is now. Last year, more than half (54%) of Valentine's Day reservations were booked by February 7 – but diners seeking a table at one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants should plan to book even earlier: in the past, the restaurants on this list booked up by February 1.2
"Over the 2022 holiday season and into January, dining exceeded pre-pandemic levels – we anticipate this trend to continue through Valentine's Day," said John Tsou, VP of Marketing for OpenTable. "Data from our Q1 Diners Survey3 also revealed that US diners are looking to splurge for the holiday: over one-third plan to spend more money on Valentine's Day dining this year, compared to years past."
Data-driven tips to snag that hot table
To help diners navigate one of the busiest dining days of the year, here are additional tips and tricks to increase the chances of snagging that hot table, based on insights from Valentine's Day 20222:
– Consider dining outside of prime hours. Last year, nearly half (46%) of dinner reservations were from 6:00-7:59 p.m., while only 24% were from 8:00 – 9:59 p.m. and 30% from 4:00 – 5:59 p.m. This year, consider earlier or later windows if you have a specific venue in mind.
Restaurants diners love: the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America
OpenTable's 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, culled from over 13 million diner reviews, represents beloved diner spots coast-to-coast. This year, the list spans 27 states – California again takes home the #1 spot, with 13 restaurants on the list. Arizona features nine restaurants and Florida and Hawaii clock in at eight.
While over 20 different cuisines are spotlighted, diners equate romance with Steakhouses (19% of the list), followed by Seafood (18%), American (17%) and Italian (9%).
The 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2023 are (in alphabetical order by state):
District of Columbia
The 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2023 can be viewed here.
1 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2022 Methodology
2 OpenTable Data Methodology
3 OpenTable Survey Methodology
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