Diner Reviews Are In: OpenTable Announces America’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants Before Valentine’s Day |

Book beforehand February 7th against the onslaught, plus additional tips & tricks for planning made easy

SAN FRANCISCO, January 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day or Palentine’s Day, open table presents a range of resources to help you celebrate your loved ones in style. First of all, the expected annual list of 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America1 features spots guests say deliver romance – the list was compiled by analyzing over 13 million restaurant reviews across the US. Additionally, regional restaurant guides Spotlight restaurants for every type of vibe, including first dates, dates worth proposing, and group dates; during OpenTable’s experiences This feature helps guests discover and book chef tastings, dinner-and-a-show, and more.

Whatever the background, OpenTable’s data shows when reservations should be made for Valentine’s Day now. Last year, more than half (54%) of Valentine’s Day reservations were made by February 7th – but if you are looking for a table in one of the 100 most romantic restaurants, you should book even earlier: in the past, the restaurants on this list were fully booked February 1st.2

“During the 2022 holiday season and into January, food surpassed pre-pandemic levels – we expect this trend to continue into Valentine’s Day,” he said John Tso, Vice President of Marketing at OpenTable. “Data from our Q1 Diners Survey3 also revealed that US guests are looking to treat themselves for the holiday: over a third plan to spend more on Valentine’s Day dining this year than in previous years.”

Data-driven tips to nab that hot table

To help diners navigate one of the busiest dining days of the year, here are additional tips and tricks to increase your chances of snagging that hot table, based on insights from Valentine’s Day 20222:

Consider dining out of peak hours. Last year, nearly half (46%) of dinner reservations came from 18:00-19:59while only 24% from 8:00 – 9:59 p.m and 30% from 4:00 – 5:59 p.m Consider earlier or later windows this year if you have a specific venue in mind.

Make Valentine’s Day a weekend affair. 2022, Saturday February 12th was the biggest dining day of the year, presumably due to the guests celebrating the holiday on the Saturday before. Expect this year Saturday February 11th so to see a similar boost, try to book on Valentine’s Day or the two days before if Saturday is a no-go.

Try out OpenTable experiencesincreasingly popular for Valentine’s Day: To up the ante, check out OpenTable’s experience offerings, such as: a pop-up wedding chapel at popular Brooklyn pizza joint, L’industrie; Afternoon tea on the patio at Maybourne Beverly Hills; and a Sinatra dinner at Boston speakeasy, Carrie Nation.

Still no luck? Set an availability alert for the chance to grab a table if one becomes available.

Restaurants Guests Love: America’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants

OpenTables 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, selected from over 13 million restaurant reviews, represents popular restaurants from coast to coast. This year the list includes 27 states – California again takes home the top spot with 13 restaurants on the list. Arizona has nine restaurants and Florida and Hawaii p.m. at eight.

With over 20 different cuisines taking the spotlight, 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):




  • 555 eastLong Beach, CA
  • 71aboveLos Angeles, California
  • Bacari – silver lakeLos Angeles, California
  • C levelSan Diego, CA
  • CesarinaSan Diego, CA
  • Copley’s at Palm CanyonPalm Springs, CA
  • Farmhouse in Rogers GardensCorona Del Mar, CA
  • Girl & the Goat LALos Angeles, California
  • House of Prime RibSan Francisco, CA
  • La bohemeWest Hollywood, CA
  • Musso & Frank GrillLos Angeles, California
  • Pacific Coastal GrillCardiff by the Sea, CA
  • Spencer’s restaurantPalm Springs, CA



District of Columbia










North Carolina

New Jersey

New Mexico


new York



Rhode Island

South Carolina




The 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2023 can be viewed here.


1 Methodology of America’s 100 Best Restaurants for 2022

OpenTable’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2023 are generated solely from restaurant reviews (those who book and dine through OpenTable can leave reviews) collected in-between December 1, 2021 and November 30, 2022. All restaurants with a minimum “Overall” score and a number of qualifying reviews were considered. The total score is made up of unique data points, such as B. Overall Restaurant Rating, User Klout, Total Number of Reviews, and Regional Overall Rating. The qualified restaurants were then rated and sorted according to the percentage of ratings in which “romantic” was selected as a special feature.

2 OpenTable data methodology

OpenTable examined seat reservations and diners from online, phone, and walk-in reservations on February 14, 2022.

3 OpenTable survey methodology

OpenTable has meanwhile surveyed over 11,000 guests in the USA January 3-7, 2023.

About OpenTable

open tablea global leader in restaurant technology and part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG) connects more than 1.5 billion people to restaurants each year. OpenTable powers the hospitality industry at more than 55,000 restaurants, bars, wineries, and other venues worldwide, powering reservations, experiences, payments, guest insights, and operations, enabling restaurants to run their most successful business yet.

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