Wednesday, February 10, 2016

100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America

As we celebrate love and romance in honor of Valentine's Day, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is 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.

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 eight apiece, Colorado with seven, 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. 

 "Food is inextricably – and deliciously – tied to love and romance," says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. "This year's honorees represent the perfect places for diners to savor their love, whether it's marking a moment in time or creating a new shared memory over fine fare in an intimate and special setting."

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 included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which "romantic" was selected as a special feature.  

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at

2016 Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America
Addison RestaurantSan Diego, California
Alizé at the Top of the Palms Casino ResortLas Vegas, Nevada
Aly's RestaurantSolvang, California
AmbienceLos Altos, California
Bistro RomanoPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Bouchard Restaurant and InnNewport, Rhode Island
Briarhurst ManorManitou Springs, Colorado
Cacharel RestaurantArlington, Texas
Café CentralEl Paso, Texas
Café MatisseRutherford, New Jersey
Café MonarchScottsdale, Arizona
Café RenaissanceVienna, Virginia
CanlisSeattle, Washington
Capische – Wailea, Hawaii
Carlos' BistroColorado Springs, Colorado
The Cellar RestaurantDaytona Beach, Florida
The CellarsVirginia Beach, Virginia
Chez FrançoisVermilion, Ohio
Chez Nous French RestaurantHumble, Texas
Circa 1886Charleston, South Carolina
Coco PalmPomona, California
Collage RestaurantSt. Augustine, Florida
Different Pointe of ViewPhoenix, Arizona
The Dining Room-Biltmore EstateAsheville, North Carolina
Duling Kurtz HouseExton, Pennsylvania
Edgewood RestaurantStateline, Nevada
Eiffel TowerLas Vegas, Nevada
The English InnEaton Rapids, Michigan
Erminia RistoranteNew York, New York
The Farmhouse at Turkey HillBloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Fearrington House RestaurantPittsboro, North Carolina
Flagstaff HouseBoulder, Colorado
The Flatiron CaféOmaha, Nebraska
FleurieCharlottesville, Virginia
Forbes IslandSan Francisco, California
The French RoomDallas, Texas
Geja's CaféChicago, Illinois
The Goodstone Inn & Estate RestaurantMiddleburg, Virginia
Harry's RestaurantManhattan, Kansas
The HobbitOrange, California
Hugo's Cellar-Four QueensLas Vegas, Nevada
Inn at Barley Sheaf FarmHolicong, Pennsylvania
Iridescence –Detroit, Michigan
Jillian'sPalm Desert, California
Keystone Ranch RestaurantKeystone, Colorado
L'Auberge de SedonaSedona, Arizona
La BergerieAlexandria, Virginia
La Cremaillere RestaurantBedford, New York
La Mer at HalekulaniHonolulu, Hawaii
LatitudesKey West, Florida
Le VallaurisPalm Springs, California
Les NomadesChicago, Illinois
The Little DoorLos Angeles, California
Mar'sel at Terranea ResortRancho Palos Verdes, California
The Melting Pot – National locations
Michael's-South Point CasinoLas Vegas, Nevada
Michel's at the Colony SurfHonolulu, Hawaii
Middleton Place RestaurantCharleston, South Carolina
ON20Hartford, Connecticut
Orchids at Palm CourtCincinnati, Ohio
Over the Moon CaféTacoma, Washington
The Painted LadyNewberg, Oregon
Palme d'OrCoral Gables, Florida
Paseo GrillOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Penrose Room-The BroadmoorColorado Springs, Colorado
Pepper Tree RestaurantColorado Springs, Colorado
Peter Shields InnCape May, New Jersey
PrimavistaCincinnati, Ohio
Rainbow Room Dinner & DancingNew York, New York
The Refectory Restaurant & BistroColumbus, Ohio
The Restaurant at the Gideon Ridge InnBlowing Rock, North Carolina
Restaurant IrisMemphis, Tennessee
Ristorante MassimoPortsmouth, New Hampshire
River CaféBrooklyn, New York
River's EndJenner, California
Russell's Steaks, Chops, and MoreWilliamsville, New York
Saddle Peak LodgeCalabasas, California
Salacia Prime Seafood and SteaksVirginia Beach, Virginia
SASSIScottsdale, Arizona
Seagar's RestaurantDestin, Florida
Second Empire Restaurant and TavernRaleigh, North Carolina
Shadowbrook RestaurantCapitola, California
Shearns Seafood and Prime SteaksGalveston, Texas
Sir Winston's Aboard the Queen MaryLong Beach, California
Ski Tip LodgeKeystone, Colorado
St. Martin's Wine BistroDallas, Texas
Stonehouse at San Ysidro RanchSanta Barbara, California
The Studio, An Artistic Dining ExperienceHilton Head Island, South Carolina
thirty-twoBiloxi, Mississippi
Thomas Henkelmann-Homestead InnGreenwich, Connecticut
Tidepools-Grand Hyatt Kauai – Poipu, Hawaii
The Tree Room @ Sundance – Sundance, Utah
TS Steakhouse at Turning StoneVerona, New York
'Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge – Kaupulehu, Hawaii
V.MertzOmaha, Nebraska
Vernon's SpeakeasyLos Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
Viande RougeDuluth, Georgia
White Barn InnKennebunk, Maine
Yono's RestaurantAlbany, New York
ZenkichiBrooklyn, New York

Diners can also read more about the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America as well as our #savorthelove Valentine's Day giveaway by visiting the OpenTable Blog.

About OpenTable Restaurant ReviewsOriginally launched in November 2008, the OpenTable Reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions.  Only diners who recently honored an OpenTable reservation are invited to submit restaurant reviews. Visitors to OpenTable can access reviews for thousands of OpenTable restaurant partners across the United States, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan and the UK. The OpenTable Reviews program has generated more than 36 million restaurant reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews.  

About OpenTableOpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 17 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 33,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company's website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet's most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations, and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 940 million diners around the world.  The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.
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Linda Manns Linneman said...

This sounds like a great list of restaurants. Valentines Day will be here before we know it. Thank you so much for the suggestions

Crystal Estell said...

Wow! What a comprehensive list of restaurants. It is really nice to have them all in one place for reference. Thanks for sharing!