OpenTable Reveals 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America

California, New York, Virginia, and Colorado Restaurants Make Strongest Showing;

Standout Cities Include Colorado Springs, Las Vegas, and Virginia Beach

Feb 01, 2016, 08:30 ET from OpenTable

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Reviews Originally 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 OpenTable OpenTable, 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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