These Are the Most Romantic Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable

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From Des Moines to Palm Springs.

It could be argued that it’s the company that makes a restaurant romantic, but let’s not fool ourselves: Some spots just know how to set the scene. OpenTable—an online reservation tool that partners with restaurants—recently shared its list of the 100 most romantic restaurants, according to its diners. And it’s making us really, really hungry.

If you thought you knew something about romantic restaurants and the states that have the most of them, think again. This year’s honorees span 32 states, from Ohio to Wisconsin. In fact, Ohio, Virginia, and Texas have the most romantic restaurants, Ohio topping the list with nine restaurants making the list.

All in all, more than 12 million diners reviewed 28,000 restaurants in 50 states to come up with this list. The reviews were all completed between December 1, 2017 and November 30, 2018 and each restaurant had to hit a minimum overall score and have a certain number of reviews to be considered for the list. Once these restaurants were pulled together, they were scored based on the number of reviews that had “romantic” included as a special feature.

And despite the list’s domestic borders, global favorites are well-represented: American cuisine may have been the most popular genre of the list, but the restaurants span all cuisines, from French to Italian.

What’s really special about this list is the number of different cities it includes. Think of romantic restaurants and Des Moines, Boise, or Mesquite may not come to mind. But don’t be fooled: There are charming and fanciful meals to be had in any corner of the states.

Looking to impress a date? Start here:

801 Chophouse – Des Moines - Des Moines, Iowa

Altius - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Atlantis Steakhouse - Atlantis Casino Resort Spa - Reno, Nevada

BakerStreet - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Baxter's Lakeside Grille - Lake Ozark, Missouri

Belvedere Inn Restaurant and Bar - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Benvenuti's - Norman, Oklahoma

Black Cat – Boulder, Colorado

The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard - Canton, Ohio

Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood - San Antonio, Texas

Bolete Restaurant - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse - Richmond, Virginia


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Bouchard Restaurant and Inn - Newport, Rhode Island

Café Monarch - Scottsdale, Arizona

Cafe Provence - Prairie Village, Kansas

Cafe Sparrow - Aptos, California

Caprice Bistro - Wilmington, North Carolina

Carlo & Johnny - Cincinnati, Ohio

Chandlers Steakhouse - Boise, Idaho

Chef's Table at the Edgewater - Winter Garden, Florida

Chez Francois - Vermilion - Vermilion, Ohio

Chimney Park - Windsor, Colorado

Christopher's World Grille - Bryan, Texas

Circa 1886 - Charleston, South Carolina

Claire's at the Depot - Warrenton, Virginia

Collage Restaurant - St. Augustine, Florida

Connors Steak & Seafood - Huntsville - Huntsville, Alabama

Cygnus 27 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Del-Bar - Lake Delton, Wisconsin

The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn - Newport, Rhode Island

Erling Jensen The Restaurant - Memphis, Tennessee

Flagstaff House - Boulder, Colorado

Fleurie - Charlottesville, Virginia

Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar - Memphis - Memphis, Tennessee

Folk's Folly Prime Steak House - Memphis, Tennessee

Four Winds Steakhouse - Wills Point, Texas

Franklinville Inn - Franklinville, New Jersey

The Gamekeeper - Boone, North Carolina

Geronimo - Santa Fe, New Mexico


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Gracie's - Providence, Rhode Island

Hanover Street Chophouse - Manchester, New Hampshire

Harvest Beat - Seattle, Washington

Hugo's Cellar - Four Queens - Las Vegas, Nevada

The Ivy Inn Restaurant - Charlottesville, Virginia

Jag's Steak & Seafood - West Chester, Ohio

Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse @ The D Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada

Katherine's Steakhouse - Mesquite, Nevada

Kimberton Inn - Kimberton, Pennsylvania

L'Auberge Chez Francois - Great Falls, Virginia

La Fable - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

La Panetiere - Rye, New York

Latitudes on Sunset Key - Key West, Florida

Le Fou Frog - Kansas City, Missouri

Le Vallauris - Palm Springs, California

Le Yaca – Williamsburg, Virginia and Virginia Beach, Virginia

Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel - Richmond, Virginia

Lewnes' SteakHouse - Annapolis, Maryland

Lon's at The Hermosa - Paradise Valley, Arizona

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse - Tulsa - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Majorelle - New York, New York

The Melting Pot - Huntersville, North Carolina and Midtown Charlotte, North Carolina

Millwright's - Simsbury, Connecticut

Minerva's - Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Mizuna - Denver, Colorado

Mo's A Place for Steaks - Milwaukee - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Montalcino Ristorante Italiano - Issaquah, Washington

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto - Mt. Washington - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Myron's at Alon Town Center - San Antonio, Texas

Nocturne - Denver, Colorado

Orchids at Palm Court - Cincinnati, Ohio

Paseo Grill - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Pellana - Peabody, Massachusetts

Peter Shields Inn - Cape May, New Jersey

Pier W - Cleveland, Ohio

The Prime Rib - Baltimore (The Original) - Baltimore, Maryland

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro - Columbus, Ohio

Restaurant L - Cincinnati, Ohio

Rey's - Raleigh, North Carolina

Ristorante Lombardo - Buffalo, New York

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar - Galveston, Texas

Russell's Steaks, Chops, and More - Williamsville, New York

Ryan's Restaurant - Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Saint Jacques French Cuisine - Raleigh, North Carolina


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Salt at The Ritz-Carlton - Amelia Island, Florida

Scalini Fedeli - Chatham - Chatham, New Jersey

Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern - Raleigh, North Carolina

Sorrento Ristorante Italiano - Houston, Texas

St Martin's Wine Bistro - Dallas, Texas

St. John's Restaurant - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Strip Steakhouse - Avon, Ohio

Summit House - Fullerton - Fullerton, California

The Tailor and the Cook - Utica, New York

Tony's - St. Louis - St. Louis, Missouri

Trattoria Stella - Traverse City, Michigan

Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - Austin Arboretum - Austin, Texas

The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Vivace Restaurant - Tucson, Arizona

Wally's Desert Turtle - Rancho Mirage, California

Washington Inn - Cape May, New Jersey