Lonely Planet Writer

Wondering where to spend Valentine’s Day? Here are the cities voted the most romantic in the US

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so if you’re looking to whisk your beloved off to a smoochy destination on Valentine’s Day, the results of a new set of romantic city rankings based on dining might help with your planning. OpenTable, a leading provider of online restaurant reservations, announced its 2017 rankings of the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America, and says that its data indicates that Americans continue to have an appetite for romantic dining.

Some cities are more romantic than others.
Some cities are more romantic than others. Image by kenny hung photography / Getty Images

It calculated its list using three variables: the percentage of restaurants rated “romantic” according to OpenTable diner reviews; the percentage of tables seated for two; and the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine’s Day in 2016. Oklahoma City came in first place, followed by St. LouisSavannah, Memphis and Brooklyn. Interestingly 21 of the 25 cities chosen were on the right-hand side of the country.

The top 25 US cities for romance have been revealed. Image: OpenTable
The top 25 US cities for romance have been revealed. Image: OpenTable

“Food is the universal language of love, so it’s not surprising that romance and dining go hand in hand,” said Caroline Potter, chief dining officer of OpenTable. “Diners in the cities on this year’s list, from uber-hip Brooklyn to steamy Miami Beach, are seeking out delicious, intimate dining experiences and proving that romance is alive and well across the nation.”

An interactive map plots the shortest route to every Michelin-Star restaurant in the US. Image: Thomas Barwick
The top 25 US cities for romance have been revealed. Image: Thomas Barwick

The rest of the romantic cities were 6. Richmond 7. Charleston 8. Kansas City 9. Austin 10. Baltimore 11. Charlotte 12. Louisville 13. Lahaina 14. Portland 15. Scottsdale 16. Miami Beach 17. Dallas 18. Houston 19. Philadelphia 20. San Diego 21. Nashville 22. Indianapolis 23. Cincinnati 24. Chicago and 25. Atlanta

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