In anticipation of Valentine's Day, OpenTable, Inc., a provider of free online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, is pleased to announce the 2012 Diners' Choice Award winners for the 100 most romantic restaurants in the United States

These awards reflect the combined opinions of nearly 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

With 30 winning restaurants serving American cuisine, it is clear that chefs are seducing OpenTable diners with local ingredients and homegrown inspiration.

Naturally, reviewers also acknowledged the birthplace of fine dining by honoring 25 restaurants that serve food borne out of the kitchens of France.

And Italian restaurants, which are closely associated with serving the world's most sensual foods, account for an impressive 11 award winners.

Transcending cuisine, restaurants that feature shared dishes proved popular, with 16 fondue restaurants making the list. Seven steakhouses also earned kudos.

Regionally, honorees cover 31 states and Washington, D.C., with California claiming 16 spots on the list and Texas taking eight places.

New York restaurants earn seven wins, while Hawaii boasts six standouts, and Nevada and Ohio take five wins apiece.  

Arizona, Colorado, and Florida each count four restaurants.

Also represented are Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington, among others.

"Romance means different things to different diners, and the array of restaurants on this list shows just that," says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer.

She adds, "Some couples are drawn to candlelight and roses, while others want to share the experience of eating by digging into dishes together, such as a pot of fondue or a juicy porterhouse for two. What all the winning restaurants have in common is that they continually create unique dining experiences that make every couple feel like love is in the air."

The Diners' Choice Awards for the top 100 most romantic restaurants is generated from nearly 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between January 2011 and December 2011.  

All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Each such restaurant was then scored based on its percentage of qualifying 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 the U.S. according to OpenTable diners.   The complete list may also be viewed at

2012 Diners' Choice Award Winners for Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.

A CapriceTiburon, California
AcquerelloSan Francisco, California
Addison at The Grand Del MarSan Diego, California
Alize at the Top of the Palms Casino ResortLas Vegas, Nevada
Andre's at the Monte Carlo Resort & CasinoLas Vegas, Nevada
BacaroNew York, New York
Bertrand at Mister A'sSan Diego, California
Bouchard Restaurant and InnNewport, Rhode Island
Boulevard SteakhouseEdmond, Oklahoma
Briarhurst ManorManitou Springs, Colorado
Brown's Beach House – Kohala Coast, Hawaii
Cacharel RestaurantArlington, Texas
Cafe CentralEl Paso, Texas
Cafe RenaissanceVienna, Virginia
CanlisSeattle, Washington
Capische – Wailea, Hawaii
Castle FallsOklahoma City, Oklahoma
The CellarFullerton, California
Chez FrancoisVermilion, Ohio
Chez Nous French RestaurantHumble, Texas
Chez SheaSeattle, Washington
Club A SteakhouseNew York, New York
Coach HouseOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Coach InsigniaDetroit, Michigan
Craftwood InnManitou Springs, Colorado
Different Pointe of ViewPhoenix, Arizona
The Dining Room-Biltmore EstateAsheville, North Carolina
Eagle's NestIndianapolis, Indiana
Eiffel TowerLas Vegas, Nevada
The Elkridge Furnace InnElkridge, Maryland
Erminia RistoranteNew York, New York
Fearrington House RestaurantPittsboro, North Carolina
Fleur de LysSan Francisco, California
French 75 BistroLaguna Beach, California
French CafeOmaha, Nebraska
The French RoomDallas, Texas
Geja's CafeChicago, Illinois
Genoa RestaurantPortland, Oregon
GibraltarMiami, Florida
Glasbern Country InnFogelsville, Pennsylvania
The Grill Room at the Windsor Court HotelNew Orleans, Louisiana
The Hungry IBoston, Massachusetts
Il BistroSeattle, Washington
Il Cielo Gardens Restaurant & BarBeverly Hills, California
Il MulinoChicago, Illinois
La CailleSandy, Utah
La CremaillereBedford, New York
La Mer at HalekulaniHonolulu, Hawaii
LatitudesKey West, Florida
L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak CreekSedona, Arizona
The Library RestaurantCharleston, South Carolina
The Little DoorLos Angeles, California
Log HavenSalt Lake City, Utah
Madrona ManorHealdsburg, California
The Melting PotLarkspur, California
The Melting PotAtlanta, Georgia
The Melting PotGreenwood, Indiana
The Melting PotIndianapolis, Indiana
The Melting PotUniversity City, Missouri
The Melting PotColumbus, Ohio
The Melting PotDayton, Ohio
The Melting PotFairview Park, Ohio
The Melting PotMyrtle Beach, South Carolina
The Melting PotKnoxville, Tennessee
The Melting PotMemphis, Tennessee
The Melting PotArlington, Texas
The Melting PotRichmond, Virginia
The Melting PotVirginia Beach, Virginia
Michael's-South Point CasinoLas Vegas, Nevada
Michel's at the Colony SurfHonolulu, Hawaii
Mona Lisa Fondue RestaurantManitou Springs, Colorado
NanaDallas, Texas
Nikolai's RoofAtlanta, Georgia
The Old WarsawDallas, Texas
One if by Land, Two if by SeaNew York, New York
Pamplemousse Le RestaurantLas Vegas, Nevada
Pepper Tree RestaurantColorado Springs, Colorado
Plume at the Jefferson HotelWashington, D.C.
Quiessence Restaurant & Wine BarPhoenix, Arizona
Red Fish GrillMiami, Florida
The Refectory Restaurant & BistroColumbus, Ohio
Restaurant IrisMemphis, Tennessee
Ristorante MassimoPortsmouth, New Hampshire
Riverview RestaurantTroutdale, Oregon
Roof RestaurantSalt Lake City, Utah
Sarento's Top of the 'I'Honolulu, Hawaii
SASSIScottsdale, Arizona
Seagar's RestaurantDestin, Florida
Second Empire Restaurant and TavernRaleigh, North Carolina
Shadowbrook RestaurantCapitola, California
Sir Winston's Aboard the Queen MaryLong Beach, California
The Sky RoomLong Beach, California
SpindletopHouston, Texas
Stonehouse at San Ysidro RanchSanta Barbara, California
Tidepools – Poipu, Hawaii
Tredici SteakNew York, New York
Vernon's Hidden Valley SteakhouseLos Ranchos De Albuquerque, New Mexico
White Barn InnKennebunk, Maine
YamashiroHollywood, California
ZenkichiBrooklyn, New York

Diners can also read more about the Diners' Choice Awards for the Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. by visiting OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter's "Dining Check" blog.

Originally launched in November 2008, the OpenTable Reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions.

The OpenTable network delivers the convenience of online restaurant reservations to diners and the operational benefits of a computerized reservation book to restaurants. OpenTable has more than 20,000 restaurant customers, and, since its inception in 1998, has seated more than 250 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, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

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