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As we prepare to celebrate love and romance on this Valentine’s Day, many of us will be giving chocolates and flowers to that special someone, and hopefully, it’s all been sourced sustainably, but are any of us going to be celebrating it in this recent ranking of what are considered America’s 25 most romantic cities?

According to OpenTable, an online restaurant reservations platform, diners across the nation are looking for that special meal on Valentine’s Day, certain cities prove that they are a step above in providing dining experiences that exude romance from the moment you step inside the restaurant. To identify the ranking of cities where romantic dining is inherently part of the culture, the OpenTable Most Romantic Cities Index was calculated 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 2017.

“From cozy seaside settings such as Carmel to hip urban locales like Brooklyn, this year’s standout cities and their dining scenes are attracting diners and inspiring romance,” said Caroline Potter, Chief Dining Officer for OpenTable. “These breakout romantic dining destinations are staking their claims as hot spots for couples who celebrate their relationship with enchanting restaurant experiences on Valentine’s Day — and every day.”

The following cities, listed in order, comprise the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America for 2018.

  1. Biloxi, Mississippi
  2. Birmingham, Alabama
  3. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  4. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  5. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  6. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  7. Providence, Rhode Island
  8. Reno, Nevada
  9. Carmel, California
  10. Memphis, Tennessee
  11. Savannah, Georgia
  12. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  13. Louisville, Kentucky
  14. San Antonio, Texas
  15. St. Louis, Missouri
  16. Omaha, Nebraska
  17. Santa Barbara, California
  18. Salt Lake City, Utah
  19. Austin, Texas
  20. Fort Worth, Texas
  21. Detroit, Michigan
  22. Charleston, South Carolina
  23. Brooklyn, New York
  24. Buffalo, New York
  25. Raleigh, North Carolina

For diners still searching for a terrific table for Valentine’s Day, OpenTable recently released the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2018. Diners can also find more tips and trends regarding Valentine’s Day on the OpenTable Blog as well as details about our #ValenDinesDay Valentine’s Day giveaway.

If you do go to any of these restaurants in these cities try to see how sustainable they are and let us know what you find. From locally sourced food, composting, and food donation, do your own survey and make them be aware that it matters because on Valentine’s Day having sustainability is better than having heartburn.



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