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OpenTable releases top 100 most romantic restaurants

New American cuisine came out on top this week in a list that names the most romantic restaurants in the US, in time for Valentine's Day.

travel Updated: Feb 03, 2012 13:07 IST
AFP

New American cuisine came out on top this week in a list that names the most romantic restaurants in the US, in time for Valentine's Day.


According to the five million reviews submitted on user-generated online reservation website OpenTable.com, homegrown American cuisine that uses locally sourced ingredients led a list of the top 100 most romantic eateries in the US.

No stranger to 'most romantic restaurant' lists, Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar in Phoenix, Arizona, for instance, was also featured by Travel & Leisure magazine last year as one of America's best mood-setting eateries for feeding guests in a converted farmhouse restaurant, amid organic gardens and pecan trees.

A sample fixed menu includes creamy onion soup, Rainbow Valley Farmer's Cheese Gnocchi with pancetta, Brussels sprouts and cream, and Grilled Sonoma Veal Chop with celery root puree, wild mushrooms and acorn squash sauce.

While modern American restaurants nabbed 30 of the top 100 spots, members also said that French cuisine can help set the mood, awarding 25 spots to French restaurants like the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas and Fleur de Lys in San Francisco.

Eleven of the award-winning restaurants were also Italian, followed by restaurants that feature shared dishes like fondue, and steakhouses.

Of the 12,000 restaurants in the OpenTable database, California is home to the most romantic restaurants in the country, followed by Texas, New York and Hawaii.

The Diner's Choice Awards for the top 100 most romantic restaurants was generated from five million reviews collected between January 2011 and December 2011.

Meanwhile, travel blog concierge.com's list of most romantic restaurants in the world includes a table at Le Tobsil in Marrakech, set in an open-air courtyard with tables strewn with rose petals, featuring serenading guitarists.

And at Eagle's Eye in British Columbia, Canada, guests take a scenic gondola ride into the Rockies and dine 7,700 feet (2,347 m) above sea level.