The list released Monday showed California in the lead with 15 restaurants, followed by New York and Virginia with eight each. Addison was the only San Diego restaurant to make the list.
OpenTable said “exceptional ambience” was the common thread at the top restaurants, from those set in historic buildings to those associated with cozy inns and luxe resorts. Establishments serving American and French cuisines dominate the list, but Italian restaurants and steakhouses and even fondue proved popular.
“Food is inextricably — and deliciously — tied to love and romance,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s chief dining officer. “This year’s honorees represent the perfect places for diners to savor their love, whether it’s marking a moment in time or creating a new shared memory over fine fare in an intimate and special setting.”
The annual ranking reflects the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.