Romance is hard to quantify, but OpenTable has come up with a formula based on 5 million reviews and shout-outs on its food-reservation website. The result is a list of the 100 most romantic restaurants in the U.S. for 2016 -- just in time for Valentine’s Day.
California dominates the list with 15 restaurants, including the French cuisine Aly’s Restaurant in Solvang or the getaway-in-the-Bay Forbes Island in San Francisco. Just one L.A. restaurant makes the list: the Little Door.
Restaurants span 33 states, and most of those selected serve American and French fare.
Whether you’re going near or far for Valentine’s Day, here are 100 places to consider for dinner -- and where you can keep the romance going.
Addison Restaurant – San Diego
Alizé at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas
Aly’s Restaurant – Solvang, Calif.
Ambience – Los Altos, Calif.
Bistro Romano – Philadelphia
Bouchard Restaurant and Inn – Newport, R.I.
Briarhurst Manor – Manitou Springs, Colo.
Cacharel Restaurant – Arlington, Texas
Café Central – El Paso, Texas
Café Matisse – Rutherford, N.J.
Café Monarch – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Café Renaissance – Vienna, Va.
Canlis – Seattle
Capische – Wailea, Hawaii
Carlos’ Bistro – Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Cellar Restaurant – Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Cellars – Virginia Beach, Va.
Chez François – Vermilion, Ohio
Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas
Circa 1886 – Charleston, S.C.
Coco Palm – Pomona, Calif.
Collage Restaurant – St. Augustine, Fla.
Different Pointe of View (at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort)– Phoenix, Ariz.
The Dining Room-Biltmore Estate – Asheville, N.C.
Duling Kurtz House – Exton, Pa.
Edgewood Tahoe – Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Eiffel Tower (at Paris Las Vegas) – Las Vegas
The English Inn – Eaton Rapids, Mich.
Erminia Roman Ristorante – New York City
The Farmhouse at Turkey Hill – Bloomsburg, Pa.
Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, N.C.
Flagstaff House – Boulder, Colo.
The Flatiron Cafe – Omaha, Neb.
Fleurie – Charlottesville, Va.
Forbes Island – San Francisco
The French Room (at the Adolphus Hotel) – Dallas, Texas
Geja’s Café – Chicago
The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant – Middleburg, Va.
Harry’s Restaurant – Manhattan, Kansas
The Hobbit – Orange
Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens – Las Vegas, Nevada
Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm – Holicong, Pa.
Jillian’s – Palm Desert, Calif.
Keystone Ranch Restaurant (at Keystone ski resort) – Keystone, Colo.
L’Auberge de Sedona – Sedona, Ariz.
La Bergerie – Alexandria, Va.
La Cremaillere Restaurant – Bedford, N.Y.
La Mer at Halekulani – Honolulu, Hawaii
Latitudes – Key West, Fla.
Le Vallauris – Palm Springs
Les Nomades – Chicago
The Little Door – Los Angeles
Mar’sel at Terranea Resort – Rancho Palos Verdes
The Melting Pot – Seven California locations; others nationwide
Michael’s-South Point Casino – Las Vegas
Michel’s at the Colony Surf – Honolulu, Hawaii
Middleton Place Restaurant – Charleston, S.C.
ON20 – Hartford, Ct.
Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Moon Cafe – Tacoma, Wash.
The Painted Lady – Newberg, Ore.
Palme d’Or (at the Biltmore) – Coral Gables, Fla.
Paseo Grill – Oklahoma City, Okla.
Penrose Room-The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, Colo.
Pepper Tree Restaurant – Colorado Springs, Colo.
Peter Shields Inn – Cape May, N.J.
Primavista – Cincinnati, Ohio
Rainbow Room Dinner & Dancing – New York City
The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro – Columbus, Ohio
The Restaurant at the Gideon Ridge Inn – Blowing Rock, N.C.
Restaurant Iris – Memphis, Tenn.
Ristorante Massimo – Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The River Café – Brooklyn, N.Y.
River’s End – Jenner, Calif.
Russell’s Steaks, Chops, and More (in Salvatore’s Grand Hotel) – Buffalo, N.Y.
Saddle Peak Lodge – Calabasas
Salacia Prime Seafood and Steaks – Virginia Beach, Virginia
SASSI – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Seagar’s Restaurant – Destin, Fla.
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern – Raleigh, N.C.
Shadowbrook Restaurant – Capitola, Calif.
Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks – Galveston, Texas
Sir Winston’s Aboard the Queen Mary – Long Beach
Ski Tip Lodge (at Keystone ski resort) – Keystone, Colo.
St. Martin’s Wine Bistro – Dallas, Texas
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch – Santa Barbara
The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience – Hilton Head Island, S.C.
thirty-two - Biloxi Miss.
Thomas Henkelmann-Homestead Inn – Greenwich, Ct.
Tidepools-Grand Hyatt Kauai – Poipu, Hawaii
The Tree Room at Sundance – Sundance, Utah
TS Steakhouse at Turning Stone – Verona, N.Y.
‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge – Kaupulehu, Hawaii
V.Mertz – Omaha, Neb.
Vernon’s Speakeasy – Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, N.M.
Viande Rouge – Duluth, Ga.
White Barn Inn – Kennebunk, Maine
Yono’s Restaurant – Albany, N.Y.
Zenkichi – Brooklyn, N.Y.