(Copley’s on Palm Canyon)
Palm Springs, CA
Whether celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day or Palentine’s Day, OpenTable has released its annual list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. This list features spots that diners say deliver on romance and was culled by analyzing over 13 million US diner reviews.
No matter the backdrop, data from OpenTable indicates the time to book Valentine’s Day reservations is now. Last year, more than half (54%) of Valentine’s Day reservations were booked by February 7 – but diners seeking a table at one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants should plan to book even earlier: in the past, the restaurants on this list booked up by February 1.
In Palm Springs, the two restaurants that made the list are Copley’s on Palm Canyon and Spencer’s Restaurant. The other Californian restaurants that made the list include spots in larger Californian cities including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, San Diego among others. The full list of Californian restaurants are listed here:
- 555 East – Long Beach, CA
- 71Above – Los Angeles, CA
- Bacari – Silver Lake – Los Angeles, CA
- C-Level – San Diego, CA
- Cesarina – San Diego, CA
- Copley’s on Palm Canyon – Palm Springs, CA
- Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens – Corona Del Mar, CA
- Girl & the Goat L.A. – Los Angeles, CA
- House of Prime Rib – San Francisco, CA
- La Boheme – West Hollywood, CA
- Musso & Frank Grill – Los Angeles, CA
- Pacific Coast Grill – Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA
- Spencer’s Restaurant – Palm Springs, CA
“Over the 2022 holiday season and into January, dining exceeded pre-pandemic levels – we anticipate this trend to continue through Valentine’s Day,” said John Tsou, VP of Marketing for OpenTable. “Data from our Q1 Diners Survey3 also revealed that US diners are looking to splurge for the holiday: over one-third plan to spend more money on Valentine’s Day dining this year, compared to years past.”
Data-driven tips by Open Table to snag that hot table on Valentines Day
To help diners navigate one of the busiest dining days of the year, here are additional tips and tricks to increase the chances of snagging that hot table, based on insights from Valentine’s Day 20222:
– Consider dining outside of prime hours. Last year, nearly half (46%) of dinner reservations were from 6:00-7:59 p.m., while only 24% were from 8:00 – 9:59 p.m. and 30% from 4:00 – 5:59 p.m. This year, consider earlier or later windows if you have a specific venue in mind.
– Make Valentine’s Day a weekend affair. In 2022, Saturday, February 12th was the single biggest dining day of the year, presumably due to diners celebrating the holiday the Saturday prior. This year, expect Saturday, February 11th to see a similar boost, so try booking on Valentine’s Day or the two days leading up to it if Saturday is a no-go.
– Try out OpenTable Experiences, increasingly popular for Valentine’s Day: To up the ante, check out OpenTable’s experiential offerings such as: a pop-up wedding chapel at popular Brooklyn Pizzeria, L’industrie; afternoon Tea at the Terrace at The Maybourne Beverly Hills; and a Sinatra Supper at Boston speakeasy, Carrie Nation.
– Still no luck? Set an availability alert for the chance to nab a table if one becomes available.
Restaurants diners love: the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America
OpenTable’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, culled from over 13 million diner reviews, represents beloved diner spots coast-to-coast. This year, the list spans 27 states – California again takes home the #1 spot, with 13 restaurants on the list. Arizona features nine restaurants and Florida and Hawaii clock in at eight.
While over 20 different cuisines are spotlighted, diners equate romance with Steakhouses (19% of the list), followed by Seafood (18%), American (17%) and Italian (9%).