Illinois is for lovers, apparently.

By Bridget Hallinan
Updated February 04, 2020

With Valentine's Day drawing closer, your time to make a dinner reservation dwindles. If you need a little inspiration, OpenTable just released its annual list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, which includes winners from 31 different states as well as Washington, D.C, selected from over 30,000 restaurants across the country.

Illinois came out on top with the highest number of restaurants on the list (12), as compared to Ohio last year, and California and Pennsylvania followed with eight restaurants each. You’ll recognize several notable names on the list, including Daniel in New York City, Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, California, and Stephanie Izard’s Girl & the Goat in Chicago (with another location soon to open in L.A.). Other picks ranged from the Saddle River Inn in Saddle River, New Jersey, to chains like The Capital Grille, which was listed for multiple locations.

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To cull the list, OpenTable looked at over 80 million diner reviews collected between December 1, 2018, and November 30, 2019. Restaurants with a minimum “overall” score—comprised of overall diner rating, user clout, total number of reviews, and regional overall rating—and qualifying number of reviews were considered. Then, they were scored and sorted based on the percentage of reviews where “romantic” was selected as a special feature. 

Check out the final spread below, organized alphabetically, to see if a restaurant near you made the list. If you’re interested in dining at one, act fast—OpenTable predicts that February 4 will be the busiest day for booking.

  •  Aba - Chicago, IL
  •  Allora - Sacramento, CA
  •  Altius - Pittsburgh, PA
  •  Annie Gunn's - Chesterfield, MO
  •  Arethusa al Tavolo - Bantam, CT
  •  Auberge du Soleil - Rutherford, CA
  •  Babette's Cafe - Atlanta, GA
  •  Barclay Prime - Philadelphia, PA
  •  Barolo Grill - Denver, CO
  •  Blue Ridge Grill - Atlanta, GA
  •  BOCA - Cincinnati, OH
  •  Boka - Chicago, IL
  •  Bones - Atlanta, GA
  •  Bouchard Restaurant and Inn - Newport, RI
  •  Boulevard - San Francisco, CA
  •  Brewery Bhavana - Raleigh, NC
  •  Bull & Bear Steakhouse - Orlando, FL
  •  Butcher & Singer - Philadelphia, PA
  •  Ca Del Sole - North Hollywood, CA
  •  Café Ba-Ba-Reeba - Chicago, IL
  •  Cafe Juanita - Kirkland, WA
  •  Cafe Monarch - Scottsdale, AZ
  •  Cafe Provence - Prairie Village, KS
  •  The Capital Grille - Multiple Locations
  •  Carlo & Johnny - Cincinnati, OH
  •  Chef's Table at the Edgewater - Winter Garden, FL
  •  Chez Billy Sud - Washington, DC
  •  Chimney Park - Windsor, CO
  •  Chops Lobster Bar - Atlanta, GA
  •  Collage Restaurant - St. Augustine, FL
  •  Crawford & Son - Raleigh, NC
  •  Daniel - New York, NY
  •  Dominick's Steakhouse - Scottsdale, AZ
  •  Double Knot - Philadelphia, PA
  •  Eddie V's - Multiple Locations
  •  Estiatorio Milos Midtown - New York, NY
  •  Fat Canary - Williamsburg, VA
  •  Fiola Mare - Washington, DC
  •  Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar - Memphis, TN
  •  Geronimo - Santa Fe, NM
  •  Gibsons Italia - Chicago, IL
  •  Girl & the Goat - Chicago, IL
  •  GW Fins - New Orleans, LA
  •  Highlands Bar & Grill - Birmingham, AL
  •  J-Prime Steakhouse - San Antonio, TX
  •  Jacques' Brasserie at L'Auberge Chez Francois - Great Falls, VA
  •  Joan's in the Park - Saint Paul, MN
  •  Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Multiple Locations
  •  Kokkari Estiatorio - San Francisco, CA
  •  L'Auberge Chez Francois - Great Falls, VA
  •  La Grenouille - New York, NY
  •  La Grotta - Atlanta, GA
  •  La Mer at Halekulani - Honolulu, HI
  •  Lahaina Grill - Lahaina, HI
  •  Le Colonial - Chicago, IL
  •  Le Diplomate - Washington, DC
  •  Le Yaca - Virginia Beach, VA
  •  Lewnes' SteakHouse - Annapolis, MD
  •  Lon's at The Hermosa - Paradise Valley, AZ
  •  The Love - Philadelphia, PA
  •  M Sushi - Durham, NC
  •  Mama's Fish House - Paia, HI
  •  Mamma Maria - Boston, MA
  •  Maple & Ash - Chicago, IL
  •  Marcel - Atlanta, GA
  •  Marché Moderne - Newport Beach, CA
  •  Miro's Restaurant - Palm Springs, CA
  •  Montalcino Ristorante Italiano - Issaquah, WA
  •  Ocean 44 - Scottsdale, AZ
  •  Ocean Prime - Tampa, FL
  •  The Optimist - Atlanta, GA
  •  Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Houston, TX
  •  Parc - Philadelphia, PA
  •  Peninsula Grill - Charleston, SC
  •  Peter Shields Inn - Cape May, NJ
  •  Restaurant IRON - Pensacola, FL
  •  RL Restaurant - Chicago, IL
  •  Rosmarino Osteria Italiana - Newberg, OR
  •  RPM Italian - Chicago, IL
  •  RPM Steak - Chicago, IL
  •  Ruth's Chris Steak House - Baton Rouge, LA
  •  The Saddle River Inn - Saddle River, NJ
  •  Salt at The Ritz-Carlton - Amelia Island, FL
  •  SINATRA – Encore at Wynn Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV
  •  Sorellina - Boston, MA
  •  Sotto - Cincinnati, OH
  •  Southern Social - Germantown, TN
  •  St. Anselm - Washington, DC
  •  Steak 44 - Phoenix, AZ
  •  Steak 48 - Chicago, IL
  •  Steve & Cookie's By the Bay - Margate, NJ
  •  Talula’s Garden - Philadelphia, PA
  •  Tar & Roses - Santa Monica, CA
  •  Tony's of Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
  • Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - Multiple Locations
  • Uchi - Multiple Locations
  • Uchiko - Austin, TX
  • Via Reál - Irving, TX
  • The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia, PA
  • Virtu Honest Craft - Scottsdale, AZ
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