Adventurous Brits happy to gamble on new restaurants for Valentine’s Day

  • 89% of Brits dine at a new restaurant on Valentine’s Day*
  • 45% of diners book a table in the week before*
  • Two thirds of women opt for a meal over a bouquet of flowers**
  • 1 in 10 women foot the bill**
  • OpenTable releases top 10 romantic restaurants in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh


We Brits may have a reputation for being a pretty straight-laced bunch but when it comes to impressing that special someone we are a nation of adventurers. OpenTable, the UK’s leading online restaurant booking service, has found that 89% of British diners are keen to take their date somewhere they have never tried before on Valentine’s Day.


Whether you take a chance on somewhere new, or stick to a place you know and love, you are sure to be in the good books as two thirds of women would opt for a romantic meal over a bouquet of flowers. But fair warning fellas, only 1 in 10 women plan on footing the bill so you may not want to dismiss the bunch of blooms just yet if you were planning on going Dutch.


Whilst you can’t hurry love, you can hurry a booking. Us Brits are renowned for leaving things till the last minute; last year 45% of Valentine’s reservations were made in the last week before Valentine’s Day, with a significant percentage of them being on the day itself. But fear not, the quick and easy OpenTable app has you sorted – simply search for available tables nearby or in a specific neighbourhood and make an instantly confirmed booking. Visit the OpenTable site to check out the Valentine’s Day availability and special menus.


To make it even easier to decide where to take that special someone, OpenTable has rounded up the top 10 most romantic restaurants in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham, based on diner feedback***.



1 Clos Maggiore
2 Duck & Waffle
3 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
5 Barbecoa
6 Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen
7 Maze Gordon Ramsay
8 Hakkasan Hanway Place
9 Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
10 Hawksmoor Air Street



1 Angels with Bagpipes
2 Twenty, Princes Street, Grill & Smokehouse
3 La Garrigue
4 The Stockbridge Restaurant
5 Howies Waterloo Place
6 Fishers in the City
7 WHISKI Rooms Bar & Bistro
8 Victor & Carina Contini Ristorante
9 Tapa
10 Iris Edinburgh



1 The Butchershop Bar & Grill
2 Gamba
3 The Sisters Kelvingrove
4 Clydebuilt Bar & Kitchen
5 Yen Rotunda
6 Alston Bar & Beef
7 Hutchesons
8 La Rotunda Casa Italiana
9 Number 16 Restaurant
10 Cafe Gandolfi



1 Albert’s Worsley
2 Albert’s Shed
3 Rosso Restaurant
4 Gaucho Manchester
5 Don Giovannis
6 63 Degrees
7 Annies
8 Velvet
9 The Round at Royal Exchange Theatre
10 George’s Dining Room and Bar




1 Anderson’s Bar & Grill
2 Pushkar
3 Cielo Restaurant
4 Asha’s Restaurant
5 Edmunds
6 Pasta di Piazza
7 Turners Restaurant
8 Buonissimo Restaurant
9 The Chameleon Restaurant and Bar
10 The Plough Harborne


The OpenTable iPhone and Android apps make it easy to book a meal out this Valentine’s Day. The OpenTable app allows diners to search for available tables nearby using geo-location or discover new restaurants in a specific neighbourhood through a convenient and easy to navigate design.  Diners may also view mobile optimised menus, browse popular dish photos from Foodspotting and read reviews from other verified OpenTable diners. Within a few taps, your Valentine’s dining plans can be sorted.