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.

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For more information or to talk to an OpenTable spokesperson please contact: / 020 7291 3000


Notes to Editors:

* OpenTable proprietary data collected for 14/02/2014.

** OpenTable Valentine’s survey of 2,000 adults was carried out by OnePoll between 3rd February and 5th February 2014.

*** Based on all reviews submitted on in 2014 tagging a restaurant in the Romantic category. Compiled from more than 340,000 OpenTable diner reviews from across the UK from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014

About OpenTable:

With over 4,200 bookable restaurants, OpenTable is the leading consumer destination site for restaurant bookings in the UK. OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 15 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 32,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company’s website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet’s most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations, and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 700 million diners around the world.  The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.

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