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  • OpenTable unveils the top 50 most romantic restaurants in the UK ahead of Valentine’s Day1 
  • Internal data reveals that British cuisine is most popular on Valentine’s Day2
  • For those struggling to choose their perfect date destination, OpenTable partnered with Hinge to create the ‘Matchmaker tool’

London, 4 February 2020: If lovebirds can’t decide where to dine this Valentine’s Day, don’t panic as the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations unveils the 50 most romantic restaurants1 in the UK that are sure to make it special, based on reviews left by verified diners. 

London dominates the top 50 most romantic restaurants list with 18 entries, followed by a strong northern offering across Manchester and Liverpool. From French restaurant, Café St Honoré in Edinburgh to bistro hotspot, Wreckfish in Liverpool, there is an incredible array of culinary experiences for the nation to choose from this Valentine’s Day. 

Despite the plethora of choices, the most popular cuisine couples opted for last year was British (23%)2, followed by Italian, with 1 in 10 (10%) reserving the romantic European favourite, followed by steak. 

With 70% of British romantics feeling a level of stress when trying to find the right destination for their date3, OpenTable has collaborated with the dating app designed to be deleted, Hinge, to develop a ‘Matchmaker’ tool. Diners simply input their location, preferred atmosphere and favourite cuisine to be paired with the best recommendations to suit the type of restaurant they can reserve – and deserve! 

Adrian Valeriano, VP EMEA comments: “For those already in a couple, the Date Night Matchmaker is also a great way to inject some fun into the restaurant decision-making process and discovering new restaurants to try. The ‘Matchmaker’ questions ensure a smooth and painless process of finding and booking the perfect, personalised date destination.”

UK’s Top Ten Cuisines Choices for Valentine’s Day 2019 

Cuisine Type 
4Modern European
9Gastro Pub 
10 Chinese

Alphabetical list of the UK’s most romantic restaurants 2020: 

Restaurant Restaurant CuisineLocation
Afternoon Tea at the Oscar Wilde Lounge Afternoon TeaLondon
Afternoon Tea at The SavoyAfternoon Tea London 
Anderson’s Bar & GrillEnglish Birmingham/West Midlands
Bouchon Bistrot – Hexham FrenchNewcastle/Northumberland
Cafe 1 ScottishInverness/Scottish Highlands
Café St Honoré FrenchEdinburgh/Midlothian
Clos Maggiore FrenchLondon
CORE by Clare Smyth BritishLondon
Dan Moon at the Gainsborough Contemporary BritishBath/Somerset
Estabulo – Darlington Brazilian SteakhouseDurham/County Durham
Forage & Chatter ScottishEdinburgh/Midlothian
Galvin at WindowsFrenchLondon 
Gauthier SohoFrenchLondon
Harry’s RestaurantComfort FoodCornwall/Devon
Hawksmoor ManchesterBritishManchester/Greater Manchester
HispiBistroManchester/Greater Manchester
Ivy Asia, SpinningfieldsContemporary AsianManchester/Great Manchester 
KalaBistroManchester/Greater Manchester
Kendell’s BistroFrenchYorkshire
La Dame De Pic LondonFrenchLondon
MedlarModern EuropeanLondon
MuranoContemporary EuropeanLondon
No. 97Modern EuropeanLondon
Number 16 RestaurantModern EuropeanGlasgow / Lanarkshire
Paco TapasTapas / Small PlatesBristol
Peace and Loaf RestaurantBritishNewcastle / Northumberland
PidginModern EuropeanLondon
Pig & Whistle RestaurantBritishEssex
Simpson’s In The StrandBritishLondon
Sleepy HollowIrishNorthern Ireland
Smiths Restaurant OngarSeafoodEssex
Smiths Restaurant WappingSeafoodLondon
Sticky WalnutBistroCheshire
Stones Restaurant MatlockBritishDerbyshire
The Black RatBritishHampshire
The Chefs TableBritishCheshire
The Cherry TreeBritishManchester/Greater Manchester
The Dovecote RestaurantEuropeanDerbyshire
The Elephant RestaurantModern EuropeanCornwall/Devon
The French TableModern EuropeanLondon
The Poet at MatfieldBritishKent
The Westwood Restaurant, BeverleyEnglishYorkshire
The White OnionFrenchLondon

To find the perfect dinner date destination, try the ‘Matchmaker’ tool for a personalised fit. Alternatively, visit here to check out OpenTable’s top 50 restaurants for a romantic recommendation this Valentine’s Day3. 


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Notes to editors

1 The top 50 most romantic restaurants in the UKis generated solely from more than 1,080,000 verified OpenTable diner reviews collected at more than 8,500 restaurants in the previous year. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. The overall score is made up of unique data points, such as overall diner rating, user klout, total number of reviews and regional overall rating. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which “romantic” was selected as a special feature.

2 All figures are based on based on UK OpenTable seated online reservation data for February 14th, 2019. 

3 The Hinge survey was conducted on a sample of 300 active Hinge members.

About OpenTable 

OpenTable, part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, with more than 54,000 restaurants globally using its software to seat over 131 million diners monthly. OpenTable helps diners discover and book the perfect table and helps restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to grow their business.