• OpenTable unveils the top 50 most romantic restaurants in the UK ahead of Valentine’s Day
  • 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 
1 British
2 Italian
3 Steak
4 Modern European
5 French
6 Steakhouse
7 Japanese
8 Indian
9 Gastro Pub
10  Chinese

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

Restaurant  Restaurant Cuisine Location
Afternoon Tea at the Oscar Wilde Lounge Afternoon Tea London
Afternoon Tea at The Savoy Afternoon Tea London
Anderson’s Bar & Grill English Birmingham/West Midlands
Bouchon Bistrot – Hexham French Newcastle/Northumberland
Cafe 1 Scottish Inverness/Scottish Highlands
Café St Honoré French Edinburgh/Midlothian
Clos Maggiore French London
CORE by Clare Smyth British London
Dan Moon at the Gainsborough Contemporary British Bath/Somerset
Estabulo – Darlington Brazilian Steakhouse Durham/County Durham
Forage & Chatter Scottish Edinburgh/Midlothian
Galvin at Windows French London
Gauthier Soho French London
Harry’s Restaurant Comfort Food Cornwall/Devon
Hawksmoor Manchester British Manchester/Greater Manchester
Heaneys British Wales
Hispi Bistro Manchester/Greater Manchester
Ivy Asia, Spinningfields Contemporary Asian Manchester/Great Manchester
Kala Bistro Manchester/Greater Manchester
Kendell’s Bistro French Yorkshire
La Dame De Pic London French London
L’Escargot French London
Medlar Modern European London
Mere European London
Murano Contemporary European London
No. 97 Modern European London
Number 16 Restaurant Modern European Glasgow / Lanarkshire
Paco Tapas Tapas / Small Plates Bristol
Peace and Loaf Restaurant British Newcastle / Northumberland
Pidgin Modern European London
Pig & Whistle Restaurant British Essex
Pinion Bistro Liverpool/Merseyside
Röski British Liverpool/Merseyside
Simpson’s In The Strand British London
Sleepy Hollow Irish Northern Ireland
Smiths Restaurant Ongar Seafood Essex
Smiths Restaurant Wapping Seafood London
Sticky Walnut Bistro Cheshire
Stones Restaurant Matlock British Derbyshire
The Black Rat British Hampshire
The Chefs Table British Cheshire
The Cherry Tree British Manchester/Greater Manchester
The Dovecote Restaurant European Derbyshire
The Elephant Restaurant Modern European Cornwall/Devon
The French Table Modern European London
The Poet at Matfield British Kent
The Westwood Restaurant, Beverley English Yorkshire
The White Onion French London
Trinity European London
Wreckfish Bistro Liverpool/Merseyside

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

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.