OpenTable Reveals its 50 Best Dining Spots for Dates

  • Research from OpenTable shows that more than half (55%)* of Brits are stressed out by IRL (in real life) meetings with someone they have met online


  • A third (33%) of UK adults looking for love worry about where to go on a date, with just over a quarter (27%) stating they need help finding new places to go for a date, breaking away from their usual spots


  • OpenTable and popular dating app Bumble have partnered to help singles nationwide find the new dating locations with its 50 Best Date Spots in the UK 


LONDON, August 2022: After the past few years of virtual dating, face-to-face dating is back on the menu. Research conducted by Opentable has revealed that in the UK,  asking someone to meet in person after getting to know them online ‘stresses out’ over half (55%) of Brits, with dater concerns ranging from planning what to say (32%) to picking where to go or what to do (21%) among those interested in meeting a romantic partner. 


Coming to the aid of single people, OpenTable, a global leader in restaurant technology and part of Booking Holdings, Inc., and Bumble, the popular woman-first dating app, are debuting a list of 50 Best Date Spots in the UK to help alleviate some of the pressure and help single people find the perfect spot when they are ready to meet  IRL. 


For the third (33%) of daters who worry about where to go on a date and over a quarter (27%)  stating they need help finding the best places to meet people for a date because they want to break away from their usual locations OpenTable and Bumble are taking the legwork and guesswork out of finding the right location. 


From Fennel Restaurant in Aberdeen to Ocean View at The Dome in Devon, the 50 Best Date Spots encompasses some of the best dining locations across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for Brits looking to woo their date with delicious food and unforgettable experiences.


Research by OpenTable also reveals amorous Brits’ top five stressful situations when on a date:

  • Running out of small talk – 50%
  • Being locked into a meal with someone they decide they don’t like – 45%
  • A date going to the toilet and not coming back – 34%
  • Accidentally spilling food on their outfit – 27%
  • Being so nervous you start sweating – 22%


Robin Chiang, VP EMEA, OpenTable comments: “As Brits look to plan the perfect date away from ‘the usual’ locations, the pressure is on. OpenTable’s 50 best date list and partnership with Bumble aims to take the stress out of dining and dating, making it easier than ever to take relationships offline, all whilst continuing to support the still recovering dining scene.”


Olivia Yu, Global Vice President, Partnerships at Bumble said: 2022 has been all about post-pandemic discovery, whether it’s going back to some of our favourite date spots or finding new ones to share. At Bumble, we’re always looking to support our community through every step of their dating journey, and we hope that this partnership with OpenTable and the curation of the UK’s 50 Best Date Spot list will make it easier to find the perfect place to meet.”

To discover the best date spots across the UK, simply download Bumble Date and the rest comes easy: until 18th August, you’ll see the campaign pop-up within the Bumble app, just swipe right to receive an OpenTable link to discover the best 50 date spots in the UK.  


The complete 50 Best Date Spots list 2022 can be viewed here.


To discover more restaurants on the OpenTable network, visit or the OpenTable app. Bumble is free and widely available in the App Store and Google Play.


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Notes to Editors:


*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2450 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 25th – 27th July 2022.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).


50 Best Restaurants Methodology

OpenTable’s 50 Best Restaurants for a Date in the UK is generated from 1.5 million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. 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.


About OpenTable:

OpenTable, part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), connects more than 1 billion people with restaurants every year, helping power hospitality at more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, wineries, and other venues in more than 80 countries. With software that drives reservations, experiences, payments, guest insights and operations, OpenTable enables restaurants to run their most successful business yet. 


About Bumble app:

Bumble, the women-first dating and networking app, was founded by CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd in 2014. Bumble connects people across dating (Bumble Date), friendship (Bumble BFF) and professional networking (Bumble Bizz). No matter the type of relationship, women make the first move on Bumble. Bumble is built on the importance of equitable relationships and how crucial they are to a healthy, happy life. They’ve built their platform around kindness, respect, and equality – and their community plays an important part in that. Bumble holds its users accountable for their actions and has zero tolerance for hate, aggression, or bullying. Bumble is free and available worldwide in the App Store and Google Play.