In anticipation of one of the most romantic days of the year, toptable, a leading consumer destination site for restaurant bookings in the UK along with its parent company, OpenTable, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPEN), revealed today their diners’ top 25 most romantic restaurants. The list reflects the combined opinions of approximately 400,000 reviews submitted by verified toptable diners for nearly 4,000 restaurants across the UK. The top 25 shows French cuisine as the hot choice for romance ahead of Valentine’s Day this year, accounting for almost half of the list, while Italian and British are also proving popular romantic cuisines. Despite the growing popularity of Asian food amongst UK diners, there was no room for Chinese, Indian or Thai cuisine in the top 25, with the list consisting entirely of European restaurants.
“Romance can mean very different things to different people but a gorgeous meal, perfect service and warm atmosphere make for an undeniably romantic combination. Each of these restaurants offers a different romantic experience, but all are truly best of class,” said Lucy Taylor, head of restaurant relations at toptable.
“When it comes to Valentine’s Day, the top restaurants fill up quickly so it is always best to book early. However, many diners still wait until the last minute and plenty of availability can be found on toptable.co.uk. Last year, almost 30% of bookings for Valentine’s Day were made on the 13th and 14th February,” she added.
Fred Sirieix, General Manager of Galvin at Windows, which was included on the list commented, “We are obviously delighted to be recognised as one of the most romantic restaurants. It is especially humbling knowing the distinction is based on diner reviews. We strive to create singular experiences for all our guests and when it comes to romance this quality is especially important.”
The top 25 romantic restaurants in the UK are generated from approximately 400,000 reviews collected from verified toptable diners between January 2012 and January 2013. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “romantic” was selected as a special feature.
toptable top 25 romantic restaurants in the UK:
Apsley’s A Heinz Beck Restaurant – London, Belgravia
Chapter One – Kent
Chez Bruce – London, Wandsworth
Clos Maggiore – London, Covent Garden
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – London, Belgravia
Galvin at Windows – London, Mayfair
Galvin La Chapelle – London, Spitalfields
Gauthier Soho – London, Soho
Kendell’s Bistro –Leeds
L’ortolan – Reading
Petrus– London, Belgravia
Quantus Restaurant & Bar – London, Chiswick
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – London, Chelsea
Roux at The Landau – London, Oxford Circus
Seven Park Place by William Drabble – London, Green Park
The Fat Duck – Bray
The French Table – Surbiton
The Greenhouse – London, Mayfair
The Grill at The Dorchester – London, Marble Arch
The Ledbury – London, Notting Hill
Theo Randall – London, Belgravia
Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham at DUKES LONDON – London, Green Park
Topes – Kent
Trinity – London, Clapham
Viajante – London, Bethnal Green
About toptable Reviews
The toptable reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions. Diners who recently honoured a toptable reservation are invited via email to submit restaurant feedback using an online form. Visitors to toptable can access reviews for thousands of toptable restaurant partners across UK. The toptable reviews program has generated more than 2 million reviews by verified diners in the UK.