OpenTable unveils 2022’s Top 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in the UK, just in time for Valentine’s Day

  • Newcastle and Northumberland and Yorkshire dominate the Top 50 list with each region taking 10% of the most romantic restaurants 
  • British cuisine comes out on top, making up 26% of this year’s restaurant list, followed by European (16%) 
  • The Top 50 most romantic list is compiled from more than 1million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between 1st January 2021 and 31st December 2021

LONDON, UK – 7th February 2022: OpenTable, is celebrating Valentine’s Day by releasing its list of the top 50 most romantic restaurants in the UK, based on more than 1 million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected in 2021. The Top 50 covers a wide range of cuisines, from Argentinian restaurant LA Boca in Yorkshire, to European restaurant Mere in London, helping diners still looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day experience to discover and book the right restaurant.


British food (26%) continues to be the most highly represented cuisine in the Top 50 above its main competitor, Modern European (16%), as couples enjoy tastes from closer to home. However, other categories have been seen as a more popular choice in certain regions, with Italian, French and Steakhouses each claiming 6% in the Top 50 list.


Couples in Newcastle & Northumberland, and Yorkshire, looking for the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day are in luck, with 10 of the Top 50 collectively being found in the two regions. However, the cuisines represented by the respective regions tell a different story. Newcastle residents prefer the more popular cuisine of British and French, whilst those living in Yorkshire enjoy South American with Favela Brazilian Grill and LA Boca being on the list, along with the beloved gastropub, Shibden Mill Inn


Sasha Shaker, District Director, EMEA, OpenTable commented: “Our most romantic list continues to highlight the fantastic options across the UK to celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your loved ones, helping those diners still looking for that perfect romantic experience to discover and book the right restaurant. The 2022 list highlights just how much diners have appreciated their local venues over the past year, with more diverse UK locations than ever featuring. Whilst British cuisine continues to champion as our diners’ favourite, we are also starting to see a diversification here with South American cuisine landing amongst this year’s favorites.”

The complete Top 50 list can be viewed here and below.


List of the UK’s Top 50 Most Romantic Restaurants 2022 in alphabetical order:

Al Molo Italian Dorset
Andrew Edmunds Modern European London
Angels with Bagpipes Scottish Edinburgh/Midlothian
Baqueano Argentinian Brighton
Blackfriars Restaurant British Newcastle and Northumberland
Bouchon Bistrot – Hexham French Newcastle and Northumberland
Brettingtons Steakhouse Kent
Burnt Truffle Bistro Liverpool/Merseyside
Cafe 1 Scottish Inverness/Scottish Highlands
Cafe Boheme French Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire
Churrasco Steakhouse Steakhouse Liverpool/Merseyside
Dobson & Parnell British Newcastle and Northumberland
Favela Brazilian Grill Brazilian Yorkshire
Fennel Restaurant British Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire
Fig & Thistle Bistro International Inverness/Scottish Highlands
Fiume Restaurant Italian Birmingham/West Midlands
Harry’s Restaurant Comfort Food Devon
Kyloe Restaurant & Grill Steak Edinburgh/Midlothian
La Boca Argentinian Yorkshire
la campania arundel Italian West Sussex
Loxley’s Restaurant & Wine Bar British Warwickshire
Mere European London
Number 16 Restaurant Modern European Glasgow/Lanarkshire
Orwells British Oxford/Oxfordshire
Peace and Loaf Restaurant British Newcastle and Northumberland
Potters British Cornwall
Shibden Mill Inn Gastro Pub Yorkshire
Sora Lella Vegan Roman Restaurant Vegan Edinburgh/Midlothian
Sotirio’s Bar and Restaurant International Kent
Sous Le Nez Bistro Yorkshire
Stones Restaurant Matlock British Derbyshire
The Barking Dog Comfort Food Northern Ireland
The Bay Horse Gastro Pub Durham/County Durham
The Bishop’s Cave – St Albans Wine Bar Hertfordshire
The Black Rat British Hampshire
The Bracebridge Contemporary British Birmingham/West Midlands
The Chophouse Braintree British Essex
The Dovecote Restaurant European Derbyshire
The Elephant Restaurant Modern European Devon
The French Quarter French Newcastle and Northumberland
The French Table Modern European London
The Great Room Restaurant Modern European Northern Ireland
The Ivy Temple Row Contemporary British Birmingham/West Midlands
The New London Restaurant and Lounge British Essex
The Olive House restaurant Mediterranean Hampshire
The Opposition Modern European Warwickshire
The Westwood Restaurant, Beverley English Yorkshire
Victuals & Co Contemporary British Kent
WOOD Manchester British Manchester/Greater Manchester



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Notes to Editors:



OpenTable’s 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in the UK is generated solely from more than 1,000,000 verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between 1st January 2021 and 31st December 2021. 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.



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