Hoosier Restaurants Among 'Most Romantic'

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Two Indiana restaurants are on a dining website's annual list of the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. California-based OpenTable Inc. (Nasdaq: OPEN) says the Indianapolis and Merrillville destinations were selected based on diners' ratings. The Hoosier eateries are Eagle's Nest at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis Gamba Ristorante in Merrillville.

January 30, 2014

News Release

SAN FRANCISCO, Cal. - As diners make reservations for romance on Valentine’s Day, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has announced the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Featuring restaurants with alluring ambience and seductive menus, the complete list of honorees is scattered among 32 states and includes Canlis in Seattle, The Little Door in Los Angeles, and Zenkichi in Brooklyn. California boasts the greatest number of winning restaurants with 14, followed by Florida with eight. Hawaii, Texas, and Virginia each have seven winning restaurants. Colorado, Nevada, and Ohio claim five winners apiece, while Arizona, Illinois, New York, and Utah have four. Missouri, New Jersey, and Tennessee count three winning restaurants, and Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington have two each. Alaska, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, and Rhode Island also have winning eateries.

For another year, fondue is a favorite for diners seeking to fan the flames of romance. And, illustrating that home really is where the heart is, American fare restaurants account for the greatest number of winners. French and Italian cuisines are very popular as well.

“This year’s honorees offer couples a unique opportunity to step away from their hectic schedules and the pressures of everyday life and reconnect and rekindle their relationships over an elegant, intimate meal,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “Love is always in the air – and romance is always on the menu – at any of these winning restaurants.”

The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between January 14, 2013, and January 15, 2014. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the "romantic" category along with a minimum "overall" rating.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/most-romantic-restaurants-in-america/.

2014 Diners' Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America

Acquerello - San Francisco, California

The American Restaurant - Kansas City, Missouri

Armani's - Tampa, Florida

Briarhurst Manor - Manitou Springs, Colorado

Brown’s Beach House-The Fairmont Orchid - Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Caf? Central - El Paso, Texas

Caf? Matisse - Rutherford, New Jersey

Caf? Renaissance - Vienna, Virginia

Canlis - Seattle, Washington

The Cellar - Fullerton, California

The Cellar Restaurant - Daytona Beach, Florida

The Cellars - Virginia Beach, Virginia

Chakra - Paramus, New Jersey

Chez Fran?ois - Vermilion, Ohio

Chez TJ - Mountain View, California

Ciera-MontBleu Resort - Stateline, Nevada

Circa 1886 - Charleston, South Carolina

Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club - Tampa, Florida

Collage Restaurant - St. Augustine, Florida

Different Pointe of View - Phoenix, Arizona

Dominic's on the Hill - St. Louis, Missouri

Driskill Grill-Driskill Hotel - Austin, Texas

Eagle's Nest-Hyatt Regency - Indianapolis, Indiana

Eiffel Tower - Las Vegas, Nevada

The English Inn - Eaton Rapids, Michigan

Erminia Ristorante - New York, New York

Erna's Elderberry House - Oakhurst, California

Fearrington House Restaurant - Pittsboro, North Carolina

Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante Maui - Wailea, Hawaii

Flagstaff House - Boulder, Colorado

Fleur de Lys - San Francisco, California

The French Room - Dallas, Texas

Gamba Ristorante - Merrillville, Indiana

Geja's Caf? - Chicago, Illinois

Giardina's Restaurant - Greenwood, Mississippi

Goldmoor Restaurant - Galena, Illinois

The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant - Middleburg, Virginia

Il Cielo Gardens Restaurant & Bar - Beverly Hills, California

The Inn at Turkey Hill - Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Isabela on Grandview - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jacmel Inn - Hammond, Louisiana

La Caille Restaurant - Sandy, Utah

La Mer at Halekulani - Honolulu, Hawaii

Latitudes – Key West, Florida

L'Auberge Proven?ale - Boyce, Virginia

L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek - Sedona, Arizona

Le Vallauris - Palm Springs, California

Les Nomades - Chicago, Illinois

The Little Door - Los Angeles, California

Log Haven - Salt Lake City, Utah

McNinch House - Charlotte, North Carolina

The Melting Pot - National locations

Michael's-South Point Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada

Michel's at the Colony Surf - Honolulu, Hawaii

Nick and Nino's Penthouse Steakhouse-Hilton - Springfield, Illinois

Nikolai’s Roof - Atlanta, Georgia

On The Marsh Bistro - Kennebunkport, Maine

One if by Land, Two if by Sea - New York, New York

The Painted Lady - Newberg, Oregon

Palace Arms at the Brown Palace - Denver, Colorado

Palme d'Or - Coral Gables, Florida

Pamplemousse Le Restaurant - Las Vegas, Nevada

Pearl Caf? - Missoula, Montana

Penrose Room-The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Peter Shields Inn - Cape May, New Jersey

Picasso-Bellagio - Las Vegas, Nevada

Primavista - Cincinnati, Ohio

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar - Phoenix, Arizona

The Ranch House - Ojai, California

Red Fish Grill - Miami, Florida

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro - Columbus, Ohio

Republic of Texas Bar & Grill - Corpus Christi, Texas

Restaurant Iris - Memphis, Tennessee

Restaurant Jezebel - Austin, Texas

Ristorante Massimo - Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Roof Restaurant - Salt Lake City, Utah

Salacia Prime Seafood and Steaks - Virginia Beach, Virginia

Sarento’s Top of the 'I' - Honolulu, Hawaii

SASSI – Scottsdale, Arizona

Seven Glaciers - Girdwood, Alaska

Shadowbrook Restaurant - Capitola, California

Ski Tip Lodge - Keystone, Colorado

The Sky Room - Long Beach, California

The Spiced Pear - Newport, Rhode Island

Spindletop - Houston, Texas

STARS-A Steak Restaurant - Chatham, Massachusetts

Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch - Santa Barbara, California

Studio at Montage Laguna Beach - Laguna Beach, California

thirty-two - Biloxi, Mississippi

Tidepools-Grand Hyatt Kauai - Poipu, Hawaii

Top of the Point - West Palm Beach, Florida

The Tree Room @ Sundance - Sundance, Utah

Tulalip Bay at the Tulalip Resort Casino - Marysville, Washington

‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge - Kaupulehu, Hawaii

V.Mertz - Omaha, Nebraska

The Wentworth - Jackson, New Hampshire

White Barn Inn - Kennebunk, Maine

Wildflowers at Turning Stone – Verona, New York

Yamashiro - Hollywood, California

Zenkichi - Brooklyn, New York

Diners can also read more about the Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America by visiting the OpenTable "Dining Check" blog.

Source: OpenTable Inc.