These Are the Most Romantic Cities in the U.S. — Number One Is Not What You’d Expect

Some cities are better at romance than others, according to a new report by OpenTable. The reservation site’s new study of U.S. cities is meant “to provide a ranking of cities where romantic dining is inherently part of the culture,” according to the company.

To determine the rankings, OpenTable looked at three variables: the percentage of restaurants rated “romantic” in onsite reviews, the percentage of tables reserved for two, and the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine’s Day in 2016.

“Because this list is based on actual diner behavior, we’re always excited to see which cities will come out atop the results,” Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s chief dining officer, told Travel + Leisure.

And for this ranking, the top city might not be what you expect. Without further ado, the 25 most romantic cities in the U.S., starting with Atlanta Georgia at #25.

12. Louisville, Kentucky

 


11. Charlotte, North Carolina
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11. Charlotte, North Carolina

 


10. Baltimore, Maryland
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10. Baltimore, Maryland

 


9. Austin, Texas
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9. Austin, Texas

 


8. Kansas City, Missouri
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8. Kansas City, Missouri

 


7. Charleston, South Carolina
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7. Charleston, South Carolina

 


6. Richmond, Virginia
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6. Richmond, Virginia

 


5. Brooklyn, New York
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5. Brooklyn, New York

 


4. Memphis, Tennessee
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4. Memphis, Tennessee

 


3. Savannah, Georgia
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3. Savannah, Georgia

 


2. St. Louis, Missouri
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2. St. Louis, Missouri

 


1. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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1. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“Oklahoma City is one of the largest in the nation and its nickname The Big Friendly is a great reflection on the warmth of its people—and restaurateurs,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s chief dining officer.

“The hospitality professionals there understand how to create romantic dining experiences any day of the year—and local diners are clearly taking note.”

This article was originally published by  southernliving.com

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