While diners across the nation are looking for that special meal on Valentine’s Day, certain cities prove that they are a step above in providing dining experiences that exude romance from the moment you step inside the restaurant.

To identify the ranking of cities where romantic dining is inherently part of the culture, the OpenTable Most Romantic Cities Index was calculated using three variables: the percentage of restaurants rated “romantic” according to OpenTable diner reviews; the percentage of tables seated for two; and the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine’s Day in 2017.

“From cozy seaside settings such as Carmel to hip urban locales like Brooklyn, this year’s standout cities and their dining scenes are attracting diners and inspiring romance,” said Caroline Potter, Chief Dining Officer for OpenTable. “These breakout romantic dining destinations are staking their claims as hot spots for couples who celebrate their relationship with enchanting restaurant experiences on Valentine’s Day – and every day.”

The following cities, listed in order, comprise the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America for 2018. The complete list may also be viewed at (https://www.opentable.com/m/25-most-romantic-cities-in-america-for-2018/).

25 Most Romantic Cities in America for 2018

1. Biloxi, Mississippi
2. Birmingham, Alabama
3. Virginia Beach, Virginia
4. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
5. Tulsa, Oklahoma
6. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
7. Providence, Rhode Island
8. Reno, Nevada
9. Carmel, California
10. Memphis, Tennessee
11. Savannah, Georgia
12. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
13. Louisville, Kentucky
14. San Antonio, Texas
15. St. Louis, Missouri
16. Omaha, Nebraska
17. Santa Barbara, California
18. Salt Lake City, Utah
19. Austin, Texas
20. Fort Worth, Texas
21. Detroit, Michigan
22. Charleston, South Carolina
23. Brooklyn, New York
24. Buffalo, New York
25. Raleigh, North Carolina

For diners still searching for a terrific table for Valentine’s Day, OpenTable recently released the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2018. Diners can also find more tips and trends regarding Valentine’s Day on the OpenTable Blog as well as details about our #ValenDinesDay Valentine’s Day giveaway.