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Monday, February 11, 2019

Ohio Has the Most Romantic Restaurants in the Country, OpenTable Finds

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 12:04 PM

click to enlarge Pier W was once again named one of the most romantic restaurants in the country. - SCENE ARCHIVES PHOTO
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  • Pier W was once again named one of the most romantic restaurants in the country.
Ohio has nabbed the most spots of any state on OpenTable's national list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants for 2019.

With nine restaurants making the list, Ohio beat out the most populous states of Texas, New York and California for the top romantic destination in America, proving what we already knew: Ohio is for lovers.

The actual criteria and methodology for this piece of click bait, as in year's past, remains murky, but the site claims the 100 honored restaurants were chosen based on an analysis of 12 million user-submitted reviews of about 28,000 American eateries.

What makes these places exceptionally romantic — Tons of candlelight? Perfectly dark and quiet corners for making out? Menus chock full of aphrodisiacs? Bathrooms appropriately sized and sequestered away for quickies? — is not entirely clear.

Whatever the case, the list exists and four Northeast Ohio restaurants made the cut. The inclusions of the follow places probably won't surprise you given their reputations as destinations that seem to attract lovebirds.

-Chez Francois in Vermilion
-The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton
-Pier W in Lakewood
-Strip Steakhouse in Avon

As for the rest of the Buckeye state: Cincinnati received a strong shout out for its contemporary American restaurant Orchids at Palm Court, along with Restaurant L and Carlo & Johnny. Meanwhile, Columbus' French Refectory Restaurant & Bistro got that city's only mention, while Jag’s Steak & Seafood in West Chester also made the cut.


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