updated 1/26/2011 8:16:50 AM ET 2011-01-26T13:16:50

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just in time for Valentine's Day, OpenTable, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPEN) ( www.opentable.com ), a leading provider of free online restaurant reservations for diners and guest management solutions for restaurants, today announced the 50 winners of its Diners' Choice Awards for Most Romantic Restaurants. The list of winners is derived from more than seven million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

French and Italian cuisines are normally closely associated with romance, but in this year's most romantic list home is where the heart is. American cuisine steals the show with 14 restaurants serving domestic fare around the nation earning high marks in the romantic category. Like last year, chocolate and cheese continue to please couples, with 12 fondue restaurants making the list.

From a regional standpoint, California restaurants cornered the market on romance with 10 restaurants earning top spots. Also noteworthy, New York came in second with four wins and Virginia proves it's still for lovers with three wins, a distinction shared by Indiana and Ohio.

"There's no single recipe for romance when you're dining out," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable's Chief Dining Officer. "This year's results jettison the myths that only certain cuisines – or cities – can be perceived as romantic. Of course, the fact that fondue continues to melt hearts shouldn't be shocking as sharing adds an element of fun and flirtation to any food!"

Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between January 2010 and December 2010, the following 50 restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, received the highest scores from OpenTable diners. For more information about this list, please visit http://www.opentable.com/romantic .

Addison at The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, CA
Alizé at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort- Las Vegas, NV
Bistro Romano – Philadelphia, PA
Boulevard Steakhouse – Oklahoma City, OK
Briarhurst Manor – Manitou Springs, CO
Café Renaissance – Vienna, VA
Capische, Maui, HI
The Cellar – Fullerton, CA 
Chez Loma – Coronado, CA
Chez Shea – Seattle, WA
Cite – Chicago, IL
Different Pointe of View – Scottsdale, AZ
Eagle's Nest: Hyatt Regency Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN
Eiffel Tower – Las Vegas, NV
Erminia Ristorante- New York, NY
The French Room – Dallas, TX
Geja's Café – Chicago, IL
The Hungry I – Boston, MA
Il Bistro – Seattle, WA
Il Cielo – Beverly Hills, CA
La Caille Restaurant – Salt Lake City, UT
Latitudes Beach Café – Key West, FL
The Little Door – Los Angeles, CA
Log Haven – Salt Lake City, UT
Madrona Manor – Healdsburg, CA
Michel's at the Colony Surf – Honolulu, HI
The Melting Pot: Castleton – Indianapolis, IN
The Melting Pot – Cincinnati, OH
The Melting Pot – Dayton, OH
The Melting Pot: Greenwood – Indianapolis, IN
The Melting Pot – Kennesaw, GA
The Melting Pot: Midtown Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
The Melting Pot – Myrtle Beach, SC
The Melting Pot – Newport News, VA
The Melting Pot – Richmond, VA
The Melting Pot – Virginia Beach, VA
Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant – Colorado Springs, CO
One if by Land, Two if by Sea – New York, NY
Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, OH
Plume at the Jefferson Hotel – Washington, D.C.
Red Square, Atlantic City, NJ
Ristorante Massimo – Boston, MA
Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola – Capitola, CA
Sir Winston's Aboard The Queen Mary – Long Beach, CA
The Sky Room – Long Beach, CA
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch – Santa Barbara, CA
Tredici Steak – New York, NY
Vernon's Hidden Valley Steakhouse – Albuquerque, NM
White Barn Inn – Kennebunkport, ME
Zenkichi – Brooklyn, NY

For diners preparing to make reservations for Valentine's Day, OpenTable.com provides Diner's Choice Top Ten Most Romantic Restaurants lists for each metro region and access to specials and menu details for February 14.  For more information, please visit www.opentable.com/valentines . Diners can also find additional information on the Diners' Choice Most Romantic Restaurants Awards by visiting Potter's "Dining Check" blog on OpenTable at http://blog.opentable.com .

About OpenTable, Inc. 

OpenTable is a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants. The OpenTable network delivers the convenience of online restaurant reservations to diners and the operational benefits of a computerized reservation book to restaurants. OpenTable has more than 15,000 restaurant customers, and, since its inception in 1998, has seated more than 175 million diners around the world. The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. OpenTable also owns and operates toptable.com, a leading restaurant reservation site in the United Kingdom.

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         Tiffany Fox
         OpenTable
         tfox@opentable.com
         415-344-4275

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