With Valentine’s Day approaching, it makes sense that OpenTable would rank the most romantic cities in the country for dining.
At the top of the list? San Antonio with the unique beauty of the River Walk and its vast range of eateries or the epic sweep of the Hill Country that can be enjoyed at places such as Francesca’s at Sunset or Antlers.
Austin landed at No. 2, followed by Providence, R.I., La Jolla, Calif., and Columbus, Ohio.
Surprised? So was CultureMap Dallas, which announced the news in the expected tone of condescension that often accompanies know-nothing articles about the city: “When you think of the most romantic cities in the United States, there’s a clear pecking order: San Francisco, New York City, New Orleans and maybe somewhere like Charleston, South Carolina. But according to OpenTable, the most romantic city in the states is … San Antonio.”
Two restaurants cited in the report were Ounce Prime Steakhouse, 1401 N. Loop 1604 W., and Bella … on the River, 106 River Walk St.
I guess romance is in the eye of the beholder. It could be a candlelit table for two in a secluded spot, such as the Vineyards, or an elegant table at the top of the Tower of the Americas. Perhaps that’s why Dallas, an unfocused urban sprawl with its sad display of money over taste, made the list at No. 11.
So, how do you define romantic? And where in San Antonio will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Here’s a list of possibilities.