Kiss and tell: Aussies get candid on the biggest Valentine's Day vibe killers including having an argument, uttering an ex's name and feeling bloated at dinner
SYDNEY, Feb. 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- With Valentine's Day rapidly approaching and nearly half (46%) of Aussies planning to spend February 14 dining at a restaurant, OpenTable has revealed the Top 50 Romantic Restaurants for 2024 compiled from over 300,000 Aussie diner reviews and diner metrics including ratings and the percentage of restaurant reviews where diners tagged the restaurant as "romantic."**
Ursula's, NSW, OpenTable
Choosing a restaurant from the new Top 50 Romantic Restaurants list is the first step to setting the right mood, and OpenTable commissioned consumer research to uncover the top date night vibe killers and what to avoid to help couples stay in the mood during and post-date. Aussies admitted the following dampened the pre-hanky panky mood: having an argument mid-date (42%), being rude to waitstaff (40%), a partner uttering their ex's name (32%), and feeling bloated and gassy from their meal (27%).
Additional research highlights include*:
Feeling gassy deflates Australians' post-dinner romp plans
With bloating considered one of the ultimate Valentine's Day mood killers, 46% of Australians revealed they've actively avoided post-dinner romp because of it. In fact, 64% of Aussies admitted feelings of bloating and gas even led them to end a date early. OpenTable partnered with leading general practitioner Dr. Sam Hay to help diners navigate restaurant menus and keep the romance vibe alive.
"Close to half (46%) of Aussies admit that feeling bloated has stopped them from getting intimate after a dinner date! However, diners shouldn't let this stop them from starting or rekindling their romance. There's lots you can do to remedy these feelings such as daily exercise, drinking more water and choosing from the menu more fibre-rich foods such as nuts, wholewheat and leafy greens," said Dr Sam Hay, GP.
Dr Sam Hay also provided simple tips and tricks to help Aussie diners navigate the menu without fuss on your romantic dinner for two:
OpenTable reveals Australia's top restaurants for igniting romance
OpenTable is making it even easier for Aussies to find the right venue that suits their romance needs this Valentine's Day with the Top 50 Romantic Restaurants list.
"From first dates to romantic milestones, OpenTable has Valentine's Day covered. Our 2023 data*** revealed the majority (50%) of reservations were made at least four days out so booking before February 10 should increase your chances of snagging your desired table. With the list featuring stunning spots like Bistro 916's famous French fare in Sydney, St Kilda's seductive and vibrant Rococo, to cliffside favourite Joey's in Brisbane, there is something for everyone's romance needs," said Drew Bowering, Senior Director Sales and Services APAC at OpenTable.
"We're also seeing a shift in how people celebrate Valentine's Day, which is no longer just a holiday for couples but a good excuse for mate dates. Last year, 15% of Valentine's Day dining was for tables of 6+, making it the most popular part size after 2, which was up 44% compared to the year prior," said Bowering.
The Top 50 Romantic Restaurants** highlights include:
To find the Top 50 Romantic Restaurants visit https://www.opentable.com.au/blog/romantic-restaurants-au/.
*Consumer Research Methodology
An online survey was conducted by PureSpectrum among 1501 general Australian consumers. Within this sample, quotas were applied to major cities for direct comparison. Australia was included as one of eight markets in a multimarket study surveying 12,000 participants on the topic of Valentine's Day attitudes and behaviours. The research fieldwork took place between January 19th - 25th, 2024.
**Methodology of the Restaurant List
OpenTable's Top 50 Romantic Restaurants in Australia for 2024 is generated from over 300,000 verified OpenTable diner reviews and dining metrics from December 1, 2022 and November 30, 2023. Restaurants with a minimum threshold of diner reviews were considered and evaluated by a compilation of unique data points, including diner ratings, the percentage of five star reviews, the number of alerts set, the percentage of reservations made in advance and direct searches. Metrics were weighted to comprise an overall score. The qualified restaurants were then ranked by the percentage of reviews with the tag "romantic." The resulting list appears A-Z, not in ranked order.
OpenTable looked at seated diners from walk-in, phone and online reservations on February 14th in 2023, and compared it to February 14th 2022, when highlighted, looking at restaurants that were on the platform in each of these periods. Cuisines and price ranges are self-determined by restaurants.
OpenTable, a global leader in restaurant tech and part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG), helps 55,000 restaurants, bars, wineries and other venues worldwide fill 1.6 billion seats a year. OpenTable powers reservations, experiences, payments, guest insights and operations, enabling restaurants to focus on doing what they do best: providing great hospitality.