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Valentine’s Day Dining Trends

Photo by Brent Moore

Do your Valentine’s Day dinner plans follow the trends?

Surveys by leading restaurant reservations and review companies OpenTable and Zagat found that February 14 is the most hyped dining-out night per year for a reason.

Restaurant reservation service OpenTable surveyed more than 3,000 diners registered with its site and found that:

  • 93 per cent of diners intended to spend as much as last year on dinner or more
  • 35 per cent felt Italian was the most romantic cuisine, followed by French (25 per cent)
  • 76 per cent said they’d have no problem dining out with friends on February 14 rather than doing the traditional date-night thing

See the graphic of OpenTable’s results.

Zagat, on the other hand, surveyed more than 600 people to find that:

  • less than half (44 per cent) intended to eat out
  • 35 per cent were planning a quiet night in
  • the average price couples planned to spend was $147—nearly twice the U.S. national average meal price

See the Zagat results.

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