The most romantic day of the year is almost upon us, and for those looking to wine and dine their better half, online restaurant reservations platform OpenTable has unveiled its 50 most romantic restaurants in Australia for 2019.
For the second year in a row, Queensland has cemented its position as Australia’s most romantic dining region bagging 36% of the spots on OpenTable’s annual 50 most romantic restaurants list. As Australia’s culinary landscape continues to flourish, this year’s list has also seen new additions from Tasmania and Canberra join the sought-after list of dining hubs.
Modern Australian has once again proven to be Aussies’ cuisine of choice, with more than a third (38%) of restaurants featured on the list serving dishes inspired by the nation’s culinary techniques, traditions and flavours. Acting as a key indicator of emerging dining trends within Australia, this year’s list has seen a resurgence in seafood restaurants making up 16% of the spots, along with the very first entry from purely vegan and vegetarian eatery, which speaks to the growing appetite for plant-based diets.
Tim Domelow, Senior Restaurant Relations Manager from OpenTable, said: “Valentine’s Day is one of the most highly anticipated dining days of the year for both restaurateurs and diners alike around the globe. The 2019 50 most romantic restaurants list continues to demonstrate the rich culinary scene Australia has to offer and is a practical tool for diners looking to choose from a wide selection of high caliber restaurants when planning the perfect romantic occasion.”
For those looking to orchestrate a memorable dining experience, spontaneity should be reserved for another occasion as booking ahead is highly advised. Last year in Australia, OpenTable recorded a 35% increase in seated diners on Valentine’s Day compared to the year before.
As the global experts in dining, OpenTable has compared the unique habits of its diners on Valentine’s Day. Diners booking on OpenTable in Australia seem eager to make the most of the evening with 6:30pm being the most popular time to dine, compared to that of other romantic nations such as those in the UK who prefer a later seating time of 7:30pm. Additionally, OpenTable diners in Australia are more likely to dine longer on Valentine’s Day, with 2018 seeing a 21% increase in the average table turn time, totalling on average up to 2.5 hours per sitting.
With more than 4 million Aussies having realised that they were smitten with their partner whilst dining at a restaurant, OpenTable’s 50 most romantic restaurants list offers a rich selection of dining options to suit any romantic occasion.
The complete top 50 list may be viewed at https://www.opentable.com.au/lists/most-romantic-restaurants-in-australia-2019
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