Following our story last year about the state’s most romantic restaurants, along with numerous other lists covering everything from top waterfront dining destinations to the tastiest burgers, our USA TODAY Network’s Florida Dining and Entertainment Team now shifts our focus to a list from another company.

Just before Valentine’s Day, OpenTable unveiled its annual roster of the Top 100 Romantic Restaurants in America for 2024.

The online restaurant reservation and review service noted that its new list spans 34 states and Washington D.C. Once again, California claims the top spot with 12 restaurants, followed by Florida with seven.

OpenTable also highlighted in a press release issued Feb. 7 that Valentine’s Day is evolving.

“Valentine’s Day dining is changing — it’s more inclusive for friends and families, and celebrations are extending beyond Feb. 14,” said Steve Sintra, SVP, US Restaurant Sales & Services, in a statement. “Book before Feb. 9, which is when the race for Valentine’s Day reservations really heats up, or celebrate at off-peak dates for the best shot of scoring your desired reservation.”

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Fine-dining restaurant Michael's on East, located in the Midtown Plaza just south of downtown Sarasota, offers indoor seating with a 1940s supper club atmosphere, as well as outdoor tables in the atrium under a canopy of twinkling lights

Fine-dining restaurant Michael’s on East, located in the Midtown Plaza just south of downtown Sarasota, offers indoor seating with a 1940s supper club atmosphere, as well as outdoor tables in the atrium under a canopy of twinkling lights

OpenTable stated that it “analyzed over 12 million diner reviews and metrics to identify the restaurants that had diners swooning.” Instead of being ranked, the Top 100 romantic restaurants were listed by state in alphabetical order. Florida’s count of seven is down by one from last year’s list.

Here are the places from Florida that made OpenTable’s Top 100 Romantic Restaurants in America 2024 list:

  • Angelina’s Ristorante — Bonita Springs

  • Bern’s Steak House — Tampa

  • Bijoux — Miramar Beach

  • Christini’s Ristorante Italiano — Orlando

  • Collage Restaurant — St. Augustine

  • Latitudes — Key West

  • Michael’s On East — Sarasota, FL

My colleague, Diana Biederman of Naples Daily News, noted that Angelina’s Ristorante in Bonita Springs celebrated a big anniversary in 2022, marking 15 years in business. Angela and Don Smith opened Angelina’s on April 16, 2008, because they love Italian food, Biederman wrote.

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Michael’s On East appeared last month of my list of 10 best romantic restaurants for fine dining in Sarasota and Manatee counties. A Sarasota icon open since 1987 and one of the most acclaimed fine dining establishments in Florida, the restaurant serves premium aged steaks and boasts a world-class wine list. It is set in a luxurious atmosphere with indoor seating reminiscent of a 1940s supper club and outdoor tables located in the atrium under a canopy of twinkling lights.

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Florida city named the best date night spot in the U.S.

About a week ago, a Florida city topped a list of the best locales for date nights in the United States, thanks to factors including its many romantic restaurants, couple-friendly attractions and more.

Sarasota was named No. 1 in the Top 10 Best Date Night Cities in the U.S. by BonusFinder.com, “an independent online casino comparison website” that also publishes entertainment lists such as Which is the Most Haunted State in America? and Best Cities for Visiting NFL Fans.

“Nestled along the picturesque Gulf Coast, Sarasota sets the stage for a captivating romantic retreat with its coastal beauty and charming cultural attractions,” BonusFinder.com noted.

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Wade Tatangelo is Ticket Editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and Florida Regional Dining and Entertainment Editor for the USA TODAY Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. He can be reached by email at [email protected]. Support local journalism by subscribing.

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