Eating out on Valentine’s Day? Wondering if you’ll have company?
There are big caveats surrounding that data, of course — the company looked at users who checked in at restaurants on Facebook last Feb. 14 using the words “Valentine’s Day” or “V-Day,” so you’re only looking at (1) Facebook users (2) Facebook users who bother checking in when they’re at restaurants, and (3) users who checked in using those specific words. Some restaurants offer incentives to diners who use social media as well, which could further skew the picture. But for what it is, it’s still good to know if you’re looking for last-minute reservations. (Popular Valentine’s picks #4-10, by the way, were Benihana, Il Fornaio, AQUA by El Gaucho, Six Seven, Umi Sake House, Ruth’s Chris, and Chandler’s Crabhouse.)
I wondered how a similar check might work for users of Urbanspoon, which by nature has a seriously food-loving clientele. Looking at its list of 10 most romantic restaurants in Seattle as rated by its users, only one restaurant appeared on both lists — The Pink Door, which won the top rating from Urbanspoon users. It was followed by Canlis, Wild Ginger (the Seattle branch), Terra Plata, Serious Pie’s downtown location (really?! I love the pizza, but never thought of it as romantic), Matt’s in the Market, Bookbindery, Joule, Ray’s Boathouse, and Cafe Campagne.
By nature, the lists aren’t apples to apples comparisons. Far more people would have rated Canlis, for instance, as a romantic restaurant than would actually have gone there on Valentine’s Day. But it’s still interesting information to have.
Are you going out, or did you go out, for Valentine’s Day? I treat it like Mother’s Day — dining at home.
Ah, romance! Photo of The Pink Door dining room by candlelight courtesy of The Pink Door