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Restaurant-com-Survey-Reveals-Valentines-Day-Dining-TrendsWhat’s your idea of the perfect, romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with your significant other?  Italian and French restaurants topped the list in a survey by Restaurant.com, the dining deals website, with just over half the votes. Italian got more romantic votes than French.

Lovebirds planning a romantic date should avoid tortillas and seaweed: Mexican food (44 percent) and sushi (34 percent) were deemed the least romantic cuisines.

Dining out is a key ingredient in the recipe for romance this Valentine’s Day; three out of four of the nearly 1,000 survey respondents indicated they plan to celebrate with a meal at a restaurant this year.  They won’t plan ahead though; nearly half said they won’t make dining plans until the week of Valentine’s Day, and nearly one-third said they would wait until Valentine’s Day itself to plan their date. Just 22 percent of respondents said they will make Valentine’s Day dining plans several weeks in advance.

More Valentine’s Day dining survey findings include:

  •  Money on a Meal – 64 percent of survey respondents said they will spend more money on Valentine’s Day than on a typical dining occasion.
  • Just Desserts – Nearly three out of four survey respondents  re more likely to order dessert on Valentine’s Day than during a normal dining occasion; while 46 percent are more likely to order appetizers; 42 percent are more likely to order wine; and 40 percent are more likely to order expensive entrees.
  • Check Please – The majority of respondents peg their estimated Valentine’s Day meal check to fall into the $50-$100 range, but just a few plan to spend $150 or more.
  • Cost-Conscious Cupids – More than six out of ten respondents (61 percent) agree they admire the savings of a discount restaurant dining coupon for Valentine’s date, as compared with just two percent who said  said it would be a turn off.  I’ve got to think about that — is using a discount coupon for a romantic dinner smart, or cheap?

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