SAINT JOHN – The food at Italian by Night has certainly proved popular with customers who made the Uptown restaurant one of 100 Best Italian Restaurants in Canada last fall. Now they’re saying that it’s also one of 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada, based on the reviews analyzed by OpenTable.
Michelle Hooton, who owns Italian by Night along with Elizabeth Rowe and Gord Hewitt, was surprised but honoured to be named to the list.
“With the hustle and bustle of running a busy restaurant, you rarely have time to lift up your head,” she said. “I had no idea we made the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada until a friend congratulated us.
“The restaurant industry is tough. To be singled out in such an amazing way leaves us feeling grateful to our guests, humble to be in such great company with the other restaurants mentioned and really really proud. We work every day to bring our guests the best experience we can offer. It’s wonderful!”
Caroline Potter, Chief Dining Officer, OpenTable, says the list is intended to be a guide for Valentine’s Day dinner hot spots.
“From coast to coast, Canada has endless romantic dining options,” said Potter in a release. “This year’s list is the ideal guide for those looking to spark connection on Valentine’s Day and beyond, featuring an array of restaurants that offer memorable experiences, from casual to fine dining.”
OpenTable says the list was generated from more than 500,000 restaurant reviews collected from OpenTable diners between December 1, 2016, and November 30, 2017. The company is a provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 24 million diners per month via online reservations across more than 43,000 restaurants.
Canadians favour particular cuisines for their romantic dinners, according to reviewers. Steakhouses and Italian restaurants were the top choices for Canadians.