As we prepare to celebrate love and loved ones on  Valentine's Day, Open Table, a leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group, is pleased to release its rankings of the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America.

It's no secret that America has become a country of foodies, but our analysis revealed that we're also a nation of hungry romantics.  In order to provide a ranking of cities where romantic dining is inherently part of the culture, the OpenTable Most Romantic Cities Index was calculated using three variables: the percentage of restaurants rated "romantic" according to OpenTable diner reviews; the percentage of tables seated for two; and the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine's Day last year. 

"The illustrious and insightful M.F.K. Fisher noted that sharing a meal is in and of itself an intimate act," said Caroline Potter, Chief Dining Officer of OpenTable. "This list makes it clear that romance is alive and well in cities in all corners of the country, from the glamorous gambling meccas of Atlantic City and Las Vegas to urban areas with a decidedly down-home feel, such as Charleston and San Antonio – and that Fisher's sentiments remain true to this day."

The following cities, listed in order, comprise the Top 25 Most Romantic Cities in America.

Top 25 Most Romantic Dining Cities in America

Atlantic City, New Jersey

San Antonio, Texas

Providence, Rhode Island

Key West, Florida

Birmingham, Alabama

Louisville, Kentucky

Newport, Rhode Island

Palm Springs, California

Austin, Texas

Lahaina, Hawaii

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Las Vegas, Nevada

Omaha, Nebraska

Santa Barbara, California

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

West Hollywood, California

St. Louis, Missouri

Charleston, South Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

New Orleans, Louisiana

Fort Worth, Texas

Nashville, Tennessee

Long Beach, California

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Charlotte, North Carolina