Now here’s something romantic: You’ve just finished a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner with that special someone, you’re both a little giddy – perhaps from that last glass of wine, perhaps from love – and neither of you notice the check when it comes to the table because you’re too busy gazing into each others eyes. And then your date says, “How about we split this?”
According to Zagat, which just released the results from its first ever Valentine’s Day Dining Survey, it doesn’t happen very often: Only 11% of diners are sharing the check that night; 46% of the mostly female respondents say their date is picking up the bill. Not that there’s ever anything wrong with paying your own way, but it seems on February 14th Cupid doesn’t do dutch.
Here are some other interesting morsels from the survey, that queried some 600 Valentine’s Day diners:
- Forget doing dishes: 44% of those surveyed will treat their Valentines to a special meal out, while 35% are preparing their own romantic menu at home.
- And, forget the economy for one night: Diners plan to shell out $147 on their table for two on February 14, compared to the $70 tab on an average night in Los Angeles. (By the way – the Most Romantic Restaurant for Valentine’s Day according to Zagat? The tony Il Cielo in Beverly Hills that is offering a special prix-fixe meal for V-Day diners priced at a way-above-average $225 per couple.)
- Some things only happen in the movies: 69% percent of those surveyed said marriage proposals in a restaurant are way corny.
- So, don’t expect a diamond ring: Respondents to the survey said they will spend an average of $88 on a Valentine’s Day gift.
- Sometimes the most romantic thing is a perfectly cooked steak: 48% are picking their dining destination based on the quality of the food, while only 29% are looking for romantic atmosphere. One in five diners are returning to an old-favorite spot.
And true to that last note, my husband and I will be dining at one of our favorite restaurants in the city, that happens to have amazing food and a romantic setting. Of course, I’m not going to tell you the name until after February 14 – tables fill up fast and I want to make sure we get a spot.
Read more results from the survey on the Zagat Blog.
When she isn’t looking for an excuse to go out to dinner – Valentine’s Day or not – Marsha can be found at Sweatpantsmom.com
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