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This year Zagat, the original go-to guide for restaurant reviews, released its first-ever Valentine's Day Dining Survey, which examined how we're planning to spend the holiday. More than 600 people throughout the U.S. were surveyed.
For restaurants, Valentine's Day is one of the biggest nights of the year, but according to responders only 44 percent of the people surveyed plan on dining out, with 38 percent preferring a quiet night in. (If you're planning to dine at home, check out our romantic dinner recipes.)
Those who do plan on dining at a restaurant are going to make it count with an average meal for two coming in at $147, nearly double what average diners spend on less romantic evenings. To help bolster that bill, 45 percent of those surveyed plan on dropping big bucks on a pricey bottle of wine to accompany the meal.
Even though prime Valentine's Day reservations are notoriously hard to score, only a piddling 17 percent of people had the foresight to book a month in advance. And when it comes to planning where to enjoy that special meal, food trumps ambiance with nearly half of the survey's respondents choosing a good menu over soft lighting and tuxedoed waiters.
Finally, those with old-fashioned sensibilities will be happy to know that when the check comes only 11 percent of couples opt to split the bill.