Open Table diners have declared Healdsburg’s Madrona Manor one of the most romantic restaurants in the country.

The Victorian jewel perched on a knoll at the entrance to the Dry Creek Valley was one of only five Bay Area restaurants to make the Top 100 list of romantic dining spots.

The list was culled from  5 million reviews of 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Unlike populist critic websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor, OpenTable allows posts only from people who are verified as actually having dined at the restaurant.

Other Bay Area restaurants making the romantic cut are A Caprice in Tiburon, Acquerello and Fleur de Lys in San Francisco and The Melting Pot in Larkspur.

Inn Manager Kevin West tells Breakaway that there are only a few seats left available for Valentine’s Day — all very early or very late seating. Chef Jesse Mallgren, who has also won for Madrona a coveted Michelin star, is preparing a prix fixe menu with choices like roasted monk fish, Liberty Farms duck, a whole roasted fish for two and onion beloute, a rich and creamy French onion soup with a soft cooked egg. Cost is $98 a person.

Of course, it’s always better if you can extend the intimacy by spending the night. And as of Friday there were still several more rooms available in the 22- room inn.

If you’re not wedded  to celebrating love directly on Valentine’s Day you can save a bundle by cuddling up mid-week. The inn offers two nights for the price of one on weeknights through the end of March. Normal midweek rates run from $220 up to $370 for a suite. If you can only sneak away on weekends, the inn will throw in a Thursday or Sunday night for free if you stay on Friday and Saturday nights this winter. For info and reservations check out


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