An analysis by OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, reveals that reservations for parties of one have grown nationally by 62 percent, making them the fastest growing table party size.
The findings indicate that the stigma surrounding dining solo may be starting to lift and that consumers are eager to savor unique culinary experiences alone. OpenTable’s analysis also showed that among major metropolitan areas, in rank order, Dallas, Miami, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Chicago have experienced the strongest growth in reservations for one.
“As dining out has become one of our national pastimes, solo diners are taking every opportunity to visit top restaurants whenever they get the opportunity, much as they might attend a sporting event or show,” said Caroline Potter, Chief Dining Officer at OpenTable. “Solo dining is about treating yourself to a delicious experience and savoring every bite. From communal and counter seating to doting table service, restaurants are welcoming parties of one with open arms.”
OpenTable also released the Top 25 Restaurants for Solo Diners in U.S. The alphabetical list was generated based on the restaurants most booked for tables of one and the “overall” star-ratings associated with reviews submitted by verified diners as well as restaurant experts’ recommendations.
2015 Top 25 Restaurants for Solo Diners in America
5Church – Charlotte, North Carolina
Atlantic Fish – Boston, Massachusetts
Aureole – New York, New York
Blackbird – Chicago, Illinois
Bimini Twist – Miami, Florida
Church & State – Los Angeles, California
Cinghiale – Baltimore, Maryland
Founding Farmers – Washington, D.C.
Giada- The Cromwell – Las Vegas, Nevada
Gordon Ramsay Steak-Paris Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House – Chicago, Illinois
Juniper & Ivy – San Diego, California
La Chaumiere – Washington, D.C.
Little Bird – Portland, Oregon
Lola – A Michael Symon Restaurant – Cleveland, Ohio
Lüke – New Orleans, Louisiana
Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
Mon Ami Gabi – Las Vegas, Nevada
MUA – Oakland, California
Parc – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Parkside Seafood House – Lafayette, Indiana
Rioja – Denver, Colorado
SkyCity – Seattle, Washington
South City Kitchen Midtown – Atlanta, Georgia
Wine 30 – New York, New York
Diners can read more about the solo dining trend by visiting the OpenTable blog.