Chocolates might be the No. 1 gift on February 14, but everyone knows that dinner dates are quintessential to Valentine's Day. And while some may argue that nothing beats a night in with a bottle of wine (and we'd tend to agree), that 53 percent of couples will be going out for a romantic meal. But the toughest part about this is that the average expected tab on Valentine's is a whopping $170.53.
This price tag is a 16 percent hike since 2012, when the average bill was $146.42. So what is everyone spending their hard-earned cash on? Seventeen percent of diners are looking for Italian cuisine while 13 percent will choose French. Another 13 percent will be looking for seafood and 11 percent for steak while only 10 percent will opt for American and 7 percent for sushi.
But you don't have to fork over a good chunk of your paycheck for a nice night with your boo. Zagat also reports that, among pollers, the most popular ways to celebrate love include exchanging chocolate and jewelry gifts (27%), cooking a meal at home (16%) and ordering take out (10%). At least you've got options.