Love-hate relationship

Conflicting reports rank San Antonio among most — and least — romantic cities in U.S.

Conflicting reports name San Antonio most — and least — romantic city

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San Antonio is ranked among the best — and worst — cities for romance. Visit San Antonio/Facebook

Do San Antonians have hearts in their eyes or are they seeing daggers? It depends on who you ask. Recently, Alamo City has landed on several lists gauging the amorousness of U.S. cities, and the results are all over the map.

First, the good news. According to users of OpenTable, San Antonio is one of the most romantic cities in America, and the most romantic city in Texas. The online reservation hub based its rankings on three variables: percentage of restaurants that users rated as romantic, percentage of two-seater tables, and percentage of people in 2017 who dined out for Valentine’s Day.

According to the OpenTable data, Southerners have the most time for romance. Biloxi, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama; and Virginia Beach, Virginia nabbed the top three spots. San Antonio came in at 14, well ahead of Austin (19) and Fort Worth (20), the only other Texas cities to make the list. The site also recently ranked Signature at La Cantera as one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.

San Antonio is also head over heels for love songs. Looking at the most romantic songs streamed per capita, Amazon Music ranked San Antonio No. 5 in its 2018 list of the Top 10 Love Song Capitals, just behind No. 4 Houston.

It’s not clear exactly what factors Amazon considered in selecting what constitutes a love song. The retail giant listed Demi Lovato’s hit “Sorry Not Sorry” as the 2018 most streamed love-related song in America, which may just indicate that a lot of people have been spurned. That certainly seems to be the case in San Antonio, where there are enough ghosts and zombies running about to cast an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

According to a conflicting report from Instacart, San Antonians just aren’t feeling Valentine’s Day this year. For the second year in a row, the online delivery service ranked romance across America based on specific searches on the site. They identified 12 key terms that traditionally spike in the lead-up to February 14, including chocolate, Champagne, strawberries, wine, flowers, and candy. San Antonio landed near the bottom of the list, ranking as the seventh least romantic city in the U.S., just slightly ahead of Houston, No. 8.

So what does it all mean? Some San Antonians are catching Cupid’s arrow at swoon-worthy spots all around town, while some are spending the day letting the air out of their exes’ gas tanks. But as with most things, San Antonians are celebrating Valentine’s Day in their own inimitable style.