Dating Know How – Choosing the Right Restaurant for a Dinner Date

You’re a member of Antipodate and you’ve been in touch with someone you really like. You’ve chatted online and had a low-key first date meeting over coffee and muffins. Now you’re planning a dinner date, and wondering which restaurant to choose. Let’s look at a few options that might help you make the best choice.

  • The fanciest spot in town? If you’re considering taking your date to a posh restaurant, you might want to think again. It’s not always the best choice for a first dinner date. If you’re a little nervous about this meeting, complicated menus and wine lists, and attentive waiters hovering might not make for a relaxing evening.
  • A hip diner where you queue before you’re allocated a place? Consider how you’ll pass the time in the queue, or at the noisy communal tables. If you or your date is shy or nervous, this atmosphere could be quite intimidating. And if your date has an impatient streak, he or she probably won’t appreciate standing in a queue.
  • A cosy restaurant? A nice idea, as long as the tables aren’t so close that your private conversation can be overheard by your neighbours.
  • A steakhouse or curry house? A great choice if you’re looking for an informal ambience, but before making a reservation it’s best to check whether your date is vegetarian or has a problem with spicy food.

When you’re just starting to get to know someone, a good restaurant choice can make a huge contribution to your enjoyment of the occasion. When you feel more comfortable together, a stylish or trendy restaurant can be a great dining experience, but for a first dinner date, choosing somewhere that’s cheap and cheerful might make for a more relaxing evening.

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