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How to Choose the Perfect Restaurant for a Date

Updated on March 31, 2020
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As Founder of Handbook of Man, Tommy Murata helps men of all ages and backgrounds reach their full potential.

Let’s face it, dating takes work. Even if you’re married, your wife still expects those special date nights to strengthen your relationship. Since the beginning of time (or restaurants), man has faced the monumental task of choosing a restaurant. It seems like it should be easy, yet it makes us want to tear our hair out sometimes. Well, fret no longer, because I’m providing invaluable tips that will ensure your success on your next date.

First, let’s discuss the most important factor – what type of woman you’re taking on a date. Is this your wife, serious girlfriend, or first-date you met on Tinder? If it’s an anniversary, you need to drop some cash and take her someplace classy. If it’s a first date, you should not take her to an expensive restaurant, but someplace that is casual and affordable. Taking her to a fancy restaurant makes it look like you’re trying too hard to impress her. She hasn’t earned that yet.

Another important consideration is the type of woman you’re taking out. Is she a high-maintenance woman who is used to nice things, or is she someone who is laid back and happy to eat wherever you take her? If she’s hard to impress, definitely take her someplace that’s a bit fancier, but don’t overdo it (unless it’s your significant other).

There are many other factors to consider before choosing a restaurant:

Budget

You shouldn’t spend money you don’t have (aka credit card). Don’t be a cheapskate, but also don’t overextend yourself to impress a woman. There are plenty of affordable options if you take the time to do some research.

  • Sort by price ($$) on review sites like Yelp
  • Look at menu prices of individual restaurants
  • Ask for affordable suggestions from friends who frequently go out to eat

Cuisine

What type of food does she like? If you’re not sure, ask her. You can choose the restaurant, but make sure she will be eating food that she enjoys, otherwise, you won’t be enjoying the date. There’s nothing worse than taking a woman to a sushi bar if she hates fish.

Dietary Restrictions

More important than preference are the types of food she can actually eat. If she’s allergic to shellfish, you should probably avoid Red Lobster. Food allergies are something you need to ask about before choosing a restaurant.

Some women aren’t allergic to certain types of food, but they do adhere to a strict diet. Vegetarians, vegans, and women on special diets such as keto have limited options. This makes your job harder, so be sure the menu has a variety of foods she can choose from.

Reservations

Many restaurants now have a no-booking policy, which means you can’t make a reservation. Taking a gamble and hoping you get a table quickly is a recipe for disaster. Don’t keep her waiting, book a table at a restaurant that takes reservations.

Atmosphere

For a romantic date, be sure to choose a restaurant that is cozy and not too noisy. The goal of the evening is to converse and enjoy each other’s company without having to yell across the table. If your date is someone who enjoys entertainment, consider a place that has TVs, pool tables, trivia, etc.

Transportation

Are you picking her up or meeting her there? Is there a garage or street parking? What happens if you drink too much and have to leave your car overnight? These things should be taken into consideration. Hopefully, your goal is to leave together at the end of the night, so plan accordingly.

Choosing a restaurant doesn’t have be the stressful situation most men make it out to be. Apply what you learned above, do your research, and you’re guaranteed to have a night to remember.

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    • dashingscorpio profile image

      dashingscorpio 

      12 months ago from Chicago

      Sound advice!

      "You shouldn’t spend money you don’t have (aka credit card). Don’t be a cheapskate, but also don’t overextend yourself to impress a woman." - Very true!

      Ultimately who you are with is always more important than where you go. Two people are into each other will have a great time at just about anyplace they go to. Naturally it helps to know what type of food your date likes as well as having your "favorite" restaurants. Sometimes women want to know {your} taste.

      It's probably a good idea to never take a "first date" to a restaurant neither of you have ever been to and enjoyed before. First dates can be awkward enough on their own without adding more uncertainty. At the very least read reviews before choosing.

      When people are in their "comfort zone" they tend to relax and enjoy themselves much more. Another option is to cook her a meal! (A bottle of wine, candlelight, fireplace, and music...)

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