ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Choose the Perfect Restaurant for a Date

Updated on March 31, 2020
tommymurata profile image

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:


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)