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Romantic dinner ideas

Updated on May 5, 2015

There are so many awesome parts about romantic dinners!

  • It's fun to dress up, look good and have the chance to impress your dinner date. (It's also a good excuse to shop!)
  • It's nice to feel rich for a night
  • Treat yourself with good food

There are also so many occasions to enjoy a good, fancy dinner, whether for dances, dates, family, anniversaries, or even just friends. You can try a variety of different restaurants for a change or you can stick with what you know and love.

Read my ideas for how to make dinner with your beloved very special.

Make it fancy and don't skimp on what's important

It's a special occasion, so why not make it apparent? Once-in-a-blue-moon occasions can be savoured and thus seem all the more important. Order the wine, get that appetizer that looks delicious, and don't feel guilty about getting dessert.

Learn about your date's favorite things... or try something new!

What's his or her favorite foods? Places to go? Show that you listen and that you care by learning what they like and incorporating it in the dinner. If you know what your date likes to eat, you can even try ordering beforehand and having it served when you are seated for dinner (though I usually like to order for myself!).

Or expose your date to something different (but not too different or extreme - be sure to check what it's all about first so that something unexpectedly bad doesn't happen!).

Surprise, surprise

A fancy dinner can be even more fun when you're not expecting it! Get a good recommendation for a dinner spot (far enough in advance), make a reservation, buy some flowers, and pick up your date for a night to remember!

For one dinner, my date had picked up flowers and brought them to the restaurant beforehand so that they were sitting on the table when we arrived. I was thrilled!

Go somewhere exciting...

It might be distracting, but the allure is catching at a restaurant overlooking the beach, on the top floor of the great skyscraper downtown, at the quaint town a bit of a drive away, or even at the Rainforest Cafe (well, maybe not the Rainforest Cafe). It's fun and new and often beautiful or enchanting and different. Different is romantic and daring.

...Or try someplace commonplace

You can go outside on the apartment balcony, have a picnic in the park, or go to In-N-Out (that's where my friends and I went for prom). It might seem like no fun, but it really is; that way you can focus on your date and on conversation, and not worry about your pocketbook.

Making dinner yourself can be a great option! Just make sure to have the right d├ęcor... and also make sure you know how to cook! Find romantic dinner recipes here.

Don't forget to be a good date

Remember your manners! Pull out the chair for your date, put the napkin on your lap, and so on. And be sure to listen and be good company - put the cell phone away! Nothing makes me happier than having all of the attention on myself :)

Make after-dinner plans

Why should the night end after dinner? Plan on a movie, take your date out for an ice cream cone, go for a walk (somewhere safe and lovely)... or whatever floats your boat...!

Share your romantic dinner ideas!

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    • explorations profile image


      6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Great post Glassvisage, Hope you don't mide me linking to this post from my latest Hub was a great fit.

    • howcurecancer profile image


      7 years ago

      I like the hints for a romantic dinner...and the fortune cookie idea!

    • deblipp profile image


      7 years ago

      I love a picnic/outdoor romantic dinner.

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      8 years ago

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    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Northern California

      Great advice! Thanks for your comments!

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      8 years ago

      My wife and I recently got married and decided from the beginning to make sure we have a weekly date night. She has a son that's 2-1/2 and I have a son that's 20 years old. Every Tuesday is date night. The oldest goes to his mother's and the youngest spends the night with her parents.

      Dinners may be a night on the town or dinner and a movie at home. The nights out are planned by me as I know what she likes and plan accordingly. I make sure she has to do nothing but be ready to go. A night at home is us cooking together then lady's choice for the movie.

      The key for us is to not let the rest of the world hone in on our time together like it always seems to do the rest of the week. Tuesday nights are our nights together unless the little guy is sick and needs attention. He has to come first and does.

      Set aside one night every week then stick to it. This helped my mother-in-law and father-in-law maintain a 35 year marriage.

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      8 years ago from Who knows?

      Some cute ideas here... I need to learn how to cook!

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      8 years ago

      Me too, it really does mix things up and bit and make it not so boring. Plus it shows how they r thinking about you. My boyfriend took me on a romantic picnic by the lake that i will never forget. I completely agree with the makeup. Maybe we should draw a line for modeling and halloween vs. real life?

    • adorababy profile image


      8 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I totally agree. Romantic dinners spice up a relationship. It a chance to put your best self forward. I think for anybody to be in a relationship, he or she should make an effort to have romantic dinners once in a while.

    • couponalbum profile image


      8 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      Really nice hub! Like the ideas very much. Dating with someone is really fun and ONLINE DATING can also be cool idea. I have a hub on online dating. Joined your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine.

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks everyone, and thanks for sharing that site, Peter!

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      9 years ago

      It’s a great article. I loved to read it. Last night I was searching for some good feelings sharing sites on internet and suddenly I found an awesome site for sharing our feelings. If anybody wants to do then just visit and post their feelings like me in this site.

    • Lena M. profile image

      Lena M. 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      I'm all for the cheesy slow music and the cheesy slow dance.

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      9 years ago

      Makeup is fine as long as the girl doesn't over do it - which a lot of girls do for some unknown reason.

      I like any beach idea, or whipping up a meal yourself for your special lady. I'm one of the few guys I know who loves to cook - I could watch food network any time of day, haha. The science lover in me relates to Alton Brown more than anyone on that network... but I love Giada too... she's like the perfect girl, cute little Italian who can cook. That's all it takes for me!

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Northern California

      Haha! Men say they don't care about makeup, but sometimes it certainly doesn't hurt :)

    • byee profile image


      10 years ago

      Cute hub =). My husband and I both enjoy it when I blow-dry my hair all nice and put on smokey eye shadow when we want to spend an evening together.


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