On A First Date: Five Things To Consider Before Choosing A Restaurant

November 30, 2017

First dates are the make or break moments for most people seeking lasting relationships. A lot of anxiety comes when choosing a restaurant for a first date. Your choice will unconsciously tell your date the kind of person you are. You need to be very choosy in order to make a great first impression. First impressions are lasting impressions.

The choice can be difficult to make especially if you are not sure what your date likes or does not like. However, you can choose a simple but memorable date that anyone would like despite his or her preferences. Greater London restaurants have great features that can entice you. You could consider the following for a memorable first date:

The budget

Good food and environment does not have to be costly. When choosing a restaurant for a first date, it is important to check the ones that you can afford. You do not want to get a large bill that you cannot foot after a simple meal for two. This can leave you in debts and create a wrong impression on your date. If you have sufficient time before the date, you can plan appropriately and save up for the same.

Background music

A noisy restaurant will only make you two shout in order to be heard. This is not the best environment to get to know someone you want to date. Romantic music should however not be overdone. It is too aggressive on a first date. Leave that for couples.

The lighting fixtures

You do not want too much light that blinds you, neither do you want dim light that you can barely see your food or partner. Just enough light makes you comfortable and sets the mood for the rest of the date.

Available dishes

You need to be wise in this area. Some restaurants offer specialised food like say Greek, Ethiopian, Italian, Turkish and the likes while some are just general. On the first date, the attention is on the two of you and not the food. On the other hand, the food is part of the date and therefore it has to be great. This means you will have to avoid foods that need attention like big burgers, fried chicken, crabs among others. The food needs to go in without interruption as your date focuses on you.

Most romantic restaurants serve excellent food. Italian and Mediterranean food will be a good pick for a first date Marcus Joseph Debaise. A glass of divine wine afterwards will make it even more superb.

The service in the restaurant

Imagine going to a restaurant and waiting for more than fifteen minutes without anybody coming to ask what you want or how they may help you. You certainly do not want this on your first date. It can kill the mood.

Choose restaurants where you have excellent and warm service. A smile from the waiters makes the food even more enticing. Excellent service may also make this restaurant a special part of you two. You can check them out at Gourmetguide.co.uk.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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5 thoughts on “On A First Date: Five Things To Consider Before Choosing A Restaurant

  1. Ellie Davis

    I liked that you mentioned good food and the environment do not have to be costly. My brother is looking for advice about how to choose a good restaurant for a date, and we are looking for information. I will let him know about your recommendations to find a great restaurant for his date.

  2. rachel frampton

    I’m quite nervous because I’ll have my first date next week and we still have no restaurant that we can go to. I’ll keep in mind to choose a restaurant that consists of jazz music or lounge texture in the background. I also hope that there will be a Cuban restaurant that has all the qualities that you’ve mentioned.

  3. Derek McDoogle

    I found it interesting when you said that when choosing a restaurant for a first date, it is important to check the ones that you can afford. My son told me that he just met a girl and that he would like to take her out for dinner but he hasn’t decided which restaurant to take her since eats super healthy. I will recommend him to look for a place where they serve Kosher food or something that he might know already that she likes.

  4. Kristofer Van Wagner

    You make an excellent point about being mindful of the type of food that a restaurant serves, especially when we are out on a first date. My son is taking his high school crush out for dinner this Friday night and she loves Asian cuisine. I will advise my son to look read the online reviews of the service and the food that the Asian restaurant offers while reminding him that the food should not distract him from his date.

  5. Alicia Byrne

    I absolutely agree with you that going to a restaurant that has good service can actually help set the mood for a date. My friend is looking for recommendations for restaurants to bring the girl he likes on a date. I will definitely advise him to look for one that has a good reputation for providing top-notch service on top of good food so that they both have the best day of their lives.


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