With a romantic atmosphere, delicious food and high quality service, it’s easy to see why a restaurant is deemed one of the most popular choices when it comes to date destinations. However, in order for your date to be successful, there are a few golden rules you should abide by.
To ensure that your restaurant date ends in romance, here are 5 key tips to help it run smoothly.
1. Be prepared
Sat face to face with your match, it’s easy to see why some singles view restaurant dates as an interview. However, handle the situation well and it’s an intimate opportunity to get to know your date. Be open, prepared to share and have a few questions that you want to ask your date too. There’s nothing worse than an awkward silence, especially at the dinner table.
2. Be clever with the cuisine
A huge rack of ribs smothered in BBQ sauce is oh so good, but definitely not date appropriate. Firstly, there’s a high chance that you’re going to drop the food on your carefully selected outfit. More importantly, there definitely isn’t a sexy way to eat a burger or hot dog. So stay clear of American diners and select your menu choices strategically.
3. Dress appropriately
Considering you’re at a restaurant, there’s no doubt that you’re going to want to eat a good, hearty meal. So don’t wear the tightest, most revealing dress, otherwise that food baby might be making an appearance. Similarly, a food pouch residing underneath your fitted shirt won’t do you any favours.
4. Know your limits
Everyone loves a glass of wine with their meal – who doesn’t enjoy a chilled glass of rose? Usually on a dinner date, you share a bottle of wine with your partner, but that doesn’t mean that you have to finish it. If you’re a lightweight and you know that alcohol goes straight to your head, hold back a little. You want to make a good impression: slurring your words as you drunkenly share the intimate details of your past relationships is unlikely to go down well.
5. Bring enough money to cover you both
Picture the scene – you’re having an amazing dinner. The food, exquisite. The company, delightful. The sparks, flying incredibly high. That is until the waiter brings the bill to your table and all is lost as you both stutter and squabble over who should pay.
There’s great debate on who should pay on dates. ‘She asked me out on the date so she should cover the bill’, ‘well he’s the man so he should pay’. Whatever your stance, don’t expect your date to foot the bill. Take enough to cover you both just in case, and if you can’t afford to pay for yourself, don’t go.
Restaurant dates are a recipe for success, if you pick the right venue and follow these golden rules. Yet to find someone special to take to dinner? Join the fun at FreeAndSingle today and you could be booking a table for two in no time!