A first date is very important. After all, it's the only opportunity you will get to make a lasting first impression. If you've been tasked with the duty of picking the restaurant for the first date, make sure you go about the process the right way. Learn some of the tips and tricks you can use to wow your date with your choice.
Refer to a Guide
When it comes to a restaurant, there is often more than meets the eye. For example, you might think the location serves a standard menu of Indian cuisine.
However, once you arrive, you might learn that the restaurant is an Indian-American blend. If you're not into the type of food, the entire date could be thrown off. Restaurant dining guides are fantastic because they give you a closer look at the restaurant without you having ever to leave the comfort of your home. Some restaurant guides also offer reviews, which is equally helpful.
Know Their Personality
While you might not know the person that well if you have asked them on a date, you probably have at least some idea what their personality is like. Use what you know to help you choose the ideal place for dinner. For example, if your date doesn't seem like much of an adventurer, trying a restaurant with an eclectic menu might not be the best option.
If your date is more on the sophisticated side, a small restaurant with great food, but much to be desired in terms of looks, might not be a great option. Use their personality as a guide to ensure both of you are equally comfortable.
Think About the After
Does your date just include dinner or is dinner only the start of your time together? If you have another activity planned after the meal, choose the restaurant with the activity in mind. Say you plan to have dinner and then take a walk along a 3.5-mile trail around downtown, for example. In this scenario, you probably don't want to plan a meal at a hearty buffet.
The two of you are likely to have more food on your stomach, which might make the walk less desirable. A restaurant that offers light options, such as salads and soups might be the better option given this scenario. If your activity after dinner is not active-based, any option will probably work.
When it comes to dinner on a date, it's not just food. What and where you eat sets the tone for the entire day. Choose a restaurant for your date wisely.