There are many different types of restaurants to choose from, but if you’re looking for a romantic atmosphere these tips will help you make the appropriate selection.
Not All Restaurants Are Created Equal
Some cafes are geared strictly for the in and out lunch crowd who are trying to get in for a quick but filling lunch on a short working lunch break. Other eating places cater more towards first dates or romantic encounters with dim lighting and romantic atmosphere. And somewhere in between is the vast array of restaurants that offer everything from exotic foreign foods to good old fashion American comfort foods.
If you’re looking for a bistro or a romantic date a good place to start is with word-of-mouth referrals. Usually, these types of diners tend to be more high-end and require reservations in advance to get into. So if you are considering this as an option for a first date you need to start making plans well in advance to ensure you will get in.
So how do you know what to look for in a romantic restaurant? The first thing you want to have is the atmosphere. The proper romantic atmosphere can go a long way towards creating romantic feelings in your date towards you. Dim lighting with candles and soft music playing in the background can create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere to get to know each other better.
Menu quality and variety are just as important as atmosphere when it comes to picking the right eatery. Many a cafe has been made or broken by the quality and skill set of their chef. Stay away from foods that are exotic unless you know for a fact that this is a type of food your date likes. If your date is not into French food it sets a poor tone for the night if you go to a French restaurant. It’s better to find out ahead of time what types of food they like or don’t like and pick a place to eat that fits the appropriate atmosphere as well as offering the appropriate fare of food.
If it’s at all possible get familiar with what the restaurant has to offer on their menu before you go there. Find out what the diner specializes in so you can steer your date accordingly towards foods you know she will enjoy. And no romantic dinner would be complete without something special to drink. If you’re interested in selecting an alcoholic beverage such as wine to go with your meal make sure you do your research ahead of time so you can order something that is appropriate for the meal and enjoyable to your taste.
And finally, it’s always a good idea to make sure you bring cash to pay your bill. You never know when you will encounter a problem using your debit or credit card, ruining your evening and creating stress and embarrassment. Cash, however, is never rejected and there’s never any problem playing with it.
With a little research and planning ahead your date should go off without a hitch. At least as far as dinner goes, the rest of the night is up to you.