Nailing a first date is a feat of itself, so choosing what to do on the said date can be nerve-wracking. But a classic dinner date almost never disappoints.

Before you have your heart set on taking your date to that hot spot everyone is Instagramming, you might want to have a list of options based off of both of your interests. With so many places to choose from, use this simple criteria to help get you through the anxiety that is choosing a place.


Sure, planning a surprise romantic dinner at a cute, little seafood-only restaurant is nice, until your date tells you that they hate seafood.

Communication is key when it comes to choosing the type of food you two would like to indulge in. Take pressure off the other person by having a back-up plan or two.


Don’t pick a five-star restaurant if you’re on a two-star budget. If you’re feeling out of place, it starts the date out on the wrong foot. Conversely, if you pick somewhere that you’ve been to before or that shows a little about your creativity and personality, you’ll be that much more ahead of the game.

Try not to feel pressured into taking them to a location that’ll make your credit card balance go into the negatives. Understanding what you realistically can and can’t afford automatically makes your restaurant search easier, and an honest person right off the bat.


The energy of an environment can make or break the night. Do something you’ll actually enjoy and that helps the date go smoothly. Bonus points if it’s a shared commonality.

If you know that the person you’re courting is a jokester who likes to have fun, it wouldn’t make total sense to take them to a fancy place with a ton of rules and regulations (e.g., having to wear a tux/dress with heels, no loud talking, etc.)

You should pick something that is equal distance for both of you, and a central enough of a location that getting home is painless. This applies to meeting each other there, or either of you picking the other one up.

Of course it would be nice to show off and plan a great night out with delicious food at a stellar place, but if it’s too far out of the way, it’s not worth it for the first date.


Don’t be that person who walks into a restaurant assuming that you’ll automatically get a table for two at 7:45 on a Friday night. Call ahead and see if you can book a reservation — better safe than sorry!

Take your time and do your research when looking at user-based review sites — don’t nix a restaurant based off the first review you read, and take everything with a grain of salt. It’s a great way to get a general idea as to how the public feels about it.


So go forth, pick what works for you, and good luck!



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