Valentine's Day tips for dining out with a sweetheart
For many couples it is customary on Valentine’s Day to hire a babysitter for the night and enjoy an evening out on the town. One of the stops on this date night is a romantic dinner for two at a nearby neighbourhood establishment.
Dining out can be the ideal way for couples to enjoy some adult time all alone. However, there are tips to keep in mind when heading to a restaurant on a popular night like Valentine’s Day.
Restaurateurs know that Valentine’s Day is a popular one for dining out. Therefore, it is common for many establishments to mark up certain popular items or offer a fixed-price menu especially for Valentine’s Day diners. Couples can expect to pay anywhere from $60 to $200 on a meal depending on the restaurant.
2. Limited selection
To ensure they have enough food to meet demand, many restaurants will offer a special or limited menu to Valentine’s Day diners. Although this may be convenient to the restaurant staff, individuals who are used to special menu items at a favorite place could find that item is not available on Valentine’s Day.
It’s essential to make reservations at a favorite establishment very far in advance to ensure a seat come Valentine’s Day. It’s unlikely that popular restaurants will have seating for those who simply walk in from the street. Plan and budget for the evening out well in advance to be sure that the restaurant desired will be available.
Plan on packed parking lots or lack of on-the-street parking. Leave the house early to compensate for traffic and the time needed to find a parking space. Many restaurants hire valets for special events, so plan on a tip for individuals who may be parking the car.
5. Save time
Instead of poring over the menu while at the restaurant, go online and see if it can be viewed in advance. This way more time can be spent in conversation instead of reading the menu.
6. Know the dress code
Casual restaurants may employ dress codes for this special night. Be sure to inquire about the dress code before heading out. Gentlemen may have to wear jackets and ladies a dress or pantsuit.
For those who want to save money and explore an alternative this Valentine’s Day, a brunch or lunch out is a nice way to spend time together. It will be less expensive and there are still opportunities for one-on-one time.