How to choose a great first date restaurant

Whether you’ve finally plucked up the courage to meet your Tinder match, or are taking the next steps with your new beau, choosing a restaurant can be a minefield.

So what to do? Here are a few tips.

Stay humble

Don’t try too hard to impress on the very first dinner date. A five-star restaurant on a first date is pretty much setting yourself up for failure – you can only go downhill from there!

Stick to your budget

Don’t go somewhere that you can’t really afford. You don’t want to blow a week’s worth of your salary on someone more interested in their phone than you. (We’ll leave the who-pays-for-what in your hands, though!)

Allergy check

Sure, you might want to share your favourite foods with your date, but taking them to an all-seafood eatery when they’re deathly allergic might put a damper on the date.

Keep it classic

Also, you don’t know their likes and dislikes yet, so keep it classic – unless you’re both foodies, you could run the risk of them turning their nose up at your latest culinary adventure.

Do your research

Either go somewhere you know, or really do your homework - that way you won’t be caught off guard by bad service, terrible ambience or awful food.

Check online reviews for restaurants you’re planning on visiting and look at other diners’ comments about their food or the service.

Do some digging to find out what kind of music they play (karaoke night could either make or break your date!), what the noise levels are like (you don’t want to yell at each other) and how close tables are together (you don’t want to feel like you’re sharing dinner with a strange couple).

Reserve a table

And most importantly, don’t forget to reserve a table! You don’t want to get there only to be faced with a long wait for a table or the prospect of having to settle for your second-choice restaurant.

Gold Reef City has so much choice when it comes to eating out – choose from over restaurants catering to every palate and every wallet. And don’t forget to use your Tsogo Sun Rewards card to enjoy rewards discounts between 10% to 20% off your bill. T’s and C’s Apply.


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