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Why Dinner is Still the Ultimate First Date

by Cameron Burke

When you meet someone you like and you want to get to know them better, dating is the only real way to progress. Of course, asking someone to go on a date with you is notoriously daunting, but once you've got that out of the way, you're faced with another potential problem: where to go.

Dating has become more casual lately, with drinks in a popular bar or just going for coffee being popular date choices. But there's an old classic that shouldn't be forgotten, and that's going out for dinner. In fact, dining out might just be the absolute best option for a first date, and here's why.

You can have real conversation

Meeting for some sort of activity can be distracting, and you don't really get to know one another. Coffee shops and bars, on the other hand, can be so noisy that it's difficult to talk properly.

When you go out for dinner, you have just the right amount of intimacy and quietness, without the downsides associated with being totally alone. Some people suggest that dinner is a bad choice because it can become awkward, but if that does happen, at least you know early on that the spark isn't there.

There's a lot of versatility

With so many different types of dining experiences available, you can choose the one you think is just right for the situation. Going out for dinner can be as casual or as fancy and intimate as you like.

There's more invested

Unlike a cheap, quick coffee or a few drinks, when you dine out, you're committed. With more casual date options you can easily leave quickly if you make a negative snap decision, which can mean potentially missing out on getting to know someone better and discovering how much you like them.

You're less likely to drink too much

If you meet in a bar, there's always a risk of getting drunk. Some people, when nervous, find themselves drinking a lot more than they realise — until it hits them, leading to a disastrous evening. Having a bottle of wine with dinner means a few drinks but probably not too many.

Evenings spent in restaurants are romantic

There's just something inherently romantic about dining out of an evening, particularly when compared to an afternoon coffee or a quick lunch date. Don't see the romantic atmosphere as putting pressure on you; instead, think of it as a helping hand to find out if there are feelings worth pursuing with your date.