Dinner dates are a big part of romance and love.
It’s a special date that brings two new lovers closer, and rekindles the love in a seasoned romance.
When you’re in a new relationship, you may want to spend an evening at the swankiest restaurant in town just to make every moment special.
And when you’re in an older romance, you may want to try every new restaurant together to keep the relationship exciting and new.
But no matter how you decide to enjoy a dinner date or what your intentions are, you need to understand what it takes to make a dinner date perfect.
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Romantic dinner date ideas
Most of us have forgotten what a dinner date is all about these days.
It isn’t just about fancy restaurants or showing off to each other.
There’s a lot more to a dinner date than just splurging money.
A dinner date is all about love.
It’s about enjoying each other’s company and basking in the warm glow of love on a pleasant night.
A romantic dinner date can be fun, exotic, adventurous, cheap or even expensive, but what really matters in a successful dinner date is how well both of you connect with each other, and how much fun the night was.
If you can have a memorable and romantic night with each other, then you’ve definitely succeeded in planning a perfect dinner date. [Read: How to plan a perfect date by involving your lover]
13 dinner date ideas to feel the love
Here are 13 romantic dinner date ideas that are unique and fun, and most definitely memorable and romantic.
If you’re bored of the regular routine, try these date ideas. You may just end up having a lot of fun with each other.
#1 A home cooked meal. If you’re a good chef, show off your culinary skills by inviting your date over for dinner at home. This isn’t a good option for a first date because the setting can be rather personal and may lead to the bedroom eventually, but for any other date, it gives you a chance to let your date know how special they are to you. [Read: Sexy tips to dress for sex when your date comes home]
If you don’t have your own recipes, follow a cookbook and prepare something your date will enjoy. This is a simple and easy date, and depending on your culinary skills, you can make a memorable impression too.
#2 A long drive and dinner. Someone once said that the journey is far more important than the destination. If both of you have some time on your hands, head out early in the evening to a great place an hour or so away from your area code. Enjoy the views, have wonderful conversations along the way, and you’ll be able to create a memory that’ll be unique and gossip-worthy. And just a word, this can be a wonderful lunch date idea too. [Read: 12 second date tips and 10 third date tips to build the romance perfectly]
#3 Candlelight dinner in the backyard. You can have dinner at a restaurant and sit down for dessert together in your backyard, or you can have food delivered home and go the whole nine yards. Light candles in your backyard and place a few candles on a small cozy table where both of you can sit down close, share food or dessert and have a long conversation about the new romance.
#4 A standup comedy show and dinner. If you’re not too great with your conversation skills or feel nervous, this may be an acceptable first date option *just as long as you do speak and both of you get to know each other*. [Read: 60 get-to-know-you questions for a new relationship]
But for any other date too, a standup comedy dinner date can give both of you a lot of laughs and a good time. Just make sure you wrap the date up by going somewhere cozy for dessert so you don’t forget the romance in all that fun.
#5 Karaoke nights. This one is just perfect to create a completely fun and memorable date together. Head out to a karaoke bar, watch several other bad singers bray out of tune, laugh at them together, have lots of drinks, have dinner, join the list of bad singers by singing at the top of your voice, and don’t forget to serenade your lover while you’re at it. It’ll definitely leave both of you with a lot of hilarious memories that’ll only bring both of you closer.
#6 Live music. Live music can be a perfect accompaniment for a romantic dinner. Pick a restaurant with live jazz or soulful blues, or any kind of music that makes both of you feel relaxed and sexy at the same time. With the buzz of a few drinks in the air, both of you will feel really cozy and romantic in the warm, soft glow of the dim lights and the smooth music resonating around you. [Read: The perfect way to enjoy a movie date with your new lover]
#7 Cook your own food restaurants. These restaurants aren’t the first choice for lazy diners, but for a romantic date? Well, this can be just perfect! You get to cook for each other, have loads of laughs while preparing the food, and enjoy a wonderful unique experience that can easily stretch for a few hours without the worry of date conversations that may leave one of you feeling awkward. This can be a perfect date to bond and interact without any difficulties, however shy you may be.
#8 Take a pizza and go somewhere nice. This is as simple as it gets. No fuss, no problems, and all memories. Dress up in regular casuals, pick up a pizza along the way and head out to a romantic place, be it a cliff or a calm street with a view of the playgrounds.
Sometimes, even just sitting in a park with a pizza and a drink and watching others pass by can make everything around both of you seem so idyllic and blissful. [Read: The 5 perfect questions you always need to ask on a date]
#9 Unconventional dinner. Feeling adventurous? Meet up for some good street food. Walk down a food street and eat anything that catches your fancy. It’s junk, well most of it, and that’s what makes it so much fun! It doesn’t matter if it’s a food truck, a tiny burger joint on the way, or even a cart on the street. But make sure both of you end the date with several scoops of ice cream before heading back home. A heavy dessert always makes the experience so much fun!
#10 Go restaurant hopping. Pick a street with a lot of restaurants next to each other. Don’t have your dinner at just one place, instead go restaurant hopping by having one course in each restaurant. It sounds silly, but you’ll never know just how much fun you can have when you walk from one cuisine to another in a matter of minutes. A drink or two will make the whole think a lot funnier too! [Read: 30 subtle, obvious and sexy flirting tips for girls]
#11 Try something new together. There’s always a new cuisine to try all the time. If both of you haven’t tried a particular cuisine yet, take a chance on something together. The more exotic it sounds, the better the dinner date experience, just don’t forget that. [Read: When should a guy call after a date?]
#12 Order food home and watch a movie. This is calm and simple. Order food home, kick your shoes off, sink into the couch and watch a movie at home. A simple romantic comedy with an even simpler plot work best, because it gives both of you time to talk in between without missing any plot points. Enjoy the food, watch the movie and talk about something now and then. It’s safe, easy and very comfortable. [Read: How to end a date at the perfect time without feeling awkward]
#13 Romantic restaurants. This is a romantic dinner date idea at its very best. It’s very predictable, but also memorable if you pick the perfect restaurant with the perfect ambience. Couple restaurants come with all the works these days, be it mariachis, candlelight or mood music. If you want to sit back with your date, enjoy fine food and drinks and indulge in a footsie under the table, this is the place to be!