One of the biggest stigmas I faced was going to eat in
restaurants alone. Sure, I’d make dates with my male friends to go out, but
often I was on my own.
One of the ways that made eating out alone easy was
frequenting the same restaurant often. Once a week, or a couple of times a
Getting to know the waitresses, managers and owners of where
I ate was a big boost in my circle of friends (or at least the people I could
talk to socially) and made me less conspicuous (I felt) seated alone.
Getting to know the menu and picking favorite meals made
several restaurants feel like home, comfortable places to slip into on days
when I didn’t have a date and didn’t want to be alone at home with my macaroni
Other dining out alone pointers to keep in mind:
- Always remember to tip well. That helps your server’s
memory and will improve your service on successive visits.
- Memorize your servers names, and other staff as best as
- If the restaurant isn’t too large or busy, find out the
name of the chef, possibly even tipping him/her for an especially well prepared
- Prepare to eat earlier or later than the ‘dining out
crowd’ so you can get better, unhurried, service. This will also allow you
‘small talk’ time with your servers and other available staff, once you become
a regular customer.
And most importantly, enjoy the food and the people that
work where you eat. Don’t accept one without the other.
© 2005 Robert Lee
About the author
TheReachOnline.com's head editor had 7 years of the single lifestyle before finding the right lady and marrying at 35. Being single is not a curse. It’s time granted to complete your personal goals and prepare yourself for life with someone else.
About the author
TheReachOnline.com's head editor has branched into the advice area. He's
prepared to offer opinions and advice for your personal, relationship and
lifestyle conundrums. While he is not a professional councilor, Rob has been
around the block and does like to share from his vast experiences.