Restaurant Guide Features Section For Online Dating

Dining and drinking guidebooks typically separate restaurant listings under sections like “Romantic” or “First Date,” but don’t usually have a separate section for “Online Dating.” Until now.

Marcia Gagliardi (described as San Francisco’s cuisine concierge) writes a foodie e-column called The Tableopper and believes that certain bars and restaurants are more suitable than others for potentially awkward, nerve-wracking meetings among first daters who happened to meet online.

Her new bar and restaurant guide, “The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco: Find the Right Spot for Every Occasion,” provides restaurant recommendations for diners to find the right place for the right occasion, and identifies such places ideal for quick meetings should the need arise to make a speedy exit.

Beyond that, the setting is also critical. It’s important to pick a location that has the right atmosphere – not too romantic, but not too sterile either (and not a Starbucks).  And not too loud either, where you can actually carry on a conversation and decide whether or not you should have stayed home and washed your hair after all, without a lot of people staring at a potential train wreck.

Other categories include: Girls’ Night Out, Dates One, Two, and Three, Bromance, Cheap Date, Late-Night Chow, Flying Solo, and Cocktail Quests, among others.

While this book currently focuses on the Bay Area’s dining and drinking scene, apparently there are plans to roll out the book for other cities as well.

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3 Responses to Restaurant Guide Features Section For Online Dating

  1. PAGE says:

    This is both timely and fun – a great concept – I am always on the look out for Best First Date restaurants, Dates on a Budget and most Romantic /Top Ten Places to Kiss in San Francisco.
    Sign me up – I will keep an eye on this spot!

    Page Larkin SF


  2. Sean Harvey says:

    This is illuminates something that is prone to evolve and change constantly: first date restaurants. Which are best? Most affordable? And who doesn’t want a perfect spot for that first (or second) kiss? I’m in!


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