(Closed) Do/would you eat at a restaurant alone?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you? Would you?
    Never : (38 votes)
    16 %
    I do sometimes : (127 votes)
    53 %
    I'd consider it : (30 votes)
    13 %
    I love doing this : (45 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    359 posts
    Helper bee

    I do it often.  I take a book, order myself a glass of wine, get what I want and enjoy.  I actually find it very relaxing!

    Post # 4
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    4442 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @Pinkmoon:  I definitely do this, especially in a city where you don’t know anyone — who cares?!  I love it because um…. I love food 😉

    Post # 5
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    5481 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I enjoy a nice meal alone from time to time.  I take a book or something to occupy myself.  I really, really like not having to share my dessert 🙂

    Post # 6
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    904 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

    I’ve eaten alone at restaurants before, I only do it when I absolutely have to, or want to. If I was you I wouldn’t even care is like amini vaca for you! Good Luck on ur trip and enjoy!

    Post # 7
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    45395 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Pinkmoon:  I used to travel for work and ended up eating alone many times. It didn’t bother me at all.

    Some cities have resturants that feature long or community tables where those who choose to can dine with other guests rather than dine alone. You could check the Houston Chowhounds board if you are interested in that or just for recommendations on great places to eat.

    Post # 8
    Member
    2196 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I do sometimes, It’s not my favorite but it’s not that bad. Usually when I’m working or at school and want something tasty for lunch. I usually just bring a book/tablet/phone.

    Post # 9
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    8044 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I don’t do it very often, but it’s somewhat empowering when I do. It feels odd at first, but no one cares.. and I just say to myself “screw it.. I am having a good meal, company or no company!!” lol.

    Post # 10
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    4375 posts
    Honey bee

    Yup, I like doing this. It give me time to think, or read, or just watch people.

    Post # 11
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    220 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I do that too when I’m by myself for classes, and I enjoy it just fine as long as it’s not a super fancy restaurant. It’s not as weird as that episode of Friends makes it out to be! I’m just always prepared with a book or something, or just pass the time looking up things on my phone. Yay, no meal judgement!

    Post # 13
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    1573 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I wouldn’t say that I do it often, and sometimes I get self-conscious but I don’t mind it. When I travel for work, it’s typically just me. I try to make friends with people, but I also don’t want to butt in on their plans. Typically for conferences, people eat lunch together (and there is often a buffet breakfast over the course of an hour plus). Dinners are typically on your own (at least for most of teh ones I attend). I typically bring along a book or a magazine. If I am at a sushi joint (and I do that way too often when in California), I try to sit at teh sushi bar – I’ve actually made friends that I still talk to 3 years later that way! 

    If you use Yelp, you can go on to find stuff in the city you’ll be at. I’ve even posted asking for requests (don’t be general and say “I’ll be in town. I like food” but maybe some things you like and don’t like – I typically specify that I don’t like to seek out chains whe I’m out of town, unless they’re local. And then a few types of food that I like. Some people have offered to meet up with me, but go at your own discretion. One night I went out for drinks with some of teh hotel staff! That was waaaaay too fun!) I don’t have an e-reader, but tend to bring a book or magazine (if it’s a conference, I like to bring a magazine so it’s not all SERIOUS-SERIOUS all week) or my lap top if i want to try to get some work done/play around.

    Post # 14
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    2626 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Pinkmoon:  I love it, I agree with the PPs take a book and order a nice glass of wine. You might not even need the book if you sit at the bar, there will probably be several other people on business trips who won’t mind striking up a convo.

    Post # 15
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    753 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I tend to only do it if I know the restaurant has a bar that I can sit at. I feel more comfortable sitting at the bar, by myself eating than in a big booth. It took me a reallllly long time to even be able to do that. Otherwise I’ll call and order for carryout and then go back to my house and eat. 

    Post # 16
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    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I am right now!

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