Post # 1
So I’m all on my own tonight for dinner.
There’s a great restaurant near the house. I was planning on just getting take out from there, but now I’m thinking it might be more fun to go and eat at the restaurant/have a beer/ relax.
I went out to lunch alone a few days ago, and it was nice (great view, great weather, etc) but I feel like dinner out alone is different.
So, do you go out to restaurants by yourself? If you do, do you go with a safety blanket (i.e. book)? Do you avoid it at all costs?
Also, what do you think when you see someone eating out at a restaurant by themselves?
Post # 3
If I have something to read I’m perfectly happy to go to dinner alone. Sometimes it’s nice to have a little peace and quite/alone time but still be surrounded by people.
Post # 4
@KatNYC2011: I’ve never eaten at a restaurant by myself.. 🙁 My family made meals, especially dinner “social time” in our house so I get super sad when I have to eat by myself. Even if Fiance isn’t home, I have to eat with my dogs. I pour them some kibble and put their bowls by the table. I am weird. I wait to take my breaks at work so I can time them with someone else’s. I don’t think I could ever get a table for one without shedding tears lol.
Post # 5
I am extremely shy, so I would never want to go places alone where people might look at me. But to be honest, I would never notice or think bad of somebody I saw doing it themselves. Wouldn’t give a lone diner a second thought. Double standard? So I say, go for it. 🙂
Post # 6
Yes and I don;t have any issues with it. I don’t bring anything to entertain myself as I’m going there to eat, not to do other things. Not to mention, I used to be one of the shyest creatures on the planet and always had to have people with me.
There is a crapton of stuff that people need to learn how to do on their own with no one else in attendance and get over their fear/shyness. Eating out is one of them because there are times when you want/need to do things but you don’t have the privilege of company going along.
Post # 7
I don’t do it often but I always enjoy the alone time when I do. I never really bring a book or anything with me either, lol for some reason it feels rude even though I’m not with anyone.
Post # 8
I couldn’t do it. I’m would feel so awkward.
Post # 9
I haven’t before but I wouldn’t be opposed to going. I’d probably take a book though but that’s just my personality! I say go for it!
Post # 10
I’ve only gone to lunch alone if I had a break in betweeen classes. I felt awkward then so I’m not sure how I’d feel if I went to dinner alone.
Post # 11
I agree with @Aure, I couldnt do it at all, way too awkward.
Post # 12
I go for dinner by myself whenever Darling Husband has a night out with the guys, and I really enjoy it. There are a few restaurants I like that he’s not all that fond of, so it’s a great opportunity to go to one of them and enjoy a dish I haven’t had in a while.
Sometimes I’ll bring a book or my Nintendo 3DS, or play on my iPhone for something to do while I’m waiting for the food, but I’m just as happy without. I enjoy “people watching”. If I let my mind wander I’ll often come up with ideas for craft designs or music and jot them down to remember for later.
Whenever I see someone eating by themselves, if they don’t look upset or antsy I always just assume they’re the lone wolf type like me who enjoys the occasional solo outing. I go to movies by myself all the time too and I know a lot of people who really enjoy doing that as well.
Post # 13
I travel a lot for work and when I’m out of town, I often go to restaurants by myself. I usually sit at the bar and watch TV or go on the internet from my Blackberry. Occasionally I strike up a conversation with the bartender or another customer. It’s not too bad, but I would prefer to go out with other people.
Post # 14
If it doesn’t bother you I say go for it 🙂 I’ve only done it at lunch time but I’d do it, though I probably would bring a book or something.
Post # 15
Trying to rack my brain…yeah, I’ve done it. But mostly when traveling. I’ve never done it here though for dinner. But I see nothing wrong with it. I purposely have late lunch so I don’t have to eat with people. I love going to the movies alone and I love going shopping alone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a very social person, it’s just that there are some things I actually love doing alone. So yeah, I’d go have dinner alone. I’d read a book, if I wanted to. But only while waiting for the meal. It’s NYC, lots of people watching to partake in 🙂
Post # 16
I love it but dont do it often . I normally sit at the bar and get work done on my ipad and have a beer.