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

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you? Would you?

    Never

    I do sometimes

    I'd consider it

    I love doing this

  • Post # 17
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I do this quite often when travelling for work or when DH is out of town. Bring a book, order wine, and sit at the bar!  

    Post # 18
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I used to do it all the time when I was still in school. I would just bring a book and get some reading done.

    Post # 19
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    Bee Keeper

    I don’t eat out a lot just in general, but it woudn’t bother me to do so alone. Maybe if it were somewere really upscale. But nah. Why should it? 🙂

     

    Post # 20
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Yup; I do it.  I do bring a book though, so I’m not 100% confident in solo dining.  I think that servers are generally nicer to people eating by themselves.

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I do it all the time.  Mostly for lunch though.  But I do some travel for work and overnight stays def require a dinner out alone… no way I am eating room service!  It’s not my favorite thing and I think it’s boring as all get out but I do it and it’s fine. 

    Post # 22
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    Sugar bee

    @Pinkmoon:  I personally like eating out by myself. You don’t have to make conversation and it’s almost peaceful to just sit there and enjoy your food alone.

    Post # 23
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I do it, and I enjoy it 🙂

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I did it more often before moving in with Fiance. But if I’m alone and want to go somewhere and no one wants to go with – sure, I’ll go by myself. Bringing a book (or e-reader) sounds like a great idea. Enjoy the yummy food houston has to offer!

     

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have at the restaurant where I work, but there’s usually a throng of co-workers who stop by to talk. I don’t really like to go out and eat alone, but if push came to shove, I’d take a book or something.

    Post # 26
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

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    @Pinkmoon:  What kind of food do you like? I grew up in Houston and am bemused that someone is so excited to go there, lol.

    ETA: Oops, forgot to address the question of the thread. I neither love nor hate eating out alone. If I am eating alone, I prefer to have a book, laptop, and/or smartphone with me since otherwise I can get bored just sitting by myself. Oh unless I’m eating a sports bar/pub and can watch the game(s)!

     

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee

    I love dining alone, I’ve traveled a lot for work in the past and I never wanted to be holed up in my hotel and the habit just crossed over into my regular life. I enjoy reading books/magazines to pass the time whilst I wait for my food but sometimes I just love the “me time” to bask in the people watching and ambience of a great restaurant.

    To boost my confidence should I ever feel a twinge of funny I aim to look extra fabulous when I’m dining alone. I’m also extremely gracious to the waitstaff and I tip really well because I’m usually taking up a “two-top” table.

    Post # 29
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

    Nope, never.  I can’t even go to the movies alone.  I’m way too self-conscious.

    Post # 30
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Pinkmoon:  The BEST part of going to conferences is trying out new restaurants alone! I like to sit at the bar of nicer places and chat with the bartender. When dining at a table alone I bring a book. When my husband goes out of town, I’ll occasionally dine out solo too. So luxurious! ETA: If you go to a fancy or very popular place, I’ve found they are especially kind to solo diners. Even restaurants that are impossible to get reservations at in big cities treat you like GOLD when you dine alone.

    Post # 31
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    This is very common when you travel for business.  I’ve done it a few times.  The first time I was self conscious, but that feeling didn’t last long as soon as I realized lots of people do it.

    I usually sit at the bar and chat with the other patrons or bartender.  I’ve managed to meet some wonderful people and it’s gotten to the point where I enjoy it

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