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Choosing the right restaurant for your dinner party

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Getting together with family and friends for a good meal is a great opportunity to reconnect and share a few laughs. A dinner party at a local restaurant is a lot less stressful for the hosts. There are a number of things to emphasize when looking for the right restaurant to host your dinner party.

Proximity

Whether entertaining family and friends or a business dinner, the restaurant where you will be gathering should be easily accessible to all people who plan to attend. Try to accommodate those guests who don’t drive by choosing a restaurant that’s accessible via public transportation.

Price

Perhaps the only downside to hosting a dinner party at a restaurant is that such gatherings tend to be more expensive than parties at private residences. Hosts should first determine who will be paying the bill. If everyone has agreed to pay their own portion of the bill, this gives you a little more flexibility when choosing a restaurant. If the host intends to pick up the tab for everyone, then you might want to find a nice restaurant with reasonably priced entrees.

If each guest intends to pay for his or her own meal, discuss with guests how much they would like to spend before making a reservation.

Menu

The menu is important for hosts to consider when choosing a restaurant. People adhere to certain diets or lifestyles that restrict what they can and cannot eat, and you will want to find a restaurant that can cater to as many of your guests’ needs as possible. Discuss any dietary restrictions with your guests before you begin the process of finding a restaurant. If the responses are slow to come in, you can still go ahead with your search, but look for restaurants that offer vegetarian and gluten-free fare.

Accessibility

When looking for a restaurant, try to find one that’s easily accessible for any older guests who might not get around as easily as they used to or any guests who might have a disability that requires handicap accessible seating and restrooms. Many restaurants can fill both of these needs, but it’s still up to hosts to ask in advance so all guests have a comfortable evening. The parking lot should not be too far away, but if it is, ask the restaurant manager if valet service is available for those guests who might prefer it.

A dinner party at a restaurant with family, friends or even professional colleagues often makes for an enjoyable evening for guests and hosts alike. But hosts must consider several factors before ultimately choosing where they and their guests will dine.



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