More and more couples are responding to schedules that seem to growing fuller and more tightly packed by carving out specific chunks of time for themselves. Wanting to keep the romance alive is a crucial component to any successful marriage, and having some time away from other family members and outside responsibilities is an important way to help make that happen. A romantic dinner is one of the most popular options, and picking the right restaurant can change everything.
Choosing the right location is a bit like pretending to be Goldilocks and opting for the restaurant that is just right. A restaurant that is too casual or family friendly will not allow a couple the time or atmosphere to relax and enjoy themselves. Worse yet, seeing other families out having dinner together might make some of the couples feel guilty, as if they should be sharing this alone time with their kids. On the other side of the coin, a restaurant that prides itself on being fancy can make some people uncomfortable. There is an elevated sense of decorum - some people might call it stuffiness - that these restaurants can have, and if the couple is too busy wondering if they are using the right fork or ordering the wrong wine, they will not be able to relax and enjoy themselves.
Right in the middle of this would be a casual fine dining restaurant, preferably one that is independently owned. Part of what makes date night special is being able to experience something new, and if the menu is the same as where the couple normally goes, the experience will be diminished. The new experience, the uncertainty, creates adrenaline and that helps to fuel the excitement of the evening.
Just as important as the food is the atmosphere. Choosing a restaurant that is driven by the vision of the chef typically means that the staff working the floor is more focused and engaged than people you would find at chain restaurants. This higher level of professionalism not only will help the couple learn more about their menu items, what the ingredients are and what the chef is known for, it also means that the server will better control the flow of service. This will give the couple a chance to linger over a glass of wine before bringing out the appetizer, having the opportunity to talk and be with each other, or maybe spend a few extra minutes savoring every bite of the dessert.
The time that a couple has alone is fleeting and precious, and that is why they need to make every minute count. A surefire way to do that is to make reservations for a romantic dinner for two at a casual fine dining restaurant where they can enjoy the food, the drinks and each other.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer who has been covering the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com