A Gentleman's Guide To Taking A Girl To Dinner

It's the 21st century and a lot of women out there believe that chivalry is well and truly dead. But there are some good guys still alive and kicking. Taking a girl to dinner is a great idea for a date. Here's a gentleman's guide to doing just that.

1. Have a plan.


Plan out the date and don't try and "wing it." Have a good idea in your head of what you want to do - whether that be a drink before dinner or just the meal.

2. Be early / on time.



If you agree to pick her up make sure you get there a couple of minutes early or bang on time. 90% of the girls I've dated are never ready at the agreed time but it's better to be safe than sorry, just in case you're dating a girl in that glorious 10%.

3. Meet her outside.


If you aren't picking her up, and have agreed to meet each other at a bar or restaurant, make sure that you're the first one there. Gentlemen don't keep girls waiting. Also, greet her outside of the bar or restaurant and don't expect her to meet you inside.


4. Show some chivalry.


Chivalry is not dead, but it is definitely draining. Women like to be taken care of and see a man's sweeter side from time to time. Respect and being a gentleman is key. The simple things like opening a door for her and pulling out her chair for her won't go unnoticed.

5. Good dinner conversation.



Avoid awkward or touchy dinner conversations like past boyfriends and stick to your interests. Show that you are listening to what she is saying. Nod you're head, smile and show your affirmation. Don't ever yawn at the dinner table!

6. Good manners are essential.


Avoid any bad table manners. Use common sense. Don't belch or fart. Be polite to the waiter or waitress who is serving. It's always a good indicator of someone's personality. Obviously don't speak with your mouth full or chew your food with your mouth open. Listen to what your mammy told you all those years ago.


7. Ask for her preference when ordering wine.


Don't assume that she likes a certain wine. Always ask for her preference first. It's a simple tip but it's an important one.

8. Happy medium - don't force your hand.



If she wants to pay for a round of drinks then let her. You don't have to pay for everything which may make her feel awkward or uncomfortable. There's a happy medium / middle ground. It's always good to offer to buy the first round and see how it goes from there.

9. Paying the bill.


If the date was pre-arranged by you asking her out to dinner, it's okay to assume that you will be paying. Don't show up with less than the appropriate funds just in case. If you both were out and decided to go to dinner spur-the-moment then maybe she might split the bill with you.

10. Leave how the date ends in her hands.


After dinner, ask her what she wants to do. Whether she wants to go for another drink, a coffee, call it a night or go back to one of your places. Leave it upto her, and you won't run into any awkward end-of-date situations.

Ian Smith
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Ian is a contributing writer for CollegeTimes. He is currently partying his ass off for the Summer having spent the past 7 years at various colleges across the globe. While by no means an athlete, he considers himself a world class darts player... If you tweet him he will not respond.
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