So it’s your turn to pick a restaurant? Whatever the occasion – whether it be a birthday celebration, a lunch date with a friend, or even date night – choosing a place to eat is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options, here are 3 things to consider before choosing a restaurant.
For most people, finding a restaurant with a reasonably priced menu is key. While what is perceived as ‘reasonable’ might vary from person to person, be sure to take into account the price points of various dishes on the menu (don’t forget to add taxes and gratuities). If you plan to pick up the tab, make sure you’re picking a place that fits within your budget.
Ask yourself: Will this be affordable? Is there a variety of price point options available? Does the quality of the food appear to match the price?
Although good service isn’t entirely predictable, reading reviews online can help you get a sense of the quality of the restaurant staff. If you’re celebrating a special event, poor service can be especially upsetting so try to pick a restaurant that is highly recommended by friends.
Consider the following: Is the restaurant part of a reliable brand? Has anyone I know had a bad experience? Are the reviews online promising?
If you are dealing with a large group, it can feel impossible to choose a place everyone will like. While you can’t control their taste buds, it helps to find a menu with a variety of options to suit a range of dietary needs. For example, a seafood restaurant might be too limiting to satisfy everyone in attendance.
Take a look at the menu beforehand to evaluate the range of options. Do they have vegetarian and/or vegan options? Is there a gluten free menu? What about a kids menu? Are you able to modify dishes for allergies or dietary preferences without any hassle (no cheese, extra spicy, no pork)? Is there an extensive wine, beer, and cocktail selection?
If you’re on the hunt for a casual restaurant in Cambridge, Applebee’s Grill & Bar has a host of delicious options, reliable service, and reasonable prices. Enjoy a delicious meal this summer!