A first date is an opportunity for people to get to know one another, enjoy a relaxing evening together, and discover how compatible they are. The first date at a restaurant is a chance for restaurant operators to impress these guests and earn their loyalty.

Couples often return to the place where they had their first dates, so you’ll want to provide a positive and sentimental experience if you hope to see them in your restaurant again. Diners on a date may also be more likely to leave online reviews for your establishment, whether the service is good or bad. These reviews can influence your restaurant’s success with couples in the future. Assist your local lovebirds and boost your restaurant’s reputation and revenue by becoming the best restaurant to have a first date.

Tips for Serving Guests on a Romantic First Date

People choosing a location for a first date tend to look for several key factors: The location should be somewhere they feel comfortable, somewhere where they know what to expect, and somewhere they trust to provide thoughtful service and a romantic ambiance. Here are a few tips to impress guests going on a first date at your restaurant:

  • Allow customers to preview the menu: People planning a first date want to make sure both parties will enjoy the food at the restaurant they choose. Have an updated copy of your menu online wherever guests can find out about your business, complete with pricing. This offering will allow guests to make a more informed decision and consider what they’ll order ahead of time.
  • Provide detailed directions online: Going on a date should be as stress-free as possible. Provide detailed information about your restaurant online, including your hours, directions to your location, and nearby parking options so that customers can impress their dates and reach your doors without any issues.
  • Accept table reservations: Table reservations give guests certainty that they’ll have a table waiting for them when they arrive, alleviating nerves and increasing the likelihood that they’ll have a great time. CAKE’s innovative Guest Manager will allow you to accept reservations online and notify hosts and servers that the reservation is a date to promote extra mindful service.
  • Create a romantic atmosphere: Atmosphere factors heavily into the success of a first date. Adding soft lights, relaxing background music, and classy decor like flowers and candles can help set the stage for a memorable romantic dinner. The goal is to make guests feel calm and comfortable while they’re dining in your restaurant.

 

Improving the Guest Experience With CAKE

Prioritizing your guest experience can help your restaurant impress couples and become one of the best restaurants in your area to have a first date. You may consider making improvements to your restaurant’s operations as you strive to create a romantic and welcoming atmosphere.

CAKE’s cloud-based Point of Sale (POS) system can help you improve the guest experience by streamlining workflow and integrating with valuable tools for guest management. Learn how CAKE’s solutions could help you gain increased revenue and customer loyalty today.