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List of the best restaurant chains to take a first date, as ranked by food experts. First dates are one of the most stressful experiences one can go through. There’s so much pressure put on making a good impression that it’s important to ensure that every detail is perfect. If the first date doesn’t go well you can’t guarantee that you’ll see a second date and beyond.Picking the perfect first date restaurant is a vital part of the dating process. A restaurant with bad service and mediocre food is going to take away from a romantic date night atmosphere. This list answers the question, “What are the best chain restaurants for a first date?”

 

The restaurants on this list range from informal get-together locations to romantic experiences. The list has many steakhouses, which lend themselves to first dates well due to their impressive nature and well-made food. Many of the restaurants on this list offer live music, friendly waitstaff, and perfect lighting for an idealistic date.

 

Whether you want to impress your date with expensive food and loving ambiance or want to have a more open, friendly date, there are restaurants on this list just for you and your special date.

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The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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127 69
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Olive Garden Restaurant

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121 73
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

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81 58
The Melting Pot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
The Melting Pot Restaurant

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71 61
Hard Rock Cafe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Hard Rock Cafe Restaurant, Hotel, Casino

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Benihana is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Benihana Restaurant

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81 75
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Red Lobster Restaurant

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Chili's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Chili's Restaurant

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62 72
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Red Robin Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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39 51
Rainforest Cafe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Rainforest Cafe Restaurant

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T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
slaft added T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

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House of Blues is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date

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California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places

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Black Angus Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date

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Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

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Joe's Crab Shack is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Joe's Crab Shack Restaurant

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30 56
Buca di Beppo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Buca di Beppo Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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37 64
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

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25 45
Romano's Macaroni Grill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
ChloeFletcher added Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurant

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On the Border Mexican Grill & ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date

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Ponderosa Steakhouse and Bonan... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date

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Carino's Italian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
ChloeFletcher added Carino's Italian Restaurant

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23 54
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Fuddruckers Restaurant

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Planet Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Planet Hollywood Restaurant

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Claim Jumper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Claim Jumper Restaurant

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15 43
Tony Roma's is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Tony Roma's Restaurant

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16 46
Don Pablo's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Don Pablo's Restaurant

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13 48
Bennigan's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Bennigan's Restaurant

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Trader Vic's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Trader Vic's Restaurant

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11 48
Elephant Bar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Elephant Bar Restaurant

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Smith Wollensky Restaurant Gro... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Smith & Wollensky Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places