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The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date 

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Updated September 13, 2019 6.6k votes 1.1k voters 59.8k views 31 items

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
Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

And before you go, be sure to check out our list of the best dishes on Cheesecake Factory's menu as well as their best cheesecake flavors.

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Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Benihana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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The Melting Pot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
The Melting Pot Restaurant
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Hard Rock Cafe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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And if you're wondering what to order when you get there, check out our list of the best Red Lobster dishes.

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Chili's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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California Pizza Kitchen... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places
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House of Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

And if you need help deciding what to order, check out our list of Red Robin's best burgers and other menu items.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Compan... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Black Angus Steakhouse ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Joe's Crab Shack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Buca di Beppo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
slaft added Restaurant
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Rainforest Cafe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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On the Border Mexican Gr... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Ponderosa Steakhouse and... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Ponderosa Steakhouse and Bonanza Steakhouse
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Claim Jumper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Romano's Macaroni Grill ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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Tony Roma's is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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