Dating The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date  

Restaurant Chains
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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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227 91
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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2
166 92
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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3
147 89
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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4
96 69
The Melting Pot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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5
84 70
Hard Rock Cafe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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6
97 85
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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7
84 80
Benihana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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8
75 84
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

9
75 87
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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10
50 61
Rainforest Cafe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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11
51 68
House of Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date

12
41 63
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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13
42 59
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date

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43 60
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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41 63
Black Angus Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date

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45 69
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Restaurant, Retail

17
43 67
Joe's Crab Shack is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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18
43 70
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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19
33 62
Buca di Beppo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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20
27 51
Romano's Macaroni Grill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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26 51
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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27 61
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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23
26 61
Ponderosa Steakhouse and Bonan... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date

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19 49
Claim Jumper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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25
18 51
Planet Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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16 48
Tony Roma's is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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17 50
Don Pablo's is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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28
13 50
Bennigan's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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29
11 45
Trader Vic's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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30
13 51
Elephant Bar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
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31
8 48
Smith Wollensky Restaurant Gro... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Restaurants to Take a First Date
Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places