Dining out is a common way to celebrate an anniversary. Really, you can dine out at any restaurant that you and your partner enjoy. However, if you are having trouble picking a restaurant, here are a few tips that might come in handy.
Consider a restaurant at a hotel.
If you want to go above and beyond in celebrating — perhaps because this is your 10th, 20th, or other special anniversary — you may want to dine at a restaurant in a hotel. This way, you can pair your dinner with a stay in the accompanying hotel. You can then feel free to drink alcohol with dinner without worrying about how you'll get back to your accommodations safely. You'll also feel like you're really getting away and setting aside the time to celebrate, even if you choose a hotel in your own city.
Look for somewhere with an entertainment element.
To make sure your dinner is really memorable, you may want to look for a restaurant that offers some sort of entertainment. This way, more senses than just your sense of taste will be utilized during the dining experience, which can make it more memorable. A restaurant that offers live music would be a good choice. Or perhaps you want one that prepares dishes like guacamole or Caesar salad tableside, so the food itself becomes part of the entertainment.
Choose somewhere with private booths and tables.
Although there are surely exceptions, most people want to enjoy an anniversary dinner without being too closely surrounded by other people. So, look for a restaurant that offers isolated booths or private tables. If the tables are really close together or there are a lot of shared spaces, you could ask the restaurant if they can make some modifications for you. Some restaurants will set up a private table on request. Others have private rooms they'll provide upon request, but you may only find out about these if you ask.
Look for non-messy menu items.
On your anniversary, you'll probably be dressed up. You may also have plans to go to a show or other activity. As such, you probably don't want to eat something messy like spaghetti or ramen. Look for a menu with lots of tidy dishes you can enjoy without worrying about your clothing.
You deserve to enjoy your anniversary dinner at a restaurant you love. Follow the tips above when you choose a space.