Seems depressing, doesn’t it? But eating out in a restaurant alone is not that bad. It’s all in the head, really. If you think it’s sad, you’ll feel uncomfortable all night. If you go with a smile on your face, you’ll end up having a great time all by yourself.
Just so you don’t embarrass yourself and feel miserable, follow some general and easy guidelines for eating alone.
The right time
Try and avoid eating out alone during the peak hours at any restaurant. Good service will be ensured and you won’t feel as uncomfortable as among a large crowd.
The right place
Avoid restaurants that are generally crowded, rarely empty and always have huge lines. A restaurant that is familiar might be a better option as you may meet a friendly face. On the contrary, if being spotted eating alone by those you know makes you cringe, go to a new and unknown place. Those traveling on business may have no choice in this matter.
The right attitude
As said earlier, it’s all in your head. If you think people are staring and pointing, they probably will. When you think negative, it may show on your face that you’re uncomfortable and shy. Be confident and bold; don’t stammer or babble away endlessly about why you’re alone.
The right selection
Eat whatever you want, but while you’re waiting for your food, don’t stare at your hands or other people’s faces. Since there won’t be anyone to talk to, find some other way to pass the time. Carry a newspaper or book with you to read while you wait for the meal.
The right talk
Making light conversation with the staff of the restaurant is always helpful. It’ll help you to pass time and the waiters will feel good if you appreciate their service. Talk to the owner and thank him or her before you leave. If you’re sitting at the bar or counter, you may find someone to talk to: people who eat alone generally sit there.
For some final words of wisdom – Bon appetit!