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Choose the Right Destination Restaurant

On Monday we rounded up some tips to ensure that you eat well on your honeymoon, and today I'm going to supplement that list with a few tips on how to find the best restaurants in your honeymoon destination. In fact these tips don't limit themselves to honeymooners, as they could come in handy for anyone planning a trip.

  • First of all, determine where in the world you're going. When you book your hotel reservations, you may want to book your restaurant reservations then too. Most places can take reservations far in advance - just be sure to call and confirm your reservation closer to the date.
  • Research the area. If you're headed to an area you're not familiar with (be it Hawaii, Napa, Iceland, Sydney, etc.), start by asking friends and family for tips. Also check out guidebooks, such as Lonely Planet, for some good ideas.
  • Beyond travel books and magazines, I also recommend an online search. There are tons of fantastic food bloggers all over the globe and many of them love to talk about the places they've eaten. Find ones in your destination and go through their archives and see what looks good. You might even have luck dropping them an email! Also, be sure to check out online recommendations like the ones at Yelp.

A few more tips, so

  • Don't limit yourself to restaurants you've heard of. When you arrive at your destination, you may see a restaurant that catches your eye. If you're feeling adventurous go for it, else ask local folks what they think of it. In fact, you should ask people where they would eat, I always find the best food by asking local folk for their favorite place. The destination might not be on any "must try" list, but it doesn't mean it won't be fantastic.
  • Once you have a restaurant chosen, do as much research as possible. A place might be known for their great food, but what's the atmosphere like? If you're hoping for a nice, romantic dinner, and it's loud and rowdy, it might not be the best match.
  • If you're planning on splurging by going to a destination restaurant, be sure to book far in advance. As in months in advance.
  • Make sure the restaurant you've chosen is going to be open during your stay. Renovations, management changes, and holidays are just some reasons why they might be closed.
  • Once you have your restaurant chosen, book it! If it's next to impossible, you might want to check out DearSugar's tips on getting a reservation at a booked restaurant. Also, throw the honeymoon card around. After all, restaurants are in the service industry and some don't mind going out of their way to accommodate. Just be sure to leave a nice tip for anyone who does!
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browniecrumbs browniecrumbs 9 years
yummy article
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I always enjoy the escorted tours because there is always at least one group dinner out at a local restaurant, so if you are in another country, you're guaranteed one night of culinary adventure with the locals! And then you can get McDonald's the next night if you want. lol
SU3 SU3 9 years
I've actually used Fodor's the last time I travelled and it was really helpful!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Good insight.
Food Food 9 years
really great points, thanks for bringing that stuff up!
Iwillmarryunick Iwillmarryunick 9 years
Also, realize that guide books like Lonely Planet are geared toward 20somethings, while Fodor's is geared towards 30-40somethings. This can make a huge difference in trying to find a truly special meal. Also, it's nice to get suggestions from your hotel but note that a lot of them get kickbacks from certain restaurants that they send people to making it not always the best resource.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
We did eat very well on our honeymoon :)
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