As if proposing to someone weren’t terrifying enough, doing so in a public place like a restaurant raises the stakes exponentially. Not only could fifty strangers witness your rejection, but a “no” is guaranteed to ruin your expensive, delicious meal. You can never get that untouched short rib back.
Even the most carefully-planned proposals can falter when executed in the chaotic, unpredictable environment of a restaurant. We spoke with chefs, servers and people who’ve been proposed to in restaurants to compile this list of seven things you should know if you’re planning on popping the question over dinner.
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1. Do not propose at the beginning of the meal.
A server at an upscale NYC restaurant says she’s never seen anyone flip a table, get slapped or say “no” during a proposal, but she has witnessed egregious miscalculations, especially when it comes to timing.