The 6 Best Foods to Eat on a First Date

Successful first dates have a long laundry list of dos and don'ts.

And while your outfit and your conversation topics can make or break your evening, your food choices can be just as impactful. If you're too busy chowing down on a burger or stuffing sushi rolls into your mouth, your ability to have a successful conversation is going to be severely impaired.

If you want your date to go as smoothly as possible, keep scrolling for the six best foods to eat on a first date.

Pasta With Small Noodles

Ordering a huge bowl of spaghetti on a date is going to be difficult to eat. Swirling it around you fork and somehow trying to manage dainty bites? Not as easy as it sounds. However, bite-size pasta noodles are the perfect first date choice. They're easy to stab with a fork and you can control the portion in each bite. Penne, farfalle, shells—it doesn't really matter. Just stay away from the long noodles and you should be in the clear.

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Protein Plates

Whether it's fish, chicken or steak, any meal that focuses on a single serving of protein is always a safe bet. You can cut your portions with your fork and knife, allowing you to perfectly control how much you're getting in each bite. Plus, they're not overly heavy or rich, so you won't feel ready to burst once you're done.



Your first date food doesn't have to be all prim and proper—it just has to be easy to eat so you can focus on the person across from you. We love a good pizza on a first date. It's greasy and indulgent, but it's easy to chow down on. Plus, you can even share with your potential partner, effectively building a bit of rapport between the two of you from the start.

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If you like salad, get a salad. They're nothing if not easy to eat. Plus, you can pretty much guarantee that there will be a salad option at every restaurant, making it a good go-to choice. If you don't like salad, don't bother ordering one just for the sake of how it'll look to your date. You'll just end up irritated that you're crunching lettuce instead of satisfying your appetite.


Chicken Fingers

We love a good finger food. It's takes all the pressure out of digging into your meal. You can rip your chicken fingers into tiny bite-size pieces and you don't have to stress over your table manners. Don't veer away from chicken fingers—they're a tried and true classic .

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Whatever You Want

Honestly, you can eat absolutely whatever you want on a first date. These are only suggestions that can take the pressure off of focusing on your food more than you're focusing on your date. If your food choices cause your date to tailspin, they probably weren't the right person for you anyway. Order what you want, but keep these options in mind if you're searching for a stress-free meal.


Looking for more first date tips? Click HERE for seven things you should never reveal on a first date.