How to Choose Wisely from a Restaurant Menu

Don't go out to eat and be disappointed in your selection again. With careful consideration given to every entree and a couple tips you can order the best dish anywhere.


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Eating out? Check out these tips before you go.

You Will Need

  • Restaurant
  • Menu


  1. Step 1

    Read the entire menu

    Read reviews of the restaurant online before you go. Once you arrive, peruse the entire menu, reading the descriptions carefully.

  2. Find out from your server if there are any specials being offered.

  3. Step 2

    Skip the basics

    Skip the basic dishes that are available in just about any restaurant.

  4. Ask the server for recommendations, but be wary if they seem to be pushing a certain option a little too hard. Servers sometimes recommend bad sellers or items that the kitchen is trying to get rid of.

  5. Step 3

    Skip the fancy entrees

    Look for main dishes that seem particularly out of the ordinary. These are probably the chef's specialties.

  6. Beware of entrees that sound too good to be true. They probably are.

  7. Step 4

    Stick with the restaurant's genre

    Stick with the restaurant's genre. Do not go to a Japanese restaurant and order a hamburger.

  8. Step 5

    Select from the remaining options

    Select from the remaining options, sit back, and relax knowing that you have selected wisely.

  9. There are over 900,000 restaurants in the United States.