Know your partner:
First of all, you should know a little bit about the preferences of the person you are going on a date with. Though it is your first date, it’s not your first meeting, so use the little bit of knowledge you have to decide on a place which you know your date would enjoy. Another way to select a restaurant is by checking your partner’s profile on social networking websites. In this way, you will be able to determine that person’s likes, dislikes, etc.
Look for a peaceful restaurant:
Another important thing which you should consider before choosing a restaurant is whether or not the atmosphere is peaceful. The last thing you want on your first date is disturbance and interruption from anyone. Remember, you are supposed to get to know each other on the first date, and this can’t be possible if there is unnecessary noise and disturbance.
Check the service and food:
The next thing you should check is the quality of the food and service. You and your partner are not going to just sit and chat all the time. You need to make the person feel special so the service should be of top quality. Any negligence or negative attitude from the staff's side will damage your image in front of your date as well. Seek help and recommendations from your friends or just visit a couple of famous restaurants in your area. This will help you in evaluating their status and quality.
You should not down play the importance of the ambience as it has a significant effect on the psyche. A pleasant, classic, quiet and private place will help you in your quest to make your way into other person’s heart. You must check the seating plan of the restaurant. Make sure the tables are not too close together, otherwise anyone can hear your conversation; you need privacy on your first date.
Go to a familiar place:
The best way to choose a suitable restaurant is to consider all the places you are already familiar with - when in doubt, go for the tried and tested favourites. If you choose an unfamiliar place for your first date then there is the possibility that you will remain uncomfortable throughout.