Eating out at restaurants is part of the fun of any
trip. If you are planning a family vacation, here are some
tips for dining out that may make your experience more
Do your research before you leave home. Check out the
selection of restaurants in the area you plan to visit, and
check ratings and reviews.
If you can find some forums for the city, see if someone
will tell you where the local favorite restaurants are,
i.e. the "non-touristy" areas. The tourist areas may have a
large selection of places to eat but they are usually not
of the highest quality and may also be higher priced.
You'll almost always find a better meal if you eat where
the locals go.
If you need a special diet such as vegetarian, scout out
which restaurants may be able to provide this for you.
Call ahead to see if reservations are needed. If it is a
popular restaurant in a busy area, some of these places are
booked up for days in advance.
When arriving at a restaurant, check out what people are
eating if you can do so discreetly. This is a good way to
determine what is popular (and good) in that particular
If you find a long waiting list, check out the seating
in the bar. Often you can find a table in the lounge area
when others are still waiting for seating in the dining
If your meal is not right, don't suffer in silence.
Speak up, but do so politely. Most waitstaff are happy to
do whatever it takes to make your meal a happy experience,
but if they don't know anything is wrong, they can't help
If you are on a diet, try to loosen up a little while on
vacation so that you can truly enjoy the experience. Time
enough to eat those carrot and celery sticks when you
arrive back home to the daily routine. Make your vacation a
Know what is expected as far as tipping. Certain areas
routinely add the tip onto the bill, so be careful not to
leave another tip on top of that (unless you want to of
Planning a family vacation can be an ordeal, so use
these tips for dining out to make that portion of your trip
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