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Why I Won’t Dine Out on Valentine’s Day

I am not a huge fan of going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Did you know that I worked in the restaurant industry for over ten years? Yep. And because of that, I won’t dine out on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and every other holiday.

Why I Won’t Dine Out on Valentine’s Day

From my perspective and experiences, dining out on Valentine’s Day is for amateurs {and those with a higher amount of patience than I was blessed with!}. Typically, the servers are mad that they’re working another holiday, the cooks are mad too, the managers are frazzled because Sally Server was a no-show. Again.

You’ll find that the atmosphere of most restaurants on a holiday is crazed. And the volume of people who will sit and wait for hours to eat something they could probably prepare at home continues to baffle me. When I am spending money on a dining experience, I want it to be one that I can enjoy without long waits and haphazardly prepared food. If you avoid dining on a holiday, you’re more likely to enjoy your entire experience, not just bits and pieces.

My advice for you, from a former restaurant employee, is to avoid dining on Valentine’s Day – and any other holiday that Hallmark makes a card for! You’ll enjoy the experience more by dining the day before or the day after.

About Emily

Emily is a rugby wife and modern mom to one active son. A former Fortune500 professional, she transferred the brand marketing and relationship building skills she learned into building a successful social media business.

Launched in 2010, her blog focuses on parenting tips, recipes, and easy crafts. When not online, you can find her training for her next half marathon, taking photographs, or sipping a Margarita while enjoying the beauty that Cape Cod has to offer.


  1. Viv Sluys says:

    I so agree with you!!!!!

  2. Amy Orvin says:

    RSS-Google Reader as Amy Orvin , 2dogs5catscrew@att.net

  3. If we do go out we try to go to a not too popular or smaller restaurant. Last year we went to a puerto rican place that was not too crowded, the servers were friendly and the food was delish.

    • That’s a smart idea. Unfortunately, in our area at this time of year there isn’t much to choose from. All of the restaurants that do open are busy.

  4. paige morin says:

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