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post #21 of 47

Id say the max DH and I woud spend for just us for a special occasion is about $150 combined - appetizer, meal, dessert, wine.  For normal dates we like to keep it below $50.  With the kids -- taco bell or red robin!

post #22 of 47

biglaugh.gifOMG, I thought I was the only one that did that!

 

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post #23 of 47

We spend about $100, on average.  More sometimes (like if we order numerous drinks) or if it's a nicer restaurant, less if it's somewhere cheaper and the kids' meals aren't as expensive.  Fast food costs us minimum of $20, closer to $30.  $30 for pizza delivery; $40+ for Chinese or similar takeout/delivery

 

We are a family of 6, 3 of us order off the adult menu; 3 order off the kids' menu. 


We almost always tip 30%, so that's obviously a big factor when planning to go out to eat.

 

If it's just DH and I, it is usually cheaper.  But, then we'll often go to more expensive places since we are kid-free and order more drinks/deserts/appetizers, so, it probably still ends up close to the $100 average. 

 

post #24 of 47

I just went out with the kids and with tip we spent $25 at the restaurantfor 3 people .For 4 add another $10

post #25 of 47

DH and I rarely get an opportunity to go out to dinner without the kids, so when we do, it's usually for a special occasion like a birthday or our anniversary.  We went out to a local brewery restaurant a few weeks ago and spent $200+tip between the two of us and our two friends.  But the drinks portion of that was pretty big - 3 of us had 3 craft beers each, plus we had appetizers and dessert.

 

Of course, we had to pay the babysitter ($30) and we ordered pizza for the sitter and kids ($25), so it wasn't a cheap night out, but it was my husband's birthday present.

 

We don't always scrimp when we have the chance to have a date night because they are few and far between.  But we don't go to the most expensive restaurants in town either.  We go where we are comfortable and like the food.  It's usually more like $40-50 for good sushi.

 

 

post #26 of 47
Always get dessert! My family loves cheese cake! Well everyone but me. I don't like sweets for some reason. Ick! Though I do love Dr Pepper so I always get that when we go out.
post #27 of 47
I just moved to a higher col area. Before that most meals were under $10/ person. Now it's often $15. So under $50 for 2 adults, 1 big kid and 1 toddler.
Water and no deserts are the norm. Will get a desert if is special to the restaurants (cheesecake factory) but that is often split for health reasons.

Can't even think of my last meal that was over $25/person. Being a vegetarian does help as steak and seafood are usually the most$$. I'm lucky enough to have lots of restaurants around so even with eating at lots of different type of places it is easy to eat fairly cheap.
post #28 of 47

We don't eat out much aside from a social club down the road that there the food and beer is insanely cheap.  We can eat (burgers and the like, maybe an appetizer) and drink a couple of beers for less than $20 for the three of us.  We usually hit that place 2 or 3x per month, more in the winter months.

 

Otherwise, we go out maybe once a month.  Typical tab is $100 for the three of us.  DS often gets a scaled down version on an adult meal (as opposed to a $3.95 kid's meal), we usually get an appetizer to split and a bottle of wine.  I could care less about dessert, sometimes the guys will split a dessert.

 

For really special occasions, there is a local place we love that buys as much as possible locally, has a seasonal menu and an awesome wine list.  Lunch there would be $150, including tip, for the three of us, including wine and sparkling water, appetizers and an entree.  Dinner for 3 would top $200. 

post #29 of 47
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So does everyone get drinks and dessert when they go out?  If I'm with DH and the kids I'll get water or a diet coke and almost never dessert.  If I go out with a friend it's usually just drinks and then I get 2 or 3.



Almost the same here - typically if its the whole family, then DH will get a coke, I'll get water and the kids get drinks with their "kids" meals and no desserts.

 

If it's just DH & I - that's when we go all out!! thumbsup.gif

 

post #30 of 47

When DH, DS, and I go out as a family, we never spend more than $30-$35.  This usually means drink water and no appetizers/dessert.  At a couple of our favorite places the three of us can eat for under $20.  We still don't do this very often.  These are all independent restaurants or local, small chains (Portland rocks).

 

DH and I will go on a splurgy kind of date for special occasions maybe 3-4 times a year.  If we go to our favorite "nice" restaurant (which is still not too fancy, but has nice ambiance and fantastic food) and buy appetizers, wine, and dessert, we will spend $50-$60.

 

I can't imagine spending over $80 for dinner for 2 people.  I don't think I could bring myself to do it, when I can get what I consider perfection in a meal for much less.

post #31 of 47

when we eat out with the kids we typically go to a place that offers free meals for kids.    

post #32 of 47

I can't get over the amounts some of you spend on eating out. Just mind boggling. Even if we had the money, I can't see spending that much on one meal.

 

We virtually never eat out (dh doesn't like to) & we haven't eaten out with just the 2 of us since before we had kids. We do order in a couple times a month and try to keep it under $30 for the 5 of us. With the way prices have gone up these days, it's usually more like $35 for pizza. If we order in Chinese, it's closer to $50. In both those cases, we usually end up with at least a snack for the kids for the next day in addition to supper.

post #33 of 47
We only eat at chain restaurants when we are with extended family that is usually paying for it.

Usually we have four different restaurant routines:

#1: takeout from mexican, chinese, or indian restaurants. Or pizza. - Less than $20, most of the time tops out at around $20.
#2: a sit down restaurant that DD, DH, and I go to. We usually order an appetizer, DH has a beer, and we split an entree. Around $25.
#3: a sit down place that we go to alone when DD is at grandma's house. We have an appetizer, each have an entree, and split a dessert. DH usually has a couple of good beers and I do too when Im not pg. So, around $75 total
#4: we are out of town and its a special occasion and we have the oppurtunity to eat amazing food that we normally cant get. We have done this three times ever and each time spent around $125.00 to eat out, including drinks.


None of this includes tip, which never, ever dips below 20% of the cost of the meal. Also, after working in the local food industry for several years, I am often comped appetizers and deserts or given discounts by people I know that work at certain restaurants. I have not included those discounts for our normal spending.
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post #34 of 47
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I can't get over the amounts some of you spend on eating out. Just mind boggling. Even if we had the money, I can't see spending that much on one meal.

 

We virtually never eat out (dh doesn't like to) & we haven't eaten out with just the 2 of us since before we had kids. We do order in a couple times a month and try to keep it under $30 for the 5 of us. With the way prices have gone up these days, it's usually more like $35 for pizza. If we order in Chinese, it's closer to $50. In both those cases, we usually end up with at least a snack for the kids for the next day in addition to supper.



DH and I took the kids to Souplantation (a soup/salad buffet restaurant) today, and the bill for 2 adults, one child, and the toddler free, plus 3 drinks, was $32.  Even Olive Garden would be over $50 not including tip.

post #35 of 47

We typically eat at one of 5 places, there are 4 of us.  Sushi, we only go for lunch because it's half price rolls.  That's usually about $45 for the 4 of us.  Local place in the city, about $60, but they have an swesome appetizer plate that we love so it jacks up the price.  Mexican $45 or so.  Maggiano's is our other favorite and that's $60 at least, but it's enough for two meals.  

 

We went out for a $500 dinner with dh's business partner and his wife.  It was good, but it wasn't any better than the Mexican place.

post #36 of 47

It depends.  We're vegetarian plus we live in a town where there aren't chain type restaurants unless you go into tourist areas.  Good example:  DD was down at the beach with in-laws this week and DH and I had the world at our fingertips.  We ate at a Himalayan place for $25 including tips.  Most veggie places are BYOB so we take our own wine and drink minnies on the way.  Unfortunately, or fortunately, we spend a lot less out because most places cater to meat eaters, so a fancy place for us is a place where we can have chef-inspried vegetarian stuff (usually of the asian inspired variety) so ultimately we spend more at home on veggie inspired gourmet than we do out.  I think the most we ever spent was $80 and we had guests.  That was at Spring Street Natural (my fav NY restaurant but they also serve meat as well as vegetarian entrees).

post #37 of 47

My husband only does chains, and it feels like we can't get out for under $75 for the 4 of us, but I guess it must be cheaper at Red Robin.  We ate at Disney restaurants on vacation, they were really expensive, so I started ordering soup because my 12 year old was considered too old for the kids' meal.  So she was getting $28 entrees because that was what there was, so I just started getting soup and eating the vegetables that no one else eats.

post #38 of 47
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Red Robin can get pricey, but we can get out for $25 if we order water (default anyway) and I split a burger with one of the kids which is fine b/c those things are huge.

post #39 of 47

dd and i LOVE good food.

 

i can spend any amount on eating out. 

 

recently we have hardly gone anywhere except to our local taqueria or chipotle.

 

btw dd and me i have spent 200 at a meal. sushi. we got the $100 fish tray. Mind you i got the low end of the dinner for 200. the sushi boats started at 100.

 

dd does not ever eat from the kids menu. she never has. she enjoys fancy stuff and so her entrees could be anything from 15 to 20 bucks (might have gone up now). 

 

even her burgers and fries cost $15. but this is at a good burger place and that is not her fav. food. 

 

there are times when we have splurged real big on the dinner knowing this would be the only treat for a long time.

 

usually we dont spend more than 25 (including tips). 

 

we very rarely do dinner coz lunches are cheaper. 

 

if money wasnt an issue - i'd have no qualms spending 500 on a meal between dd and me. esp. now that dd is taking such an interest in cooking and understands the subtlety of what she is eating. i volunteer with cooking and i will say (though i am on the other side) good food - no really good food is such a fantastic experience. 

post #40 of 47

mee mee, that's kind of cool.  I actually felt that way when I was younger, but now I kind of feel like good food is wasted on me, or something.  Not really, but I don't have the tastebuds I once did.  For my daughter's 12th birthday, I took her to a restaurant as her present, she got to pick one that was more expensive than we would do, and she got to order what she wanted including dessert and a fancy drink.

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