Do You Read the Menu Before Eating at a New Restaurant? October 25, 2007 by partysugar 30 Save 0 Favorite 0 Source Do You Read the Menu Before Eating at a New Restaurant? Always. I have to determine if I will like the place or not. No. I prefer to be surprised. I glance quickly to determine if it's in my price range. Sometimes; it depends. Other — see my comment below. 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If I am going with some one who knows what I like, then I usually do not need to see it and take my friends word that there will be something I like. I also check out the health dept. rating posted on the front window displayed in certain cities. emalove 6 years I might look at it first if it's posted in a visible spot...but if the restaurant looks/seems nice, I'm usually confident I'll find something I like. I love trying new foods and experimenting when I'm out to eat, so I'm usually easy to please too! BRANDYNICOLE730 6 years I have to check every menu before eating at new restaurants, because my man is VERY picky. I have to make sure there is something on the menu he can eat, or there's no point in going. LVC 6 years For a vegetarian, it's a must! The City Girl 6 years If it's totally new to me, yes, but if it's been recommended by a couple of friends, I stroll on in to be pleasantly surprised Diana172 6 years I usually don't think to, but if I think of it, I'll browse it. kiwitwist 6 years I do if they post the menu. Not very many places do that around here LaLa0428 6 years I get a bit obsessed about this, I will read it from front to back and still question the server about it. And like simnboutme, I too go to the resturants site and check the menu. sumnboutme 6 years I always look at the menu but not to see if I'll like the place...I like to read to the menu so I know what I'll order in advance or if they have something that I'm craving... For new restaurants, I usually check out reviews and blogs before I go in addition to checking out their menu. PrincessTracy 6 years I'll usually take a quick glance...also depends on who i'm with though... MamaD 6 years Well since I don't eat red meat or fish of any kind it's self preservation for me to read the menu to see if there's anything I'd eat. UrbanBohemian 6 years Absolutely. Just to see that I'll enjoy the food and be able to meet the price range. Soniabonya 6 years I always like to know if there's anything that sounds appetizing to me and if it's in my price range. Occasionally I have walked into a resturant without looking at the menu and regretted it. PartyBarbie 6 years My lovely boyfriend and I will try anything so we don't worry about checking ahead. But I usually research chic new places for the mood and service. Cheaper places we'll stop in randomly just for fun! Marci 6 years Always. We usually decide to try a restaurant after walking by several times and noticing it's busy or that the food on the plate of the outdoor diners looks good. We just found our new favorite place that way. :) mlen 6 years it depends- i usually do glance for price range. if its something like an italian place, where i know i like italian food, i'll walk right in. if its something different, like a fusion place or a fancy place, i'll read the menu first briefly -just to make sure there is at least one dish i'll eat. i'm a slightly picky eater, so as long as i see one thing i'll eat i'll go in danakscully64 6 years Depends... sometimes I've been recommeded restaurants from other vegetarians, so I know I can eat there and don't have to read the menu. I do check all other restaurants though to make sure I'm not stuck eating a plain dinner salad. When I go to San Diego, I always check the menu to make sure it's not completely out of my price range as well. rlveronica 6 years I sure do! LadyLiLa83 6 years Absolutely. I have to see if there is variety at a new place. If there's only one or two things I will eat, I probably won't go back unless I really am craving the specific dish. Merlin713 6 years I have to make sure they have foods that 'agree' with me because I have colitis. Even though really nothing agrees with me, I still look. Babychloe 6 years If it's posted, I'll read it. Why go in if the prices are out of your range or they don't have what you like. Lovely_1 6 years Nope! I like the suprise! And most places in Canada (unlike Europe) don't have a menu posted otuside so it's pretty hard to read before going in! freegracefrom 6 years I make sure they have vegetarian options and that they aren't outrageously expensive... then I'm game! You Might Also Like POPSUGAR Food Nov 30, 2009 Creative Tips to Make Food the Centerpiece of a Great Party! Poll Jul 20, 2008 What's Tackier? Poll Oct 07, 2013 Scarlett Johansson Gets Voted the Sexiest Woman Alive, Twice — Overkill or Spot On?