Business Tips: 3 Tips for Choosing the Best Restaurant for your Work Meeting
Sometimes our failsafe restaurant has no available reservations or its location is too far for your lunch meeting. Other times, you’re on business travel and not sure what restaurant to recommend. With these possibilities in mind, we’ve picked our three top tips to help you choose a restaurant for a work lunch:
Who are you meeting?
Get to know your intended audience before inviting them to lunch. If they’re the adventurous type, try the new Cambodian restaurant down the block where everyone sits on 2ft tall stools. If you’re meeting with a more reserved group, pick a place that isn’t too crowded, mid-price range and offers American cuisine. Most importantly, find out if this person or persons have any specific food allergies or diet restrictions because the last place you’d want to meet is a Brazilian Steak House when your client or colleague is vegetarian. Call their assistant if you’re too embarrassed to ask or send a few recommendations which include a vegan or vegetarian option.
Research, Reviews and Ratings.
Do your research. If the place was shut down two months ago for an E.coli outbreak, it might be best to choose an alternative location. Also, read the reviews. If people cannot stop raving about the restaurant and every major publication is raving about it, go on your personal time to avoid crowds. Lastly, if the restaurant was recently awarded 5 Michelin-stars, perhaps you should hold off. You may come off as too pompous and if your associate intends on covering the bill, you will inconvenience them in many ways.
Location, location, location.
If you intend on meeting someone for the first time and they’re office is located on the other side of the city, go to their neighborhood. The last thing you want to do is inconvenience a potential new client. Choose a restaurant that is within a 10 minute walking or driving distance.
If you follow these three failsafe tips, you’ll be designated as the restaurant guru of your office. For more information about business travel tips, visit our Q&A Residential Hotel blog.