When it comes to fun and entertainment, not all people were created equal. Some prefer big, loud, boisterous parties, concerts and nightclubs; but there are also many who prefer more reserved and less high-strung forms of entertainment. Often, a great night of dining out in a quiet, elegant restaurant may be the perfect definition of fun for the weekend.
Here, too, as in any other form of entertainment, you can find any variety to suit your taste, not only in terms of food but also when it comes to the price, the atmosphere, and the speed and quality of service.
Dining out can also be used as an opportunity for various social events and functions (and conversely, events and parties often include gourmet dining — especially when it comes to formal events like wedding receptions). One traditional function of going out to eat has been the facilitation of dating and courtship; even today, as more traditional forms of dating have started falling into disuse, dining out is still a popular choice among young people who want to get to know potential romantic partners.
Although going out to eat all the time can be quite costly, there are various dining out coupons available both on- and off-line from restaurants and third parties that make dining out a cost-effective entertainment option to enjoy during the weekend (or really, anytime you want). If you just moved to your area and don’t know what’s worth checking out in terms of restaurants and eateries, there are plenty of restaurant guides and customer reviews online. Of course, big national chains tend to have restaurant locator features on their website, so if you already have a favorite place to dine out, you can find one in your area. The most comprehensive dining guide that spans all continents (but with a focus on North America) is DiningGuide.