A Former Restaurant Critic Shares Her 11 Best Tips for Dining Out Cheaply but Well

1. Choose your restaurant carefully

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Restaurants are as different from one other as books. Think about what you need from your night out and seek out restaurants accordingly.

If you’re trying to impress the new in-laws, hit a place where the service is reputably top-notch. If you need a quiet place for a conversation, don’t buzz down to a lively pub.

This sounds like common sense, but readers often complained to me about eateries that didn’t live up to their expectations in just these ways.

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