You may love to cook, but it does not mean you will cook on a daily basis. It is however not a simple thing picking someplace nice and appropriate to eat. Knowing where to go is as important as why you are going there. This is best governed by the occasion you shall be marked, and the company you shall be keeping.
You may have decided to treat the kids for a day out. This is usually one of the hardest things from parents to do. There is the possibility they shall misbehave. You need to choose wisely the restaurant. The restaurant needs to cater to children. There should be one in your area that has this provision clearly stated. Some do not cater to children, and have no child-friendly menu items. That would be the beginning of your problems. You will also have problems with the staff and other patrons, should your child start to misbehave. If they cater to children you need to make sure you have enough items to keep them entertained. The best ones have toys ready for the kids.
The event may be a corporate dinner, or lunch. These are usually the best places for deals to be struck and partnerships to be formed. You thus need to pick somewhere quiet and more refined. You need to make sure everything is in place, down to the reservations for everyone coming. Pick the best fine dining restaurant. Such gestures get your proposal accepted faster. You need the meal to have courses in it, so that there is plenty of time for them to agree to your proposal. You need to ask for the best service during your meal when you call in to reserve tables. If the occasion allows, you need to pick a place with the best drinks served.
You could be planning your first date. IT is one of the hardest things to pull off. You shall be better off if you can impress without looking like it took everything. You will be better off settling for a low key restaurant. These are the intersection of fine dining and fast food outlets. You need to avoid leaning too close to either side. The ambience needs to be casual and relaxed, to enable the both of you to enjoy your meal. If there is a new place in town; you can use the event to explore it, which takes away most of the pressure.
In all occasions, there are certain standards the restaurant cannot miss. There have to be high hygiene standards, most of the items on the menu should not miss, the wait staff should be prompt and courteous, with excellent service, the ambiance needs to be friendly, no matter what theme they adopt, and the food has to be delicious. You need it to also be in a safe environment.