Are you ready to dine in at a restaurant? Thoughts from 12 bloggers about dining in during a pandemic!

I am a huge fan of eating at restaurants especially if they are unique in some way. I honestly miss dining at restaurants and I feel like there will be a new normal when it comes to the whole dining experience. At first I was cooking the majority of my meals then I finally started feeling more comfortable getting take out. I still get a little nervous about it. So as for eating at a restaurant, “normal” dine in style I don’t think I’m ready yet.

I will probably be ready AFTER I see how things play out & if more outbreaks are associated with restaurant because of the dine in style. It’s safe to say that I may actually sit down and eat inside a restaurant possibly around October. May dine outside sooner! Also, part of the reason is that I’m just not ready to accept the “new normal” yet! 😫


Since I am from/live in California I researched some of the new rules in my state. Here are a few of them:

1. Restaurants must “provide disposable menus to guests and make menus available digitally so that customers can view on a personal electronic device, if possible.

2. Restaurants must also “discontinue pre-setting tables with napkins, cutlery, glassware, food ware, etc. These should be supplied individually to customers as needed.

3. “Dirty linens used at dining tables such as tablecloths and napkins should be removed after each customer use and transported from dining areas in sealed bags

4. “Do not leave out after-meal mints, candies, snacks, or toothpicks for customers

5. “Suspend use of shared food items such as condiment bottles, salt and pepper shakers, etc. and provide these foods in single serve containers, if possible.


I asked 12 travel, lifestyle and food bloggers how they feel about restaurants opening for dine in and if they would feel comfortable visiting one currently.

Question: Are you ready to dine in at a restaurant?

Here are their thoughts!


👆🏾Tap photo to check out her food & movie adventures on IG: @Rrreeefff

I will continue to get takeout and support the restaurants on social media but being that my entire family is immunodeficient and compromised it is not safe yet. I would like to see how our favorite restaurants handle social distancing and protocol since I am a wheelchair user hopefully having tables spread apart will make it easier for me to eat without being tripped on! I do enjoy dining outside if the weather and pollen allows but not during the pandemic.

I would like to see the number of active cases go down before we dine regularly as someone who has chronic illnesses I just don’t want to risk it until I see the science and the data. I don’t think we should completely go back to in person dining till herd immunity or a vaccine that is proven but continue to support if we can with outdoor dining and takeout.

Overall, we shouldn’t stop dining out but we need herd immunity and a proven vaccine till we do I will continue to cook at home or get takeout. We continue to support restaurants by ordering meat and produce boxes in the meantime!


👆🏾Tap photo to follow her adventures & micro-cation tips on IG: @franny_the_traveler

I think at bare minimum I wound give it 1-3 months AFTER my city is open as every city is on a different timeline. NYC is the epicenter of it all and we are overcrowded so I think it will take us longer before we get there. As a result, that may mean waiting until next year at the rate we are going.

I think outdoor eating will ease things but in NYC, outdoor eating is limited so that is more feasible if traveling to another state. Also, I would like to see changes occur in restaurants (such as disposable forks & spoons) and paper menus.

For now, I’ll just enjoy restaurants through take out :-). When the moment comes when I do sit down with friends to eat, it will be glorious! Bottomless brunch anyone?


👆🏾Tap photo to follow her travel therapy adventures on IG: @Devonbreithart

I will give it 1-3 months or so then I’ll feel comfortable eating at a restaurant again, but it really depends on the area. I think certain states are doing a lot better was handling the situation.

Right now, I probably wouldn’t go to a restaurant in my home state. But if California decided to open up restaurants, I might feel comfortable with that if the decision was based on science and not just desperation to fix the economy. Until then, I’ve had a good time ordering nice takeout.


👆🏾Tap photo to follow her photography adventures on IG: @Magical_elise

I will give it 1-3 months or so then I’ll feel comfortable eating at a restaurant again.Simply because ppl will fall back to old habits. Hygiene has always been questionable when dining out because I’m not the cook. 🤷🏾‍♀️ I want to wait to see what happens. I only get one Life!


👆🏾Tap photo to follow his globetrotting adventures on IG: @gimpygpobatrotter

I would feel safe right away if I can use the outdoor seating. I feel more comfortable outside than in an interior setting given that coronavirus travels further when air conditioning / fans are used.


👆🏾Tap photo to follow her travel therapy adventures on IG: traveling_jen

I will give it 1-3 months or so then I’ll feel comfortable eating at a restaurant again. I want to see how things go for other people first before I feel safe to go myself.


👆🏾Tap photo to follow her travel therapy adventures on IG: @welltravbrit

I would feel safe right away if I can use the outdoor seating. I’d be happy to eat outdoors at a restaurant that is supporting and enforcing social distancing. I don’t think I’d go the day they open up but probably fairly soon thereafter.

Maybe the second week when they’ve worked out the kinks. I’m really hoping that Berkeley and Oakland will follow the lead of some European cities that have closed down the streets to give restaurants more space to safely serve.


👆🏾Tap photo to follow his travel adventures on IG: @Mrglobetrotter

I took a road trip Saturday to Virginia Beach and it was wild out there. It was one of the least restrictve places I have been. I had lunch at a restaurant there… Felt a bit uncomfortable..


👆🏾Tap photo to follow her foodie adventures on IG: @thehappyfoodietraveller

Maybe a week or 2 after dine in is an option in my area I’ll go. I want to wait about 2 weeks to see if there is a rise in cases before I feel comfortable going out in public doing what I’m used to doing. If the numbers stay low, I’m ready to go! 🙂


👆🏾Tap photo to follow his global adventures on IG: @a_wandering_son

The day that my favorite restaurant allows it I’m going! I am actually going to my favorite sushi place in Vegas for lunch today! I can’t wait!!! It’called Sakana.


👆🏾Tap photo to follow her adventures on IG: @viva.lavero

The day that my favorite restaurant allows it I’m going! Even without a pandemic, there are Health risks to eating out like food poisoning. I’m conscious of those risks on a daily basis but I’m confident in my health and I take basic and safe precautions. I also stay away from places if I’m sick (but I’m not right now) lol.


👆🏾Tap photo to follow her adventures on IG: @cara_lilyy

The day that my favorite restaurant allows it I’m going! I trust restaurants are taking all the precautions necessary to be safe and to provide a safe environment to their consumers. Also, I trust myself to follow all steps to minimize my risk to a potential exposure!


Are YOU ready to dine in at a restaurant? 🤔🍽

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