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Dining Alone

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by Rush, Mar 29, 2017.

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  1. Rush

    Rush MIA

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    I see a lot of posters here who are afraid, or at least aprehensive, about dining solo.

    Why?

    No one will think you are weird. Plenty of people eat alone. One thing I have noticed over the years, is that a lone woman will almost always have a book and a glass of wine!
     
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  2. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    The only problem I had with dining alone is all of the "comp money" that I was wasting. Do you know how difficult it is to spend $150 on a meal when you don't drink alcohol?

    This is focused primarily on venues that give you vouchers that are "use it or lose it".
     
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  3. LucyR.

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    Lots of solo people eat alone in vegas because their loved ones are gambling or shopping or resting in their hotel rooms. Or, they are traveling solo.

    I travel solo all the time and no big deal to eat alone. I do carry something to read while I am waiting for my food but then I put it away when the food arrives.
     
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  4. Rush

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    Can't you talk to your people about different compensation? Explain you don't eat $150 worth of food, and maybe would settle for $75 free play?
     
  5. andrew5499

    andrew5499 Low-Roller

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    I have done it and enjoy it. recent smartphone technology helps pass the time.
    Also most all restaurants in vegas have bar areas where you can dine. I enjoy The Henry at Cosmo, Gordon Ramsey Burger place at PH and my FAV is Juilan Serrano's at Aria.
     
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    I really haven't dined solo at a real restaurant before - not including fast food type joints - so I admit I am apprehensive. I'm not sure if it really has to do with what others will think of me dining alone so much as I'd be bored. I'm not a people watcher and as an introvert I would not enjoy sitting at the bar area chatting up strangers. I think I'd be happier eating in my room watching TV or sitting on my balcony at Cosmo. If I go ahead with my first solo trip (2 nights) in August I guess I will find out.
     
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    rcc4au Low-Roller

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    I love dining alone. Not because I can eat whatever I want with no one to judge me, but because I just like being alone sometimes.

    I usually have a book to read or can read some literature for my dissertation and can accomplish a lot during that lone(ly) dining experience.

    Although, I have to admit, I have looked at some people who are dining alone that just look so stinking sad that I feel sorry for them. I usually pick up the tab for those people. Hard to tell what they are going through, but given the sad looks, I assume it isn't good. It usually perks them up, even if just for a moment.
     
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    Some might not think it perfect, but imagine the alternative: You're at home eating Kraft Mac. It's vacation. Great food. How can that not be enjoyed?
     
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  9. Rush

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    The sad ones are probably just crabby!
     
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    Up at Harrahs Reno Steakhouse, they have two tables which I call the "lonely guy" tables, because that's where they seat the parties of one.

    Every time I see the maitre d', I ask him, is there a "lonely guy" table available??
     
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    I like eating alone. When I'm with a group it's a wonderful meal with lots of laughs, conversation and revelry. But, when I eat alone I can spend more time savoring the food. I always try and visit one or two fine-dining establishments or higher end restaurants by myself on each trip.
     
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    hahaha, see this all the time. I think it's a great way to ensure they're not getting hit on by every guy at the venue
     
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    I definitely think philosophies on eating alone are very much dictated by personality types. I will agree that extroverts tend to be okay with eating alone and use the opportunity to meet new folks (especially in Vegas). The thing is, I'd rather come with a book or computer and eat good food at the bar of a restaurant than to go home hungry or, worse, eat a frozen meal. I think once you get over the hump, you begin to not care about others and do what makes you happy.
     
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    I travel solo to Vegas often and sit at the bar while dining. Always seem to strike up conversations with really interesting people and have made a few new friends.
     
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    Love dining alone. And Vegas is one of the best places for it. You can choose the bar or a table and there are a lot of similar people in the situation.

    Sometimes I can strike up a conversation or if I just want some quiet respite I can keep to myself.
     
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    In October I went to Vegas and met a friend down there he was with his wife and a couple of other people I didn't know, I stayed at the Rio and he was at MGM so we would try and meet up most days. One of the days I was alone because they went to the Grand Canyon and when they came back they went to KA and than called it a night, I didn't tag along with them so I ended up having lunch and dinner alone, at first it felt weird because I never been to Vegas semi-solo but after I didn't care.
    I am going to Vegas in May, my girlfriend is going to be there for her girls trip, we are staying at Ballys but separate rooms so I would imagine I would be having some meals alone because it's her annual girls trip and I didn't want to interfere with it. I told her I will go and gamble all night anyways.

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    Eat at redwood grill at California each trip. The bartender is aware of the French onion soup first with bread followed by salad and then a 12 oz piece of cow. Uncanny. And really pleasant. Go for it.
     
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    I learned to eat alone in my early twenties while doing internships in college. Why worry about what other people think unless you think it's true? What I hate is going to bars alone. Nobody ever bothers me when I am alone in a restaurant, even when I sit at the restaurant bar. However, if I sit alone in a real bar everyone seems to think that I am there for conversation. Which is why I love Vegas, because any time I sit at a bar alone it is obvious that I am there to play video poker.

    And seriously, if you have problems eating alone in restaurants Vegas is the place to get over it, you're not going to stand out.
     
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    Their escargot is very good to
     
  20. andrew5499

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    In Vegas another alternative is go to a buffet - that is where i see many people dining alone. I recall a trip last year and I went to the Wynn buffet....I counted no less that 15 tables with single people. 12 were single females.
    I enjoy bar areas, i do not talk much - just read a book on the phone or watch TV.
     
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