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For those of us who like ([WWW]or occasionally have little choice but) to dine at restaurants alone, there is the dreaded act (or art) of Solo Dining, with two possible outcomes:

"The single diner has no other agenda but to eat in your restaurant.
They're not there for business, they're not there for romance.
They're there for the restaurant's food and service." ([WWW]NYTimes)

TIP: If you feel funny about dining alone, bring a book or something similar to keep you entertained while you are waiting for your food, etc. You'll feel much less awkward.

Please add to the list below and share your positive solo dining experiences (emphasis on dinners and restaurants with waitstaff):

Good Spots to Dine Solo

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2009-12-04 18:22:56   I haven't solo dined in Davis yet, but I absolutely adore restaurants that offer you a newspaper if they see you're solo and without a book! —RyanMikulovsky


2009-12-04 19:31:46   Lots of people around Davis dine solo and bring stuff to study or books to read or talk on the phone. This is especially common at places like Crepeville, where WiFi and large tables are available. —IDoNotExist


2009-12-04 21:01:39   @IDoNotExist True, but I suppose I should have specified this page towards a more "dinner" type of dining out alone, which I have not seen occur much (besides myself). It's actually pretty rare, even in the big cities, and I'm still trying to figure out how to specify and orient this page towards that... Whether I should just make two extra columns in the table above for Lunch and Dinner, or something else... —H4rry


2009-12-05 11:07:16   I'm a little confused on what you are looking for on this list. Is it fancy places in Davis where people might feel awkward eating alone (or happy doing so)? Is it places where people come alone and work all the time? Is it places with entertainment for people who come to them alone? —IDoNotExist

I've personally had vastly different experiences at Burgers and Brew when going there alone than when going with people. When I go there alone, I often get shunted to tables that are in *terrible* locations compared to the others - even late at night when there are open tables of the same size in better locations, and its obvious that a larger party is not going to need them, and even when I've specifically asked for a better table. This doesn't happen with a group. I don't think that this has really happened to me at other restaurants in Davis. Most have open seating, and many of the remainder specifically ask me where I would like to sit. —IDoNotExist


2010-03-25 15:25:18   Ummm...I dine solo quite a lot. My favourite places to go are: Crepeville, Burgers and Brew (sit on the barstools outside), Black Bear Diner (for breakfast), Ali Baba's, Orange Hut (I snag a table next to an outlet and surf away), Ciocolat and Plutos. Eating alone isn't always so bad—I get lots of work done! —ArianeMetz


2010-04-19 11:11:35   Davis Mikuni is a fine place to dine at lunch time. Ask to sit at the sushi bar! —dmawright


2011-01-24 12:40:57   You can dine solo anywhere!!! —tneeley


2011-04-02 06:43:00   @tneely was it always quite simple and easy for you to dine alone? I find it a bit of an art, especially sans distractions like phones, books, and gadgets. I'm going out tonight for another stab at Davis solo dining. Btw: I have had 2 awful experiences at Burgers and brews.... Ended up going to the new froggy's and was treated like a queen. —Chrissye


2011-07-09 21:40:00   I went to Burgers and brew solo style and was very happy with the experience. —MichaelNielsen


2011-08-22 08:53:21   Just ran across this and thought it was a bit humorous that a page was dedicated to it. I am a solo diner, I'd say once every 2 weeks, sometimes once a week. My gf thinks I am weird but as someone in school and working full time I do not always cook. I work in a restaurant downtown so I am in there area anyway. I never feel awkward at Burgers and Brew, but I have only eaten there for lunch which is only half-service. I like the bar seating that overlooks the park. Delta of Venus is nice during the day as sitting outside is great, but like B&B, is half service. Tommy J's definitely is one of the more comfortable places to eat solo so far. I have been to Manna Korean BBQ twice now for lunch and there were a few solo diners. I guess since I work dinner shifts I tend to eat out during lunch and most places are more accommodating to solo diners compared to dinner. I work at Red88 Noodle Bar and have noticed a lot of solo diners for lunch and also dinner. The setup allows you to sit alone away from the server/bartender (usually only 1 person) at a table, or at the bar to chat. There are outlets and wifi as well. —KurtG


2012-10-30 12:10:01   3rd and U, and generally all cafe types tend to be solo-friendly. Students go there to study, even. I'm the type who almost never goes on social outings. Many people seem to think that's weird, but I really don't give a damn anymore. We are out of middle school, people should know better than to judge someone who does not follow society's agenda that you must eat food with other people. Food is just food, end of story. —Chelsea744


2013-03-09 20:01:28   I would like to add Black Bear cafe- it has a friendly atmosphere and there is a bar-top area that faces the kitchen you can eat at. I've dined there a few times alone and have had good experiences. —jls


2013-08-18 03:29:06   I don't get it... you can walk into any restaurant, ask for a table of 1, and have a menu handed to you when you're seated; at least, I haven't heard stories of anyone being denied or given a funny look by a waiter when dining solo. I've eaten at many places in Davis solo (for dinner and lunch; with a book and without; full service and less service), and the only consideration I gave a restaurant was whether I was craving their food, unless my brain was doing something subconsciously. If this is about not feeling awkward while surrounded by a bunch of couples or groups, I think that problem would exist anywhere, even taco bell... —TheShah

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