Eating out with teenagers


I discovered a few years ago I didn’t need to consult Google when looking for a local restaurant. We could just ask our teenage daughter. Going out to dinner with her dad was a weekly occurrence, and over the course of a year she had pretty well visited every eatery in the inner-west of Sydney.

“D, what do you think of Thai-Pun?”

“Great pad thai, bit expensive.”

“D, can you recommend a good pizza joint?”

“Only one?”

Apart from being envious of her very healthy social life, I was looking forward to being able to go out to dinner with her myself after my “having small children tired all the time” phase. How fantastic is it having someone else cook and clean up after you? Plus, my teenager is awesome company, and will sometimes put on a show, like the time she fell into the water feature at a local steakhouse.

Sitting down to a family dinner is a great opportunity to connect with your kids, but taking them to a restaurant makes it a special event. It also prepares your teenagers for their own dining out experiences. Our kids will probably be leaving home in a few years, and it would be nice to know they can handle themselves in all kinds of social situations – like what to do if you’re soaked head to toe after an impromptu dip in the fake pond.

Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive. Deal-of-the-day website Groupon offers the chance to save up to 70% on dinner deals. Just today, the deals included:

  • 5 star hotel high tea ($75)
  • Christmas Harbour Cruise with buffet ($45)
  • All-you-can-eat Brazilian BBQ with cocktail ($54/2 people)

You can also search for the type of cuisine you feel like. Which means your teenager can learn there’s more to Arabic food than kebabs, and that Portugese food doesn’t start and end with Oporto chicken.

So give yourself the night off and enjoy a dinner out with your teenagers, and for added thrill, pick a dimly lit restaurant with water fountain.

This post is brought to you by Groupon.



  1. My husband encouraged my daughter to at least try things (capsicum was never a success and she’s still traumatised) but it’s paid off as she has an extensive palate. It’s also meant that she is expensive to take out so I love the ideal of some deals …oh and the water fountain for the growing experience.
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    • Yes, the unexpected dip was certainly a highlight. I hope your daughter comes around on capsicum – I feel it’s unfairly maligned! Now celery, on the other hand…

  2. I’ve had some fine meals via group buy sites. Good post.



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