Ideas for an Engagement Proposal at a Restaurant


Proposing at a restaurant requires a lot of preparation and thinking ahead of time, because you need to coordinate with the people who run the restaurant. Make sure that you go somewhere nice so that it is romantic and not a hectic, busy place. You can choose to do it and make a scene in the restaurant or in a more private area. Designate the area with the manager ahead of time as well.

Ice Cube

  • Have the ring frozen into an ice cube ahead of time and put into her glass. Once the ice melts, she will realize the ring in her glass. At this point you get down on one knee and propose to her. Have it put in her water glass in case she orders something that does not come with ice, such as wine.


  • Order a dessert, but work with the chef ahead of time. On the cake, in icing, have it say, "Will you marry me?" At many upscale restaurants they use chocolate sauce to decorate the plate, so have it written in chocolate sauce on the plate around the dessert and have the ring placed on top of it. Or you can ask her after she sees the writing on the plate.


  • Have a special menu printed out ahead of time. On it you can have one of the entrees renamed so that it asks her to marry you. Another option is to have the whole inside of the menu blank except for the words "Will you marry me?" Again, you will need to plan this well in advance so that the menu can be printed up in time for your dinner.

Private Room

  • Reserve a private room for just the two of you and have a small band playing music throughout the night for you. Dance to a few songs and have a good time. Before dessert is brought out, ask her if she will marry you. The room provides a private, intimate setting so that the experience is very romantic.


  • When the waiter brings the champagne out that you order, it is typically shown to both of you to make sure that it is what you want. Have the ring tied around the front of the bottle and put in the front of it so that when he shows it to her she will see it and you can pop the question. Another option is to drop something near her. When she picks it up you can put the ring in her champagne quickly. When she finishes she will see it in there.

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