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Tips for Ordering Restaurant Appetizers for a Large Group

Tips for Ordering Restaurant Appetizers for a Large Group

When you’re at a restaurant with a large group, ordering a couple appetizers that everyone will enjoy can get a bit tricky.

When you’re out at a restaurant with a large group, there’s nothing quite like appetizers to set the scene. Not only will appetizers keep everyone from getting hangry while orders are being prepared, but they can help keep your group engaged and allow you to have a more leisurely time with your meal. Appetizers are especially useful if your group is awkward or doesn’t know each other too well as it can help facilitate conversation. With these benefits in mind, before you start ordering, there are a few things you should take into consideration.

Know Who’s Paying

One of the first things to consider is who is paying for the meal. If it’s you, there’s no risk in ordering as your heart desires. Otherwise, be sure to speak with the group or the payee before you meet to be sure that appetizers are okay. Alternatively, you might offer to pay for just the appetizers if you know the rest of the check will be handled by someone else. Just be sure to let your waiter or waitress know how you will be organizing the check before you order as that will make your payment process far more organized and less awkward.

Consider Dietary Restrictions

Dietary restrictions and preferences can be a hard thing to navigate when choosing appetizers; you want to be sure that everyone can have something to enjoy, but you also want to be adventurous. The best thing about appetizers is that they are a way to explore a menu or new type of food without committing to a whole meal. Sure you can stick with classics, but if your group is willing to try some new treats, now is a great time to mix it up! At State Fare, you could stick with an option that’s a classic, like our Fried Mozzarella Cheese Curds, or try something a little more unique like our Steamed Mussels cooked in garlic beer broth!

Ask The Waiter

No one will know the menu and specials better than the wait staff! Asking for their recommendations is a great way to find out what the best thing on the menu will be. Whether you’re ensuring that you’re ordering enough for the group or simply making sure you get the best appetizers on the menu; it’s always a great idea to ask questions.


State Fare is conveniently located at 748 Frederick Road in Catonsville, Maryland. Our extensive menu has a variety of unique options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. We even have many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options! Our fully-stocked bar holds a huge collection of bourbons and whiskeys, as well as several different wines. On tap, we have several different local craft beers to show off the best beer that Maryland has to offer. We’re open every day from 8 am until 2 am, so make your reservation or just stop in and see us today!

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