If you have a meal, and you don't take a picture of it, did you even eat?
Of course! Many restaurants and cafes intentionally make their food, drinks, and ambiance "instagrammable" to inspire customers to post pictures on social media leading to increased foot traffic.
Wouldn't be lovely to relax, enjoy yourself, and chat with your friends without getting lost in a sea of iPhones--not even having the option to pull out your phone and text, call or take a picture?
Some of our favorite cafes and restaurants are setting a new and we fabulous trend and are asking customers to keep their tech turned off and meal unplugged.
We LOVE the focus on real life over "likes" and think a phone-free meal is just what we've all been craving.
Check out a list of some of our favorite phone-free dining experiences below.
Club 21, No Phones At The Table
Club 21 asks customers to keep their phone away while dining. If it is an emergency they step outside to take calls.
21 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Serranos Mexican, Device Free Dinners
Serranos Mexican food Hosts a #DeviceFreeDinner on Thursday evenings from 5-9. Customers are asked to doc their phones and grab a few conversation starter cards. This gives them to chance to chat with their friends and family during dinner.
Located in Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, and Fort Mohave Arizona.
Ludo Lefebvre Trois Mec, No Phones and Device Free Dining
As an intimate artisanal restaurant, the head chef at Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec kindly asks customers to keep their devices away when dining. This enhances the dining experience and allows them to focus on the exquisite food.
716 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Hearth, Unplugged Dining Disconnect and Connect With Friends
Hearth has a box on each table with the note inside: "We'd like to invite you to unplug during your meal here at Hearth. Feel free to use this box, put your phone away, and connect with your fellow diners." What an easy way to put the devices down and spark up some lively conversation.
403 East 12th St at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009
Petit Jardin, No Phones, No Laptops No WiFi Dining at this Restaurant
Petit Jardin in Southern France is a charming outside restaurant. But the best part... no phones allowed! The owners believe in the importance of breaking bread. If they catch you on your phone they issue a warning and ask you to put your device away. If you are on your device after a warning, you will be brought the check immediately. This seemingly extreme approach ensures customers take their meal time to sit back and relax.
4 Bis Avenue Saint-Benoît d'Aniane, 34150 Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, France
Zizzi, Phone Free Valentines Day Love Connection
This UK based chain likes to offer an extra feature for customers on Valentines Day. They ask all parties on Valentines Day to keep their devices away. This motivates a more romantic evening. They have over 60 locations all over the UK.
Kibbitznest Books, Brews, and Blarney, No Laptops Allowed, Just Fun at the Table
This rustic brewery, book shop, and meet-up spot offers delicious beer, wine, coffee, and snacks in a laptop-free environment. They have various board games and books guests are welcome to use in place of digital devices.
2212 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Fox in the Snow Cafe, WiFi Free Dining and Coffee
This airy and beautiful cafe has opted out of WiFi since the start. The charming cafe's owners want their store to be a place for people to come to sit, relax, and chat with friends. They did not want The Fox in the Snow to turn into people's office. Abstaining from offering in-store WiFi, customers are more inclined to chat with their friends.
1031 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201 and
210 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
Dough Lover, Laptop and WiFi Free Policy