Thank You Notes For Dinner

As a host, there is nothing better than receiving a thank you note for dinner. I make sure to show my appreciation as well if someone has taken the time and money to prepare a meal for me.

Has someone taken you out for dinner, or cooked for you, and you want to show how grateful you are? Consider writing a thank you note for the dinner. Here are some simple tips that can help you show how thankful you are after a wonderful meal.

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  1. Mention Specifics About the Meal
  2. Mention a Story You Discussed at the Dinner
  3. Describe How Much You Enjoyed Yourself
  4. Make Sure You Use the Proper Amount of Formality Required
  5. If it was a homemade meal, insist on getting the recipe in the future!

Making your thank you dinner note personalized will show the person that you really did appreciate the meal, and better yet, it’ll increase the chance of getting invited out again...

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Sample Notes


A Sample Thank You Note For Dinner

Hi Tom,

Thank you for the dinner last night. I greatly enjoyed our conversation about real estate as well as the shrimp that was drenched in chef’s secret ingredients.

The evening was a perfect combination of great conversation and good food.

Thank you very much,



As you can see, this note is concise and to the point. You’ve gotten your point across without having to go into great detail. Even a brief note like this will be appreciated by the recipient.

Thanking a Potential Client

Mr. Smith,

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to explain more to me about the different aspects of your business. I am considering your proposition and will let you know as soon as possible what decision has been made.

Dinner was very much enjoyable and I feel that I have learned a lot from our meeting. You’re a very generous person. I look forward to meeting with you in the future and hope that our work relationship will prosper.

Tom Jenkins


Tom Jenkins shows his appreciation for dinner as well as confirming his interest in the business proposition that was spoken about between the two of them. He also lets him know that he is trying to come to a decision as quickly as possible.

In these few lines he was able to convey these two important messages.

Also, by noting Mr. Smith’s generosity, Tom is implicitly thanking him for buying dinner. Such a gesture was not necessary, but it was appreciated.

Charity Group - Thanks for The Donated Dinner

Miss Tina Martin,

We here at Caring for Kids would like to thank you very much the pizza that you bought our group. The kids were very excited to hear that they were getting this special treat and we would not have been able to do it without you.

I have enclosed a couple of photos so that you can see just how grateful we truly are.

Mr. Trout


Miss Tina Martin had given money to help the charity group buy dinner for the group of kids. Since she was not able to attend, Mr. Trout rightly concluded that a thank you note with a few photos included would be very much appreciated.

Attaching photos with a thank you note can be a great way to show some extra appreciation if the other person was not able to take part.

What About After a Dinner Date?



Thanks for the Dinner Date


Hi there.

I just wanted to say that I had a fabulous time last night. Thank you for dinner, it was so tasty.

I didn’t think I was ever going to quit laughing with all of those great stories you told. You are so funny in a unique and captivating way.

Whenever you told that story about your dog chasing down the mailman I could barely catch my breath. Poor guy!

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Until then,


Writing a thank you note after a dinner date can be a great way of showing that you’re interested in going out again.

As you can see, this note is very casual and fun. Tessa simply wanted to let Tom know that she had a good time and was thankful for the dinner and the company. Putting specifics about what she enjoyed about the evening made the thank you note that much more special.

If these love birds end up getting married, Tom will have a nice memento of their first date.

Thanks for Bringing Me Dinner


I greatly appreciate the dinner that you brought over to me and the kids when I was down because of the surgery. They were really getting tired of eating mac and cheese and other noodles all of the time.

Your dish was amazing. My boys asked me to learn how to make it so the next time we talk please do let me in on the secret. I don’t know if I will be able to make it as well as you did but hopefully I can learn.

Again, thank you so much for your help.



You could hear how genuinely happy Annette was in her thank you note. She also did the wise thing to praise the food that was given to her and asked for the recipe as well.

Thank You for The Surprise Lunch


I can’t tell you how happy and surprised I was when you called me up and asked to take me out to lunch. With the new hour lunch I was worried that I would be lonely and bored all by myself.

Having you with me at lunch made my day fly by so quickly. I was afraid with us working different shifts we wouldn’t be able to see each other as much so this was a great treat.

I have had a smile on my face all day. I can’t wait to see you again.

Love your honey,

This is a little mushy but it can do wonders for the atmosphere at home. If someone has gone out of the way to surprise you and give you company during a meal, a thank you note will be of equal surprise and appreciation for the recipient.

What Kind of Note Does Your Dinner Require?

As you can see here, there are many different situations that may warrant a written thanks. Depending on the type of meal you’ve had, you may want to write your note more formally, or informally. You can easily use these examples to make a great thank you for dinner note.

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