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What time does the dinner bell ring and a few other ?s

This is inspired by another thread. I know there's already a what time thread, but it would be interesting to know the demographic a bit more. So, please do tell:
1. your average dinner time
2. your country
3. big city or small town
4. age group (if you're comfortable with this)
Thank you :)

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  1. 7pm weekdays 7:30-8:00 weekends
    medium city - Columbus Ohio

    I was curious about the same thing when the other post started spinning that way

      1. re: JKDLady

        Between 9 and 10 (because of my bf's job)
        Sarasota, FL (medium town)
        42 and 44

      2. 1. 10PM weeknights (due to work)
        7PM weekends
        (used to be 4PM to accommodate my dad's shifts when I was a kid!)
        2/3. Methuen, MA (small city north of Boston) USA
        4. 40's

        1. 1. 6 pm
          2. USA
          3. Small Town, NJ
          4. I've started the downhill side of 40.

          1. 1. 7-8pm weekdays; all over the map on weekends
            2. USA
            3. small town (1 square mile) with big city attitude (Hoboken, NJ)
            4. 50s

            1. About an hour after I get home on weekdays, so between 6:00and 7:00, weekends are a mixed bag,sometimes an early supper/happy hour at 4 or 5 and activity or could be later like 7 or 7:30.


              Small town/city


              1. I'll answer my own question.
                8 or 8:30 weekdays, weekends vary
                large city (Phoenix)
                3 people in the house: late 30's, early 40's and a senior

                1. 6pm

                  USA, inner suburb of Boston (7 miles from downtown)

                  Early 50s

                  I am a strong lark, not an owl at all (Boston has lots of larks; NY is more dominated by owls). During the week I am up around 4:20AM*, in the pool by 5AM, and off to commute around 6:20AM, and leave work just before 5PM. So I am in bed by or before 9PM. On weekends, the morning schedule allows me to rise at the positively slothful hour of 6AM.

                  * There was a time a few years ago where I got up an hour earlier to walk for 2 miles before getting into the pool. I observed others who were up and out for exercise at 4AM before going to work.

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                  1. re: Karl S

                    I'm in your neighborhood, roughly, Karl, and you're right. Commuting from north of Boston, I am joined by a ton of folks on the road if I leave the house later than 6:15. My preferred departure time is 5:30AM, so that my commute is somewhat peaceful. Boston does have lots of larks.

                  2. Assume you mean dining out? I am located south of Boston and in our small town and the surrounding small towns the prime dining hours during the week is around 6:30-7:30 on average. Weekends that gets pushed to 7:30-8:30. Both lean later for the younger set and earlier for the older set.

                    My home town which is a summer tourist destination prime dinner hour is 8-9ish in the summer and 5-6ish in the winter. Again caveat for younger vs older.

                    For us personally we dine out around 6ish when it's a school night, around 7ish when it's not. Homework and sports are a great modifier. We are in our early 50's with a 12 year old. If we have a sitter we might eat as late as 9:30/10:00.

                    Eating at home is about 6:30 no matter the day-again sports and homework can be a big modifier.

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                    1. re: foodieX2

                      I will confirm this Boston pattern.

                      I will only dine out on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 if I have a reso or the place is known not to be jammed. I will not otherwise bother with dining at peak dining hours; a "scene" or buzz is a negative, not a positive.

                    2. 5:00 - 5:30
                      Very, Very small.....
                      39 + Shipping and handling.
                      You're Welcome.

                      1. 1. 7.30 - 8.00 (home), 8.00 - 8.30 (restaurant)

                        2. UK

                        3. Ex-village, now suburb of metroland. Part of one of ten boroughs in the conurbation (two of which are cities). Populations: 5k ("village"), 285k (borough, not a city), 2.7 million (metro area)

                        4. I'm 63

                        1. 1. 6:30
                          2. USA
                          3. medium city- Birmingham, AL
                          4. upper 20s

                          1. 1. 8/8:30ish at home; 7 if making reservations in our city, and if on vacation we tend toward the earliest possible - 5 o'clock is not an unusual vacation dinnertime for us, as we enjoy the relative calm and quiet of non-prime times, especially with my hisband's hearing problems with background noise.

                            2. US

                            3. Twin Cities, Minnesota

                            4. We're both 49, and just hitting our stride with empty-nesting.

                            I grew up in a small town with a family that had supper at 4:30 on the dot. When my kids were home, we ate earlier (6:30 or so) or sometimes separately to accommodate activity schedules. Our current late-ish dinner time suits our lives now; my husband's work life frequently spills over unexpectedly into evenings, and after 8 is the only realistic time to shoot for. We tend, in general, not to be too tied to the clock with eating times. In the summer, we often eat more around the 9:30 time slot - with all other obligations out of the way, we can relax and enjoy a unhurried dinner on the patio.

                            1. Hmmm, so what I'm seeing is that people in smaller towns tend to eat earlier, as suggested in the "least you would order" thread. I guess the only conclusion I'm drawing right now would be the difference in commute time, or possibly adjusted work schedules to allow for traffic.
                              With the exception of the Boston area. Interesting to know it's a city of larks. Left on my own, I'd be a lark. But the men in the house are owls, so I have to adjust a bit.

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                              1. re: alliegator

                                The exception in Boston are the university students, where owls are more enabled than they used to be (Boston was notorious as a major metro that shut down early; now it merely doesn't shut down late).There's not as big an expense account scene as there was before the local Great Recession of the early 1990s (which was much more severe locally than nationally; unlike the current one, where the reverse is true).

                                1. re: Karl S

                                  Back a few years ago when I was matriculating there at one of the many esteemed schools, in our part of the city, there were plenty of clubs, bars & cheesesteak/pizza places open until 3 am, after we stumbled out of the bars and into the streets. Same when I was working downtown at the Fanueil Hall / Quincy marketplace area. Other parts of the city with more residents than students may have been a bit different. Then again when everything else closed, there was always Chinatown, where they would serve us "cold tea" and the combat zone..... Good times.

                                2. re: alliegator

                                  The other possible factor would be that cities tend to be more expensive - so families are more likely to have both people working full time. Getting dinner on the table early is a lot easier when someone is home early to do it.

                                3. Now:

                                  6:00 -- 8:00 on weekdays
                                  burbs of Philly
                                  early 30s.

                                  Then (childhood):

                                  5:30 to 6:30
                                  small town in rural midwest

                                  1. 1. 6-6:15 pm daily
                                    2. USA
                                    3. Burbs outside Philadelphia
                                    4. DH and I are early 40s. DS is 3, and that's why we eat so early. We used to eat closer to 7 (I would go to the gym after work).

                                    1. 7:30 PM, USA,Small City-Bloomington, IN., 60s

                                      1. Sometime between 8 and 9 weekdays. Rarely home before 7. Weekends between 7 and 10
                                        Currently US
                                        Most populous city in the US
                                        I knew dirt when it was young according to my son

                                        1. Like others in the Boston area, we are early risers and tend to have an early dinner time most days, especially in the fall and winter. If one of us has an evening meeting or an event at school, we'll have a very early dinner, say, 5 p.m. and then maybe a second dinner later when we get home and are more relaxed.

                                          We live in Lexington, MA.

                                          I'm 50, DH is 51, and our kids are 18 (away at college) and 16.

                                          1. 1. 8 - 8:30 weekdays; I'm rarely home from work before 7:30. Weekends can be anywhere from 5 - 9; all depends on whether I'm eating in or out and who with.
                                            2. USA
                                            3. Biiiig city (Los Angeles)
                                            4. Late 40s

                                            1. I still have young children at home (12 & 10). We live in LA and my husband works looonnggg hours, so he is not home for dinner usually during the week. During the summer, we'll eat by 7 pm. During school and after school activities we eat closer to 6....sometimes before, sometimes after. Weekends, we eat between 6:30 & 7 pm.

                                              1. 1.) 7-9 pm depending on when I finish with appointments. Last night for example I didn't get to the restaurant till 9pm didn't eat till close to 10. At home more towards 7.

                                                2.) USA

                                                3.) Small town

                                                4.) 43 (still on the upside of the 40's unlike that OLD cranky man MGZ)

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                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                  jr, my friend, I'm sorry if (once again) I'm too clever for you and have presented a reference that was too subtle to avoid confusing you. For future reference, however, think of 40 as the pinnacle. Once one crosses that threshold, like both you and I have, it's ok to coast towards the inevitable - just try to avoid the trees and beware of empty glasses.

                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                    MGZ, I'm in the same demographic but I like to think that I haven't peaked yet and like a fine wine, I can still improve with age. At some point I will probably be full of vinegar though. So in the meantime I will keep on climbing higher though the knees sure are more creaky.

                                                    1. re: Bkeats

                                                      Yeah MGZ I'm like Bkeats I'm a Kwality wine too! I'm a Carlo Rossi, Opicci or the great Ernest and Julio Gallo! I'm getting better with age, Chow ain't seen nuffin yet!

                                                      1. re: Bkeats

                                                        I'm sure you'll reach your peak when the conditions are right, Bk. I'll merely note that the mountain metaphor relates primarily to splitting average life expectancy in half and partially to my own notion that climbing holds less interest than coasting. It's hard to stir a martini when your fingers are clinging to rocks.

                                                        1. re: MGZ

                                                          That's when the cocktail straws come in handy

                                                          I'm hoping for more than the four score for you, jr and me.

                                                  2. 9-10 pm
                                                    big city
                                                    I'm 41, he's 35

                                                    1. 8.00 at home. I like to cook whilst listening the arts programme that's on week nights from 7.15. We eat any time from 6.00 to 8.00 if we're going out depending on if we eat straight from work or come home first.
                                                      huge city

                                                      1. As a kid growing up on Cape Cod in the 50's and 60's, we ate promptly at 6:15.no excuses. The local church had bells that rang starting at 6 and ending at 6:15. All the kids in the area knew.once you heard the bells.you better hightail it home!

                                                        Now in my 60's in PA, we usually eat at 6-6:30 at home.7-7:30 out

                                                        1. When I was a kid growing up in Michigan, 6pm was dinner time, with exceptions only in the case of a band practice or some such for one of us kids.

                                                          Now that I am an adult and have my own home and NO kids:

                                                          1. 7:30-8:30pm (unless going to a restaurant in the city after work - then we do 6:30 or 7)
                                                          2. America
                                                          3. NYC (the biggest of the big!)
                                                          4. 36 (DH is 39)

                                                          1. 1. Prefer to eat around 7 or 7:30 - but with our schedules, we either eat between 6 and 6:30 when the kids eat, or at 9:30/10 after they're asleep.
                                                            2. USA
                                                            3. Big city
                                                            4. mid-30s

                                                            1. 6:30 ( for the Soup Nazi)
                                                              Small town, In Back of Beyond, Texas
                                                              71 & 76

                                                              1. 1. 8-9pm
                                                                2. USA
                                                                3. Boston-ish, specifically, Camberville
                                                                4. 30s

                                                                I usually get home from work around 7 or 8. Unlike my fellow Boston-area dwellers, I'm a night owl. Bedtime is usually around 1. I get up at 7:30 because I have to, not by choice.

                                                                1. 1. 6 pm-ish
                                                                  2. Canada
                                                                  3. Small town (we have a restaurant, an ice cream store in summer, and a lighthouse--that's it)
                                                                  4. Late 30's

                                                                  *I work from home. When I used to commute dinner would be later and I'd have a snack in the afternoon. Now, no snack. Also, my husband works shift, so this is when I eat, and when we tend to eat when we're together. His workday eating times are all over the place.

                                                                  1. What are you calling dinner? The last meal of the day? The big meal of the day here in Mexico is from 2 pm until 4 pm and yes it really can (and does sometimes) last 2 hours.
                                                                    Business make up for the "downtime" by staying open much later. Getting a Doctors' or Dentist appointment at 8 pm is normal, along with accountants, architects and many other professionals services.
                                                                    The last meal of the day can be, at restaurants, from 8 pm until 11 pm. Since the big meal of the day is mid day, the food served later at night tends to be a bit lighter.
                                                                    personally, my last meal (dinner?) is around 8 pm. Then again, I own my business and am up at 6 am, 7 days a week. by 8 pm I am toast and on the home stretch.

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                                                                    1. re: genoO

                                                                      Last meal. An thought I'm a mere 150 miles from your border, I could never adjust to the idea of visiting the dentist at 8 pm :D
                                                                      I do like lunch as the heavy meal, though. I tend to do that on weekends.

                                                                    2. 1. 9-10pm
                                                                      2. USA
                                                                      3. Big city
                                                                      4. 27

                                                                      1. 1. When it happens (single household, recently retired so no schedule). Dinner is usually just one in a series of snacks/small meals eaten over the course of the day.
                                                                        When dining out will go early or late to avoid prime time (7pm-8pm).
                                                                        2. USA
                                                                        3. medium city (Mpls /St.Paul first ring suburb)
                                                                        4. 60's

                                                                        1. 1. Anywhere between 730 and 830. I try to start cooking at 730.

                                                                          2. 'Merica

                                                                          3. My immediate town is small. On the very far reaches of the Denver metro area.

                                                                          4. early 30s.

                                                                          I will say if we had children, I'm sure dinner would be much earlier.

                                                                          1. Usually between 7-8 pm.
                                                                            Large city in East Asia
                                                                            Early 40s

                                                                            If we go out to dinner on the weekend, it's usually much early (5-5:30 pm) when places are less busy, unless we're organized to make reservations by Tuesday.

                                                                            As an aside - when I was a kid we ate at 5pm (moderate sized town) in order to be done before evening activities, which would start at about 7, and the nights my Dad taught night classes. My mom was at home, though, so she could get dinner done by then.

                                                                            1. I try to eat when I'm hungry.

                                                                              1. Spring / Summer around 8:30
                                                                                Fall / Winter 7:30
                                                                                Coastal west coast
                                                                                over 55

                                                                                1. 1. 7ish. My husband and I work shift work and are both off at 6, home by 630ish, so the goal is dinner at 7.
                                                                                  2. US
                                                                                  3. Suburbs of northern VA
                                                                                  4. 30's

                                                                                  1. 1. Weekdays 7:30; weekends when I'm hungry if home, 7:30 - 8 if out.
                                                                                    3. City
                                                                                    4. 51

                                                                                    1. 7:30-8pm
                                                                                      small town

                                                                                      I'm betting it's not the size of the town, but the job that dictates. Union shops and blue collar-ish households tend to dance to an earlier and rigid schedule

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                                                                                      1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                                                        Absolutely. When my father was working 7-3, breakfast was a family breakfast at 5 am, and supper was at 4. I'm not sure that families stick to the "eat together" rule nowadays, though, what with a zillion after school activities and all.

                                                                                      2. School year, Sunday to Thursday Nights 6PM
                                                                                        rest of year: 7PM
                                                                                        Friday Night 7:30PM
                                                                                        Saturday Night depends on reservations......

                                                                                        Small suburb in large metro area
                                                                                        60 ish but still have school age child in the house who has to get up at 5am to make a 6:20am school bus

                                                                                        1. 1. 6 on the weekdays. On the weekends it varies more. Sometimes a little later, sometimes a little earlier, but usually never past 7.
                                                                                          2. US
                                                                                          3. Northern VA
                                                                                          4. 28

                                                                                          1. 1. 6 ish
                                                                                            2. USA
                                                                                            3. Small city
                                                                                            4. 30 - 40 (but with small children)

                                                                                            1. Since I've been married:
                                                                                              SMALL town Maine
                                                                                              44 (in 10 days)

                                                                                              When I was single:
                                                                                              Biggest Little City in the World (I am an anachronism. I grew up in the Navy, I consider myself a Southern boy, but I consider Reno NV my hometown)
                                                                                              Pre-39 years old

                                                                                              1. Anywhere from 4-7pm depending on when DH gets home from work. Very rarely 8, NEVER later. I'm an early-to-bed person and I get reflux if I eat anything heavy any later than that. If we eat very early I'll have a light snack at eight. If we're eating out, we'll go at at 5-6pm and hope to beat the rush.

                                                                                                USA (raised in Australia)
                                                                                                Ft Lauderdale

                                                                                                1. 1. Prep starts at around 6. I normally dine 30 minutes to 2 hours later.
                                                                                                  2. USA
                                                                                                  3. Small town on the Space Coast of Florida. But then again, we are all small towns here.
                                                                                                  4. Knocking on 60.

                                                                                                  This has not changed from when I would pick up Dear Daughter at day care or be at home when she got off the bus. Supper was when it was ready.

                                                                                                  1. 1. 7 - 7.30pm, normally
                                                                                                    2. Australia
                                                                                                    3. Country town that is almost a city
                                                                                                    4. Early 40s

                                                                                                    1. 9-10 pm
                                                                                                      Small city, lol
                                                                                                      25-30 years old
                                                                                                      We do eat late, but we also usually start our day a little later than most, I usually start work around 11am, my S.O.'s schedule varies. If I do have a 9-5 day then yes, I do start thinking about dinner earlier, no earlier than 6pm however.

                                                                                                      1. I havent heard a 'dinner bell' probably since 1960, but never mind.

                                                                                                        1. 7ish during the week, a little later on weekends
                                                                                                        2. Milwaukee WI U.S. of A. Home of Harley Davidson
                                                                                                        3. Small if you are from NYC, Big if you are from Bugtussle.
                                                                                                        4. Late 50s
                                                                                                        You're welcome (^-^)

                                                                                                        1. 1. around 6h30pm
                                                                                                          2. Canada
                                                                                                          3. big city
                                                                                                          4. late thirties

                                                                                                          1. 1. Usually 6:30 pm
                                                                                                            2. Japan
                                                                                                            3. Tokyo (the biggest city)
                                                                                                            4. 59 and 64 (daughter, 24, now lives in Chicago)

                                                                                                            1. 6:30-9:00
                                                                                                              Tampa Bay Florida

                                                                                                              1. 1) In the summer dinner is 10ish.
                                                                                                                In the winter it's 8ish.
                                                                                                                2) USA
                                                                                                                3) Raleigh, NC - mid sized city (?) pop. 423,000
                                                                                                                Although the Triangle area is well over 1 million, but spread over several counties.
                                                                                                                4)just turned 54!

                                                                                                                As a child my family ate by the clock. Dinner was 6pm with no exception. Guess I've always been a bit of a rebel!

                                                                                                                1. 6:00 if home
                                                                                                                  small town, out in the countryOr the sticks as the kids call it)
                                                                                                                  USA - Delaware, but was the same when we were in NJ
                                                                                                                  late 60's and early 70's

                                                                                                                  1. Now
                                                                                                                    1. 6:30ish at home 8:00 out
                                                                                                                    2. USA
                                                                                                                    3. Medium City (Honolulu)
                                                                                                                    4. 50's

                                                                                                                    1. 7pm sharp. (about an hour later than most neighbors)
                                                                                                                    2. USA
                                                                                                                    3. Large City (Oakland/San Francisco)
                                                                                                                    4. 1960's & 70's

                                                                                                                    Nowadays times can vary depending on schedules of those involved. I would say almost never before 6pm, or after 8:30pm. The majority of restaurants here close at 9pm, so if you want a choice of places to go, you better be seated by 8:30 - because closing is when they start putting chairs up on the tables. Showing up at 8:50 at a restaurant that closes at 9 is not looked kindly upon.

                                                                                                                    oh... mgz, you have a few years of climbing yet to go, don't relax just yet.