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The 25 best questions to ask at dinner, from hello to goodbye

At Timeleft, we understand that knowing how to behave at a dinner party, especially with people you don’t know, can be a real challenge. Finding your place, listening and being listened to all require finesse and know-how. That’s why we’ve compiled “The 25 best questions to ask at dinner, from hello to goodbye”.

These questions are designed to facilitate your relationship with others, be it friendly, romantic or professional, because the quality of any relationship depends on your ability to ask good questions and, above all, to listen to the answers.

In this guide, we help you navigate through the different phases of a dinner party, and the social interactions involved. Each question has been carefully selected to encourage open and sincere conversations, helping you to truly connect with others.

From initial introductions to deeper discussions, these questions are your key to creating unforgettable moments of sharing and exchange. So, whether you’re a regular socialite or looking to improve your conversation skills, let these inspiring questions be your guide to making every dinner a unique experience.

5 questions for introductions

  • What made you smile today?
  • What’s the best news of your week?
  • What are your expectations for tonight?
  • What do you think everyone in the group does for a living?
  • What more would you need today to make the day a complete success?

5 questions to break the ice in a relaxed way

  • How would you explain your job to a 5-year-old in one sentence?
  • What do you think of dating apps?
  • Is there a quote or mantra that you live by?
  • What is one thing about you that would surprise most people?
  • What was the last thing you did for the first time?

5 questions to learn more about others

  • Is there a book or author you’d highly recommend?
  • What’s a tradition from another culture you find interesting?
  • What’s one small thing you do to help the environment?
  • What is the best advice you have ever received?
  • Describe a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone and what you learned.

5 questions to go deeper

  • How do you define success in your life?
  • If you could change one thing in the world, what would you choose?
  • What’s a lesson you learned the hard way?
  • Do you think humanity is moving in the right direction, or are we regressing in some ways?
  • What’s a goal or dream you’ve been chasing for a long time?

5 questions to close the dinner

  • If I had to do just one restaurant in the next few days, which would you recommend?
  • What does it take to create a lasting relationship, friendship or love?
  • What’s the one thing you’ll take away from this dinner?
  • If you had to close this dinner with a final word, what would it be?
  • Is there anything you would have liked to talk about?

As our digital world continues to expand, it’s becoming increasingly clear that authentic human connections are essential to our well-being. Timeleft is committed to strengthening these bonds by creating opportunities for face-to-face encounters away from screens.

With over 3,000 dinners held in 9 months and over 50,000 strangers engaged, Timeleft has not only proven the importance of these interactions, but has also created a movement towards a more fulfilling urban life.

Each Timeleft dinner is a unique opportunity to make meaningful connections, where your personality and curiosity play a key role. By participating in these dinners, you bring more than just a presence; you infuse your curiosity, openness and thirst for learning. It’s your mindset that will make the difference, transforming each meeting into a memorable experience.

We invite you to join us on this adventure. Sign up, reserve your place and get ready to dive into a world of discovery every week. Then share your experience to help us refine this collective adventure.

Together, let’s make each encounter an exceptional moment, and contribute to a world where authentic human connections take precedence over digital distance.

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