The FIRST DATE is the DEFINING date!! What you offer, will give her an idea of how well you listen, how you understand her.
It doesn't need to be anything flashy, and 5-Star, to make her smile!!
The ladies I like, would HATE a 5-Star place!!!
What matters, to the ones that I have been with, was that the first date was something PERSONAL, to them; something she had mentioned, or talked about, when we were getting to know each other, and playfully flirting!
I listen, and when she just casually mentions some place she likes, OK, I hear that!! Good place for a First Date!! But rather mundane, and expected!!
Go another step, and find something AMAZING!!
For example, one that I dated loved BBQ Pork with Broccoli, and fried rice.
I took her to a Mongolian BBQ place, that she never knew existed, and you can pick what you want, and they cook it for you! She LOVED IT!! She picked this and that, and they cooked it for her, and she loved it! Then she went back, and got more!!
Talk about an AMAZING 'compliment' for the guy, making the date!!! She actually EATS!!! How bad is it, for the guy, to try to find the PERFECT place, and then she barely eats anything?
The point of the First Date, is to show her that you know what she likes, because you have been listening!! Ladies, the way you show him that you appreciate that effort, is to EAT!! We KNOW you want to, and you should love it!! That's the point: Make her happy with something she loves!!