What are your favorite "restaurant" games?

Inspired by a conversation with @Marshwiggle92

What are some games you find easy to bring to a restaurant or coffee shop to play?

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Supporter11 months ago

You know, with the exception of hanging out at a board game cafe, I don't think I've ever taken a game to a restaurant or coffee shop. I think I'll get my own copy of Welcome To (my wife really likes that game) and try it out next time :)

Supporter11 months ago

Have you played any other roll and writes? Railroad Ink is a personal favorite, and a great cafe/restaurant game

11 months ago

Highly recommend it! My wife and I try to do it every weekend! She loves going to coffee shops and I love playing games, so we do something we both enjoy haha.

Supporter11 months ago

That's awesome, I'll try this out with her and give you an update in the future!

11 months ago

Awesome! Please do!

11 months ago

I keep Castles of Caleira and Mint Works in my backpack for this reason. Both are simple and easy to explain and take up little table space.

Supporter11 months ago

Had to look up Castles of Caleira. Looks really cool actually, and seems like a great game for this. How have others liked it/who do you usually play with?

11 months ago

I typically play this with non gamers at work and it goes over fairly well. The face down bluffing mechanism is easy to understand but has enough nuance to keep it tricky. 

Supporter11 months ago

I bet some of the Tiny Epic series would be good ones. Tiny Epic Galaxies came to mind first just because there's less of a board in the middle that needs to be maintained.

Supporter11 months ago

I haven't done too much restaurant gaming so I'm interested to hear

Supporter11 months ago

We used to bring Utopian Rummy into casual pizza places and such (we kept a copy in the glove box). Nowadays it's mostly Yahtzee on my husband's phone.

Supporter11 months ago

My wife and I will do Scrabble on a phone often. We like it :) 

11 months ago

I no one is with me then I would bring Friday.  It's very compact and though simple, I find it to be an enjoyable solo experience.  With at least one other person it's Jaipur or Martian Dice. Jaipur is our favorite two player game at the moment.  

11 months ago

Nice! Definitely plan on buying Jaipur.

11 months ago

Just thought of another game that doesn't take up any space that we've played at a restaurant before -- Love Letter!

11 months ago

I have a little deck of cards in my purse and I pull it out and get my family to play Fan Tan, my favorite card game.  I also have gotten some of the Pack O Game games (Rum and Sow), but we've only tried Rum so far at a restaurant.  I have also brought Mint Works and Donut Drivethru out.  They are both great to play while waiting too!

Supporter11 months ago

Ooh I love this question. My go-to date night game is Jaipur—it’s compact and quick so we can play between ordering our food and when the order actually comes. Coup is also a good choice, usually.

11 months ago

Jaipur is definitely on my list of games to buy! I see it recommended so often, and I'm always on the lookout for good small games, especially that play well at 2 players (or exclusively for 2). According to...a lot of people, Jaipur is near the top of the heap!

Supporter11 months ago

It really is a good one. Simple enough to where you don’t ever really forget the rules. You just set up and play. Do you have any coffee shop/restaurant games?

11 months ago

I made a comment with my games when I created the post, so it's in here somewhere. The game I have most suited to a restaurant/coffee shop is The Fox in the Forest, but unfortunately my wife doesn't love that one.

Supporter11 months ago

Whoops! That’s a game I’ve wanted to try out.

11 months ago

It's cheap enough and good enough that I pretty much just recommend everyone buy it if they're at all interested. Especially if you enjoy trick taking games, and like the idea of a trick taking game with a twist.

Supporter11 months ago

I am pretty intrigued by the idea of a trick taking game that works at 2p

11 months ago

Get it!

11 months ago

I think games like Love Letter would be good, since it's small and doesn't have a lot of moving parts. Bullfrogs would be another one. 

11 months ago

Just checked out Bullfrogs and that looks like a nice little game!

11 months ago

It's a neat little area control game. Although I don't know who publishes it these days. Mine is from Renegade Game Studios, but I doin't think they're with that license anymore.

Supporter11 months ago

I don't think I'd do a restaurant with any games.  But we have a few bars that I feel comfortable bringing my games too because they have some big tables and spaces to spread out, which is a super fun experience.  I always hope when I'm at a random bar I might introduce someone to the hobby.  (I've had a few people ask us about the games we are playing when out at a regular bar).

This is how I fell into the hobby.  I saw some guys playing a game I'd never seen in the food court at the mall.

11 months ago

What game was it?