Thank-You Notes for Dinner (Private, Party, Catering, Restaurant)

By Billie •  Updated: 04/14/23 •  8 min read
We'd love to have you over for dinner and then wait impatiently for you to leave.

Here are thank you note message examples for hospitality shown by an AirBNB host, by friends who had you over for dinner, and for kindness shown to you while visiting your friends or a host.

5 Tips on What to Say in a Thank-You Note for Dinner

Some possibilities of what to include in a sincere thank you note for dinner:

Express your appreciation for dinner

Let the host know how much you enjoyed the meal and their hospitality. A simple phrase like “Thank you so much for the delicious dinner” can go a long way.

Mention a specific dish or detail you liked

If there was a particular dish or aspect of the meal that stood out to you, consider mentioning it in your thank you note. This can be a way to show your appreciation and let your host know you noticed their hard work.

Offer thanks for the host’s effort

A thank you note is a chance to acknowledge the time and effort that the host put into preparing the meal. Let them know that you appreciate the energy they invested in this dinner.

Share a memorable moment or conversation

If you had a particularly enjoyable conversation or moment during the meal, consider sharing it in your thank you note. This can be a way to personalize the message, make the note memorable, and show your appreciation.

Keep it sincere

Above all, a thank you note should be sincere and heartfelt. Let the host know how much you enjoyed the meal and their company; you don’t have to make it fancy.

Dinner and Thank-You Etiquette

Popular etiquette recommends that you bring some wine or a pack of beer, or perhaps some flowers as a thanks-for-hosting courtesy. But you can deviate from the norm as your creativity inspires.

Also, writing a special thank-you note for dinner is always appreciated and you will be dearly remembered (and invited back) for doing so.

A Short Thank-You Note Template for Dinner and Hospitality

Dear [Name],
Thank you so much for the delicious dinner and warm hospitality. Your cooking skills are second to none, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bite.
I am so grateful for your generosity and kindness in inviting me over and making me feel welcome. Your friendship means so much to me, and I am so lucky to have such wonderful people in my life.
Thank you again for the tasty meal and for your ongoing support and love.
[Your Name]

Examples of Short Thank-You Notes for Dinner

A Short Note Example Thanking a Food Caterer

Dear [Caterer's Name],
I just wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for the fantastic food you provided for [event]. The [dishes/menu items] were absolutely delicious and received rave reviews from all of the guests.
Your attention to detail and professionalism made the event run smoothly, and I really appreciate all of your hard work.
Thank you again for everything. I will definitely be keeping you in mind for future events.
[Your Name]

Sample Thank-You Note Wording Thanking Hosts for Dinner

Dear Fred and Barb,

happy thanksgiving! may your turkey be moist and may no one use that word to describe it.

Thank you so much for including us in your festivities last Friday evening. Your lavish decorations and Bollywood music made the occasion so authentic that it was about as close to a weekend in Delhi as we could hope for! We enjoyed so much the food and the opportunity to meet new friends, many of whom by the end of the evening we felt as though we’d known a lifetime.

I’ll be looking forward to having you as my guests before too long.


Kim and Jane

Thank-You for the Homemade Meal at Host’s Home

Dear Susan,

I just wanted to reach out and say a big thank you for inviting me over for such an amazing Mediterranean feast! I was blown away by the variety of dishes you prepared, and every bite was bursting with flavor. From the hummus and baba ghanoush to the grilled chicken and stuffed grape leaves, everything was top-notch. I especially loved the tabbouleh salad – I’ve been craving it ever since!

Not only was the food incredible, but your hospitality was also off the charts. You really went above and beyond to make me feel welcome, and I appreciated the little touches like the candles and soft music. It was such a treat to enjoy the meal in the cozy atmosphere of your home, surrounded by good company and great food.

Thanks again for such a wonderful evening. Your generosity and warmth mean the world to me, and I can’t wait to repay the favor. Next time, I’ll whip up some of my own favorite dishes and we’ll have a feast to remember!

Warmest thanks, Mel

Note Example: Thanks For Dinner at Restaurant While Visiting a City

Dear Dorothy and Linds,

your gracious hospitality perfectly suits my willingness to mooch.

We appreciate so much your hospitality last week in showing us around the city and taking us to dinner. Even with my travel schedule, I believe the prawn tempura at King’s is the best I’ve ever eaten. Their address now appears in my little black travel book.

You were so kind to meet us at the airport –- no whimsical feat with the unpredictable schedules airlines fly these days. From finding a place for Ruthann to buy her medication to driving us to watch the sunrise on the beach, you were such gracious hosts.

We hope to plan an equally interesting agenda for you when you give us the pleasure of returning the hospitality.


Jack and Ruthann

Appreciated Ways to Say Thank You After a Dinner Party

We’ve polled the hosts, and the results are in: if you’re looking for appreciated ways to express your thanks for a dinner party, consider some of the following options:

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