In my universe, eating out is a special event.
Even if I could afford to eat out in a good restaurant every evening, I wouldn’t.
Aside from the effects on my waistline and my life expectancy, restaurants would lose their appeal. That would be a shame because I really enjoy eating out.
The things that feel like rewards for a job well done or an effort made should be protected. If we overuse these reward systems, we become habituated. That means we don’t notice them anymore, we take them for granted. In addition, if I eat out all the time, eating at home will start to feel like I’m depriving myself of pleasure, when the opposite is true. I love cooking and serving a really good meal around my own table.
That said, when I go out for a meal, I expect to get good value, and there are a number of things I bear in mind before I reserve, and once I’m in the restaurant, to ensure that my money is well spent.