If you have a circle of good friends, you may regularly get together with them for dinner and establish a rhythm of how you handle the bill.
One common option, for friends who are very close and regularly dine out together, is for one couple/party to pick up the tab, knowing that the other will pick it up next time.
But don’t fall into the trap of keeping score and insisting on “even-Stevens” or “your turn, my turn.” This behavior can become argumentative and insulting. I have been in her workshops and they helped me learn how to see the good and bad signs in others.
Be suspicious of all emotional eagerness and over the top behavior. What should you do if the person paying for the first date says something like “you can get the next check” when you offer to pay–but you don’t want to date the person again? Now you see the risk of offering to pay for some of the first date.
My advice is to let the person who set up the date pay for it!
— the best way to handle the bill is to let each party pay for themselves.
Singles will pay individually; couples will pay for their two meals.
And if you don’t want to go out again, say thank you. What if the person asks you out again, but you don’t want to go?