Our Process

About Our Matchmaking & Dating Service

We know dating can be frustrating and disappointing, but it doesn’t have to be. You’ll find It’s Just Lunch is very different from online dating. Our professional matchmakers are genuinely interested in understanding you and finding out what kind of person you are looking for. Our process works and we have proved it over and over again. With over 20 years, 2 million dates and thousands of dating success stories to show for it, we can honestly say we have the experience required to improve your chances for dating success.


What is a matchmaking service?

Matchmaking takes the personal legwork out of dating by outsourcing “the search” for interesting, like-minded individuals.


How do I get started?

First, you schedule a discreet, confidential interview with us. We want to learn about you and determine what you are looking for in a potential partner. We talk about what has worked for you in the past (and what hasn’t) and what your interests are. Then, we match you with other IJL clients.


How are clients matched?

One of our insightful professional matchmakers will hand-select matches for you based upon the information we discuss in your interview and our team’s skilled and successful matchmaking abilities! We also take into consideration the on-going feedback we receive from you after every date, as dating is a fine tuning process! We are interested in your desires, goals and what motivates you. Then, we utilize what we learn about you and apply our experience and instincts to keep improving your matches.


How are dates arranged?

Once our matchmakers select a match for you we will contact you by phone to tell you about the person we have chosen. Everything we have learned about you is taken into consideration for this process. The following summarizes what to expect:

  • We respect your confidentiality and only give out your first name.
  • We never reveal your address, last name, phone number, email address or where you work.
  • We give you a description of your date.
  • We share why we think you are going to enjoy meeting your next match.

How and where do I meet my date?

Our matchmakers arrange all the details for you. You just show up at the restaurant and enjoy your date. If your schedule makes meeting for lunch difficult, we can arrange a drink after work or weekend brunch. Our goals are that the match is well-suited and the time and place are convenient for both of you. We like to create an environment that makes getting to know the other person as comfortable and easy as possible (and fun!).

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What happens after my date?

At the end of the date, you can exchange business cards or phone numbers and make plans to get together again. Following each date, we ask that you contact us with feedback. Feedback is an important part of the matchmaking process. From your comments and overall impression of the person, we’ll fine tune your future matches. The process couldn’t be easier!

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