35 Thank You For Lunch Messages to Boss

After the boss treats you to lunch, you can write them a thank you message to express your gratitude.

Below are 35 thank-you note examples that will help inspire you to write your boss a thank-you note for taking you to lunch.

If your lunch was with the team, read these thank you for the team lunch examples.

Remember that a handwritten thank-you note will usually make you stand out!

How To Use the Examples:

Items in brackets, such as [restaurant name], should be replaced with the actual restaurant name or whatever is indicated within the bracket.

The examples include only the body of the thank-you note. When writing your handwritten thank-you note or email, you will need to have an opening and closing.

The wording you choose for your note will depend on why the boss took you out for lunch. For example, what you say for a casual lunch will differ from when your boss takes you out to recognize your promotion.

I encourage you to customize the message as appropriate so that it sounds like it came from you. Also, you could easily change lunch to dinner to thank your boss for dinner.

Thank You For Lunch Boss Examples:

Thank you for taking me out to lunch. I enjoyed visiting with you. As you know, [restaurant name] is my favorite. I know it is not your favorite, so I appreciate you taking me there even more!


I enjoyed our lunch last week. I appreciate you taking time out of your day to have lunch with me. I liked learning about the [project name] that is coming up, and I am thankful for the advance notice.


Thanks so much for lunch. I feel recognized and appreciated for my portion of the work on [project name]. I am looking forward to being the leader of the next project.


Having lunch with you outside of the office was awesome. Thank you for taking me out! I enjoyed hearing more about your family, especially how the kids keep you busy with hockey.


Thanks for lunch yesterday! It was an unexpected and welcome surprise. I was having a terrible day, and lunch out cheered me up. I’m glad I can count on you as a good friend when needed.


The lunch with you and learning more about [customer name] was enlightening. I feel more informed about [customer name], which will help me support them better. Thanks for the meal too!


Thank you for taking me out for lunch for Administrative Assistant’s Day! I feel appreciated and grateful for having you as my boss. I am glad you were able to fit me into your schedule.


Thank you for lunch yesterday. I liked getting to know you a bit better outside the office. The stories you shared about your family were funny. It sounds like you have a great relationship with your children.


The stories you shared at lunch yesterday were terrific. You’ve had quite an exciting life leading up to working at [company name]. I was impressed with how you overcame [challenge that was shared]. Thank you for taking me to lunch and sharing your background. I am grateful to have you as my boss.


Lunch was beautiful yesterday! Thank you for taking me out to celebrate my promotion. I am happy to be on your team and appreciate lunch and the promotion. I also enjoyed our conversation and learning about your kids.


Thanks for picking up the tab at lunch on [day of week]. That was a pleasant surprise. We should go to lunch more often. I didn’t realize we shared the same passion for [sport]. I could talk about [sport] for hours! It was also nice to talk about something other than work projects.

Last week’s lunch was fantastic–I am thrilled with the promotion. Thank you for taking me out and surprising me. It feels good to be recognized, and I look forward to my new responsibilities.


I am happy that I won the contest to have lunch with you. Thanks for letting me choose the restaurant. I enjoyed the time outside of the office. Thank you for sharing your wisdom on how to succeed with me in this position.


I was excited to learn you have two rescue cats at lunch this week. Thank you for taking me out and talking about non-work stuff. I had an excellent time visiting with you and hope we can do it again sometime soon.


Thank you for lunch. I was delighted to learn more about [project] and that you have selected me to lead it. I am very excited about this opportunity. I enjoy working on your team.


I enjoyed discussing [book name] with you over lunch yesterday. Hearing your views on [subject from book] was interesting as I had yet to consider them. Thanks again for lunch!


Lunch was great last week! I was surprised by how much we had in common. I could talk about [subject in common] all day! I enjoyed the food too. Thanks for taking me out.


I’m glad you took each team member to lunch with only you. Team lunches are great, but sometimes we can only talk to whoever is next to us. I enjoyed hearing more about your background and how you [insert something boss shared]. Thanks for the lunch.


Thank you for lunch yesterday. I am excited to be promoted. Lunch at [restaurant name] was the perfect way to celebrate. I look forward to the new opportunities in my new position.


I appreciate the lunch at [restaurant name]. I also enjoyed your funny stories about your kids. They sound like delightful children. Thanks again for taking me out.


Getting to know you and more about your family during lunch yesterday was interesting. Thank you for the lunch at [restaurant name]. The food was excellent, and I enjoyed our conversation about [subject].


Thank you for lunch at [restaurant name]. I appreciate you taking the time to have lunch with each team member individually. I am grateful for your insight into how the reorganization will affect me. This information will make the transition easier. Lunch was great too!


Thank you for ordering lunch for our meeting yesterday to discuss my progress on [project name]. I appreciate your insights on how I can make it better. Thanks for agreeing to it.


How was [kid’s name’s] band concert? I was excited to learn that we both have children that play instruments! Thank you for sharing about your [kid name] during lunch yesterday. And thank you for taking me to [restaurant name].


I had a fantastic time and liked hearing your stories about [shared interest] at lunch yesterday. Let’s go out again to talk more about it. Next time lunch is on me!


Short Lunch With Boss Quotes

Here are some short messages to say thank you to your boss for lunch. You could also use them as a part of a longer thank you email or handwritten note.

  1. Thank you for the lunch treat!
  2. Thank you for taking me to lunch.
  3. I enjoyed our lunch today. Thank you.
  4. I appreciate you for taking me to lunch to celebrate my promotion.
  5. Thank you for the wonderful lunch. I enjoy visiting with you outside of the office.
  6. I am grateful to have such a great boss. Thanks for lunch today.
  7. Thanks a bunch for the lunch treat!
  8. Lunch was wonderful. Thank you for everything you do.
  9. Thank you for taking the time to have lunch with me. You’re a fantastic boss.
  10. Thanks for treating me to lunch yesterday!

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Heidi Bender is a writer and author who founded Tons of Thanks. Her goal is to help people write thank you notes by providing  examples examples and tips. She is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes.