The Late Dinner Hour

Baby at dinner

We're having an issue with dinner hour.  People here seem to work late, then have a snack or "Te completa" (coffee/tea, light sandwiches and pastries) at about 6:00, then eat dinner at about 9:00 or later.  Most restaurants don't open until 8 PM and don't serve their complete menu until 9 PM.  How do people do it with kids?  When we were in our home routine in MN, Our daughter was in bed by 7:15 or so.  Now, we're sleeping in a bit later in the mornings, but she still goes to sleep around 8:15 PM with two good naps during the day. 

We are trying to have larger lunches out and then dinner in our room for the time being.  Once we get into the house, it's not going to be such a big deal, but I'm still curious....

 I'm going to have to ask how people here do it.  I'm told that kids come out with the family during the late dinner hour and we saw it when we were here visiting last year.  It's just that our toddler is much more tied to her schedule now than last year when she was only 3 months old.  We took her everywhere then and she slept.  Those were the days!  I wonder if kids here take an extra nap during the day? Is it just habit for them?  I don't know, but I want to find out!  

Nonetheless, we have gone to restaurants early and ordered a light dinner.  They may look at us a little funny since we're the only ones eating when everyone else is enjoying coffee or drinks.  Oh well.  Strangers in a strange land.  We're learning!!