14 Etiquette Rules For Fancy Restaurants

14 Etiquette Rules For Fancy Restaurants

Are you making a good impression at the dinner table? Dining out is an important part of both socializing and business so we’re giving you the tools to always put your best foot forward. Follow these tips and avoid making any mistakes at the dinner table. 

1. Arriving: If you’re meeting someone, wait for them before being seated at the table. Try to wait at the bar to avoid causing traffic at the front of the restaurant.

2. Treat your waitress with respect: Just because they are serving you, does not mean they are your personal servants. If the waiter brings you the wrong order, graciously bring it to their attention that your order is wrong and ask for it to be corrected.

3. Restaurant reservations: If you make a reservation, stick to it! If for some reason you have to cancel, cancel your reservation as far in advance as possible. If you are running late, call ahead and warn the restaurant how late you are going to be.

4. Napkins: As soon as you sit down at the table, remove the napkin and place it on your lap. At the end of the meal when you are leaving place your napkin on the left side of the place setting.

5. What to order: Order as many courses as your host. If the host is getting an appetizer, you should too. If someone else is picking up the tab, be mindful of that.  Order within the same range as the host and don’t go overboard.

6. When to start eating: Wait until all are served at your table before beginning to eat.

7. Silverware and dinnerware rules: Eat to the left, drink to the right. Any food dish to the left is yours, and any glass to the right is yours.

8. Passing food or dishes: Pass food from left to right. Do not stretch across the table, crossing guests. Ask politely if you want something passed to you.

9. Eating: Do NOT talk with your mouth full. Cut only enough food for the next mouthful. Eat in small bites and slowly.

10. Do NOT use your napkin to blow your nose: If you have to blow your nose, excuse yourself from the table and go to the restroom to do your business, and don’t forget to wash your hands before returning to the table.

11. Wine: Do not turn your wine glass over to imply that you do not want wine. You can either hold your hand over the wine glass to show you won’t be having any or let the wine be poured and simply don’t draw attention to it.

12. Dishes: Do not push away or stack your dishes at the end of the meal. Let the wait staff do their job.

13. Tipping: Tip 15% or more. Waiters and waitresses depend on tips for about 90% of their income.

14. Mind your manners: Always say please and thank you to the wait staff and hostess.  

-Nicole Koffler

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