Restaurant Manners

Restaurant Manners are a must, as often office meetings spill over into lunches and dinners in a restaurant and you don’t want to embarrass yourself or your company!

Keep these points in mind when going out for an official or a casual get-together.

For the Host

  • Choose a restaurant within your budget.
  • Book a table in advance.
  • If you are pre-ordering the food the food, keep your guests tastes in mind.
  • Dress appropriately and arrive on time.
  • Always stand up when a lady joins you at the table, or when she leaves it.
  • If you are inviting somebody, it is expected that you will pay the bill.
  • If you plan that your guests will share the bill, let them know in advance to prevent any embarrassment.
  • Never suggest to your guests, that what they are ordering is too expensive or too much.
  • Never look at the price list when ordering, except subtly.
  • Do not create a scene or engage in loud or abusive arguments with the waiter or manager. If something is not okay, deal with it unobtrusively.
  • Do not snap your fingers to call the waiter.
  • Do not be so loud that you disturb conversations at other tables.
  • If you are being disturbed, quietly ask the manager to deal with the situation.
  • Be attentive to people at your table.
  • Let your guests order their meal before you order yours.
  • Have as much alcohol as you can hold.
  • Deal with any discrepancy in the bill quietly but effectively.
  • Do not appear to ponder too long over the bill or tip.

For the Guest

  • Arrive on time, and dress appropriately for the restaurant.
  • Do not order your food from the waiter if you are a guest, but tell your host what you want, if asked.
  • Sometimes the host orders the meal beforehand, in which case eat what is on offer, unless you are allergic to some food.
  • Do not wipe off cutlery or glassware with your napkin. If dishes aren’t clean, ask the waiter quietly for replacements.
  • When you wish to use the toilet, excuse yourself and leave quietly.
  • Never complain about the food or drink. Just leave it if it is not suitable.
  • When you are the guest, try and order a medium priced dish or drink. Don’t go for the most expensive.

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Krishna Sahai
Krishna Sahai

Krishna Sahai took voluntary retirement as a senior Commissioner of Income Tax of the Indian Revenue Service to follow alternative paths. A multi-talented person, she is a trained Bharata Natyam dancer and has also published a book on the subject. Krishna has imbibed the old traditions of Avadhi culture from her family and is concerned about preserving the vanishing cuisines of India. She consults on financial and business matters apart from running a not-for-profit organization.

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