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Small Plates

Etiquette of small plate and tapas restaurants

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Etiquette of small plate and tapas restaurants

sommrluv | Apr 27, 2011 10:16 AM

We have a very lovely restaurant near us that is small plates, based. They rec. 3-4 plates per person, meant to share. (things are often in pairs). It's actually one of our favorite places. Their food is on the rich side, as well, for instance a foie gras slider, which pretty much by itself would substitute an entire meal for me.

I eat a lot of small meals throughout the day, and 6-8 small plates, even just a bite or two each, is just WAY to much food for me. My diet is for medical reasons (I've not had bariatric surgery or anything like that).

Is it rude to make reservations, take up a table, if you are only going to eat 1/2 of what is "recommended"? Should we only eat at lunch? I've previously only gone with a group, or my husband will eat the dishes I don't. (which isn't the ideal solution).

I really don't want to have to call and go all into my personal medical problems when making a reservation, either. I'm just curious if it's considered rude to only pop in for what most might consider a snack. On the advantage side for the restaurant...we could eat there a lot more often!

I'm interested in hearing opinions!

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