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Restaurant etiquette question: going just for dessert during dinner hours?

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Restaurant etiquette question: going just for dessert during dinner hours?

JoanArkham | Oct 7, 2009 09:13 AM

I’m going out for a low-key anniversary dinner next week at a place that does not serve dessert. I was thinking of heading to a nearby, somewhat more upscale, restaurant for their (very good) cake and coffee, but honestly I don't know the etiquette of going to a "sit down" restaurant for just dessert during prime dinner hours. We're having dinner fairly early...maybe 6 or 6:30, so we’ll probably be trying to get dessert around 7:30.

Is it bad form to just show up for dessert? Do I tell the hostess or the server? Should we sit at the bar? (I’d rather not.)

All advice and opinions appreciated!

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