Restaurant Etiquette

Mind your manners. Discuss proper restaurant etiquette with Chowhounds and ask your burning questions about how to behave when eating out.

How to Not Look Like a Schmuck at a Fancy Restaurant

You’ve gone and done it. You’ve saved your pennies (read: made available some credit card balance) and made your first reservation at one of those restaurants. You know the kind—white tablecloths, amuse...

Fury towards McDonald's Is at an All-Time High

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . Workers at a McDonald’s on Chicago’s South Side filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday, alleging that McDonald’s has done nothing to implement sa...

"Tips" of Paper Sculptures Made from Chopstick Sleeves

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

"Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant when one day, as he was cleaning up a table, he noticed that a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind...

Covering your beer with a napkin: Caribbean-style...

by gutreactions 3 months ago

Visited a favorite Caribbean restaurant recently and ordered a Red Stripe, of course. I chose to go without a glass, so automatically our friendly bartender twisted a paper napkin over the top of t...

Restaurant/waitress adds to credit card bill. what to do?

by rtv 4 years ago

We went out for dinner at a restaurant that we have been going to for many many years. this particular time we had a waitress that was WAY short of acceptable. We left 0 tip. and before everyone ...

Reading the menu with your cellphone flashlight

by KatyMcl 9 months ago

Here's what I want to know: Anyone feel the need to use their cellphone flashlight to read restaurant menus these days? Is it embarrassing or awkward?

Tip Etiquette: As prices rise, should my tip amount always rise?

by gutreactions 8 months ago

It might be a naïve question of tipping etiquette, but let's face it: prices have been rising across the culinary spectrum, from that glass of craft brew to the cost of an artisanal burger. Should ...

How Restaurants Got So Loud

by thegforceny 8 months ago

Increasingly a hot topic on this and other dining related sites. A piece in the Atlantic.

Etiquette -- Napkin upon leaving the table mid-dinner

by Wondering 14 years ago

Seems there are two rules of thought -- that it be left on the chair (as no one wants to see a used napkin on the table or next to a dish) -- which is what I usually do; or, that it be left to the ...

A patron walks in and puts his walking cane on the bar...

by gutreactions 1 year ago

I noticed he was having trouble walking when he came in, a knee problem he later divulged. So, he takes a place at the bar and puts his walking cane on the bar top the long way taking up at least 2...

Where's my change!?!

by southocean 7 years ago

Went to a place today, got a burger, fries, shot of bourbon -- you know, the usual lunch. The tab was $14.62, and I gave the server $20. She brought me back 5 singles -- apparently thinking I'd n...

Restricting cell phone use at restaurants...

by gutreactions 11 months ago

I have noticed more and more restaurants posting signs restricting the use of cell phones in the dining room. Obsessive picture taking...non-stop texting, etc. How do you feel about this issue? Wou...

Is it right for restaurants to stop seating people before closing time?

by katebauer 12 years ago

Just adding my $.02. Whether it's right or not for restaurants to stop seating people before their posted closing time, I would never arrive at a restaurant and expect to get served less than 15 m...

Bordeaux with a young child

by sweettoothMTL 12 months ago

We are a couple going to Bordeaux with out 3 years old child. He is very picky, so we'll often just order an extra app for him, or give him a piece off our plates. i'm wondering how that will go in...

Not used to gratuity automatically added to my bill...

by gutreactions 1 year ago

We had finished our meal at a new NYC area restaurant and went about paying the tab, when I double checked the totals and noticed that the gratuity had already been added to our final bill. We were...

People who help themselves to food off your plate

by TommyT 18 years ago

An earlier post dealt with dining with people who don't enjoy food. Here's a reverse situation: dining with people who enjoy food so much they start picking food off your plate like French fries, f...

Tokyo/Kyoto Casual Dining/Restaurant Attire Tips

by ds_ny 1 year ago

I will be in Japan from May 18-28 in Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo. In Tokyo I am staying in Ginza and in Kyoto in Gion (Osaka will be my first destination and I have that all covered). I believe that I ...

Customer comment cards: do you fill them out?

by gutreactions 1 year ago

They sometimes arrive with your check asking about your restaurant experience. Do you fill them out honestly, both good and bad? Or, is it be better to talk directly to management and staff? Share ...

Our waiter places his palms flat on our table and says: 'Can I get you a cocktail?'

by gutreactions 1 year ago

His way of cozying up to us, I guess. Happened recently at a popular local restaurant. In the future, please keep your hands off our table except if you are cleaning up, bringing or removing dishes...

Question about timing....

by coldbeer 4 years ago

Just back from an extremely unsatisfying trip to an as of now, unnamed Italian establishment in, let's say Morris County. North of 80 kind of Morris County. Appetizer to entrée, over an hour. Wo...