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Restaurant Etiquette

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

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

by gutreactions 18 days ago

It might be a naïve question of tipping etiquette, but let's face it: prices have been rising across the culinary spe...


hotoynoodle commented 13 days ago

How Restaurants Got So Loud

by thegforceny 21 days ago

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


PSRaT commented 20 days ago

Etiquette -- Napkin upon leaving the table mid-dinner

by Wondering 13 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 tab...


hotoynoodle commented 1 month ago

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

by gutreactions 9 months ago

I noticed he was having trouble walking when he came in, a knee problem he later divulged. So, he takes a place at th...


scificionado commented 1 month ago

Where's my change!?!

by southocean 6 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 ...


bagelman01 commented 2 months ago

Reading the menu with your cellphone flashlight

by KatyMcl 2 months ago

Here's what I want to know: Anyone feel the need to use their cellphone flashlight to read restaurant menus these da...


masha commented 2 months ago

Restricting cell phone use at restaurants...

by gutreactions 4 months ago

I have noticed more and more restaurants posting signs restricting the use of cell phones in the dining room. Obsessi...


collardman commented 3 months ago

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

by katebauer 11 years ago

Just adding my $.02. Whether it's right or not for restaurants to stop seating people before their posted closing ti...


twizzypop commented 4 months ago

Bordeaux with a young child

by sweettoothMTL 4 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 ap...


Parnassien commented 4 months ago

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

by gutreactions 7 months ago

We had finished our meal at a new NYC area restaurant and went about paying the tab, when I double checked the totals...


Rmis32 commented 6 months ago

People who help themselves to food off your plate

by TommyT 17 years ago

An earlier post dealt with dining with people who don't enjoy food. Here's a reverse situation: dining with people wh...


Steve commented 6 months ago

Tokyo/Kyoto Casual Dining/Restaurant Attire Tips

by ds_ny 9 months 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 (Os...


mikey8811 commented 7 months ago

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 go...


GH1618 commented 9 months ago

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

by gutreactions 10 months ago

His way of cozying up to us, I guess. Happened recently at a popular local restaurant. In the future, please keep you...


ferret commented 9 months ago

Question about timing....

by coldbeer 3 years ago

Just back from an extremely unsatisfying trip to an as of now, unnamed Italian establishment in, let's say Morris Cou...


Headspin commented 1 year ago

Sign at register: Please refrain from putting tips on credit card to keep prices reasonable

by ebchower 1 year ago

This was at a New Jersey diner. My first thought was "how tacky." But if somebody has already decided to pay by cred...


hotoynoodle commented 1 year ago

Two people ordering the same dish; ok?

by musugu 6 years ago

My husband is not ok with us both ordering the same thing at a restaurant even if that's what we both want... I think...


29840 commented 1 year ago

Walking out

by Whitemarshjohn 11 years ago

If you are so angry or upset about something that happens in a restaurant, can you just storm out without paying, or ...


ricepad commented 1 year ago

Gratuity/hospitality-included restaurants

by Multifoiled 1 year ago

I'm curious to hear from people as to what they are doing at their favorite restaurants that have adopted the no-tipp...


ricepad commented 1 year ago