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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.

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...


1000marys commented 14 days ago

Restricting cell phone use at restaurants...

by gutreactions 1 month ago

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


collardman commented 20 days 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 2 months ago

Bordeaux with a young child

by sweettoothMTL 2 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 2 months ago

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

by gutreactions 5 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 4 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 4 months ago

Tokyo/Kyoto Casual Dining/Restaurant Attire Tips

by ds_ny 7 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 5 months ago

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

by gutreactions 6 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...


BiscuitBoy commented 6 months ago

Customer comment cards: do you fill them out?

by gutreactions 10 months ago

They sometimes arrive with your check asking about your restaurant experience. Do you fill them out honestly, both go...


GH1618 commented 7 months ago

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

by gutreactions 7 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 7 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

Photo etiquette in Japanese restaurants

by fizzy 1 year ago

I was just wondering if anyone could comment on the etiquette for taking photos at restaurants in Japan. My husband ...


od_sf commented 1 year ago

Birthday dinner, who should pay?

by cmoore29 2 years ago

In general, in the world of 2017 among a crowd of mid 20 somethings. If you invited some family and friends to a surp...


ricepad commented 1 year ago

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Reservations for casual restaurants?

by srqchick 1 year ago

My family of 5 (kids 11, 12, 15) will be heading to Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto Miyajima/Hiroshima) in July for the first tim...

Loud Talkers in Restaurants

by George Lynch 17 years ago

Just wanna take a moment to vent here. Maureen (my wife) and I just returned from a long walk around our neighborhoo...


ricepad commented 2 years ago