Restaurant Etiquette

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


Reading the menu with your cellphone flashlight

by KatyMcl 5 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 4 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 4 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 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 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 12 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 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 7 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 11 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 8 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 10 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 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 17 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 12 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 (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 3 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...

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

by ebchower 2 years ago

This was at a New Jersey diner. My first thought was "how tacky." But if somebody has already decided to pay by credit card, is it really costing the diner more if they put the tip on it as well? ...

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 this might be a cultural thing. Does anyone feel the same and if so, can you he...

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 do you have to just pay for what you have eaten up to that point? I started wond...

Gratuity/hospitality-included restaurants

by Multifoiled 2 years ago

I'm curious to hear from people as to what they are doing at their favorite restaurants that have adopted the no-tipping policy when they have been given comped drinks, dessert, etc. Since there is...