Restaurant Etiquette

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

Bordeaux with a young child

by sweettoothMTL 8 days 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 6 days ago

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

by gutreactions 3 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 1 month 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 2 months ago

Tokyo/Kyoto Casual Dining/Restaurant Attire Tips

by ds_ny 5 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 3 months ago

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

by gutreactions 4 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 4 months ago

Customer comment cards: do you fill them out?

by gutreactions 8 months ago

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


GH1618 commented 5 months ago

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

by gutreactions 5 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 5 months 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...


msjuliet commented 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Best way to let someone know they have food in their teeth?

by Beach Chick 9 years ago

I smile a lot and I find that most aren't as obsessed as me as to food in their teeth or on the face... I can't stop...


beevod commented 1 year ago

Is asking to make your meal to order rude?

by tangoking 1 year ago

I'm hearing a lot of stories about how restaurants pre-cook many ingredients so that they can get meals out faster: ...


TastyReuben commented 1 year ago