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 12 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 3 months ago

Question about timing....

by coldbeer 2 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 4 months ago

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

by ebchower 6 months 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 6 months ago

Two people ordering the same dish; ok?

by musugu 5 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 7 months ago

Walking out

by Whitemarshjohn 10 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 7 months ago

Gratuity/hospitality-included restaurants

by Multifoiled 8 months 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 8 months ago

Photo etiquette in Japanese restaurants

by fizzy 9 months ago

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

od_sf commented 9 months ago

Birthday dinner, who should pay?

by cmoore29 10 months 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 10 months ago

People who help themselves to food off your plate

by TommyT 16 years ago

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


Querencia commented 10 months ago

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Reservations for casual restaurants?

by srqchick 10 months 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 16 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 10 months ago

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

by Beach Chick 8 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 11 months ago

Is asking to make your meal to order rude?

by tangoking 12 months 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 12 months ago

Spraying Windex everywhere even though you're still eating?

by monkeyrotica 8 years ago

This has happened to me on at least three occasions. And it doesn't matter whether it's high-end dining, low-end, or ...


yippee1999 commented 12 months ago


by suzette82 1 year ago

Hi everyone! Although we were unsuccessful securing reservations at our top picks, we'll take what we can get and are...


Uncle Yabai commented 1 year ago

How late is it rude to order tasting menu?

by slankarani 1 year ago

I have been wanting to try Bouley's lunch tasting for a while, but always work during lunch so have no time. Tomorrow...

LaLa commented 1 year ago

Should restaurants offer Child Free Zones?

by boratini 1 year ago

It used to be when you entered a restaurant you were offered Smoking or non-smoking sections. With the ban on smoking...

thegforceny commented 1 year ago

Luggage at Le Petit Cler -- too gauche?

by lmcsherr 1 year ago

Traveling to Paris, arriving at CDG around 10am. Even if I dawdle through security and take care of a few items at th...

Melanie Wong commented 1 year ago

Handling the bill at a "family dinner"...who is right in this case?

by phil123 1 year ago

My sister arranged a birthday dinner at a restaurant for Dad. There would be ten people in total. Including my two ...


masha commented 1 year ago