Restaurant Etiquette

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

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 21 hours ago

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

by gutreactions 24 days ago

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


hotoynoodle commented 10 days ago

Tokyo/Kyoto Casual Dining/Restaurant Attire Tips

by ds_ny 3 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 1 month ago

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

by gutreactions 3 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 2 months ago

Customer comment cards: do you fill them out?

by gutreactions 6 months ago

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


GH1618 commented 3 months ago

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

by gutreactions 4 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 3 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 10 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 11 months 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