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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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

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...

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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...

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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

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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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ricepad commented 1 year ago

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Reservations for casual restaurants?

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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...

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ricepad commented 2 years ago