Restaurant Etiquette

Mind your manners. Discuss proper restaurant etiquette with Chowhounds and ask your burning questions about how to behave when eating out.
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AVOID - John Andrews, Egremont, MA Berkshires- AVOID - Surly Service

by jcjc555 2 months ago

I finally got around to writing a note to Dan Young, Owner of John Andrews Restaurant. Unfortunately I did not hear b...

Customer comment cards: do you fill them out?

by gutreactions 3 months ago

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


Harters commented 2 months ago

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 6 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 7 months ago

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

by ebchower 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 months ago

Gratuity/hospitality-included restaurants

by Multifoiled 11 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 11 months 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

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 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 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 1 year 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 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

Spraying Windex everywhere even though you're still eating?

by monkeyrotica 9 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 1 year 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