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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.

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Restaurant Mask Drama

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by Melanie Wong 5 days ago

" . . . While guests are allowed to remove their masks at their tables to eat and drink, they're required to wear facial coverings upon entrance, while waiting for seating and when moving around th...

Mobile Payment Apps

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by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

In the time of coronavirus when we are trying to reduce contact, restaurants with reduced staff and services are reluctant to accept cash except for exact change or physically touch credit cards. S...

Customers spreading germs in restaurants

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by Gromek 5 months ago

At the place where I work there are many international guests and due to the awareness placed on sanitation and spreading of germs I have a question. Can I as a server tell my manager id prefer no...

Emboss my burger, please!

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by gutreactions 5 months ago

Have you noticed some restaurants embossing their burger buns with a logo? Two restaurants in Westchester County that I know of are doing this right now: Kee Oyster House in White Plains, and The U...

Paying with credit card: Should I tip in cash?

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by johnblacksox 6 years ago

I'm never sure about this, so I'm asking the advice of wait staff and/or restaurant owners... Say my tab is $100, and I'm going to tip $20 on it. I'm paying with a credit card, but I have cash ...

Etiquette -- Napkin upon leaving the table mid-dinner

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by Wondering 15 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 table or next to a dish) -- which is what I usually do; or, that it be left to the ...

How do you fake enjoyment?

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by kelvin_of_ranard 10 months ago

So you and the Mrs are invited to a “less than stellar” restaurant or, even worse, an acquaintance’s home for dinner! Somehow they know you’re “particular about food” and keep asking your opinion ...

Do Hounders Still Eat At or Enjoy Steakhouses?

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by kelvin_of_ranard 10 months ago

Received a generous invitation to a well known and “sophisticated” SoCal steakhouse! The evening started well and the conversation was friendly, but the Onion Soup was served lukewarm! Determined...

Restricting cell phone use at restaurants...

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by gutreactions 2 years ago

I have noticed more and more restaurants posting signs restricting the use of cell phones in the dining room. Obsessive picture taking...non-stop texting, etc. How do you feel about this issue? Wou...

Restaurant/waitress adds to credit card bill. what to do?

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by rtv 5 years ago

We went out for dinner at a restaurant that we have been going to for many many years. this particular time we had a waitress that was WAY short of acceptable. We left 0 tip. and before everyone ...

"Shun, Don't Shame": How Hollywood Restaurants Are Treating Disgraced Diners in the #MeToo Era

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 months ago

" . . . One other way of handling a horrifying guest is to follow the 'shun, don't shame' advice of Daniel Buccino, the director of the Johns Hopkins Civility Initiative. 'If somebody calls that yo...

Fury towards McDonald's Is at an All-Time High

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . Workers at a McDonald’s on Chicago’s South Side filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday, alleging that McDonald’s has done nothing to implement sa...

"Tips" of Paper Sculptures Made from Chopstick Sleeves

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

"Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant when one day, as he was cleaning up a table, he noticed that a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind...

Covering your beer with a napkin: Caribbean-style...

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by gutreactions 1 year ago

Visited a favorite Caribbean restaurant recently and ordered a Red Stripe, of course. I chose to go without a glass, so automatically our friendly bartender twisted a paper napkin over the top of t...

Reading the menu with your cellphone flashlight

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by KatyMcl 1 year ago

Here's what I want to know: Anyone feel the need to use their cellphone flashlight to read restaurant menus these days? Is it embarrassing or awkward?

Tip Etiquette: As prices rise, should my tip amount always rise?

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by gutreactions 1 year ago

It might be a naïve question of tipping etiquette, but let's face it: prices have been rising across the culinary spectrum, from that glass of craft brew to the cost of an artisanal burger. Should ...

How Restaurants Got So Loud

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by thegforceny 1 year ago

Increasingly a hot topic on this and other dining related sites. A piece in the Atlantic.

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

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by gutreactions 2 years ago

I noticed he was having trouble walking when he came in, a knee problem he later divulged. So, he takes a place at the bar and puts his walking cane on the bar top the long way taking up at least 2...

Where's my change!?!

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by southocean 8 years ago

Went to a place today, got a burger, fries, shot of bourbon -- you know, the usual lunch. The tab was $14.62, and I gave the server $20. She brought me back 5 singles -- apparently thinking I'd n...