Server Etiquette


How Do Americans Feel About Eating At Restaurants Right Now?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . With social distancing guidelines across the country in flux, the online neighborhood hub Nextdoor asked 745,000 people in the U.S. how they feel about dining in — or out. The survey, condu...

Restaurant Mask Drama

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year 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...

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

by rtv 7 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 2 years 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...

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

by gutreactions 2 years 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...

...and people wonder why there is a growing chef shortage...

by ChefMikeinBurlington 3 years ago

Yep!! Back on the soapbox, I read the whole article, every word...and not once does she mention "tip-out" or "kitchen gratuity" but still thinks that .....her words..."If the food comes out slow or...

AVOID - John Andrews, Egremont, MA Berkshires- AVOID - Surly Service

by jcjc555 4 years ago

I finally got around to writing a note to Dan Young, Owner of John Andrews Restaurant. Unfortunately I did not hear back from anyone at the restaurant. The purpose of my letter was to be sure they ...

Restaurant owners backtracking

by Gastronomos 4 years ago

This is one side of a story found on the interwebz: "I would like to address the post about Jamis Kitchen and the Fishermans Platter that was served under par Thursday evening . I appreciate any...

Servers who ask if you need change...

by kali43 14 years ago

Had an experience at a rare lunch out with my husband today and would love to hear others' opinions about this. Went to the Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH, which has good food and uneven service ...

Give my dad his beer! Your just standing there!

by galaxycat 6 years ago

My dad and I went out to dinner last night at a local place. My dad ordered a beer. Five minutes later the waitress came with bread. Still no beer. We waited five more minutes and the waitress stil...

Bar "buy backs" [moved from Boston board]

by postemotional1 11 years ago

[NOTE: We've moved this digression from the thread at http://www.chowhound.com/post/fun-overpriced-drinks-boston-758865 -- THE CHOWHOUND TEAM] At the risk of repeating myself... Authorized c...

Get your nasty thumb off my plate! And... smokers, wash your damn hands!

by Markfenn 6 years ago

Having moved to O'ahu from the Midwest where the "finger/thumb on my plate" occurred at almost every sit-down restaurant, I see it here too. I have a theory about this although it is not politicall...

111 Forks PBG Valentine's Day mishap

by freakerdude 6 years ago

I'm wondering what most people think about this. I'm not one to ever ask for a comp, but after I left and thought about this, I felt like the matter was not handled to any satisfaction or even ackn...

How do you nicely tell a server that they have severely bad breath?

by gryphonskeeper 9 years ago

I went for lunch today, and when my server asked me if I was ready to order I nearly gagged at the way her breath smelled. This was at a diner, counter service so she was only a couple feet away, ...

Short Pulls--What Do You Do?

by kaleokahu 6 years ago

So, here's photo of a draft "pint" pulled for me yesterday. I paid $5.40. My wife, who ordered a 12-oz bottle, poured her beer into an identical glass--which filled it to *exactly* the same level...

Get your own silverware?

by Hobbert 6 years ago

So, my dad was in town last night and stopped by around dinner time so we (dad and my husband and I) decided to head out to a newish barbecue spot. The food was pretty good last time and I thought ...

Calling a (not young) woman "Young Lady"

by DGresh 6 years ago

Went to a trendy neighborhood restaurant in Cambridge Mass last night with DH and twenty-something DD. I am in my mid-fifties. The waiter, when asking for my drink order, called me "young lady". Ag...

Professional waiter/waitress- a dying breed?

by TheTrout 13 years ago

My wife and I had a great anniversary dinner last Friday evening at Sage. The food, as expected, was excellent. We chose Sage because we've been fans of the restaurant since Anthony was cooking in ...

Waiter Sitting at Your Table

by K. McB. 20 years ago

Happened again last night: When she came by to do her waiterly duties, she sat at a spare chair at our table with us. I assume this happens in restaurants with tight space, so they can get out of ...

When the waiter wants to clear the dishes before everyone is done

by Eujeanie 13 years ago

This is my pet peeve in a restaurant. I eat slower than my husband. Is it up to HIM to say "I'll keep my dirty dish until my wife is finished"...usually it happens so fast I can't really faul...