While it might appear that we live in a world where essential habits and basic manners have passed by the wayside, breath easy in light of realizing that not every person has completely disregarded proper etiquette and decorum while eating out in a restaurant. The times of Mad Men may be a distant memory, yet social norms are definitely not. It’s time we take a closer look at our societal practices, and leave people faux pas at the door. We got some details on a portion of the most exceedingly awful things people do at restaurants.
Here we are with 15 things you should never do at a restaurant.
Don’t block the server’s path
We all love to hang out in groups and starting a conversation wherever we find space. Besides being totally unaware of your surroundings in a restaurant, blocking a busy pathway will not only annoy your fellow diners who are trying to eat and enjoy their time in peace, but it’s sure to piss off the wait staff. Do not start a conversation anywhere in a restaurant. Sit on your fixed table and talk endlessly. Ideally, restaurants make money by placing tables in a room and people sit at those tables to eat food. Considering all this, make sure you’re not that person who’s standing around in a crowded spot, aimlessly staring off into space or bursting into a conversation. The wait staff has a job to do, and getting in their way will only make it more difficult. Maybe some food spills!
As the host, don’t finish first
If comes a chance where you are hosting the dinner and have gathered a group of friends or family at a restaurant, you, as the host, have certain important responsibilities to cater to. Always keep in mind, if you are the host, make sure to pace yourself so that you end up being the last one to finish each course. This is a forgotten mannerism that needs to revive. Have you ever been in a situation where you are the last one with a plate in front of you just because you are a slow eater? If the wait staff isn’t privy to knowing they shouldn’t collect everyone else’s plates until the last one is finished, make sure you let your server know that you’re still working, even if you’ve finished eating when others have not, these are basic restaurant etiquette you should follow. And if you’re not the host, make sure you wait for the host to toast in such a situation.
Don’t let the kids run wild
We all have had this moment when seeing anyone’s child run wild at a restaurant made your blood boil, even if you have kids of your own. We know that kids need to eat out too, but perhaps there is a time and a place for it all. If you have children who are respectful, well-mannered and well-behaved while dining out at a non-kid-friendly establishment, then our hats off to you. But let’s be honest, no one, and I mean no one likes to have their meal interrupted by toddlers or out-of-control children. Not only do these kids interfere in other party’s good time, but also run amuck presents potential dangers for the staff, as well, since they might be right underfoot as servers are trying to deliver food and drinks.
Don’t stiff the waiter because the food was bad
It’s basic learning that servers to a great extent rely upon tips since they don’t make much of an hourly wage, so obviously, the vast majority in the service business endeavour to move in the direction of procuring a good tip. But that’s not their flaw is disappointing food. The server of the restaurant didn’t make your food. The server is there to be learned about the menu and bring your stuff. The server isn’t a mind reader. In the event that there is an issue, feel free to state it immediately and let the server settle it. Try not to hold up until it’s time to pay and give the server a lesser tip than the individual truly deserves.
Don’t stray too far from the menu
While slight changes and exceptional requests not out of the ordinary, and effectively suited, don’t go insane with it. A menu of a restaurant has been thoughtfully arranged by an expert cook, and it’s not to be considered as only a rundown of ingredients. Try not to build your own menu or have heaps of adjustments to the menu. The chef has specially and thoughtfully made something that he wants to share with you. What’s more, if you do have genuine hypersensitivities to regular food or ingredients, simply be polite enough to call ahead and let the eatery know.
Stacking plates and cups when you’re finished eating
You might attempt to be useful to your exhausted server by stacking your messy dishes when you’re done eating, however, this is really a breach if etiquette. Stacking plates when done sends a sign to other diners that the waiter keeping an eye on the table appropriately and the act of doing so exposes the stackers as an unpracticed and inexperienced diner. Also, the wait staff, for the most part, have a well-rehearsed framework for clearing the plates, utensils, and glassware and stacking meddle with that framework they have. Rather, in the wake of making the most of your feast, kick back and permit the wait staff to deal with the details. All things considered, that’s one of the joys of feasting out!
Separating the salt and pepper shakers
Think about the salt and pepper shakers as twins that must never be separated. Passing these twins one at a time makes it simpler to lose them on the table which means people will have to ask them twice in the event if they need the two seasonings. Keep in mind to always pass the salt and the pepper together, regardless of whether you are approached to pass only the salt. This is one such table manners you must quit making.
Clinking glasses together for a toast
Record this one under “things that make an extraordinary film moment but can be extremely chaotic, in actuality”! All things considered, ringing your glass with another person to make a toast is a big no-no and is not a polite restaurant etiquette. The glasses can break! So just raise the glass, look at the person in the eyes and say cheers. Try not to take a gander at them over the glass while you’re drinking.
Eating before everyone is served
Starting to eat before everyone else is served is incredibly impolite. It’s a long-standing standard that you should wait for everyone to have their food before delving in. In a perfect circumstance, the kitchen would set up all the dishes to be prepared in the meantime. But this doesn’t generally occur. Just in case a few people are served and others are still waiting, and they give you consent to eat, it’s fine to proceed. Follow this restaurant etiquette to earn respect.
Arguing over who will pay
A tad of polite banter between companions about who’s getting the check is fine but by and large, you should realize who will be paying for whom before eating. This is particularly true if you are the host. If you for sure know you are paying, prearrange with the staff that the bill does not go to your table. That is the richest arrangement. Don’t want to cover the whole tab? Here’s the politest way to split the bill.
Now that you have learnt the art of restaurant etiquette, its time to learn some food etiquette.