How to Have Manners at a Restaurant

Good manners are always important, and it's embarrassing if you're with someone in a restaurant and they behave inappropriately. Below are some ways that should help you.

Steps

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    Turn off your cell phone. It's rude to talk, e-mail, or text when dining out with others.
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    Don't talk too loud. Don't yell across the table or across the room.If you see someone you know, walk up to their table to say hello.
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    Chew with your mouth closed. No one wants to see your food inside your mouth. Also, if you get food around or on your mouth, don't use your tongue to lick it away. Use a napkin.
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    Sit up straight and don't slouch.
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    Keep your elbows off the table. If you rest your wrists on the table with your hands crossed, this shows to others that you want to talk and have a conversation.
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    Drink in moderation. Dining out with other people is not the time and place to get drunk.
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    When ordering, ask questions about any dishes you don't understand. If something goes wrong with the dish you ordered, politely tell the waiter or waitress, and ask for the dish to be fixed or order another dish.
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    If you have children, remind them of their behavior and table manners before taking them out, and take them outside for a break so that they can settle down if they misbehave.

Tips

  • Say "Please" and "Thank You" when appropriate.
  • If you're going to a fine dining restaurant, wear dressier clothes.
  • Always remember to smile and make direct eye contact.
  • If it's a first date, bring flowers and a card.

Warnings

  • If you misbehave in a restaurant, apologize immediately!

Article Info

Categories: Dining Etiquette