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What are the Etiquette's used while Dining?

Updated on December 4, 2012
Dining with your date
Dining with your date
Formal Dining
Formal Dining
Dining with family/friends
Dining with family/friends

Got a Date?

Got a business dining event?

Going out with family or friends?

Worry not...this hub will walk you down the steps of easy dining with your date or colleague or family members or friends.

Just 10 easy rules to abide by; to make you dine with elegance and poise and be able to create an impression and still have fun.

  • RULE No. 1--Arrival and being seated

If a Reservation is made, make sure to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled time. That way you tend to meet your company before being seated at the table. You could exchange your pleasantries before being seated and that helps you to become comfortable in the new environment.

Always say Thank you to your server when he pushes your chair inside for you once you are seated.

  • RULE No. 2--Ordering your food

If out on a date or on a business dining, it is appropriate to order your own Entree. So, make your choice and stick with it. Do, not keep shuffling between one Entree to another. If not sure, ask the server before ordering and then make up your mind.

If out with friends and family, it is better to decide whether you will be sharing the entree's with each other. If yes, discuss your choice of entree with others before ordering.

Use your Please and Thank you's with your server.

  • RULE No. 3--Napkin ethics

Unfold the napkin and lay it on your knee. Do NOT flap it open. The napkin will stay on your lap until the end of your dining. IF you have to get up Do NOT place the napkin on the chair instead place it on the left or the right side of your plate.

NEVER use the napkin to blow your nose or wipe your makeup etc.

  • RULE No. 4--Table Manners

Turn your cell phone to Vibrating mode. Never apply makeup on the table. If you need to get up, say EXCUSE ME before doing so.

  • RULE No. 5--Food Manners

Start eating once the food arrives for ALL on the table.

Chew your food with your mouth shut. Avoid talking when your mouth is FULL. Do NOT fill your mouth with food. Take small bites. Keep your elbows AWAY from the table. The hand with which you eat should only be around your plate. The other hand should be rested on your lap.

Do NOT pass food or anything across the table. Food should be passed from your left to the right. Food should be curled around the cutlery you are using. Example- Swirl your pasta around your fork and you may take the help of a spoon but, NO hands.

  • RULE No 6--Socializing while eating

When talking, use your inner voice and do not be LOUD.

Do NOT wave your cutlery while you are talking. Put your spoon/fork down and talk, if need be.

  • RULE No 7--Drinking Manners

Do NOT slurp water/drink from your glass. No Noise please!

If sipping wine, hold your glass from the stem and NOT from the rim of the glass.

  • RULE No 8--Paying the bill

Divide or Split the bill at the end of your meal. You could either ask the server to charge a $ amount to your credit card or pay your amount by cash.

Do NOT give the statement of, "I'll pay you later."

  • RULE No 9--Tip etiquette

ALWAYS leave a tip. The tip usually varies from 15% to 20%.

  • RULE No 10--End it classy!

Done eating. Do NOT put that toothpick in your mouth.

Lift the napkin from your lap and put it casually/semi-folded next to your left side of the plate. Do NOT fold the napkin. Do NOT put the napkin on the chair.

Make sure you Thank the server before exiting.


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