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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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    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Thank you Angie. I am glad you found the above useful. Yes, children IF taught early can help them stick to it. I try to enforce good manners to my kid as well.

      Thank you Ruby. I am glad you liked the above. Thanks for your vote of confidence. Appreciate it!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Thank you Dexter. We all have to learn something or the other :)

      Thanks for your vote of confidence on the above...cheers!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      oh yeah, Simone. I too have LOTS to learn in that arena :)

      Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Thank you Frank. I am happy that I could entice you ;-)

      Thank you matheos5. I am glad to get your vote of confidence :)


    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Radhikasree,

      I am glad that you found the above useful. Thankyou for stopping by and wishing you a great time dining out with your family/friends.


    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Hi teaches1345,

      Phone is a big nuisance...I agree. I wish people would be a little courteous in that aspect.

      Thanks for your feedback.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Marcy,

      Toothpick has always been an issue. I have observed it myself.

      I am glad you agree with the above...Thanks!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a great, informative hub. I 'gotta remember about the tooth pick..HaHa..Cheers

    • anglnwu profile image


      7 years ago

      I want to print this and put in it on my fridge for my kids. Great etiquette rules. I was just at a wedding where it's fashionable to arrive late--actually it's quite the Chinese etiquette to arrive a little late for a wedding banquet, so as not to appear to be "greedy." Good tips and rated up.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Sankari,

      Goodluck...I am also aiming to get better in that

      so many choices we get to eat and alas our stomach can take only 1 entree :)

      thanks for your vote of confidence

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Billy,

      I am glad you found the above hilarious besides the truth ;)

      I agree on your point. Thanks for your vote of confidence...always a pleasure.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Kelly,

      haha...sure it would be so elegant to do that in a taco joint. The only thing is you ought to use 3-4 of those brown recycled towels to make it as thick as a napkin and then place them in your

      btw...the chalupa of taco bell rocks ;)

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Ruchira! Great tips! What is amazing is that there are a number of people that DON'T know these rules! Thanks for educating some and reminding others! Voted up, up and away!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Good tips! And I'm really big on the deciding on sharing BEFORE the meal is served thing. I'm not a fan of sharing food once I've committed myself to eating it :D

    • mattheos profile image


      7 years ago

      That was great! Sadly, I always put my napkin on the chair when I left the table, but no more!

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      Ruch.. your hubs are always secretly helpful to me... :) thank you

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Etiquette while dining definitely deserves importance as it can encourage or stop others who dine along-with you. Clean and good manners are always appreciated. I learned some new tips (5th and 10th) and you've presented them very nice.

      Up and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      With these tips we are ready to be the most well mannered people at the restaurant. It would be great if everyone put their phones on vibrate while dining. Too many times you hear someone talking loudly nearby when you are trying to have a quiet dinner. Voted up and useful!

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      7 years ago from Planet Earth

      I've been so turned off by people with bad table manners - including a disgusting incident on a date. I'll put it this way, the toothpick at the table would have been an improvement. Voted up and useful.

    • sankari.nayagam profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice tips Ruchira! I have train myself little more in Rule #2 - ordering my food!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was laughing through most of this; I have friends who do all ten things wrong. Cell phones are my number one complaint in a restaurant, and it is amazing how many people don't understand that if you are polite to the waiter you will have a much more pleasurable meal. Thumbs up and great job!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      All good advice - I liked the napkin tip...I usually tuck it in my shirt..LOL (just kidding!!) No really about just setting it on one knee...sounds very classy and I am going to try it at the taco joint later!! lol

      Very very excellent and sharable hub!!!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks Thumbi7. I am glad you enjoyed it :)

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      haha...I agree with you Alecia. I have even seen the worst happen to the table napkin...Rule no. 3...ewww!

      Thanks for your vote of confidence...appreciate it!

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      JR Krishna 

      7 years ago from India

      Beautiful hub!

      You have highlighted the modest ways of dining.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I know way too many people who do number ten and it's not cute at all, nor is it aesthetically pleasing. Very useful hub Ruchira!


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