Arrive a little late – very acceptable / preferred.
Know the “rest” and “finished” positions. “Place your knife and fork in the rest position (knife on top of plate, fork across middle of plate) to let the waiter know you are resting,” Pachter says. “Use the finished position (fork below the knife, diagonally across the plate) to indicate that you have finished eating.”
To signal that you’re finished eating, your fork and knife should be left together and parallel, at the 11 o’clock position, fork tines still up. Continental or European style for leaving your fork and knife is similar, but your fork tines should be facing down, not up.
Water glasses should be set just above the knife. The wine glass is placed slightly at the right of the water glass. A cup and a saucer can be brought to the table along with the teaspoon with dessert. Place a folded napkin at the left of your forks.
Here are some tips and best practices:
1) Know exactly what is in your drink/food before you order it.
2) Don’t ask stupid questions.
3) Don’t get too personal.
4) Always consider how busy your server is.
5) Watch your host for cues on how to act.
Some restaurant etiquette is just common sense: Don’t speak when your mouth is full, don’t tell rude jokes during the meal, and always cover your mouth when you cough.……Megan Willett
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There’s an unspoken bond between people who have ever worked in the service industry.……Shila Morris
If you have worked in the service industry, I greet you warmly as a comrade in arms.……Dayton Uttinger
From table manners to tipping to making a reservation, a wealth of experience informs this etiquette guide on dining. ……Sandi Toksvig
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