Dining in a fancy restaurant such as Morton’s Steakhouse or Peter Luger can be intimidating. Unless you’re rich or a movie star, you probably don’t go to these high end places every week. So if you’re going there for a special occasion, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
1. Don’t order dishes you can prepare at home.
Many people who go to expensive restaurants just order boring items like chicken breast or grilled pork. You should order items that the place is known for, in the manner that the restaurant recommends.
2. Now’s not the time to skimp on good food.
I mean, it’s not like you’re going to blow a few hundred dollars every day, right? You’re dining in a fancy restaurant for a special occasion. You deserve to get the full experience! If you find it too expensive, then perhaps better save up first before going there.
3. Dress up for the occasion.
You don’t want to go to a restaurant looking like you can’t be bothered to dress appropriately. While most fancy restaurants do have excellent customer service, you can expect to be treated better if you wear nice clothes.
4. Don’t be shy to ask questions.
I get it – you are shy to ask the server questions for fear of embarrassing yourself. Don’t worry, if you can’t understand the menu, you’re not the first person this has happened to. The wait staff are happy to assist you and answer questions you may have such as with the wine selection, unfamiliar items on the menu, and so on.
5. If you like the wine, say so. Or at least, nod.
Some people will just stare blankly at the wine being poured into the wine glass. Others do take a sip and not say anything. If the wine is not to your liking, let your server know. Don’t say the bottle is bad unless you smell or see mildew/mold on the cork.
6. Don’t be rude.
Don’t be rude. Don’t think you know more than the staff. Be at your best behavior. Just because you are ordering expensive food doesn’t mean you can be disrespectful to everyone.
7. Don’t be cheap.
Tip generously and don’t cringe at the bill. If you’re splitting the bill, tip more.
8. Ask for the price of specials.
The server will most likely tell you about their specials for the day. Before you say yes to any of the items, be sure to ask how much they cost. Specials are usually more expensive than the ones on the menu.
9. Know how to hold your wine glass the right way.
Improper handling of wine glasses is a big no-no. Hold the glass by the stem please.