A satisfying meal in a classy restaurant like Olive Garden or Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is something most people can appreciate—but unless you’re a millionaire or a movie star, the idea of going to a fancy restaurant can be intimidating. Take a look at this to-do list to learn about fine dining tips in a flash.
Tip 1: Follow the maître d’ to the table.
The maître d’ will show you your table so be sure to let them tell you where you should sit.
Tip 2: Take the napkin.
Once you’re seated, place the napkin on your lap.
3. When the server comes, be ready to order.
So before chit-chatting it’s a good idea to check the menu and be ready to order.
4. If you’re the host, let your guests order first.
If the food’s for sharing, then you may order in behalf of your guests. But other than that, make it clear to the server that your guests will order first.
5. Dress for the occasion.
In fancy restaurants where people spend hundreds of dollars on a meal, you should look the part. Make an effort to dress well and feel comfortable with what you’re wearing.
6. Work out the payment in advance.
When you arrive at the restaurant, speak to the manager or maître d’ and inform them you’ll be shouldering the bill. You can give them your credit card information ahead of time or simply make a request that the bill be handed to you.
7. Desserts can be shared.
Sharing a dessert instead of each person ordering one for themselves is better to avoid feeling gluttonous. Besides, doing this creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere at the end of an expensive meal.
8. Do your homework.
If you’ve never dined at this restaurant, a bit of research can help so you’ll know what to order, any feature or interesting information about the place, etc.
9. Turn off your phone.
Enjoying a great meal requires focus and attention. A phone can be a major distraction and can really put off your companions/guests. If you can’t switch off your phone then at least put it on silent mode.
10. Pace yourself.
When dining with a group, observe how slowly or quickly they are eating, and keep up with their pace. The same can be said about drinks. Not only should you follow the same number of drinks they have but also to make sure you don’t get drunk. That’s just not a good idea.
11. If you’re unsure, ask.
Menus can be confusing in high end restaurants. Don’t worry, the server would be happy to answer any questions you have.
12. Check your coat.
Men should check their coat instead of dragging it to their seats. Women have an option to bring theirs to the table, however.
13. Don’t speak too loud.
Energetic conversation is good, but keep your voices at tolerable level especially when laughing. Shouting is a big no-no.
14. Avoid taking photos.
Of course you want to take photos of your amazing meal but try to keep it to as few as possible.
15. Tip generously.
The standard is 18% but if your server did an excellent job you should tip them more. You’re spending a lot of money for your meals – don’t skimp on your server.
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