Etiquette Tips for Dining

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Many people do not know table manners while in a restaurant, so here are some basic table manner tips that can help you out and change your ways around a table:

  1. Napkin

As soon as you sit down, place the napkin on your lap and unfold it while on your lap before eating your food.

  1. Sneezing, coughing –

It is unavoidable to cough or sneeze at the table, always cover your noses or use the napkin to cover your nose or mouth and continue as quietly as possible. Only in an emergency use the napkin to blow your nose. Make sure to leave the table and use a handkerchief.


  1. Ordering –

To show that you are ready to order close the menu and place it on the table

  1. Utensils-

Food served on a plate is used with a fork and food served on a bowl is used with a spoon. Now if both the utensils are given to you, use the fork to steady the food and the spoon to cut it.

  1. Tasting others food-

If you want to eat the food of another person, you have to hand over your fork to the person, who will spear out a piece with your fork and give it back to you. If the person is next to you, then offer them your plate, so that they share a portion of food to you.

  1. Usage of hands-

While holding a utensil, rest your other hand on your lap. If you are not carrying any utensil, keep both your hands on your lap. Make sure to keep your hands away from your hair.

  1. Eat slowly-

Please make sure to eat your food slowly so that it can encourage conversations.


  1. Speaking-

If you wish to talk, make sure to swallow your food and rest your fork on the plate to start talking.

  1. Mobiles

Turn off or enable silent mode on your devices while entering the restaurant. In case, your phone rings cut the call immediately and refrain from using the internet.

  1. Hot drinks-

If you want to test the temperature of a hot beverage, use the spoon and take a sip from it. If you drink a hot beverage, immediately drink water to reduce the burns.

  1. Paying the bills

If you are hosting a dinner, inform the waiter you are the paying the bill. Once the meal is over, ask for the check. If no one is hosting the dinner, then the most senior professional has to ask for the check.

  1. Dropping a utensil –

If you drop a utensil, you’ll have to pick it up yourself or let the waiter know that you need another one.

  1. Complements-

Complementing the food is always appreciated.