When you have a fine meal in an upscale restaurant, of course you also have to follow the etiquette rules. While some dining recommendations are generally followed, there are some that are specifically designed for starred restaurants or for truly important dinners, whether pleasure or business.
Even after you’ve mastered the basic rules of etiquette, you should know these simple rules and keep them in mind when going to fine dining restaurants.
Always be well dressed
This one is a basic and obvious rule for a fine dining restaurant. As this is a special occasion, formal attire may suffice, but you can also dress comfortably by following the dress code. Ditch the t-shirts and wear a blazer.
Remember the napkin etiquette
The napkin etiquette in restaurants states that the napkin must be placed on the person’s lap before and during the meal. When you get up to go to the bathroom, she should be on the seat, and when you’ve finished eating, she’ll come to the left, where your plate usually is. You don’t need to fold the napkin, but it shouldn’t be too crumpled either, just lying on the table.
Do not put your mobile phone or keys on the table
A rule of courtesy. You don’t want your cell phone to be a distraction to others, plus it can also distract from the seriousness of the occasion. Aside of that, it can take up table space and make time uncomfortable. Likewise your keys and wallet belong in your pocket and not on the table.
Let your guest order first
If you are the host, you should let your guest order first. If you are the guest, you can order beforehand.
Treat the waiter with respect
Of course on every occasion it is also necessary to treat the waiter well. This is especially important at an elegant dinner. You don’t have to yell, snap your fingers or anything like that. It is enough to draw his attention with a raised hand.
Keep the cutlery on the plate at the end of the meal
After eating, it is recommended to leave the cutlery on the plate, with the knife and fork in the “20 to 4” position. They should not be left on the sides of the plate, as they can soil the tablecloth and make the waiter’s work more difficult.
Prepare payment in advance
If you are the host, prepare the payment. Avoid the embarrassing moment when others want to pay something. When the waiter brings the bill, make sure that you have everything ready so it spends as little time on the table as possible.