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Quick meal fix at a fine restaurant

Ana Madigibuli
Thursday, February 08, 2018

DINING out is becoming very popular around the world with many families opting on a quick meal fix at a fine restaurant rather than cook a meal on the weekends.

When going out for dinner either with friends, family or for business, it is important to always follow simple table manners.

Here we describe some simple proper etiquette at the table listed by that can help you when going out dining.


As soon as you sit down, turn to your host or hostess and take a cue for when to begin. Once the host unfolds his or her napkin, you should remove your napkin from the table or plate, and place it on your lap. If you are dining out, you should place your napkin in your lap immediately. Keep your napkin in your lap until you are finished eating. If you must get up at any time during the meal and plan to return, place the napkin on either side of your plate. After you are finished, place your napkin on the table to the left of your plate.

When to eat

If you are eating out, you should wait until all the members of your group have been served before picking up your fork. At a private dinner, observe the host or hostess and pick up your fork when he or she does. However, if you are at a buffet, you may start when there are others seated at your table.


One of the most common issues to confuse today's diners is which utensil to use for each course. A typical rule of thumb is to start with the utensil that is farthest from your plate and work your way toward the center of your place setting.

If you see the host or hostess doing something different, you may follow his or her lead. The important thing is to remain as inconspicuous as possible.


For dinners where food is served at the table, the dishes should be passed in a counter-clockwise flow. Never reach across the table for anything. Instead, ask that condiments be passed from the person closest to the item. Salt and pepper should be passed together. Always use serving utensils and not your own to lift food from the serving dish.


Table manners were designed to keep people from scarfing food down like animals, so learn them before you eat with others.

After the meal

After you finish eating, partially fold your napkin and place it to the left of your plate. Wait until the host or hostess signals that the meal is over, you may stand. After the meal is over, don't eat and run. If nothing is planned after dinner, stick around for approximately an hour before saying good-bye to the host and thanking him or her for the dinner.

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