Although most table manners come as second nature to most people, certain restaurant etiquette can be more nuanced, such as who pays for a business meal, or where to put your napkin when you stand. We’ve come up with a few guidelines that’ll help you that next time you dine at a fine dining restaurant.

Dress the part

Granted we don’t always go out to eat for a special occasion. Sometimes a casual Sunday lunch for a family get together or friend’s birthday celebration, needn’t be a meal to dress for as though you’re attending a gala event. So opt for a laid back but stylish outfit. That said, if you’ve got a special business lunch/dinner or perhaps a date you’d like to impress, accessorize with the perfect signature wardrobe piece that’ll surely make you look and feel great!

Don’t put your belongings on the table

By placing your mobile, keys, or purse on the table, you’re not only distracting your dining companions, but also the waiter and the entire restaurant.

Let your guest/s order first

Let the restaurant know you’re the host ahead of time. Make it clear by telling the waitstaff phrases like “Will you bring my guest…” to ward off any confusion.

Set up the payment ahead of time

As a host, you should give the restaurant your credit card before you sit down or simply call the restaurant from before to advise them that you’ll be paying.

Know where to place your napkin

You should wait until your host places their napkin on their lap before you begin eating. If you need to stand up at any point, place the napkin on your seat. When you’re finished with the meal, place it on the left-hand side of where your plate would have been – don’t fold it, however, place it neatly, instead. You should wait until the host does it first though.

Don’t reach across the table

Although sharing isn’t recommended with someone you don’t know or at a formal business meal, if you’re with someone you know better, pass them your bread plate with a little sample of food on it so they can taste it.

Know where to place your utensils

Don’t place your utensils on the side of your plate when you’re done eating. When you’re finished, place the knife and fork together at the 10:20 position on the plate. This is a silent service call for the wait staff.

Remember your table manners

Last but not least, and probably the most obvious of all restaurant etiquette tips, remember your table manners. This includes wiping your hands and mouth often with your napkin, cutting one piece of meat or fish at a time, buttering your bread on your plate, sitting up straight and keeping your elbows off the table.

Now that you’ve read through the above tips dealing with restaurant etiquette, you’re ready to put them into practice. If you’re looking for a fine dining experience where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks in a truly inviting and relaxing atmosphere, then visit Sciacca Grill in St Julian’s or Valletta. Call us now on +356 2133 1310 or visit our website to book your table, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

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