Manner Monday: Wait Staff

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Eating out in restaurants seems to be a weekly, sometimes daily, occurrence for many.  Here are some tips to make your next restaurant experience more pleasant.

  • As the wait staff approaches your table, take a break from your conversation.  Many times, I’ve seen a waiter stand at a table awkwardly; trying to take an order or share the specials as the customers at the table continue conversing.
  • In a formal dining atmosphere, food will be served from the left and removed from the right.  An easy way to remember this is “L” – Leave it from the Left, “R” – Remove it from the Right.
  • A good waiter also knows the etiquette Silverware Sign LanguageTM.  When you are finished with your meal, place your silverware in the ‘finished’ position by positioning the handles of your silverware at 4 o’clock on your plate.  This also helps to alleviate silverware falling on the floor, or down your back, as the waiter can secure the silverware with his or her thumb when they “Remove it from the Right”.
  • And don’t forget to look your waitperson in the eye and say “Thank you”.

Enjoy your next meal out … Bon Appétit

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