Restaurant Business Etiquette - Tips to Help You Make a Good Impression

Business meetings and interviews take place in restaurants all the time. Your restaurant etiquette needs to adapt to the business environment. Follow these rules:

  • Don't over-order.
  • Don't leave the table to greet friends.
  • Don't complain about the food.
  • Don't order the most expensive thing on the menu.
  • Express your appreciation when your boss picks up the tab.
  • Avoid long conversations on your cellular phone—better yet, don't take it with you unless absolutely necessary.
  • Never talk down to a food server.
  • When paying the tab, be a generous tipper.
  • Focus on the people at your table—don't let your eyes wander around the room.
  • Talk softly—people at other tables can hear you.
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