Mastering Dining Etiquette : The Do’s and Don’ts

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Dining out isn’t just about relishing delectable dishes; it’s an elegant dance of social interaction and culinary appreciation. To ensure your restaurant experience is a seamless symphony of manners and flavors, here’s a comprehensive guide to the do’s and don’ts of dining etiquette.

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The Do’s: When you’re seated, embrace the ritual of unfolding your napkin and delicately placing it on your lap. This signals your readiness to engage in the gastronomic journey ahead. Utensils, like harmonious notes in a melody, have their place. Start with those on the outside and progress inward as the courses flow.

Polite ordering is a gracious overture to a satisfying meal. When the server arrives, be prepared to articulate your choices with a warm smile and clear voice. Expressions like “please” and “thank you” are the lyrical refrains that demonstrate your appreciation for the service. And remember, chewing with a closed mouth is like a respectful pause in a conversation. It maintains the harmony of the meal, allowing you to savor flavors without disrupting the ambiance.



The Don’ts: In the age of digital distractions, the phone has no place at the table. Let your companions be the focal point of your attention, fostering meaningful connections. Elbows, though a fundamental part of your anatomy, should remain confined to your side of the table, preventing an intrusion into your neighbor’s dining space.

The delicate symphony of cutlery should never be disrupted by clanging utensils together. Instead, they should gracefully choreograph the journey from plate to mouth. And just as you wouldn’t barge into a conversation, exercise restraint before summoning your server or taking a bite. Waiting for a conversational pause respects the rhythm of the table.



Mastering dining etiquette transforms a simple meal into an elegant ritual. By adhering to these do’s and don’ts, you become a conductor of your dining experience, orchestrating each movement with finesse and respect. In the realm of culinary artistry, your impeccable manners are a standing ovation to the craft and a gesture of appreciation to those who craft it.


Bénédicte Lin – Brussels, Paris, London, Seoul, Tokyo, New York, Taipei
Bénédicte Lin – Brussels, Paris, London, Seoul, Tokyo, New York, Taipei
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