The Gentleman’s Guide to Dining Etiquette : Dos and Don’ts

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Dining out, whether for a special occasion or a casual meal, presents an opportunity to showcase our manners and respect for others. Here’s a curated list of dos and don’ts to ensure you embody the essence of a true gentleman during your dining experience :

  1. Make Reservations: To avoid the disappointment of being turned away, especially during peak times or for special occasions, it’s advisable to make a reservation in advance.
  2. Punctuality Matters: Show respect for your dining companions by being punctual. Aim to arrive early, and if you anticipate being late, communicate this promptly.
  3. Greet Your Guests: Stand up to greet your guests when they arrive. This small gesture goes a long way in showing respect and hospitality.
  4. Pay Compliments: Spread positivity by paying compliments. Whether it’s appreciating your date’s outfit or acknowledging your host’s restaurant choice, genuine compliments are always welcome.
  5. Bread Basket Etiquette: In Europe and Britain, refrain from reaching for the bread basket first. Follow your host’s lead in such matters.
  6. Buttering Bread Rolls: When it comes to bread rolls, avoid buttering the entire roll at once. Tear off a piece, butter it, and enjoy it one bite at a time.
  7. Politeness to Waitstaff: Treat waitstaff with kindness and respect. It not only makes for a pleasant dining experience but also reflects positively on your character.
  8. Express Gratitude: Say “thank you” to your server for their service, including bringing food, drinks, and the check. It’s a simple yet meaningful gesture.
  9. Mindful Food Choices: On a date, steer clear of messy foods like noodle soup or a cheeseburger. Opt for dishes that are easy to eat gracefully.
  10. Considerate Ordering: When dining with others, be mindful of prices and avoid ordering the most expensive item unless you’re footing the bill.
  11. Phone Etiquette: Keep your phone usage to a minimum. Only check it when absolutely necessary, and inform your companions beforehand if you need to attend to urgent matters.
  12. Relevant Phone Use: While it’s acceptable to use your phone to share a relevant photo or information during conversation, remember to put it away promptly afterward.



By adhering to these guidelines, you not only enhance your own dining experience but also contribute to creating a pleasant atmosphere for everyone involved. Let’s strive to embody the values of respect, courtesy, and refinement during every dining excursion.


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