Etiquette affects almost every aspect of dining. Dining etiquette rules apply before you ever take your seat and continue after you excuse yourself from the table. This dining etiquette reference is divided into six (6) sections: Table Manners, Table Setting, Restaurant Etiquette, Business Dining Etiquette, Wine Etiquette and International Dining Etiquette. Under each section heading, you will find a link to take you to more detailed rules on each dining etiquette subject.
For almost all meals, if you are wondering what utensil to use, start from the outside and work your way in. So, if you are served a salad first, use the fork set to the far left of your plate.
Your water glass is the one above your knife in your place setting.
Don't chew with your mouth open.
For the rest, visit our table manners section. The following links will take you to more detailed information to help refine your dining etiquette skills.
- handling utensils
- napkin etiquette
- serving etiquette
- bread-and-butter etiquette
- when to start eating
- hard to handle foods
Sometimes, proper dining etiquette, whether in a restaurant or at home, is not obvious. Making a dining etiquette mistake, and everyone's attention is drawn to that mistake. Most of us need a dining etiquette refresher from time-to-time.
- getting VIP treatment
- who is who in the restaurant
- how and what to order
- paying the bill / tipping
Dining etiquette and table manners might be more important to your career success then you think. Proper table manners are associated with professionalism. Bad table manners are associated with a lack of professionalism.
- business meal basics
- eating at the office
- job interviews
- corporate events
- business entertaining at home
- business toasts