Be Ready on Your Next Date with These Restaurant Etiquette Tips
There is this dinner date coming up that you are excited about because of a new job or partnership or with someone you are very interested into.
In the process of your preparation for this date, you may be anxious about some rules of etiquette that you are not sure of, and that these lead to your excitement or rush of adrenaline on how the date would come out. So that you will be prepared for your important date, read more of the tips below so you will learn further on how to act or say or behave during your restaurant date.
The first thing that you should prepare, even before you head for the restaurant, is how you look or dress up for the occasion. The reason behind this reminder is for your dinner date not to be offended with how you dress up for the occasion. Take note that some restaurants would require a dress code that has to be followed, thus your choice of outfit will depend on this code.
If you have not gone to this particular restaurant venue of your date, you can look at their website to check out, or look at pictures at what previous guests were wearing, or if still in doubt, make a call to the place and ask.
Furthermore, another key factor that will affect your choice of dress is the occasion of the meeting, like if it is about business, then go for a professional attire, and if it is a pure date, you go ahead and wear the outfit that reflects your personality.
You will never go wrong in showing up on time, and this is your next pointer when you are going to that restaurant date. If you are on a group date for example, be aware that some restaurants will not seat the group if not all has arrived, and so you do not want to be the one who will be the cause of that. Note that it is also not a wise move to show much way ahead of time to avoid making your hostess feel they need to find you a table sooner than the time set.
Bear in mind on how you will handle your napkin, and this is another etiquette tip to remember. Therefore, as you sit down, unfold your napkin, put it on your lap, and avoid tucking in your napkin into your shirt.
In cases where you have a host for the dinner, wait for the person to place the napkin on his or her lap before you place your napkin on your lap too.
Your next etiquette tip is to never call out your server if you need something, rather get their attention by making eye contact wherever they are, and this is your fine art of server calling.