So I am sure you have gone to a restaurant at least a time or two in your lifetime. Maybe you haven't been one of these customers, but I bet you have at least witnessed some.

Here is a simple guide from Thrillist on restaurant etiquette, or to put it bluntly, how not to be THAT dreaded customer.

  • When you are being asked for your order, have a general idea of what you want. Yes, the waitstaff can help with suggestions, but for the whole meal? Really?
  • Don't ask to split or combine entrees. Doing half portions is a waste and costs the restaurant money. It's one thing to do it in salads or as a side.
  • Order everything at once or say that you are in slow-mo mode. Ordering things at different times makes it harder on the restaurant to give you the best experience possible.
  • Order a taste of wine if you are not sure if you will like it. It makes a lot more sense to take a taste then to send back a whole glass because you do not like it.
  • Say "please" and "thank you" often. Waitstaff picks up after your used kleenex, your toothpicks, gum and other items. Yes, they get paid for it, but, who doesn't appreciate a "please" and a "thank you?"
  • For the most part do not flag waitstaff by raising your arm or even clapping. Do your best to make eye contact. The staff is typically pretty observant when people need things or you can say something when they come by. But just like they are helping you, they have other customers that are just as important.
  • Move your arms off the table when plates are being cleared. Staff shouldn't have to say "pardon my reach."
  • If you don't like a dish, tell the server as soon as possible. Maybe it isn't cooked right or whatever reason, give them a chance to make it right. Waiting until the end, not only makes the server feel bad but also means less of a tip for the server typically.
  • Last but not least, if you are the only table left, that is probably a good sign that it is a good time to leave. Just saying...

You y think might differently from these tips, and of course there are situations for everything. Just some words of advice.