February 14, 2013 by Diniquette
Happy Valentine’s Day;(or as we call it in the industry: amateur night). So, if you’re not someone who dines out often or if you’re really trying to impress tonight, here are a few tips:
*Most restaurants tonight are ONLY offering tasting menus; which means substitutions will be almost impossible. Make sure to ask your date about allergies or dietary restrictions ASAP. If your date does have restrictions, call the restaurant immediately and speak to a manager to make sure proper accommodations can be made. If you wait until you arrive, it’s too late.
*Please remember that this is a VERY busy night for restaurants:
-Be on time for your reservation.
-If you’re over 15 minutes late, because all restaurants are booked solid, you will probably lose your reservation.(this does not make a good impression on dates).
-The table is not yours for the entire night. Don’t plan on staying past 2-2 1/2 hours; if so, don’t be surprised if you’re asked to move to the bar. (remember: you didn’t have to wait for your table, the people who are reserved after you shouldn’t have to wait either).
*Don’t be embarrassed to use your server as your guide. If you want to order Champagne but have no idea which one and why: engage the server…you don’t have to spend $200 to have an amazing bottle of bubbly. $$$ doesn’t always equal quality. Your server is your ally.
*PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T GET HANDSY AT THE TABLE. I LOVE love, but I don’t want to see you slobbering all over your date, (neither do all the other paying guests at the restaurant). It’s bad etiquette all around…keep it classy.
*This sounds silly, but I’ve seen relationships end over this stuff. Remember the basics:
-Don’t talk with your mouth full.
-Don’t reach across the table for something, ask your date to pass it.
-Don’t eat untill you are both served.
-If you’re not done eating, place your knife on your plate at 4 o’clock and your fork at 7 o’clock. If you ARE done eating, place both fork and knife, together, at 5 o’clock.
And if this is a newish relationship, remember what Dave Barry said: “A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person”.
Happy Valentine’s Day and remember: tip 15% -20% on EVERYTHING on the bill…..being cheap is a turn off!
Thanks for reading.