Fine Dining: Do’s & Dont’s

  Posted by - May 16, 2014 - CynEats Foodie Guide, Travel, Wellness

Sometimes I embarrass myself.

Actually… most times I embarrass myself & my boyfriend & whoever is with me.

I can’t really help it. It’s come to the point where I’ve pretty much embraced it & my friends have too.

But YOU don’t have to follow the same enlightened path as me. Unless you’re a food blogger… or unless you just like to take a MILLI pics of food & post on Instagram or Facebook (then of course I’ll understand).

So here’s a quick guide to what you SHOULD and SHOULDN’T DO.

Do: know where to place your napkin.

+The napkin goes on your lap before you begin eating.

+The napkin goes on your seat if you stand up to use the restroom (the waitress/waiter will usually fold it back neatly for you)

+The napkin goes on the left side of your plate when you’re finished with the entire meal.

Do: place your utensils across  your plate to signal you’re done eating.

+ The knife & fork should be placed at the 10:20 position on the plate.

fine dining 1020

Do: look into your wine glass when drinking – – > not at your date, business partners, strangers, neighbors, etc. That could be totally AWK if they make eye contact back.

fine dining eyes

Do: cut one piece of meat/fish at a time before eating it

+ Not the entire steak into pieces at once.

fine dining one piece

Don’t: wipe your mouth with your hands and fingers.

+ Please use your napkin & use it often.

Don’t: put your keys, wallet, cellphone or camera (in my case) on the table.

+ I keep mine in my lap so I’m ready to snap a few photos right when the food comes out. I have to do it quick to keep the annoyance at a minimal. My excuse is that I’m a food blogger…what’s yours?

Fine Dining Camera

Don’t: wear sandals, flip flops, sneakers, or those weird looking finger shoes. 

fine dining classy

Don’t: reach across the table to try your friend’s food.

+ Ask politely to put some on your bread plate and vice-vera.

Don’t: put your elbows on the table.


Don’t: yell for your waiter/waitress. 

+ Wait to make eye contact or raise your hand to get their attention. If you’re at a fancy restaurant, the service should be very attentive anyways.

and lastly,

Don’t: spill your wine.

+ But if you do, hope that it’s white wine ; )

fine dining clumsy

 Do you guys have any other “fine dining” tips? Let me know below!






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  • Ann June 23, 2014 - 2:15 am Reply

    Keep your water and wine glasses in the position they were in when you got to the table,
    This allows your server to fill the glasses with out any mishaps.

  • Katie May 23, 2014 - 11:04 pm Reply

    haha funny post! Love your website!

    • CynEats May 30, 2014 - 12:14 am Reply

      Thanks hun! : )

  • Lynda May 21, 2014 - 6:55 am Reply

    omg I’m the most awkward person when it comes to drinking wine…I never know where to look! And I’ve experienced the awkward eye contact one too many times lol. Thanks for the tip.

    • CynEats May 30, 2014 - 12:15 am Reply

      LOL. That was totally me too!

  • Christina May 18, 2014 - 7:22 pm Reply

    I love this! I hate it when people have bad table manners. Thanks for the post!

  • Will May 16, 2014 - 11:52 pm Reply

    You are gorgeous, if you are ever single, I’d love to take you out. A lady who knows her fine dining etiquette is really attractive.

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