Dining Etiquette: 6 Basic Rules to Remember
by Lyudmila Bloch, Etiquette Expert NYC
"Picture this: You're out to dinner with friends, they order everything expensive on the menu while you stick to a salad -- is it OK to ask for separate checks?
The answer is complicated. Etiquette experts actually disagree on whether it is appropriate to split a check in social situations...
While the etiquette jury is out on whether or not it’s acceptable to ask for separate checks, the experts do agree on one thing: if you are going to split it, let that be known as soon as you sit down" -- wrote Kathryn Vasel (FoxBusiness.com) in her latest article "Dining Out Etiquette: Rules of Splitting the Check."
While I agree with Kathryn and other experts, I still would like to point out a few rules one should follow when dining out on business or with friends:
- Do let your waiter know as soon as you sit down that your need to have separate checks.
- Do order the same number of dishes as your partner, friend, or a colleague.
- Don't ask for a "doggy bag to go" -- it's tacky.
- If you are picking up a bill -- pay it promptly, don't let it linger...
- Do leave a 15%-20% tip when dining out.
- Don't ask to share a dessert -- even if your colleague's plate looks better than yours.
If you are looking to get more information on this subject, please review our previous posts on dining etiquette: