8 Etiquette Mistakes Everyone Makes at a Steakhouse

Not Making a Reservation: Arriving at a steakhouse without a reservation can lead to long wait times or being turned away, especially during peak hours. Always call ahead or make a reservation online to secure your table.

Ignoring Dress Code: Steakhouse attire typically leans towards smart casual or business casual. Avoid wearing overly casual clothing like flip-flops, tank tops, or athletic wear, as it may not be appropriate for the setting.

Handling the Menu Incorrectly: Avoid handling the menu with dirty hands or placing it on the table after you've touched it. Hold the menu open with one hand while making your selections with the other.

Misusing Utensils: Use the correct utensils for each course and dish. Start with the outermost utensils and work your way in towards the plate as the meal progresses. Place used utensils on the plate between bites, not on the table.

Improper Use of Napkin: Place your napkin on your lap as soon as you're seated and use it to dab your mouth when necessary. Never use your napkin to wipe your face or blow your nose, and avoid leaving it on the table when excusing yourself.

Overordering or Wasting Food: Order only what you can comfortably eat and avoid ordering more than one appetizer or entrée unless you're planning to share. Leaving excessive food on your plate is considered wasteful and disrespectful.

Interrupting Service: Wait for your server to finish speaking before asking questions or making requests. Avoid flagging down servers or speaking loudly across the table, as it disrupts the dining experience for others.

Not Tipping Appropriately: Tipping is customary in steakhouse dining, typically ranging from 15% to 20% of the total bill before tax. Adjust the tip accordingly based on the quality of service received.

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