Many people do not know the rules of fine dining etiquette. A person that will be dining at an upscale restaurant may wish to brush up on their skills for fine dining etiquette.
Rules For Seating
Never sit down until your host or hostess does. Always wait to be seated until the host and the women are seated. A man will gently extract the chair to the right for the woman who will be sitting next to him. All men should rise if a lady is momentarily leaving the table.
Rules For Napkins
Place the napkin in your lap as soon as you are seated at the table. Gently lay the napkin to the side of the plate, if you will be excusing yourself from the table at any time. Napkin use is limited to patting your mouth slightly.
Rules For Dining Utensils
Dining utensils are used from the outside and working in towards the plate. using utensils as they are setting next to a plate will help ensure proper utensil usage. Forks are placed to the left side of the plate. Knives and spoons are placed to the right of the dinner plate. Glasses are set just above the spoons and knives.
Rules For Beverages
Fine dining etiquette requires two glasses at each place setting. One glass is for water and the other glass is for wine. Some fine dining establishments will offer two wine glasses, one for white and one for red wine. If you do not wish to drink wine, do not cover your glass with your hand. Softly inform the server that you will not be partaking in any wine. Proper etiquette mandates holding the wine glass by the stem only.
Rules For Table Manners
Never begin to eat your food until everyone has been served. Proper etiquette dictates that elbows should be kept off the table at all times. One hand should be in your lap while eating, unless there is a need to cut food with a knife. Sit up straight and do not use your fingers. Pass bread and condiments to the right.
Rules For Eating
Fine dining etiquette mandates that a person should not blow on their food if the meal is to hot. Wait for the food to cool slightly before eating. Never slurp your soup, simply place the spoon fully into your mouth. Take small bites and use your fork to pick up the food gently. Proper manners require that all food offered must be tried before dismissing the item. Set your silverware across the centre of the plate when the meal is completed.
Rules For Dinner Conversation
Never discuss sensitive issues at the table. Converse about light topics such as travel or shared interests. Make sure that you converse with people on either side of you equally. Fine diners use a soft voice when speaking as to not interrupt other conversations. Turn off your cell phone. Phone usage at the table is considered very impolite.
Henry is the head waiter at one of the most exclusive restaurants Sydney
has to offer. He admits that a lot of diners do not know the correct etiquette for such exclusive dining and provides this advice to help potential diners. In his spare time, Henry volunteers his time at the local RSPCA, likes reading books and swimming at the beach.