Is There Such a Thing as Restaurant Etiquette?

Project 365 - Day 5 - 5th Jan 08What do you do if you made reservations in a restaurant, get there, then feel unhappy about the service and the prices on the menu? Do you go right ahead and just stay on, even if you know that it will all cost you a lot of money? Even when the staff have been making you feel uncomfortable?

If you did stay on, ignored the fact that you'll be faced with a massive bill and just eeny-meeny-miney-moed through the horrible menu. And then, the food arrived and it all was just so bland. The meat came medium rare, even if you specifically asked for medium well. You were given half a small potato, a stick of broccoli, and tiny bits of morsels to accompany the already small portion of meat.

Do you just nod, smile, and swallow the whole experience - for fear of being called 'uncouth' in this fancy restaurant? Then, do you just pay the bill begrudgingly? Will you even leave a tip?

How do you handle similar situations? Is there a good way to deal with this?

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Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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