Rude restaurant behaviour
Restaurant workers and patrons agree that these behaviours have no place in restaurants.
Disturbing other diners
No, a restaurant is not a library; of course it’s acceptable to laugh and talk, and plenty of more casual restaurants can even be on the noisy side. But you and your party are not the only ones in the establishment. If you’re all but yelling or being rowdy, you’re not being respectful of other diners. Another behaviour that restaurant workers and patrons alike say is all too common is when parents let their children run around the restaurant and bother other diners. There are playgrounds, museums and backyards for that.
Restaurant patron Antoinette Kuritz remembers one time in particular when she was dining at a restaurant. “A family of about eight or ten people arrived and were seated at a table in the middle of the room,” she says. “The adults proceeded to converse loudly as the children ran through the room playing tag.” She told RD.com that management was alerted, but did nothing. “Once home, I called the restaurant and told them how good the food was, how great the service was, and why I would neither frequent nor recommend their establishment again,” she remembers.
Treating the waitstaff like they’re ‘beneath’ you
This is widely considered one of the most disrespectful restaurant behaviours possible. There’s considerable research that being rude to your waiter can instantly make you unappealing on a date. In addition to behaviours like yelling and raising your voice to get the waitstaff’s attention, simply your demeanour can come off as condescending to waitstaff. For instance, don’t forget simple courtesies like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’! In general, as food and lifestyle writer, Kalev Rudolph, puts it: just remember that the waitstaff are just doing their jobs. “Your waiter is at work, and while they are there to make you feel comfortable and cared for, they are still a professional employee,” he told RD.com. “Just because someone is ‘serving’ you, please try not to forget that the people behind the notepad or refilling a glass are just that: people.” That pretty much sums it up!