Rude Things You Should Stop Doing In A Restaurant

Rude Things You Should Stop Doing In A Restaurant

Waitstaff put up with a lot daily. From getting yelled at for someone else’s mistakes to customers who won’t tip, restaurants require a certain etiquette and we’re here to break down some of the rudest things you should never do.

1. Not Tipping

Regardless of your stance on tipping, failure to do so is pretty rude. Waitstaff brings your food, answers any questions, and deals with a thousand other things in one shift—they deserve a little appreciation. Tip appropriately, too! Leaving two bucks on a $300 bill is diabolical. 

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2. Yelling at Waitstaff

We all make mistakes, especially when we’re slammed. If your server brings the wrong meal or forgets an item you ordered, there’s no point shouting. You look rude and it could easily get you tossed out. If you’re truly appalled at the service, speak with a manager, or just don’t go back. 

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3. Letting Kids Run Around

It’s great that you want to bring little Timmy to this fine dining establishment, but you’re still responsible for him. Letting your kids run up and down the aisles or ignoring their tantrums ruins everyone’s experience. 

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4. Belching

Some burps sneak up on us and that’s okay—after all, we can’t stop what’s involuntary. However, it’s just rude to intentionally belch after a meal. Burping into your hand or a napkin is one thing, but don’t be someone who makes no effort to disguise it. 

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5. Sitting Around

Restaurants aren’t a hangout spot. After the plates are cleared and the bills are paid, don’t prevent turnover by sitting around. Loitering only prevents servers and the restaurant from making money. 

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6. Coming in Right Before Close

No one on god’s green earth likes the party that shows up in the nick of time. Arriving ten minutes before closing imprisons the poor waitstaff for at least an extra hour. Avoid any issues by making a reservation.

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7. Not Making Space

There’s nothing worse than carrying an entire tray of food to an oblivious table. You may be deep in conversation, but make some space when your order arrives. It’s easier for everyone if you clear the table instead of blankly staring at the server. 

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8. Interrupting Servers

Interrupting is rude enough, but don’t cut off waitstaff in the middle of their greeting. Not only is it impolite, but you interrupt the specials or any bulletins staff need to inform you of.  

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9. Staying on Your Phone

Restaurants are a time for good food and better company, so keep off your phone. It’s a huge distraction that pulls you out of the experience, not to mention a surefire way to ignore those around you. 

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10. No Greeting

Not greeting waitstaff is as inconsiderate as interrupting them. You may not be in the mood for small talk but don’t dive right into your order. Servers are more perceptive than you think, and the majority understand when you’d like a quiet meal. You can keep greeting shorts, but be polite.

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11. Calling Out for Staff

Don’t shout across tables for your waiter. Whatever you need can probably wait, and shouting over everyone isn’t a good look. If you need urgent assistance, walk to the server’s desk or locate someone on the floor.

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12. Touching Waitstaff

“Keep your hands to yourself” is a simple rule we learn in grade school, but some people forgot the lesson. If you need the waitstaff’s attention, don’t tug any sleeves or grab any hands. They’ll get around to you!

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13. Leaving a Mess

Busboys shouldn’t give you license to make a mess—even if cleaning is part of someone’s job, don’t leave a landfill behind. Make sure you tidy up a bit before heading out.

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14. Arguing

Arguing couples sully an evening and can make everyone uncomfortable. Waitstaff is then left wondering if they should approach or if the situation will escalate—save the drama for your mama (we’re kidding—be nice to your mom). 

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15. Being a Chatty Cathy

Waitstaff is in the middle of a busy service, so try not to anchor them to your table. Small talk on a quiet day is one thing, but don’t engage in long conversations when your server is swamped.

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16. Moving Tables

Try not to move tables if you’re unhappy with your current one. Even if a table looks empty, waitstaff may be expecting a large party or have that table reserved for someone else. If you want to move, ask first.

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17. Snapping Your Fingers

Snapping your fingers at waitstaff is movie villain behavior—treat them with respect and trust that they’ll circle back to your table. If you’re waiting a long time, consider whether the place is busy. Should you find that your server isn’t super attentive, you can always file a complaint. 

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18. Hitting on Waitstaff

The waitstaff doesn’t come into work to be harassed or hit on. Asking an employee if they’re single is already inappropriate enough, but getting aggressive only makes it worse. Let them do their job and don’t make it weird.

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19. Stacking Plates

Stacking plates may seem helpful, and waitstaff appreciates the effort, but the gesture actually makes their job harder. Most waitstaff has their own systems for clearing tables and stacking dishes disrupts the flow.  

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20. Fighting for the Bill

Try not to fight over the bill—it puts waitstaff in an awkward position of having to watch your kerfuffle, and they’re left stranded until someone finally “wins.” Keep things simple by agreeing on who pays beforehand. 

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