Your 30-Second Restaurant Etiquette Guide (Including the Right Way to Instagram Your Dinner)

August 24, 2015

Writer and Bon Appétit contributor Ben Schott knows his manners. In his new (and succinct) column, the author of Schott’s Original Miscellany offers up his essential etiquette for the restaurant enthusiast.

Can we take control of the wine and refill our own glasses?
Absolutely! Self-pouring is not only convivial, it regulates intake, eliminates Hovering Server Syndrome, and banishes heavy (upselling) measures. You reign, you pour.

Is it okay to get mad if you’re asked to wait a long time past your reservation?
Over 20 minutes? Yes. But don’t get mad—get comped: “As we’re having to wait, perhaps you’d like…