Dining Etiquette: Table Manners and their significance!

Dining Etiquette | Manners | significance | 07th July 2022 | Virtual Wire



When we talk about etiquette, we generally think of day-to-day courtesy habits, communication patterns and behavioural norms as to how we must present ourselves in front of others.

However, it should be noted that apart from personal etiquettes, there are numerous other etiquettes that must be adhered to as the situation and surroundings may be. Some of these include social etiquettes, meeting etiquettes, dining etiquettes and business etiquettes. In this article, we are going to discuss ‘dining etiquettes’ in detail.



The term ‘dining etiquette’ comprises all the table manners that one must follow, while having breakfast, lunch or dinner, especially in a business setting. It is rightly said that “First impression is the last impression”, and so if the dining etiquette is followed properly in a social or business setting, it may leave a positive impression on others. Talking about formal table manners can be classified into two styles—the American Style and the European Style. The American style of dining, as the name suggests, is followed mainly in the continents of North America and South America.

On the other hand, the European style of dining is followed in the European countries of the United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark and France. It is interesting to note that India, being an Asian country, follows European etiquette because it derives its colonial roots from that continent. Other oriental countries like China, Korea and Japan follow both styles of dining. Let us now take a look at some of the table manners that one should keep in mind while dining at a restaurant.

10 Table Manners for a formal meal

  • Never start eating before the host of the lunch/dinner has arrived.

  • Always remember to place a napkin on your lap before you start eating.

  • Keep your elbows off the dining table.

  • Never talk while chewing food.

  • Keep your mobile phones/ gadgets away while you’re having your meal.

  • Serve yourself only that amount that you will be able to finish.

  • Always try to match your eating pace with others.

  • If you are leaving the table for a washroom break, leave the napkin on your chair.

  • After you have finished your meal, place the forks and spoons in an inverted position on your plate.

  • While leaving, always remember to thank the host.

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