The enjoyment of a meal is determined as much by the taste and presentation, as well as by the quality of service, among other considerations. As a customer, it’s all too easy to forget that there is no “Genie” in the service mix, no “abracadabra” magic at work, it’s just hard-working servers, working hard at serving you. Be respectful and contribute positively to a mutually pleasant and rewarding service experience.
So if you want great service avoid these Disservices to Servers:
- Lack of respect. Never bark orders at your server. Extend all due respect and courtesy
- Demand to hurry up. Demanding to be seated, or to get your food quickly, is not only self-centered, it is rude to both the server and other customers.
- Ignoring the server to text or take a cell phone call. When the server is at your table, he or she deserves your
full attention. Don’t just ignore the individual, request a return visit if
- Letting your kids run wild. Do not allow your children to be too disruptive of the dining experience. Give all due attention to their manners and behaviour.
- Personal belongings hanging around. When you go into a restaurant with bags and packages, put them out of the way to avoid discomfort to others.
- Flirting. Do not indulge in flirtation with the server. It is unwelcomed and offensive
- Sexist, racist or off-color jokes. Avoid telling offensive jokes, no matter how funny you think they are. Keep the humor, but lose the trash.
- Snapping fingers. Do not ever snap your fingers to get the attention of your server. Make eye-contact or lift a finger instead.
- Staying at a table all night. Enjoy your meal, linger a while if you must, pay the bill, and leave to allow others to be served. To do otherwise is to be unfair to both waiting diners and servers alike
- Poor tippers. It’s fine to pay compliments, but no matter how many kind words you say, the tip communicates your true regard to the server. Tip generously (10-15% of the bill is standard)