When it comes to the world of restaurant etiquette, it seems like some people have missed their training. Opting for rude and obnoxious behavior with the server or even causing a ruckus with/around your friends gives me more than enough reason to grimace. Below are 14 of the most annoying things you might be doing at restaurants (and the occasional bar) that you really have to stop right now. No really. Just stop. 1. Don't Be A No-Show Or Arrive Late (More Than 15 Minutes) To A Reservation There's only one golden rule in the world of OpenTable and easy reservation-making. If you make a reservation, show up. If you realize the day before that you might not be able to make it, cancel it. No shows are not only annoying for the restaurant but can hold up potential paying customers who actually want to dine there. In addition, if you make reservations with friends at a certain hour, everyone better shimmy their butts there early or at least on time so you don't hold up the rest of the group. If your reservation is at 12:30 pm for brunch on a Sunday in New York City, please factor in your longer-than-usual weekend commute when attempting to get there. You can't expect to get there at 12:45 and have the restaurant hold your table or your friends hold your spot. Please have some semblance of mercy for your friends and servers. Thanks. 2. Don't Order With The Host I really don't care if it's your favorite spot and you order the same thing every time. If you're being seated by someone don't just word vomit the dish you want to eat. Sometimes (actually, often) the person who seats you is not the waiter assigned to your table. It also makes you look bossy - an unfavorable characteristic and look for most. So, there's that. 3. Don't Take Forever And A Half To Order I get it. You just met up with your friends for the first time after a couple of hectic weeks. You're excited and chattering away, but you know what's really annoying? Taking your sweet time to decide what you want to order. This is annoying for your hungry friend - who is probably on the brink of ordering for you - and annoying for your server who is probably sick and tired of making the trip back and forth to your table. 4. Don't Ask Your Server What Their "Favorite" Is This isn't necessarily always true at restaurants, but if you're at a bar and you ask a bartender what you should get and I'm with you, you will have to politely excuse me while I pretend we are in no way related. It's embarrassing. If you are of legal drinking age you should know what you want already and stop acting like a dumbfounded preteen who will drink anything out of a bottle. Take this advice and use it in all aspects of your life. Make your own decisions. It's my gift to you. 4. Don't Be Mean Or Rude To The Servers If you're mean to servers, you're probably not someone anyone wants to hang out with anyways. You probably have a holier-than-thou personality and a Regina George complex. If a server is being nasty to you, you can definitely send an evil eye or two their way, but these people are literally serving you the food or drink you are about to put in your mouth. The least you could do is maybe not try to get them riled up with your horrible behavior and snapping fingers. 6. Don't Yell To Get The Attention Of Your Server I've had a few bartender friends and they all say the same thing. If someone snaps or yells at them to get served, you better believe they will be the last ones they are going to attend. I don't care how many French movies you watched at your liberal arts college, you can't yell "Garçon!" when you need their attention. If it's really urgent and you have been waiting a while, my technique is a quick glance in their direction and a smile. Maybe a quick (SUBDUED) wave at a restaurant when it's busy. Don't holler all over the place. Again, this is embarrassing for all parties involved. 7. Don't Make Up Food Allergies If you're a Celiac, I feel sorry for you, but can totally understand why making sure there is no wheat in your dish is important. However, if you're saying you want an open-faced sandwich without the bread and then ordering a beer two minutes later, you're just being difficult. Get a salad, you weirdo. 8. Don't Hit On Your Server Think about how you feel at 3 PM when you're sitting at your cubicle. Gross and marginally less attractive than you did when you first gelled back your hair or applied your makeup that morning. Now think about how you would feel if instead of sitting still while looking into a computer screen for 8 hours a day, you were scurrying back and forth, sweating, carrying heavy things and having to deal with indecisive customers all day long. You would be in no mood for flirtations right? And don't even get me started on "getting handsy". Just don't. 10. There Is No Need To Be THAT Loud You're having a good time and the drinks are flowing. Or maybe you're just one of those people that's just naturally loud. Unless the restaurant is booming and it's hard to be heard, there is no reason you can't use your indoor voice. It's annoying for the restaurant patrons around you, for the staff, and you are probably secretly bugging your friends too. I have one friend whose laugh is maniacal and I die a little bit inside anytime she laughs in public. 11. Don't Eat Most Of Your Food, Then Complain About It You can't eat half your steak, and then call over the waiter complaining it's too rare. You just CANNOT. It was good enough for you to eat, right? Don't be greedy and expect to get a whole other steak because you won't. Finish your steak and sit down. 11. Don't Give A Lousy Tip Racked up a hefty bill and left five bucks? You're the actual worst. If you can't afford the tip, then you can't afford the dinner. Get yourself a nice can of tuna and park your butt in front of your TV. In other words, just stay home. Don't waste your server's time with this measly nonsense. That's their livelihood and their time that you're wasting. 12. Don't Come In Right Before Closing If a restaurant closes at 12 AM and you come in at 11 PM, OK. If you come in at 11:45 PM, you're inconsiderate. Go home. Why are you dining that late anyways? You are delaying closing for everyone who works there which means a later shift than usual. Who likes that? 13. OK, Dining And Dashing Is The Actual Worst This goes without saying. If you dine and then dash without paying the bill, you are probably the worst kind of person there is. Enough said. 14. Splitting Bills 100 Ways This is one of the things that annoys me the most about birthday dinners, dinner gatherings, etc. with big groups (over 3) of people. Splitting the bill is a nightmare. A NIGHTMARE. If it's a big group, bring cash or have one person pay it all (there's Venmo now, you know). Trying to split something on 6 cards is a horrendous task. Honestly, it embarrasses me so much that I will usually foot the bill at the restaurant even if it's just two people while my friend gets the next round at the bar or later date. It usually evens itself out and it's less excruciating for all parties involved. For more Community features, check out our articles here. What are some of the most annoying customer behaviors you've seen at a restaurant or bar?

When it comes to the world of restaurant etiquette, it seems like some people have missed their training. Opting for rude and obnoxious behavior with the server or even causing a ruckus with/around your friends gives me more than enough reason to grimace.

Below are 14 of the most annoying things you might be doing at restaurants (and the occasional bar) that you really have to stop right now. No really. Just stop.

1. Don’t Be A No-Show Or Arrive Late (More Than 15 Minutes) To A Reservation

There’s only one golden rule in the world of OpenTable and easy reservation-making. If you make a reservation, show up. If you realize the day before that you might not be able to make it, cancel it. No shows are not only annoying for the restaurant but can hold up potential paying customers who actually want to dine there.

In addition, if you make reservations with friends at a certain hour, everyone better shimmy their butts there early or at least on time so you don’t hold up the rest of the group. If your reservation is at 12:30 pm for brunch on a Sunday in New York City, please factor in your longer-than-usual weekend commute when attempting to get there. You can’t expect to get there at 12:45 and have the restaurant hold your table or your friends hold your spot. Please have some semblance of mercy for your friends and servers. Thanks.

2. Don’t Order With The Host

I really don’t care if it’s your favorite spot and you order the same thing every time. If you’re being seated by someone don’t just word vomit the dish you want to eat. Sometimes (actually, often) the person who seats you is not the waiter assigned to your table. It also makes you look bossy – an unfavorable characteristic and look for most. So, there’s that.

3. Don’t Take Forever And A Half To Order

I get it. You just met up with your friends for the first time after a couple of hectic weeks. You’re excited and chattering away, but you know what’s really annoying? Taking your sweet time to decide what you want to order. This is annoying for your hungry friend – who is probably on the brink of ordering for you – and annoying for your server who is probably sick and tired of making the trip back and forth to your table.

4. Don’t Ask Your Server What Their “Favorite” Is

This isn’t necessarily always true at restaurants, but if you’re at a bar and you ask a bartender what you should get and I’m with you, you will have to politely excuse me while I pretend we are in no way related. It’s embarrassing. If you are of legal drinking age you should know what you want already and stop acting like a dumbfounded preteen who will drink anything out of a bottle. Take this advice and use it in all aspects of your life. Make your own decisions. It’s my gift to you.

4. Don’t Be Mean Or Rude To The Servers

If you’re mean to servers, you’re probably not someone anyone wants to hang out with anyways. You probably have a holier-than-thou personality and a Regina George complex. If a server is being nasty to you, you can definitely send an evil eye or two their way, but these people are literally serving you the food or drink you are about to put in your mouth. The least you could do is maybe not try to get them riled up with your horrible behavior and snapping fingers.

6. Don’t Yell To Get The Attention Of Your Server

I’ve had a few bartender friends and they all say the same thing. If someone snaps or yells at them to get served, you better believe they will be the last ones they are going to attend. I don’t care how many French movies you watched at your liberal arts college, you can’t yell “Garçon!” when you need their attention. If it’s really urgent and you have been waiting a while, my technique is a quick glance in their direction and a smile. Maybe a quick (SUBDUED) wave at a restaurant when it’s busy. Don’t holler all over the place. Again, this is embarrassing for all parties involved.

7. Don’t Make Up Food Allergies

If you’re a Celiac, I feel sorry for you, but can totally understand why making sure there is no wheat in your dish is important. However, if you’re saying you want an open-faced sandwich without the bread and then ordering a beer two minutes later, you’re just being difficult. Get a salad, you weirdo.

8. Don’t Hit On Your Server

Think about how you feel at 3 PM when you’re sitting at your cubicle. Gross and marginally less attractive than you did when you first gelled back your hair or applied your makeup that morning. Now think about how you would feel if instead of sitting still while looking into a computer screen for 8 hours a day, you were scurrying back and forth, sweating, carrying heavy things and having to deal with indecisive customers all day long. You would be in no mood for flirtations right? And don’t even get me started on “getting handsy”. Just don’t.

10. There Is No Need To Be THAT Loud

You’re having a good time and the drinks are flowing. Or maybe you’re just one of those people that’s just naturally loud. Unless the restaurant is booming and it’s hard to be heard, there is no reason you can’t use your indoor voice. It’s annoying for the restaurant patrons around you, for the staff, and you are probably secretly bugging your friends too. I have one friend whose laugh is maniacal and I die a little bit inside anytime she laughs in public.

 11. Don’t Eat Most Of Your Food, Then Complain About It

You can’t eat half your steak, and  then call over the waiter complaining it’s too rare. You just CANNOT. It was good enough for you to eat, right? Don’t be greedy and expect to get a whole other steak because you won’t. Finish your steak and sit down.

11. Don’t Give A Lousy Tip

Racked up a hefty bill and left five bucks? You’re the actual worst. If you can’t afford the tip, then you can’t afford the dinner. Get yourself a nice can of tuna and park your butt in front of your TV. In other words, just stay home. Don’t waste your server’s time with this measly nonsense. That’s their livelihood and their time that you’re wasting.

12. Don’t Come In Right Before Closing

If a restaurant closes at 12 AM and you come in at 11 PM, OK. If you come in at 11:45 PM, you’re inconsiderate. Go home. Why are you dining that late anyways? You are delaying closing for everyone who works there which means a later shift than usual. Who likes that?

13. OK, Dining And Dashing Is The Actual Worst

This goes without saying. If you dine and then dash without paying the bill, you are probably the worst kind of person there is. Enough said.

14. Splitting Bills 100 Ways

This is one of the things that annoys me the most about birthday dinners, dinner gatherings, etc. with big groups (over 3) of people. Splitting the bill is a nightmare. A NIGHTMARE. If it’s a big group, bring cash or have one person pay it all (there’s Venmo now, you know). Trying to split something on 6 cards is a horrendous task. Honestly, it embarrasses me so much that I will usually foot the bill at the restaurant even if it’s just two people while my friend gets the next round at the bar or later date. It usually evens itself out and it’s less excruciating for all parties involved.

For more Community features, check out our articles here.

What are some of the most annoying customer behaviors you’ve seen at a restaurant or bar?

 


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