|Courtesies to be Observed in a
Loud laughter and
conversation attracts the attention of other
diners and is a sign of ill-breeding.
Draw the waiter’s
attention politely by calling out,
"Waiter" or "Excuse me"
softly or if he's far away, one could try
signaling by a slight raising of the hand.
Calling out loudly or snapping fingers is a
reflection of poor manners.
If you happen to drop or
spill something accidentally, do not bend to
retrieve it or try mopping the tablecloth. Leave
it for the waiter. Apologize calmly and if
necessary ask for a replacement of whatever is
needed and get on with the meal.
It is not necessary to
approach the table of friends if one spots
them. A nod or a smile wave is sufficient.
If one feels the compulsion to go over to the
table, be brief so that others can get on with