Floundering with the countless spoons, forks and knives in fine-dining restaurants while seated right in front of your boss, or worse, future wife or parents-in-law? Fear not, because Singapore has a few dining etiquette schools that can help you through that.

Dining etiquette is important as many important meetings are held in restaurants nowadays. Etiquette essentially means 'manners', so if you do not know the 'No' of fine dining etiquette, people may deem you as being 'rude' when you can actually be the nicest person on earth!

Stop being misunderstood and learn these 15 Etiquette Rules for dining at fancy restaurants:

  1. Dress nice and appropriately to the occassion and venue
  2. DON'T put your cell phone, keys, or purse on the table.
  3. Let your guest order first.
  4. DO set up payment ahead of time if you're the host.
  5. DON'T tell the sommelier how much you want to spend on wine.
  6. DON'T return the wine because it has been opened just for you.
  7. DON'T take pictures of your food.
  8. DO know where to place your napkin.
  9. DON'T reach across the table to sample your companion's food.
  10. DON'T yell to your waiter.
  11. DO order the same number of courses as your companion.
  12. DON'T place your utensils on the side of your plate when you're done eating.
  13. DON'T start a business conversation before the conclusion of the entrée.


  • Wipe your fingers and mouth often with your napkin
  • Cut one piece of meat/ fish one at a time and eat it before cutting the next
  • Butter bread on your plate, never in mid-air
  • Look into (not over) the cup or glass when drinking
  • Sit up straight, and keep your arms (including elbows) off the table

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