11 Things That Make Your Waiter Really Mad Slideshow

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Not Calling If You're Going to Be Late

"A well-trained management and host staff should be quick on their feet, and be able to adapt to the ever-changing floor plan," noted chef Jason Fox, of Commonwealth in San Francisco.

But being late or not showing up for a reservation can really make life difficult for the restaurant and for other customers. Whether you're late due to weather, you make a wrong turn and can't find the place, or it just took longer to get ready than you thought it would, do yourself, the restaurant, and fellow patrons a favor — call to let them know that you're running late, or not going to make it for whatever reason.

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