The Menu Rule You're Supposed To Follow At Fine Dining Restaurants
By Chris Day
While most of us at dinner parties follow rules of etiquette as a form of respect for the host and our fellow diners, fine-dining rules are a different ball game altogether. Unless you’re accustomed to haute cuisine at fancy restaurants, you need to know and remember this etiquette rule regarding how to hold your menu.
Even when you're perusing the menu, it is important to never take it off the surface of the table, and at least a part of the menu should be touching the table at all times. After you've decided what you’d like to order, you should close the menu and place it on the table, which tells your server that you're ready to place your order.
This menu rule has been reported by writers for Food & Wine, who were given a crash course in dining etiquette from Myka Meier, an expert who knows the ins and outs of dining with the British royal family. It doesn't get much fancier than that, so to dine how the royals do, don't lift up your menu and bring it close to your face.