Zagat Guide Re-Defines Rules of Dining Etiquette

Tim Zagat, co-founder of dining and entertainment Zagat guides, says it’s time to establish new dining etiquette. As we read through the list, we keep wondering: how do these rules apply in different countries worldwide? Seasoned travelers, what are some region-specific dining etiquette that you’ve encountered?

Here’s a summary of Zagat’s “10 New Rules of Dining Etiquette:”

  1. Men and women deserve equal service quality. According to Zagat, most diners  think men receive better service because they’re perceived as the bill payers.
  2. The person who invites pays the bill unless an agreement made in advance says otherwise.
  3. Whoever is ready first orders first. The Emily Post tradition is women order first.
  4. Fiddling with any gadget (e.g., a smartphone) is bad manners.
  5. Do not bring children to non-relevant restaurants (e.g., romantic places).
  6. Dress casually, the way they do in Los Angeles.
  7. Let the restaurant know if you can’t make it for a reservation.
  8. Enjoy yourself, but don’t overstay if there’s a line of people waiting to dine.
  9. Chivalry is dead except for the act of door-opening: men should open doors and women should let them.
  10. Customers should expect good food and service. Short of that, they have every right to be disappointed and tell all their friends.

What say you? Do you agree with Zagat’s new rules for dining etiquette? Have you visited parts of the world where this list would not apply?




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One Response to Zagat Guide Re-Defines Rules of Dining Etiquette

  1. Joshua Z. says:

    I agree with all of those except #6 and #9. I think it’s always better to be overdressed in a casual restaurant than to show up being the only one not dressed to standard. As for #9, call me ancient but chivalry shall never die!