You’ve just chosen your dinner spot for the weekend. The menu is thrilling, the drinks look exquisite, and you’re excited to try out a new place. But you have one concern: the restaurant you chose is high end, and you don’t want to seem like you don’t know what you’re doing. Follow these tips to avoid rookie mistakes and give yourself the best experience at a fine-dining restaurant!
Go for the Full Experience
In order to have the optimal experience at a nice restaurant, you should give yourself the full experience. Spend the right amount of money based on the restaurant’s atmosphere and offerings. Don’t skip drinks and appetizers just to save money. If you’re going to dine at a nice restaurant, go all in, even if you have to save up to make it happen.
Don’t Order From Yourself
When you go out to eat, do you tend to order what you know and love? While there’s nothing wrong with this, dining someplace fancy should persuade you to step outside your comfort zone and order something out of the ordinary for yourself. So, order from the chef! Research before you go to find out what the restaurant is best known for or ask the server for recommendations from the kitchen. For example, if you’re eating at a steakhouse, order their most popular and prized cut.
What’s worse than showing up somewhere and realizing that you’re under (or over) dressed? Be sure to check out the atmosphere of the restaurant before you book your reservation. You don’t want to show up looking like you don’t belong. But also keep in mind that you shouldn’t try to be something you’re not. Dress and act like yourself, because it’s obvious when someone is not comfortable in what they are wearing. Dress to match the restaurant, but don’t go all out and rent a tux if that’s not something you would typically wear to dinner.
Politeness is Key
Politeness goes a long way no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Be polite to your servers, other guests, and the people you’re dining with. Don’t be pretentious or flashy, either. “The customer is always right” may be true in some circumstances, but in a high-end restaurant, don’t correct the staff or try to show them up.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you’re uncertain on a menu item or ingredient, asking your server is the way to go. They won’t judge you or laugh; they will give you as much information as possible to help you understand the food and drinks offered at their restaurant.
Your Next Fine-Dining Experience
Now that you know the ins and outs of creating the best experience at a high-end restaurant, what are you waiting for? At CityGate Grille, we pride ourselves on delicious food and signature cocktails. Whether you’re in the mood for steak, lamb, seafood, or appetizers like calamari, filet skewers, or wontons, we have you covered. Book a reservation now and prepare yourself for a night of delicious fine dining.