A trip to your favorite restaurant is supposed to be a fun, relaxing experience. The tables are set, glasses are polished (learn the trick restaurants use to make ’em sparkle!) and the kitchen is humming—all at your request. However, some customers neglect to treat the staff with courtesy and respect. And the host or hostess is often the first person to take the heat. Follow along to learn which bad habits irk hosts the most.
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If you forget to make a reservation during the restaurant’s busy hours, it’s often the host’s duty to ask you to wait. No amount of foot tapping will change the fact that sometimes you’ll have to wait 30-45 minutes for a table. (And remember, hosts are only able to estimate when the diners seated before you will leave.) When you’re feeling frustrated, remember that honey catches more flies than vinegar. If you can take a chill pill during the times when the joint is clearly slammed, the host/hostess may reward you with the table with the view, instead of one right next to a kid’s birthday party.