The following etiquette and tips contain some guidelines for the simple planning and preparation of a business meal:
Good etiquette and the impression you make on your business start when you arrive at the restaurant.
Be on time – this is considered the golden and most important rule of any appointment. Allowing for even five or ten minutes creates a poor impression and sends a negative message to the rest of the business and restaurant management.
Appropriate attire – Find out what the dress code is at the restaurant and notify all involved to avoid embarrassment.
When the guest arrives at the restaurant in front of the host, it is etched to wait in the host’s reception room. It is not appropriate to wait at the table.
The host will also be waiting for his first guests at the reception lobby. Follow the waiter with the first guests to the table. The waiter will then accompany all guests who arrive afterwards to the table.
The person making the invitation pays the bill. If someone invites you for a dinner appointment and the waiter places the bill on the table, it’s not a good idea to pick up the bill first to see what the cost is or to pay the bill. Let the person who invited you have the opportunity to check the bill and make the payment.
The person who made the invitation must arrange with the waiter beforehand to bring the account for him / her. Also, check ahead of time what the restaurant’s policy and tips are and whether or not it has already been added to the bill.
Both guest and host can, after dinner, send notes of appreciation or send each other a thank you for the delicious dinner by telephone.
Friendly meals have often contributed to the sound of successful business deals and are certainly a popular way to reward good work and business.