Business Dining Etiquette Tips


  • When in doubt, follow the lead of the host
  • Don’t order the most expensive item
  • Order simply
  • Avoid finger foods or difficult foods that are difficult to eat

Eating Styles

  • Continental or European style: cutting the food with the right hand and using the left hand to hold the food while cutting and when eating.
  • American style: cutting the food with the right hand and holding the food with the left, then switching hands to eat with the right hand.
  • Resting and finished utensil positions

Pre-Dinner Etiquette

  • Arrive on time
  • Call ahead if you know you will be late
  • Wait 15 minutes before calling to check on the arrival status of your dinner partners

Sitting Down

  • Do not place any bags, purses, sunglasses, cell phones, or briefcases on the table
  • When you are all seated, gently unfold your napkin and place it on your lap, folded in half with the fold towards your waist
  • Keep utensils in the same order they appear on the table