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Being reasonable: Five rules for diners

Maurice Vellekoop for The Boston Globe

Hey, it’s only dinner. But even so, things can get tense at a restaurant when one side or the other misbehaves. Diners, here are five simple rules to help you keep your end of the deal.

Restaurant owners need to make a living. If you can’t keep your reservation, call, even if it’s at the last minute.

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Other diners might not find your charming toddler as charming as you do. If your kid likes to cruise while he dines — or if he’s a loud baby — do others and yourself a favor and leave Junior at home.

Remember that servers are people, too. Don’t yell to get their attention (this happens) or mock them if they
introduce themselves before the meal; it’s probably a restaurant rule.

The restaurant is not your home, so save the boisterous conversation and heavy canoodling for when you’re in private.

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If you’ve got a problem with a dish, speak up — don’t suffer in silence and then rush home to post a nasty review online.


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