How To Be The Best Dinner Guest | Must-Know Table Manners

How To Be The Best Dinner Guest | Must-Know Table Manners

Posted by Jessica Drolet

When I think of my best dining experiences, they involved delicious food, but most importantly, they included friendly people and great conversations. Whether you are a natural entertainer or not doesn’t really matter. All you need is a positive attitude, openness to others and good table manners.

A friend told me she once went to a business dinner at a fancy hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. The meal started with champagne and oysters. When the first oyster laid on her tongue, she hesitated. It tasted funny. She looked at her potential business partners across the table and decided to swallow it. Unfortunately, she got food poisoning. It would have been ok, and far less risky, to let is slip back into its shell or in a napkin. She won’t make that mistake again.

Here are the must-know table manners inspired by Emily Post’s Etiquette and my own experience, to be the best dinner guest (and not get food poisoning)!

Dress neatly

Respect the seating arrangement

Know how to use napkins, utensils and chopsticks




Image by Quan Trinh, graphic designer.

Serve others before yourself

Start eating once everyone is served, except…

Try to eat a little bit of everything but avoid unnecessary risks

Pay attention to the host and other guests and be helpful

Keep in mind that everyone can participate in creating an enjoyable experience, not just the host or organizer. Feel free to share your thoughts and stories in the comment section below.

Oh, and if you ever pass by Ho Chi Minh City and want to indulge in an incredible brunch experience, I recommend the Sunday Champagne Brunch at Hotel des Arts, as shown in the photo at the top of this article and the photo gallery below. Thanks to Thuymi from for the recommendation.

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