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No-shows, cork-sniffers and salt addicts: Restaurateurs on 21 dining habits to avoid

By Tony Naylor

02 Aug 2023 · 8 min read

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  1. Restaurant staff are increasingly frustrated by a minority of diners who lack proper table manners. Chefs, restaurant owners and sommeliers have seen it all, from drunken vomiting to guests invading the kitchen.

In 2023, every diner is an amateur restaurant critic. From Twitter to TripAdvisor, they are free to air their opinions, with chefs and owners expected to field feedback gracefully, no matter how ill-informed.

Today, we are turning the tables. It is time to talk about how a minority of diners regularly infuriate, irritate and bemuse restaurant staff – not with outrageous acts (although there is plenty of drunken vomiting), but with mysterious foibles, awful manners and low-level thoughtlessness. Is it time for diners to up their game? Here are the behaviours that grate the most.

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