InVegas, it’s perfectly acceptable to go crazy a little. Have fun, stay out late, toast each other one too many times.
However, sometimes in the midst of winning at the tables and lounging by the pool, certain manners and acts of common sense seem to slip — especially when dining. Here’s your refresher course to help you get the most out of your dining experience when in Vegas.
Do: Grab the last piece of pie at a buffet, even if you have to reach for it.
Don’t: Climb over the sneeze guard and stick your elbow in the cocktail sauce to grab the last three shrimp with your bare hands. Ask for help.
Do: Enjoy yourself when dining at a buffet and try lots of items.
Don’t: Take a handful of shrimp in your jacket pocket while leaving a buffet and save it for later. (I’ve actually watched this one happen, folks.) If you’re still craving shrimp after dinner, try Du-par’s Deli shrimp cocktail special. For only $1.99, you get tender bay shrimp with cocktail sauce and a wedge of lemon. It’s much better than smelling like seafood.
Do: Tip your waiter. A tip for good service is around 20 percent and standard service is usually 15 percent. If you are at a buffet, less is acceptable.
Don’t: Feel obligated to overtip for bad service. Use your discretion. If the restaurant is packed and your server is clearly doing his or her best, cut them some slack. If they are purposely unpleasant or at fault, you are within your right to leave less of a tip and explain why.
Do: Tell your server if you are attending a show or have limited time before your next engagement.
Don’t: Tell your server this after you’ve already been waiting 20 minutes. Likewise, don’t tell your server you have five minutes before your show and you’re still on appetizers. The best time to let them know is at the beginning of your meal.
Do: Use your discretion when whipping out your cell phone.
Don’t: Leave your date hanging while you chat it up with the person on the other end of your fancy phone. Ok, it’s a new phone, but no one wants to be sitting anywhere around you (let alone next to you) if you are yelling “can you hear me now” into the little black box. And just for the record — yes, yes we can hear you now.
Do: Try new foods and share.
Don’t: Try and split one entrée five ways.
Do: If you have to split the check, let your server know before you start the meal. It makes it a lot easier. However, the best way to take care of this problem is to treat your friends to dinner.
Don’t: Be upset if it takes them a few minutes to sort the bill out. Splitting three rounds of drinks, main courses, sides, etc. and getting it right takes time.
Hopefully these tips will help you better navigate dining in Vegas.