When the phrase “fine dining” is used, sometimes it’s a little hard to picture something specific. Sure we can all imagine a nice restaurant with good food, but if somebody asked you to describe fine dining to them, what would you say?
A Step Above the Rest
A fine dining restaurant aims to provide high quality food, first class service and a beautiful atmosphere blended together in attempt to create the perfect experience for the diner. For the higher price, you aren’t just paying for the meal – you’re paying to enjoy everything from your arrival till the end of the evening.
In every area of presentation, preparation and service, careful detail is paid to ensure that you have an unforgettable night. For a special occasion or anniversary, a meal at a top quality restaurant is the perfect way to celebrate and enjoy the company of friends, family or a loved one.
It is a given that fine dining restaurants should offer foods that are not only visually pleasing but they should also taste amazing as well. In other words, the quality should be top notch. In most cases, mediocre service can be compensated if the foods that are served are excellent. But a fine dining establishment should always be exquisite and perfect, so everything should be of the highest level. No aspect of the dining experience should be mediocre or substandard. And since dining is meant to be a social experience, a restaurant should set up the dining area and atmosphere where it encourages conversation. This means that the table arrangement should not be too close to each other or the staff should not interrupt you every now and then.
Wine: Unless you’re a very experienced wine connoisseur, chances are the wine list at a fine dining restaurant can be a little daunting. If you’re not sure what wine to choose, ask your server for suggestions. Your server or another member of the restaurant staff should have a decent understanding of wine and should be able to guide you in the right direction. If the staff seems less than helpful, choose something that you are familiar with. It may be a good idea to read up on your wines before going dining out. This way you can have a few backup wines in mind.
Tipping: A tip is an essential part of your dining experience and should act as a reflection of the service you have had. The average amount for a tip is between 15 and 20 percent of your total bill. If you had superb service and want to show your server you appreciate them give him or her little extra. If your service was less than subpar it’s okay to tip less, but unless your service was absolutely awful it’s generally not a good idea to not tip at all. Make sure you tip the server based on his or her service. For example, if your meal takes too long or if there is some other problem that stems from the kitchen, don’t punish your server if they have be.