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21 Ways You Didn't Realize You Were Annoying Your Servers And Bartenders

Sitting on the same side of the table as your date.

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6. ...And then sending the food back after you've made all those alterations.

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If you're gonna reinvent the entire dish, it might not taste as good as you thought. That's not the chef's fault!

7. Telling us your meal absolutely MUST be gluten free, and then ordering a beer.

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Gluten intolerance is a real thing, and any good server will take it seriously. That said, please don't lie about having an allergy because you don't want bread. Just say you don't want bread!

8. Tipping badly because of an issue with the food.

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If the food is wrong, by all means ask your server to fix it. But don't dock their pay over something they can't control.


14. Not tipping on to-go orders.

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Someone still has to take the order, make sure everything looks right, and pack it up. You don't have to tip like you're getting table service, but a couple bucks will go a long way.

16. Trying to chat us up when we're clearly busy.


Lots of servers get into this business because they genuinely love people — but if they're in the middle of a lunch rush, let them focus on their jobs.


17. Saying you're ready to order when you clearly aren't.

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If you need a few more minutes, ask for it! We'd rather not stand there awkwardly while you decide what you want.

20. Seating yourself when you're not supposed to.

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That table you picked out might be reserved for another party. Or there might not even be a server assigned to that section right now.