Buffet unlike other dining eateries are very different. You get to eat a variety and exorbitant amount of food. However, keeping up with your dining etiquette while you are feasting at a buffet restaurant is also important.

The following article post originally appeared on https://www.thespruce.com/ and was written by Debby Mayne.

Do you ever wonder about the proper etiquette at a buffet? Whether you’re setting one up or helping yourself to the bounty of food, it’s important to know the correct way to serve yourself.

Buffet dining has become very popular in restaurants and at private dinner parties. It’s a way to take as little or as much food as you want, and you’re able to sample a wide variety of dishes.

Most people enjoy a good buffet, but some people’s rude and sometimes disgusting behavior near the food can make it a less than desirable experience.

Casual dining by its very nature seems to invite people to do things they wouldn’t appreciate others doing. You need to learn and follow proper etiquette guidelines to prevent grossing others out and ruining their experience.

Dining Out at a Buffet Restaurant

Buffet restaurants are excellent options for family dining. Each person can choose whatever he or she wants, and if they don’t get enough during the first round, a second trip to the serving dishes is typically allowed.

Tips for restaurant buffet etiquette:

  1. Walk around and look at all the food items before making your selection. That way you can plan, starting with what appeals to you the most and work your way toward items you would like to try without running out of room in your plate.
  2. When dining out at a buffet style restaurant, always get a fresh plate before putting food on it. Returning with the same plate is unsanitary and may spread germs and bacteria.
  3. Never reach around someone. Doing so is not only rude, it’s likely to cause an accident that can be avoided if you wait until they are finished making their selection.
  4. Keep the line moving. Don’t hover while trying to figure out whether or not you want something. If you aren’t sure, move on and come back later after you decide.

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