The fine dining experience is one that should be savored. For those who enjoy the elegance and ambience of a nice restaurant and have the time to appreciate the experience, fine dining is wonderful. For some, fine dining may be intimidating if you have never been to a restaurant with tablecloths, contemporary sectional sofas, and a different fork for each course served. Learning some of the basics of fine dining can help ease any fears about venturing into an elegant restaurant.
Many of the finer restaurants require a reservation. Some restaurants are booked for weeks if they are particularly popular. So be sure to check on their reservation policy. Also check the dress code of the restaurant before going. Many fine dining restaurants require a jacket and tie for men and have policies on certain clothing that is not to be worn.
There is no reason to rush through a delicious gourmet meal. So plan enough time to enjoy your meal. If you have no experience with elegant dining, you may want to brush up on your table manners. Use common sense when you are eating at a restaurant that has higher standards. Basic etiquette and polite behavior will go a long way.
Remember with fine dining the ambiance of the restaurant is often as appealing as the gourmet food. Restaurants are often professionally designed to compliment the mood that the chef and owners want to create; the colors, the place settings, the artwork and such things are all a part of the fine dining experience.
If you are new to dining in a gourmet restaurant you may find that your table server may be very helpful. Servers at more elegant restaurants tend to be experienced and professional. They can be very helpful in selecting items on the menu and giving you recommendations. If you are on a special diet or want something done a particular way, your server can assist with having the chef prepare your food just the way you want it. This is another nice benefit to fine dining.
Never shy away from trying a new experience like gourmet dining. Although learning some new rules of dining may seem intimidating at first after awhile it will become more natural. You may find that it is an experience that you want to regularly pursue.