A meal out is a chance to get out of the kitchen, enjoy some delicious food, and spend time with friends or family. But before you can settle in for a delicious dinner, you need to get past the restaurant’s gatekeeper: the host. The person with a clipboard might seem like nothing more than an obstacle between you and a full stomach, but in truth, their job is way more complicated than you realize. From why you can’t sit at that empty table to whether bribes really work, here are 16 secrets your restaurant host wishes you knew.
1. Don’t seat yourself
You’d be surprised at the number of people who ignore the “please wait to be seated” sign. If there’s a hostess, be patient and wait for her to show you to a table. You break the rules at your own peril.
“I’m a hostess at a restaurant, and if you seat yourself, I won’t give you a menu or silverware, and I’ll tell your waiter to take their time getting to you,” a person using the Whisper app confessed.