A waitress giving a menu to a customer, who is dining at a restaurant in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

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The One Menu Rule You're Probably Breaking At Fancy Restaurants
Dining at high-end restaurants requires a certain amount of etiquette, such as knowing where to place the silverware once you’re finished eating and wearing the appropriate attire. And with an extensive list of dining rules that could fill a book, there is one regarding the menu that's probably never crossed your radar.
Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette and The Plaza Hotel Finishing Program, recently taught a restaurant etiquette class and explained that one should never fully lift the menu from the table. The rule stipulates that at least one corner of the menu should be touching the table in some way, which may be an issue for diners with poor eyesight.
Author Darron Cardosa, who worked as a server for more than thirty years, also offered up a tip regarding menus to “Today” but it has less to do with manners than cleanliness. Cardosa explained that menus are extremely dirty, likening them to Petri dishes before adding, "I would never use a physical menu without washing my hands immediately."