Does Finishing Your Plate At A Restaurant Make You Look Bad?

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Here we will address how a restaurant feels about individuals that finish their plate and do not finish their plates at a restaurant. Some guests believe that restaurants will think that the restaurant will think positively if they purposely don’t finish their meals. However, restaurants are actually thinking the opposite most of the time; that is if the restaurant even cares at all.

When an individual orders food from a restaurant, the restaurant always expects the person ordering the food to finish their meal. Even in high-end fine dining restaurants, the courses that are served to the guests are designed to be finished completely without the guest getting too full before the main course. Restaurants are well aware of the portion of food that they are offering to their guests on their main menus. They are actually so aware of it that they even weigh their food on food scales quite often and regularly.

Every meal that is prepared to be displayed as an option available to buying guests has its portions taken into consideration. Meals that are larger are designed for larger people, while the main meals are usually designed for the average sized and normal guests that usually order their food.

This means that restaurants are expecting that the guests ordering their food are going to finish their entire plate, or atleast most of it. They will find it odd if a guest purposely leaves a specific side item on their tray untouched, or most of their food untouched most of the time.

What do restaurants think when a guest doesn’t finish their entire meal?

When a guest doesn’t finish their meal, most of the time the restaurant doesn’t really think anything of it. It is actually rare or uncommon for most restaurants to find plates completely finished in a restaurant when cleaning the table. This is especially true if it is a whole group of people eating at one table.

However, if a restaurant sees a person leave their food almost completely untouched, partially, or half eaten, then they assume that the guest didn’t like the food. This will usually be their first assumption since the guest still has to pay for the whole meal that they ordered. They might even think that the guest is spoiled and rich and can afford to just casually waste food.

This is actually what we have heard some (not all of them) restaurant employees say. Some of them can’t believe that a guest would not finish their entire meal at times. The cost of the food is enough to encourage them to finish their whole plate, which is what some think.

The reason why some employees at a restaurant would usually think this rather than any other reason, is because guests usually speak up and tell the restaurant if they have any problems with their food. They don’t just leave food that they want to eat sitting in a plate without getting it remade if there was a problem. They would want to get their money’s worth.

For some restaurants some employees might even take it slightly personally if an individual doesn’t finish their entire meal. They may be nervous about new food items that their guests try and assume that people are not finishing their plates, because the food is terrible. They assume that the guests weren’t subconsciously enjoying their meals during their eating and socializing. They assume that it was left unfinished because the food wasn’t that great or inspiring.

What do restaurants think about people that finish their plates?

Many restaurants do not expect or notice if a guest finishes all their food in their plate majority of the time. However, if they do notice, they may think that the cook in the kitchen did a very good job with cooking the food for the day of the guests are finishing their entire meal. They could also assume that the guests were just really hungry today. They may also think that their restaurant has hope in being a culinary success for the future to come. They will think that the food was perfect, with the main part of the food being enjoyed as much as the side items.

The restaurant may even go as far as to point out that the guest finished their entire plate and must really have enjoyed the food. To make their day, the guest should reply, “Yes I did. The food was delicious!” The restaurant will take it as a compliment and it will be a nice ego boost to fuel the rest of their day/night.

Restaurants do sometimes have guests that do finish their entire plate and go out of their way to let the restaurant employees that the food they ate was really good. This usually makes the restaurant feel great and confident about the food that they make. Restaurants are always curious about how their guests think about their food. They are anxious to hear the news, so that they can make corrections as necessary. They are also curious to know which foods their guests enjoy the most.

Either way the food is going to be thrown away if it is left on the plate. This means that it would be pointless for a guest to purposely leave food on their plate to symbolize that they aren’t starved, or to display their security in life. Most restaurant employees won’t think that. Some of them that may be currently hungry while clearing the table however, might be wishing that the guests should have bought the food for them if they weren’t going to eat it.

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