Hey, it’s only dinner. But even so, things can get tense at a restaurant when expectations aren’t met. Diners, remember these five simple rules:
Restaurant owners need to make a living. If you can’t keep your reservation, call.
Other diners might not be charmed by your toddler. If your kid likes to cruise while he dines, do others and yourself a favor and leave Junior at home.
Remember that servers are people, too. Don’t yell, or mock them if they introduce themselves before the meal.
The restaurant is not your home. Save the boisterous conversation and heavy canoodling for later.
If you’ve got a problem, speak up — don’t suffer in silence and then post a nasty review online. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.