I have read the answers … so true.My first German restaurant experience was a disaster.
I agree if you do not know if you have any questions and a waiter issues awarning.My warning was that I really didn’t want a blood sausage, but I didn’t listen.
I wanted to add a few experiences.
The waiters are well trained and Americans don’t know that if they don’t close the menu, they think they’re not ready to order. Close the menu when you’re done.This applies to utensil positions; In most of the restaurants where I ate, the waiters wait at 4 p.m. until the utensils are on the plate before they are taken away (which may take some time).If you are not yet ready, set up the utensils at 4:00 and 8:00.
One thing Americans aren’t used to is that you pay the waiter and make all the money transactions atthe table, which means they have the money on their belt.So if you are willing to pay … be ready. My wife is German and always rushes me at this stage when I don’t have my wallet.
When tipping, I round up the bill or if the service was very good, I add an additional euro.Never leave a tip on the table. If the bill is 5.50 euros and 10 euros round up the tip to 6 euros, say 6 euros or give them the tip.I was chased by waiters who thought I had forgotten money on the table.
If you order coffee or other soft drinks, refillingis not free.I remember sitting in a caf茅 reading the newspaper with a 20-euro coffee shop.
Something unusual (common in Germany) people ask if they should sit on additional chairs at the table.The code is that you do your thing and they do it; However, I had wonderful conversations and made great contacts when I shared our table.
Did you know that restaurants are additionally taxed for the number of umbrellas they have outside, and that the cool signs that extend outwards are taxed in centimetres (fee for the use of public land), only a few Trifles.
If you order an appetizer and a main meal and your guest orders only one main meal, the waiter will ask you when he wants to receive the meal.Usually at the same time as your meal, unless they are very hungry. This is another nice thing. You don’t have to order an entire meal, but you can simply order a dessert or a drink.
If you’re a vegetarian, most German restaurants can make changes to the menu items so they’re vegetarian and most have a section on the menu.
By law, the menus are published outside the restaurant so you can check prices and selections before you eat there or make a decision.
One problem that always concerns me is that restaurants are closed on another day, usually on Mondays or Wednesdays.If you are travelling, call or find out about the day of rest on the Internet. Another thing is that most restaurants are closed between lunch and dinner.
Finally, be polite and never wave hand gestures at the waiter.Making eye contact or removing the wallet is an important clue. I agree, if you are in a hurry, pay as soon as the food is served. In some cases, I got up to pay the waiter. The coolest thing is to watch the waiter write everything on the note from the memory and store it in your head.
Good appetite and enjoy the trip.