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8 Etiquette Mistakes Everyone Makes at a Steakhouse

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Dousing your steak with steak sauce

If the chef wants the steak to be slathered in sauce, it will come to the table that way. Otherwise, it's a faux pas to dump A1 steak sauce on your meat, especially if you haven't tasted it yet.

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Cutting the steak all at once

The best way to eat steak is one bite at a time. Hold the knife in your right hand with your index finger extended down the back of the utensil. Then, holding the fork in your left hand.

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Eating every last bite

You might think a clean plate means you loved every bite, but according to etiquette experts, it actually sends the wrong message. Leaving one bite of food on the plate shows that you were satisfied.

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Putting your napkin on the table

When you excuse yourself, don't plop the napkin directly on the table. Instead, loosely fold the napkin and place it on your chair. The napkin shouldn't ever be thrown onto your plate.

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Chewing on the steak bone

This piece of advice may seem obvious, but you should never gnaw on an animal bone at the table if you're in a fancy restaurant.

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Spitting out chewy pieces into a napkin

Even if you're at one of the best steakhouses in the country, you may find a gristly piece of steak in the mix. If you spit it into your napkin, you may forget it's there.

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Not following the dress code

Dining is an informal business in most parts of the country, but many high-end restaurants still have a dress code (especially in cities like New York, Chicago and New Orleans).

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Ordering steak well-done

You should order steak how you like it, so if that's a well-done steak then go for it. On the other hand, most steaks taste juicier and more flavorful if they're cooked to medium-rare or medium.

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