Garçon! Know your restaurant etiquette in France.

Posted by Fodor's Editors on May 22, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment
In restaurants you must ask for the check (it's considered rude to bring it unbidden) except in cafés, where a register slip often comes with your order. Gratuities (servis) are included in the bill, but leave some small change on the table: a few cents for drinks, €1 for lunch, or €3 for dinner. You can leave more at a top restaurant, but note that more than 10% is considered extremely generous. Peruse our Paris restaurant reviews.

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  • mynameismud on May 22, 11 at 12:40 PM

    Waiters usually don't like to be called "garçon"...
    If you have something to ask them, such as the bill or a glass of water or anything else, just say "s'il vous plait" to get their attention or "Monsieur"

  • Swantraveller on May 22, 11 at 02:25 AM

    Handy tips that I can forward to my friends - rather than a long debate as to travel etiquette! Thanks for sharing!