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This guide, by ONEIDA, will show you the correct flatware, dinnerware and drinkware items to purchase for any type of restaurant or dining situation.

Remember, a proper table setting will…

  • Maximize your investment… The number of place settings should match your daily usage and the types of specialty pieces should match your menu. Too many items are unnecessary, too few mean extra warewashing.
  • Control Sanitation Costs… The correct place settings for each meal during the day will eliminate warewashing of unnecessary pieces, saving you money.
  • Create the Proper Ambience/Atmosphere… Your customers’ first impression is their last impression. Make it a good one with a tablesetting presentation that complements the menu and decor.

This handy reference features six of the most common tablesettings found in restaurants. Your Foodservice representative will help you with hints on using additional specialty items.

How To Set The Table For Breakfast

Breakfast:

Flatware: Dinner Fork, Dinner Knife, Teaspoon

Dinnerware: Two Bread & Butter Plates, Cup, Saucer

Drinkware: Water Glass, Juice Glass

SettingLunch

Lunch:

Flatware: Salad Fork, Dinner Fork, Dessert or Dinner Knife, Teaspoon

Dinnerware: Bread & Butter Plate, Luncheon Plate

Drinkware: Water Glass, Wine Glass

How To Set The Table For Dinner

Dinner:

Flatware: Salad Fork, Dinner Fork, Dinner Knife, Teaspoon, Butter Knife

Dinnerware: Bread & Butter Plate, Salad Plate, Dinner Plate

Drinkware: Water Goblet, Wine Glass

Formal Dinner:

Flatware: Salad Fork, Dinner Fork, Dinner Knife, Oval Bowl Soup/Dessert Spoon or Dinner Spoon, Teaspoon, Butter Knife

Dinnerware: Bread & Butter Plate, Two Salad Plates, Service Plate, Cup & Saucer

Drinkware: Water Goblet, Champagne Flute, Wine Glass

Setting The Table - European StyleEuropean:

Flatware: European Size Dinner Fork, U.S. Size Dinner Fork, European Size Dinner Knife, Dessert Knife, Oval Bowl Soup/Dessert Spoon or Dinner Spoon, European Size Teaspoon, Butter Knife, Fish Knife, Fish Fork

Dinnerware: Bread & Butter Plate, Salad Plate, Service Plate

Drinkware: Water Goblet, Champagne Flute, Two Wine Glasses

How To Set The Table for a Brunch or Banquet

Banquet/Brunch:

Flatware: Salad Fork, Dinner Fork, Dinner Knife, Teaspoon

Dinnerware: Bread & Butter Plate, Salad Plate, Dinner Plate, Cup & Saucer

Drinkware: Water Glass or Water Goblet, Wine Glass

Tips:

  • Allow at least 24 inches for each place setting.
  • Keep all tableware approximately one inch from the edge of the table.
  • Place all knives with the cutting edge toward the plate.
  • Arrange flatware in order of use, working from the outside toward the plate for each course served. If salad is served after entree, place salad fork next to plate.
  • Glass placement: from right to left, white wine, red wine, and water/iced beverage. Champagne may be placed behind red and white.
  • A seafood/cocktail fork is always placed to the right of the soup spoon, unless served with a seafood cocktail. It may be placed on the cocktail plate.