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Give your dining companion the respect of your undivided attention, whether conducting a business meeting over lunch or dining with a date, there is nothing more rude than having a phone conversation at the table. If you are expecting a very important call, it is acceptable to leave the phone on the table, either on vibrate or silent, and advise your companion/s that you may have to take a call if it comes in.

If you do have to answer the phone, excuse yourself from the table and speak briefly in the entrance hall or away from other customers. Nobody needs or wants to hear your conversation.