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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I prefer to wait inside.  That's where most people expect one to be (in my experience).  If there is a shortage on tables, I may grab one, but then I'll let them know "got the last table" and that I'll come and get them when they arrive.


Now if they're going to be significantly late (10+ minutes) then I'll get a table and wait.

Feb 27, 2021 08:41 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I do not know what Miss Etiquette would say about this. 

Never inside seated at the table. 

Weather permitting, I will wait outside the door.  

Alternatively, I will wait just inside the door where I can see my lunch guest arrive. 

Feb 27, 2021 08:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It depends on the client, the restaurant. There's no right or wrong way. But if you arrive ahead of me, please get a table and order me the escargot, please.

Feb 27, 2021 11:09 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

It would depend, I suppose. If I've never met the person, I'd probably meet inside at the maitre 'd station.

Feb 27, 2021 10:23 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Depends on the client and the restaurant! 

If it is someone I'm meeting for the first time, I will wait at the maitre d station.

Feb 27, 2021 08:22 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I would wait at the maitre d' station

Feb 27, 2021 08:00 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate I will wait inside at the maitre d' station. Good question.

Feb 27, 2021 07:57 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

If a very busy restaurant, to guarantee seating, I will secure the table and then return to the front and wait for guest(s) to arrive. Otherwise, wait inside the door until she/he/they arrive.

Feb 27, 2021 11:54 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I don't eat with clients but I know what I'd like from that menu - YUM!!

Feb 27, 2021 10:22 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

After letting the maitre d' know others are expected I get seated. People to see and places to go, you've heard the story.

Feb 27, 2021 09:26 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

If I could actually go inside a restaurant and eat with a client...or anyone else...I would answer your question, Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate 

Good news is that it looks like restaurants in our area will be able to offer inside dining again soon...with restrictions on occupancy levels.

Feb 27, 2021 09:24 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Depends.  If it were summer in PHX and hot, would NOT be waiting outside. The rest of the year it might be relaxing to wait on an outside table....maybe have lunch there too.

Feb 27, 2021 09:03 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

I need to come for a visit and we can test out this item. 

Feb 27, 2021 11:04 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Our 'code' is if it's busy - you get the table first.  Otherwise wait outside unless it's raining/snowing.  Then inside by the maitre'd.

Feb 27, 2021 09:21 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I guess it depends on the weather. If it's too cold and raining or super hot I would wait inside the maitre d' station.  Otherwise outside.  Having said, when I was growing up in another country, I saw so many people waiting at the table for the guests even for business.  I guess they have to "secure" the table by sitting there since there's no reservation system. I saw that practice a lot in Asian countries in the past, maybe it has changed now.

Feb 27, 2021 01:31 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

We don't have inside seating here yet, only outside at this time.  If I invited them, I like to get there a little early if nothing else than to get a good table.  And if I plan to pay, I make arrangements before they get there.  If they invited me, I get there on time and if they are running late, I still grab a table.  They tend to appreciate that because if I cool my heals outside, they feel apologetic. The question might be:  do you order a drink if they are late and, no, I wait to see what we all decide.  Water, yes. 

Feb 27, 2021 11:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I don't know the etiquette rules.

I had confirmed plans to meet a family member for dinner once. I got there a few minutes early, zipped inside the restaurant, got a table and waited. And waited. And then called. Apparently said family member forgot about the arrangements we had confirmed the evening before. Well, I had a delicious dinner solo and from then on, I wait outside or right inside the door if I am meeting anyone inside a restaurant. Unless they've already texted me, "Hey, I'm inside and got us a table."

Feb 27, 2021 01:19 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

this is a it depends question.... what type of place and who is the client?

Feb 27, 2021 01:02 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Wow, I miss the days we could meet someone for lunch! Most of the time I would grab a table.  I probably wouldn't wait outside unless it was a very nice day with moderate temperatures. When I think about the times I met clients for lunch, if it were somewhere like Panera I wait just inside the door unless it is too crowded. If it was at their country club I'd wait for them unless they had already arrived and grabbed a table which is usually the case.

Feb 28, 2021 05:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Number 2 or number 3 depending on the cicumstances. If I know the person I get a table. If not, I will wait at the maitre d' station.

Feb 28, 2021 04:31 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I arrive early and wait until the meeting time at (2).

But, if they are late, (3) I get seated and order my drink.

I don't cater to the late.

Feb 27, 2021 09:36 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It has been a long time since I have met a client at a restaurant, however when I do I sit down and let the wait staff know that I have someone meeting me and that they should be on the lookout for them.

Feb 27, 2021 07:45 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It depends on so many factors.  It is hard to say.  Ron and I would sit down and alert the host that we are expecting_______________.  A

Feb 27, 2021 01:58 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I would get seated and wait "in comfort".

Mar 01, 2021 12:11 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Have we meet before. (AKA know what each other looks like, not necessarily the business card picture from 1987.)
Does he resturant require all parites to be present?
Does the resturant have a mandatory 30 minute wait at the bar?
Will lurking about at the entrance create imposition.
My preference if a 'met before' will be to advise the host/ess I am expecting guest Barnaby, and to bring them to my table.

Mar 01, 2021 05:23 AM